Fellowship program

RBC Retirement Research Undergraduate Fellowship at the University of Waterloo

RBC is pleased to support the Undergraduate Fellowship Program, to advance understanding of retirement from financial, social, leisure, psychological and lifestyle perspectives.

RBC believes that the issues faced by the increasingly large population of Canadians who are starting to move into their retirement years, and who are living several decades in retirement, requires more research in order for Canadians prepare well and live well in retirement.


The purpose of the Fellowship Program is to foster interest and encourage students’ exploration of issues related to retirement and aging.

The Fellowship will support full-time undergraduate students conducting retirement and aging research as it impacts any of the following:

  • individual Canadians
  • families
  • health care systems and providers
  • employers and employees
  • business models
  • economic and tax systems
  • technology

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How to apply


$50,000 per year will be available, to a maximum $10,000 per application. The intention is to fund multiple Fellowships each year.

Applicants are:

  • University of Waterloo professors (regular appointment), research professors, or research scientists.  
  • Applying for Fellowships to support full-time undergraduate students in any Faculty at the University of Waterloo who are conducting research with the above researchers.

The Fall 2017 competition is now closed.

Selection criteria

The applications will be reviewed by a senior advisory committee who will consider the suitability of the application according to the following criteria:

  • Target research population: Canadians in their middle or later years when they are planning for retirement or beginning to live in retirement.
  • Suitability: Research focuses on health, well-being and aging-related issues in retirement; priority will be given to research topics that address health-related issues.
  • Development of student: The student demonstrates proven interest in the field of retirement and aging.
  • The student is interested in pursuing graduate studies exploring retirement and aging themes.
  • The student clearly describes an appropriate scholarly approach to the research.
  • Fellowship recipients and their academic supervisor are willing to have their names, academic interests and the fellowship results released publicly.
  • Fellowship recipients agree to complete the research within two years and to submit a final report no later than two weeks after the end of the fellowship term.

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If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact:

Catherine Maine, Assistant to the Dean, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, at 519-888-4567, extension 33155, or cmaine@uwaterloo.ca.