What is CryptoWorks21?

The NSERC CREATE Training Program in Building a Workforce for the Cryptographic Infrastructure of the 21st Century (CryptoWorks21) is a supplementary program for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who would like to develop next-generation cryptographic tools.

It is led out of the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo, and works with partners and collaborators across Canada and abroad.

To keep up to date on current CryptoWorks21 developments, please see our recent news and upcoming events.

CryptoWorks21 Program

  • Prepares a new generation of researchers to create quantum-safe tools for the 21st century
  • Provides professional knowledge and technical skills for all researchers
  • Fosters collaboration between young scientists and experts in quantum and cryptographic research
  • Enables students to build relationships with cryptographic communities in academia, industry, and government
  • Encourages collaboration between students and partners in mathematics, computer science, physics and engineering
  • Designed for students seeking Master or PhD degrees, and postdoctoral fellows

Research Opportunities

  • Study, discuss, and investigate challenges and applications for quantum-safe cryptography
  • Engage with academic and industry mentors and research groups
  • Participate in workshops, conferences, specialized short courses, and mentorship programs
  • Benefit from the network of world-leading partners and collaborators located at research centres around Canada and the globe

International Network

CryptoWorks21 has a network of partners and collaborators in research centres worldwide focusing on cryptography and quantum information. Students can take advantage of our incredible collection of expertise, mentorship and training opportunities, and experimental facilities across Canada and abroad.

Training Programs

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are expected to gain basic understanding in each professional and technical skill area, and advanced understanding in at least one technical skill area.

Graduate students must fulfill requirements in 3 years. Postdoctoral fellows must fulfill requirements in 2 years. For more details on requirements, please see the training program outline.

Professional Skills

  • Standards and certification
  • Intellectual property protection and management
  • Commercialization and entrepreneurship
  • Management
  • Communications

Technical Skills

  • Information and network security
  • Fundamentals of cryptography
  • "Post-quantum" cryptography
  • Quantum cryptography tools
  • Quantum communication devices


For more information about supervisors, collaborators, and staff, please see our CryptoWorks21 members directory.


Yao Chen
Will Stacey

Dave Touchette
Sarah Kaiser
Pan Palittapongarnpim


For more information about partners, collaborating institutions, and sponsors, please see our list of partners.

Contact Us

For further inquiries, please contact:
Douglas Stebila
University of Waterloo
200 University Ave. W.
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
N2L 3G1
Email: cryptoworks21@uwaterloo.ca