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Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) and the Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST) programs encourage excellence in graduate studies at publicly-assisted universities in Ontario. Since 1975, the OGS program has been providing merit-based scholarships to Ontario’s best graduate students in all disciplines of academic study. In 1998, the Ontario government introduced the QEII-GSST, a merit-based scholarship program targeted specifically toward graduate students in science and technology.

  • Value and duration
    $15,000 annually or $5,000 per term for a minimum of two terms and a maximum of three terms
  • Quotas
    • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) - 22
    • Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) - 6
  • Application deadline
    The web-based OGS application and supporting documentation must be submitted to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) by December 3, 2018 at noon.
  • Eligibility

    To be considered for an OGS/QEII*, a student must be:

    • A Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident or Protected Person [under subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protections Act (Canada)] at the time of the OGS application deadline date.
    • International students who are studying in Ontario with a student study permit under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) are eligible for the allotted international student award.
    • Within their standard program length (normally four years of full-time study, or equivalent) for a doctoral student.
    • Enrolled or plan to enrol in a full-time program of study at UOIT for the academic year 2018-2019 that leads to a graduate degree and is approved for operating grant purposes by the ministry.

    *To be considered for a QEII-GSST award, a student must be enrolled in a research master's or doctoral program in a science and technology discipline.

    Applicants who have defaulted on a Canada or Ontario Student Loan or a loan made under the Ontario Venture Capital Program, or have failed to make satisfactory repayments on an Ontario Study Grant overpayment, may be ineligible.

    Minimum academic requirements

    An applicant must, at minimum, meet the following academic requirements:

    • Students entering the first or second year of graduate studies at the time of application deadline must have achieved a first-class average (at least 3.70/4.30 or A‐, or the equivalent) in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent).

    • Students entering the third year or beyond of graduate studies at the time of application deadline must have an overall average of at least A-, or the equivalent, on all graduate courses completed.

    • If master’s or doctoral degree marks used for calculating an applicant’s grade point average (GPA) are not available (e.g., courses were graded on a pass/fail basis), then SGPS will use the most recently available university marks to calculate an applicant’s GPA.

    Recipients cannot be enrolled in a qualifying or make-up year, or be on a paid educational leave or sabbatical.

    Concurrent support

    Recipients may not concurrently hold an OGS award and a QEII-GSST award.

    Students cannot exceed a lifetime maximum of six years of government-funded graduate awards. Awards under the following programs will be counted toward this lifetime maximum and cannot be held concurrently:

    • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)
    • Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEIIGSST)
    • Ontario Trillium Scholarships (OTS)
    • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
    • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
    • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
    • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS)
  • How to apply