Research opportunities

Postdoctoral fellowships

If you expect to graduate from a doctoral program in the near future or are a recent graduate and are interested in a post-doctoral fellowship, consider contacting our faculty members to make inquiries. There are a number of possible sources of funding for post-doctoral fellowships including Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Deadlines for applications for these awards are typically in the fall.

Other sources of support include the Fields Institute which gives competitive awards for fellowships involving a period of time (six months) located at the Fields Institute in Toronto. 

Undergraduate research opportunities

If you are interested in getting some experience in research, there are three programs described below to work with faculty members in our department. If you qualify for any of the three programs, please contact Debbie Collins indicating your interest. Please provide the following:

  • ​a resume
  • a copy of your unofficial transcript(s)
  • the areas of research you are interested in
  • the term you are interested in working
  • whether you are interested in full or part-time work

NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA)

NSERC offers competitive awards to top undergraduate students to engage in research with faculty to encourage students to enrol in graduate studies and embark on careers in research. Strong undergraduate students are encouraged to pursue research opportunities within the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science through this program. The NSERC page on University of Waterloo Office of Research has details on eligibility and deadlines. Students interested in these opportunities are encouraged to contact Debbie Collins.

UWaterloo Undergraduate Research Internship (URI) Program

The University also offers an exciting Undergraduate Research Internship (URI) program through Co-operative Education and Career Action. These undergraduate internship positions are awarded on a "first come, first served" with applications reviewed in the term before the proposed placement. Information on the URI program and the application form. Further information can be obtained by contacting Danijela Vukancic by email or phone (519-888-4567, ext. 31808).

President's Scholarship of Distinction (PSD)

Exceptional undergraduate students can also gain experience in research if they received a President's Scholarship of Distinction, awarded on admission, and have completed their first year with an average of at least 80%. The PSD comes with $1500 in funding for research which can serve as full or partial payment for an on-campus research position with a UWaterloo professor or for a research-based co-op position within the University of Waterloo. Students with a PSD award are encouraged to find a faculty member to work with as a full- or part-time research assistant for a term to conduct research under their supervision. Interested faculty are encouraged to invite an eligible student to gain research experience through this opportunity. This can be done by contacting Debbie Collins for the names of eligible candidates, or by expressing a general interest to Debbie who can put prospective students in contact with you.

Faculty Joint PublicationsMap of Faculty and PhD Students backgroundsDavid Sprott Distinguished Lectures

Faculty Research Chairs

Actuarial Science

David Landriault
Tier II Canada Research Chair

Ken Seng Tan 
University Research Chair

Gord Willmot 
Munich Re Chair in Insurance

Tony Wirjanto
University Research Chair


Richard Cook
Tier I Canada Research Chair in Statistical Methods for Health Research

Leilei Zeng
Graham Trust Chair in Health Statistics


Grace Yi
University Research Chair