University of Waterloo International Master’s and Doctoral Student Awards
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The University of Waterloo International Master’s and Doctoral Student Awards are scholarships that are awarded to international students who are pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree at the University of Waterloo. These scholarships are intended to help cover the costs of tuition and other expenses associated with pursuing a graduate degree. The awards are based on academic merit, and the amount of the scholarship varies depending on the program and the student’s qualifications. To be eligible for these scholarships, international students must have a strong academic record and demonstrate financial need. If you are an international student interested in attending the University of Waterloo and are interested in these scholarships, you should contact the university’s graduate studies office for more information on how to apply.
- To the completion of the third year of the doctorate program, term 9.0, eligible international students who are enrolled full-time in a doctoral program and who were admitted from a master’s degree will receive an IDSA valued at $15,420 each year ($5,140* every term). The eligible student will receive an IDSA4 in year 4 (terms 10.0 to 12.0), funded as follows: two thirds from the university/faculty in the amount of $3,427* per term as an award, and one third from the department/supervisor in the amount of $1,713* each term as an award.
- From terms 4.0 to 12.0, any qualifying student who switched from a master’s to a doctoral degree in term 4.0 will receive an IDSA worth $5,140*.
- Students who transferred from a master’s to a doctorate program and were accepted into the program before the spring of 2019 will be granted an extension of the IDSA from terms 13.0 to 15.0 at the IMSA value of $2,570.
- Students who entered a program starting in the spring of 2019 and later transferred from a master’s to a doctoral degree will be given an extension of the IDSA for terms 13.0 and 14.0 at the IMAE fixed value of $2,500. If they stay within the permitted program time limits, students may earn this cumulative IDSA money for a maximum of 11 full-time terms (15 terms).
- All qualified students who entered a PhD program straight from a bachelor’s degree will get an IDSA worth $5,140* from terms 4.0 to 12.0.
- Prior to the spring 2019 semester, students who were admitted into a PhD program straight from a bachelor’s degree will be given an IDSA worth $2,570 in terms of 1.0 to 3.0 and 13.0 to 15.0.
- For terms 1.0 to 3.0 and 13.0 to 14.0, students who were admitted into a PhD program straight out of a bachelor’s degree beginning in the spring of 2019 will get an IDSA at the IMAE fixed value of $2,500.
Eligibility & Selection Criteria:
International graduate students, registered full-time in a doctoral program at the University of Waterloo.
Students must meet the academic progress requirements of their program.
Students must not be concurrently receiving tuition awards (e.g., PSI or Lazaridis Tuition Awards) or funding which exceeds the minimum PhD funding value from any external awards, sponsorships or self-funding.
For information regarding international funding programs, please visit the Graduate Studies International Funding webpage.