The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies is a division of the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences
Graduate student support
Graduate students are financially supported through a variety of sources including teaching or research assistantships, internal University of Waterloo scholarships, and external scholarships.
Full-time Master's students are normally provided with two terms of funding during their first year, currently $13,568 minimum. The normal completion time for the Master's program is approximately two years. You should plan your time and financial resources accordingly.
New full-time Doctoral students admitted in 2015 or later are normally provided with $90,000 of funding over four years ($22,500 per year). The normal completion time for the doctoral program is three to four years, so you should plan your time and financial resources accordingly.
Students who successfully obtain external scholarships receive the President's Graduate Scholarship along with matching support from the Department (usually in the form of a one-term teaching or research assistantship) to meet the minimum annual funding commitments.
Students are encouraged to apply for external scholarships, including the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) or a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Scholarship, the most common ones for our students.
Teaching and research assistantships
Teaching and research assistantships are usually 10 hours per week for 16 weeks of the term. Payments are comprised of a monthly salary (two-thirds of the total payment) paid on the last Friday of each month along with a Graduate Experience Award (one-third of the total payment) received in the first month as a scholarship.
Teaching assistantships are assigned by the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies based on a combination of student funding commitments, instructor needs and requests, and best fit of students with courses.
Research assistantships are requested by individual faculty members with grant funds and research assistant needs.
Other financial support
Emergency funds and bursaries
Other financial support includes access to emergency funds and bursaries administered through the Graduate Student Office.
Thesis research support
In addition, the Department provides one-time support for the costs of thesis research ($200 MA, $350 PhD).
Conference travel support
Assistance is also provided jointly by your supervisor (if funds are available), the Department ($200), the Faculty ($100 MA, $150 PhD) and the Graduate Studies Office ($500) for travel to present your research at a conference once per fiscal year (May through April). The Graduate Studies Research Travel Assistantship (PDF) form is submitted to your supervisor and then to the Department to request these funds. Deadlines are:
- August 1 for Fall term conferences
- December 1 for Winter term conferences
- April 1 for Spring term conferences
Other awards and scholarships
The Graduate Studies Office maintains a list of other awards and scholarships available to students.
In addition, there are some awards offered by professional organizations, including:
- Future Scholars Award offered by the National Recreation and Park Association
- Graduate Award $1,000 and PhD Award $3,000 offered by the Travel and Tourism Research Association Canada
- Sustainable Tourism Scholarships $1,000 offered by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada/Parks Canada