Fellowships and Scholarships
Information regarding graduate fellowships and scholarships is posted on the graduate studies bulletin board in the Concourse of the Dr. Alvin Woods Building and at the Careers Information Centre at 232 King Street North, Waterloo. Information is published in For Your Information, a publication of the Careers Information Centre, and in The Cord, the weekly student newspaper. Further information, application forms and advice may be obtained from the Graduate Studies Office.
The success of a scholarship application depends on more than high marks, although an A standing is usually required. Letters of recommendation are extremely important. They should be written by faculty who have taught and know the student's plans, ability and potential. It is necessary that applications be complete in every detail and that the supporting documentation be forwarded by the stated deadline.
Students should apply early in the fall for external scholarships which are tenable in the following year. Most deadlines are in October or November, with notification in April and awards commencing in September.
For a listing of bursaries which are awarded based on need, please refer to the section on financial assistance.
Since there may be a maximum amount of funds that can be awarded and held by a student, full-time graduate students who accept an award that is not directly administered by WLU must immediately inform their department chairperson and the dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, in writing. This requirement applies to any awards or assistance offered by any agency or institution.
To be eligible for WLU Graduate Scholarships and Teaching Assistantships, which are awarded on a competitive basis, students must be full-time graduate students in good standing who are taking a normal full-time course load as defined by the requirements of their program. If, following admission, students are placed on academic probation, they may, on the recommendation of the department or faculty, be deemed ineligible to receive these awards.
Teaching Assistantships (TAs) are awarded on a competitive basis to qualified full-time graduate students. Teaching assistants are expected to serve the university in teaching and/or research for an average of 10 hours per week or a maximum 130 hours per term. The details of the assignment are specified by the department or faculty to which the assistant is assigned.
Guidelines for Teaching Assistantship Responsibilities
An assistantship is awarded from university operating funds to enable departments with graduate programs to provide (a) assistance to faculty with their teaching or research responsibilities, and (b) graduate students with teaching or research experience. As a result, TA/RA Assistants might be expected to provide informal and formal advice to students; assist in the grading of tests, papers, lab reports and final exams; conduct tutorial or lab sessions; and assist with ongoing research projects. Assistantship functions shall not include clerical, technical or administrative work not related to teaching or research.
A teaching/research assistant cannot work more than an average of 10 hours per week or a maximum of 130 hours per term. To ensure that there is a fair, equitable and consistent interpretation of this regulation, the following guidelines are to be employed:
Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to full-time entering or continuing graduate students who achieve high academic standing in their program. All qualified students meeting the current "scholarship" standard for the academic unit are automatically considered. Application is not required. A scholarship is awarded on academic merit, not financial need. WLU Graduate Scholarships have a minimum value of $1,000 and are tenable for study at WLU while enrolled as a full-time student completing coursework and/or research. Normally, scholarships are paid in two equal instalments over two terms. Students awarded a WLU scholarship must sign and agree to abide by the terms indicated on the Graduate Scholarship Contract form.