Ontario Graduate Scholarship

Ontario Graduate Scholarship

What is it?

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) program is funded by the provincial government to encourage excellence in graduate studies at master’s and doctoral levels of publicly-assisted universities in Ontario. OGS awards are merit-based scholarships available to graduate students in all graduate disciplines in Ontario Universities. The government contributes two-thirds of the value of the awards and the university provides the remaining one-third.

The scholarship is valued at $15,000 per year (that is $5,000 per term for up to three terms).

Lifetime Maximums

The OGS awards maximums are:

  • Master’s students: 2 academic years
  • Doctoral students: 4 academic years
  • Lifetime limit (all students): 6 academic years

Who is eligible?

OGS is a merit-based scholarship. Your application is assessed and ranked using criteria determined by the school you’re planning to attend.

To be considered, you must also meet the following criteria:

  • You’ll be in graduate studies in the master’s or doctoral level
  • You’ll be enrolled in a full-time program for 2 or more terms (21 to 52 weeks in total) for the academic year you’re submitting your application.
  • You’ll be attending one of the following participating Ontario school:

Participating Ontario Schools

  • Brock University
  • Carleton University
  • University of Guelph
  • Lakehead University
  • Laurentian University
  • McMaster University
  • Nipissing University
  • OCAD University
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • University of Ottawa
  • Queen’s University
  • Ryerson University
  • University of Toronto
  • Trent University
  • University of Waterloo
  • Western University
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • University of Windsor
  • York University

Additional items to note:

  • Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident, or Protected Person at the time of submitting the OGS application. Foreign students, studying in Ontario under a temporary resident visa or student study permit, are eligible for the allotted international student awards.
  • Minimum Academic Requirements. Applicants having completed zero to 24 months of graduate studies at the time of the application deadline: must have achieved a minimum average of at least A- in each of the last two years of completed studies (full-time equivalent).
  • Be enrolled full-time in, or plan to enroll full-time in a graduate program for the 2019-2020 academic year at the University of Ottawa.

o    If applying for funding for a master’s program, applicants cannot have completed more than 4 terms of their master’s program at the time of taking up the award, either in May 2019, September 2019 or January 2020.

o    If applying for funding for a PhD program, applicants cannot have completed more than 13 terms of their PhD program at the time of taking up the award, either in May 2019 September 2019 or January 2020.

  • How to apply. Use your school’s OGS application. They are normally available in October.
  • Application, document and review details for this scholarship vary by school. Check with your school’s Graduate Studies Office for details.
  • Checking your application status. You will be notified by the school if your application was successful.
  • Important to note. The OGS is non-transferrable between Ontario universities. It must be held at the university that awarded it. Students must apply for the OGS at the institution where they will be registered for the 2019-2020 academic year.
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