Who Can Apply?

Students who are going to complete a Masters or PhD degree at either the University of Waterloo or the University of Saskatchewan can apply to the SWaGUR program. In addition, students in both full-time and part-time studies are welcome to apply. It is important to note, Masters students that apply are expected to stay in the SWaGUR program for two years and Ph.D. students should spend at least four years in the program.

This program currently supports a number of interdisciplinary Masters and Ph.D. degrees in the following fields:

  • Computer Science 

  • English

  • Psychology

  • Management Sciences

  • Systems Design Engineering

Interested in a different degree, but still want to apply to the SWaGUR program? Contact us to see if your degree qualifies. 

When to Apply

Students should apply to the SWaGUR as soon as possible since a limited number of students will be accepted into the program. The SWaGUR program will run for the next 6 years and will accept 36 Masters students and 24 PhD students in total throughout this time period. It is important to note, to become a SWaGUR student you must also apply to or be accepted into your degree of choice through the University of Waterloo or the University of Saskatchewan. 

How to Apply?

To apply to SWaGUR students should send their application directly to their supervisor(s) of choice. Students will be selected based on their past academic record and potential. Students are required to submit the following documents with their application:

  • Cover Letter 

  • Motivation Letter 

  • Transcript

Students may also be required to complete an interview to be admitted into the program, depending on the supervisor they have selected. Students that have been admitted into SWaGUR will be notified by their supervisor. 


The SWaGUR program will fund approximately 65% of Masters and PhD students tuition, regardless of the degree students choose. Students will receive a minimum of $23,000 for Ph.D. students and $20,500 for M.Sc. students.  

The remainder of graduate students tuition can be funded by teaching assistantships and scholarships. Learn more about available funding options at your school: