Minimum funding for graduate students

All full-time students in the MMath and PhD programs are guaranteed a minimum level of funding while they are within their program time limits and in good academic standing. Currently, almost 100% of our full-time MMath graduate students and PhD graduate students are fully funded. Financial support is not offered to part-time students or to students in the MMath coursework option.

Funding for students who are accepted into a MMath or PhD program is typically a combination of graduate teaching assistantships (GTA) and graduate research assistantships/studentships (GRA/GRS). Some exceptions may apply. For full details please review awards and funding for graduate students. 

Students receiving full support from TA and RA currently receive the following minimum funding.

Plan Amount (per year)

$24,580 Domestic students

$28,720 International students


$26,457 Domestic students

$26,313 International students

Awards and scholarships

Applicants of exceptional merit are automatically considered for a limited number of internal entrance scholarships at the time of admission. Eligible students are also encouraged to apply for external scholarships. For a full listing please review the Graduate funding & awards database.  

External Scholarships available now

All documents required for the Fall 2020 OGS International competition are due by Friday, October 9, 2020.

Fall 2020 OGS International Applications can be uploaded

Fall 2020 OGS International Referee Academic Assessment can be uploaded

Internal scholarships & funding opportunities

Some do not require a formal application, as they are handled at the discretion of the School Graduate Office,  all applicants are considered at the time of admission. 

External awards

The following external awards  are available to students at the University of Waterloo. All eligible students are encouraged to apply. Please contact the Computer Science Graduate Coordinator, that manages scholarships, for more detailed information.

Other funding opportunities

For other funding opportunities to graduate students, such as the Graduate Student Parental Leave Bursary and Graduate Student Medical Leave Bursary, please see the financial need funding page.