The School of Public Health and Health Systems is a division of the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences
A variety of scholarships, assistantships, and other forms of financial aid are available for graduate students in the School of Public Health and Health Systems. Most of these awards are for full-time graduate students enrolled in research-based degree programs.
Teaching Assistantships (TAs) and Research Assistantships (RAs) are available to students enrolled in research-based degree programs.
Any applicant that is accepted into the Master's program on a full-time basis will normally receive teaching/research funding for a minimum of three terms over the first year of the master's program.
Applicants who are accepted full-time for the Doctoral program will normally receive funding for three terms of each of the first four years of the doctoral program. Teaching and research assistantships are 10 hours per week for 15 weeks per term.
The latest compensation rates can be found on Finance's website.
Scholarships and awards
University of Waterloo Graduate Scholarships are awarded at the departmental level for excellent progress and high academic achievement.
All full-time graduate students are strongly urged to apply for external scholarships. These include;
- NSERC scholarships (for master's and doctoral students in science and technology fields)
- SSHRC scholarships (for doctoral students only in Social Sciences and Humanities)
- CIHR scholarships (for doctoral students in any discipline who are involved in health-related research)
- Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) (for any students enrolled in a graduate program at an Ontario university).
- Ontario Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology (OGSST) are available for students in the School of Public Health and Health Systems and the Department of Kinesiology. These are awarded by the Graduate Committees of each department/school to high quality students in eligible areas of research.
Students should apply for these scholarships in the early Fall (September and October deadlines) for the following academic year.
Internal scholarships include;
- Applied Health Sciences Graduate Scholarship. A new opportunity is now extended to incoming 2019-2020 domestic, full-time, thesis-based master's and doctoral students based on academic excellence. Funding is available for 30, $10,000 AHS graduate scholarships jointly funded by the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences and University of Waterloo Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs.
- President's Graduate Scholarship (PGS) is available for all Tri-Council Scholarships and OGS recipients.
- The Governor General's Academic Gold Medal and the University of Waterloo Alumni Gold Medal are awarded to outstanding students, following completion of all their degree requirements, in recognition of academic excellence. Students are nominated for these awards by their Departmental Graduate Committees.
Bursaries and financial aid
- Bursaries are available for students in financial need through the UW Graduate Studies Officer. These are restricted to full-time students who are Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents.
- The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) provides various types of assistance based on financial need to eligible students.
- The Faculty of Applied Health Sciences also has an Emergency Loan Fund for graduate students experiencing short-term financial difficulties.
- The Provost's/Applied Health Sciences Graduate Incentive Fund Scholarship is a special fund designed to increase the pool of female candidates for faculty positions in Canada.
- Maternity and Adoption Bursaries, as well as Day Care Bursaries are available through the Graduate Studies Office.
Research Conference Travel Assistantships are available to defray travel costs for graduate students presenting their research at academic or professional conferences.
Other university and external funding
Other University of Waterloo and external scholarships are also available for graduate students in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences. For more information see the University of Waterloo Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs website.