Students holding national or international academic scholarships are encouraged to apply for graduate research positions. All Ontario graduate scholarship (OGS) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) holders are eligible for up to $10,000/year of additional funding from the University of Waterloo president's graduate scholarship.

A limited number of graduate research assistanceships, supported by externally funded research grants, are available at the masters and/or doctoral levels through the Advanced Glazing System Laboratory (AGSL) and/or the Solar Thermal Research Laboratory (STRL) for students with outstanding academic records.