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Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)

Description:

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:

Complete OGS application (note: If you experience difficulty viewing/completing the document, please contact gradscholarships@uoit.ca for a copy of the application) and supporting documentation must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies no later than Thursday, December 1, 2016.

Important note for prospective students:

Prospective students who are interested in holding an OGS at UOIT must apply for admission into a graduate program by Wednesday, February 1, 2017.

Students must submit an OGS application to each institution for which they are seeking admission. OGS awards are no longer transferable from one university to another.

Eligibility criteria:

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 2017-18 that leads to a graduate degree and is approved for operating grant purposes by the ministry.

*In addition, 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‐minus, 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-minus, 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 the Office of Graduate Studies 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 (6) years of government-funded graduate awards. Awards under the following programs are counted towards this lifetime maximum:

  • OGS

  • QEII-GSST

  • 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:

Complete the UOIT application and submit a single-sided hard copy of the application and supporting documentation to the Office of Graduate Studies:

Office of Graduate Studies
Suite 1400, Campus Corners

Next steps:

All application files will be accepted, reviewed and processed by the Office of Graduate Studies.

Eligible applications are reviewed first by a Faculty Selection Committee and then by a University Selection Committee.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the competition no later than Friday, April 28, 2017.

Application documents:

A complete application includes the following:

  • 2017-18 OGS application for UOIT

  • 2017-18 OGS Academic Assessment Reports (2)

  • Temporary resident visa student – study permit (if applicable)

References

  • Two academic assessment reports are required.

  • Ensure you pick individuals who can provide a strong reference of your academic, research and communications skills.

  • Provide your reference with ample time to write your reference and pick them up yourself or have them sent to the Office of Graduate Studies, clearly marked for the OGS competition.

Transcripts

  • Where possible, the Office of Graduate Studies will use existing transcripts on file to complete the application.

  • It is your responsibility to confirm that the Office of Graduate Studies has all your transcripts available to complete the application.

The university gratefully acknowledges the following donors who provide matching funds for the OGS:

  • Patricia Sammy, Caribbean Friendship Event
  • Lawson, Julie, Henry and Grace Gay
  • Stanley and Wilma Lovell
  • Durham Medical
  • Clinical Laboratory Leaders of Ontario
  • Devon and Linda Biddle