RBC Graduate Scholarship in Cybersecurity

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This award is supported by a donation from RBC to support cybersecurity research at the University of Waterloo.

Award description

One scholarship valued at $20,000, will be awarded to a graduate student who is registered full time in a Master's or PhD program and who is conducting research in topics aligned with quantum-safe cryptography. Students who apply to the program with the intention of completing the Diploma in Quantum-Safe Cryptography (currently under approval) are also eligible. Selection will be based on academic excellence (minimum 80% cumulative average in their current program or over the last two full-time academic years), publications, and lay abstract of research proposal. The student's research plan must be aligned to quantum safe cryptography and must have a supervisor willing to supervise in quantum-safe cryptography research. An award application is not required. The UW Cryptography/CryptoWorks21 Selection Committee will select a recipient annually based on the candidate's application for admission to the program. The UW Cryptography/CryptoWorks21 Selection Committee will consist of the Director of CryptoWorks21, a representative from Math, a representative from Science, and a representative from Engineering, nominated by the Director of CryptoWorks21.

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Application process

The scholarship is awarded annually to a graduate student participating in the CryptoWorks21 program enrolled at the University of Waterloo. Once a student has enrolled in CryptoWorks21, no separate application for this scholarship is required.

The next award will be given in early 2021, selected among students who enrolled in CryptoWorks21 in the 2020 calendar year.