Funding & Scholarships

Annual Tuition + Fees and Stipend

For those students that do not have external funding, financial support is guaranteed for every graduate student we accept. The minimum “take home stipend” (Stipend–Tuition and fees) is equivalent for all GWC2 students. The graduate stipends consist of a combination of a teaching assistantship and research assistantship. There are a number of in-course and entrance scholarships available. Students must have achieved an 80% (A-) standing in their most recent year of study to be eligible for these awards. Eligible students will be automatically considered. International students are eligible for many of these awards. Teaching Assistantships involve demonstrating in undergraduate laboratories, or carrying out other duties related to undergraduate teaching.

Graduate Funding

Generally, students are awarded Teaching Assistantships which may involve course marking and laboratory demonstration with laboratory report marking, or carrying out other duties related to undergraduate teaching. Generally, students are awarded Teaching Assistantships which involve demonstrating in undergraduate laboratories, or carrying out other duties related to undergraduate teaching. Please note that the Departments are under no obligation to provide a Teaching Assistantship to students who exceed the time limits (6 terms for an MSc degree and 12 terms for a PhD degree).

Scholarships for Graduate Students

Graduate students are encouraged to refer to the pertinent University Graduate Calendar for relevant scholarships. Many scholarships target specific programs or research interests, so it is important to carefully review the full list of current scholarships. If an application is required, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure it is completed and submitted on time and submitted to the appropriate department.

University of Guelph:

Graduate In-course Scholarships and Bursaries Scholarships – These scholarships are highly competitive and are available to all registered students. International students are eligible for some in-course student scholarships. Many of these scholarships are automatically awarded based on the student’s academic performance while studying at Guelph.

University of Guelph Graduate Awards & Financial Assistance

University of Waterloo:

These scholarships are based upon good academic standing. They are awarded according to recommendations of the Graduate Officer and the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies. The value of this award will vary each year depending upon the monies made available by the Dean of Graduate Studies. Students are considered for these awards on the basis of their academic record and research progress.

University of Waterloo Graduate Studies Awards & Funding

OGS and/or NSERC Funding Applications

Only domestic and permanent resident students can apply for OGS or NSERC funding. The competitions come up in September. On-line applications are usually not accessible until August. While the applications are completed on line, hard copies are submitted through the department for ranking and submission to the government agencies. Applicants need to be aware that the deadlines listed on the website are not the deadlines that the Department or University uses. The internal (departmental) deadlines will be posted earlier in September in the Department, and emails are usually sent out to the graduate students regarding the competition early in September. Please review the following websites for information on the NSERC and OGS funding:

Click here for more information on OGS funding

Click here for more information on NSERC funding

GWC2 Awards

These awards are administered by the GWC2 Centre and are awarded annually on a competitive basis. All nominations are solicited from the GWC2 faculty and the Graduate Officers by the deadline date each year (January). Award winners are presented at the GWC2 Annual Awards Presentation (April).

Bruker Biospin Graduate Scholarship

The value of this award is $1,000. This competition is open to all graduate students registered in the Guelph-Waterloo Centre provided their research is in the field of chemical instrumentation. Candidates will be considered on the basis of the quality of a research paper in the field of chemical instrumentation, published or in press, authored or co-authored by the student while registered in GWC2. Attention will be focused on the degree of exploitation of instrumental techniques, the scientific impact of the work, and on the student’s participation in the design, execution and, in particular, in the writing up of the cited research. A letter of support from the student’s supervisor will also be required.

R.G. Goel Memorial Graduate  Scholarship

The value of this award is $1,000. This competition is open to any graduate student registered in the Guelph-Waterloo Centre whose thesis is in the field of inorganic or organometallic chemistry. Special consideration is given to those outstanding students who do not currently hold other major awards. Candidates are considered on the basis of their academic record and promise in research. This award became available in 1984.

David Holden Memorial Scholarship

The value of this award is $750.  This competition is open to any graduate student registered in the Guelph-Waterloo Centre with strong overall abilities, including both research and teaching components. Special emphasis is to be given to outstanding performance in Chemistry 794, and to evidence of breadth of interest in areas outside chemistry, such as art, music. This award became available in 1991. Listen to David Holden’s graduation recital from 1976.

Charles S. Humphrey Graduate Fellowship in Chemistry

The value of this award was $2,500.  This competition is open to Canadian citizens who are registered in a full-time PhD program either in organic or inorganic chemistry. Candidates are considered on the basis of their academic record and demonstrated ability and promise in research. This award became available in 1980.

The Chemistry Award for Graduate Student Excellence

The value of this award is $1,000.00, with one recipient selected from each campus. This competition is open to all graduate students registered in the Guelph-Waterloo Centre. The awardee shall be selected on the basis of a demonstration of ability and promise in research and his/her performance in at least two graduate courses, with particular emphasis being placed on the former.

R.H.F. Manske Prize

The value of this award is worth $750. This competition is open to all graduate students registered in the Guelph-Waterloo Centre, and special consideration is given to those outstanding students who do not currently hold other major awards. Candidates will be considered on the basis of their academic record and demonstrated ability and promise in research.

Professor Thammaiah Viswanatha Memorial Graduate Award in Biochemistry

The value of this award is $1,000. This competition is open to all full-time graduate students registered in the Guelph-Waterloo Centre with a research focus in the field of biochemistry. The awardee shall be selected on the basis of a demonstration of ability and promise in research and his/her performance in at least two graduate courses, with particular emphasis being placed on the former. This award became available in 2011.

GWC2 Seminar Prize

The value of this prize is $200. This competition is open to any graduate student who presents an MSc or PhD seminar in the previous academic year (Sept. 1 – Aug. 30). One prize is awarded for the best Masters Seminar presentation and one for the best Doctoral Seminar presentation. The Graduate Officers bring forward nominations to the GWC2 Selection Committee.