UW Philosophy Grad Program Info

This page has various bits of information about being a graduate student in the Philosophy Department at The University of Waterloo. This page supplements the information about Graduate Studies on our Department Page. The information here is intended for students currently in the UW Philosophy Department Graduate Program; if you're looking for information about applying, click here, or contact the current graduate officer, Prof. Brian Orend..

Recent Books and Papers

There is now a display in the Reading Room of recent books and article publications by members of the Philosophy Department. Check it out, and if you want to add a paper of yours just give a copy with a note to the graduate officer.


If you are planning to apply for jobs or post-docs during any given academic year, please let the graduate officer know in September, or as early as possible after that.


We'll be using your uwaterloo email in our emails and lists, so please ensure that you read email sent to that address one way or another.

Scholarship list from UW Grad Studies Office

Check out this list of scholarships available to UW grad students. If you'd like to apply or have questions, talk to Debbie.

Doctoral Thesis Completion Award

Funding is available for some students during the last two terms of their PhD program. You can download the application from grad studies at this page.


It is expected that graduate students will regularly attend department colloquia; these are generally Fridays from 3:30-5:00p.m. in HH373 (though occasionally also at other times). For those of you who are new to the program, after talks by local speakers everybody is welcome to come out for drinks (usually at the Grad House) and after talks by visitors a small group of faculty and grad students takes the speaker out for dinner (see "Colloquia Dinners," below). Here is a link to the department's events page.

Colloquia Dinners: The post-talk dinners are a great opportunity for grad students to meet philosophers from other departments and to talk philosophy. To encourage more grad students to attend, the department will subsidize the cost of dinners for grad students. The department will cover up to $30 per grad student per meal, subject to the University's accounting rules (most notably: alcohol is not covered; you are allowed to order alcohol, but you will have to pay for it yourself). If you would like to come to dinner, let Matt know by the end of the day on the Wednesday before the talk. There will be a maximum number of grad student spaces per dinner; in the event that more people want to attend than there are spaces, Matt will decide who will attend and notify everybody. In practice, this will likely mean that everybody will get to attend at most one dinner this year. (However, if you are interested in attending, it is always a good idea to let Matt know and also to tell him if you would prefer to attend a dinner later in the term.)

Departmental Links and Forms

  • Tim Kenyon's page with suggestions for giving a good conference paper is here.
  • The Departmental grading time guidelines in pdf form are here.
  • The PGSA calendar is here.

Other Possibly Useful Links

Jobs Listings Links

Post-Docs in Philosophy in Canada

Patricia Marino maintains this page. Please send her any suggestions for other links or useful information for this page.

Page last updated July 1, 2012