The Global Water Futures (GWF) PhD Excellence Scholarship is an entrance scholarship that is offered to students who have outstanding academic records, show research promise, have exceptional communication, interpersonal and leadership abilities, and at the time of application have not yet accepted or registered for a PhD program at University of Saskatchewan. 

Deadline to apply is 16 October, 2020.

 The proposed PhD research program should be in alignment with at least one of the GIWS themes and GWF research areas, under the supervision of a faculty member of the Global Institute for Water Security

Award Value

Multiple awards valued each at $45,000 per year (up to 3 years). 

There are no service expectations while on GWF PhD Excellence Scholarship.

The award can be supplemented (by up to $25,000) in cases where a successful applicant holds other awards/ scholarships (internal or external to U of S). 


Open to Canadian and international studenst who are entering a PhD program for the first time at the University of Saskatchewan.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Have an entrance GPA of at least 85% or equivalent
  • Show evidence of previous research productivity as demonstrated by authorship of refereed journal publications and conference presentations/publications
  • Have not been accepted or registered as a PhD student at the University of Saskatchewan

Selection Criteria

Selection will be based upon academic achievements (30%), research potential (50%), communication, interpersonal and leadership qualities (20%), as determined by the Award Committee.

Application Process

Application package should consist of: 

  • A statement of purpose (max. 3 pages) that details relevant academic excellence, research abilities, communication, interpersonal and leadership qualities;
  • An updated curriculum vitae (max. 10 pages)
  • Three letters of recommendations attesting to the quality and research ability of the applicant (2 pages max. per letter)
  • Students must be nominated by a potential supervisor at UofS; one letter of support from this supervisor is required, outlining the quality and excellence of the applicant and their alignment with the GIWS and GWF areas of research (max. 2 pages)

Send application package via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Outreach Coordinator, GIWS


The closing date for receipt of applications is 16 October, 2020.

See the Official Scholarship

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