Ontario Graduate Scholarship

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2017-18 Application Information

The 2017-18 Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) competition at the University of Toronto is now OPEN. Each graduate unit/department has their own internal deadline for submission—see the 2017-18 list of OGS application deadlines.

OGS Application Instructions​

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Award Overview

Student Deadline to Unit:

Locate your OGS application deadline

Unit Deadline to SGS:

June 1, 2017 (not for students—unit must forward all OGS nominations to SGS by this date)


$5,000 per session for 2 or 3 consecutive sessions

Level of Study:

Master's or doctoral

Required Legal Status:

Domestic or international (separate competitions)


July 2017

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The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) program encourages 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. The scholarship program at U of T is jointly funded by the Province of Ontario and the University of Toronto. The Province allocates OGS awards to universities specifying the number of awards that each may offer to their students annually.

Value & Duration

The value of the OGS is $5,000 per session. Thus, awardees may receive $10,000 for two consecutive sessions or $15,000 for three consecutive sessions. In all instances, the awarding graduate unit will contribute to one-third the cost of the total award received by the students.

Each scholarship is tenable for a minimum of one year (i.e., two consecutive or three academic sessions) up to a maximum of two years (six academic sessions)​. The value and duration of each OGS award will be determined by the awarding graduate unit and detailed in the offer letter.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit an OGS application to their proposed graduate unit using the U of T School of Graduate Studies centralized online OGS application. Each graduate unit will have their own internal submission deadline to which applicants must adhere.

Once completed and submitted online, the entire application will be available to the proposed graduate unit(s) for review and consideration.

Important note for prospective students: Students must submit an OGS application to each institution for which they are seeking admission. OGS awards are no longer transferrable from one university to another.

Important note for visa students: Applicants holding or will be holding a valid student visa by the graduate unit’s OGS visa application deadline (or at the graduate unit's discretion by March 31, 2017 at the latest) are eligible to apply following the same application process and internal deadlines set by their current or proposed graduate unit. Graduate units will select and forward a limited number of applications to the School of Graduate Studies to compete in a centralized adjudication.

Application Requirements (All Components are Online)

OGS application form.

Two academic references (referees will be required to submit online).

Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions (unofficial and student-issued transcripts are permitted; e.g., ROSI screenshots).

Plan of study (maximum 3,950 characters including spaces).

Previous awards/publications/conference/research experience.

Maximum Support

Students are limited in the number of years that they may hold an OGS.

Master's students may receive the scholarship for a maximum of two years. Doctoral students may receive the scholarship for a maximum of four years. Both are subject to a lifetime maximum of six years per student.

In addition, OGS guidelines restrict students to a lifetime maximum of six years of government-funded awards and prohibit students from holding an OGS and another government-funded award concurrently.

Awards under the following programs are included in these restrictions:

  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program (OGS)

  • Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology(QEIIGSST) (formerly OGSST)

  • Ontario Trillium Scholarships (OTS)

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

  • Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)

  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS).

Eligibility to Apply

Applicants must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident, or Protected Person under subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) by the student deadline as determined by each graduate unit; International students who are studying or plan to study at the University of Toronto under a temporary resident visa (student study permit) are eligible for a set number of OGS awards;

  • Be registered or intend to register in an eligible program on a full-time basis in 2017-18;

    • An eligible program is defined as a full-time program of study of two or three sessions at the University of Toronto leading to a graduate degree. A full-time student is one who is in at least 60% of a full course load (40% for students with a permanent disability) or as defined by their institution.

  • Have not exceeded the lifetime maximum of government-funded support or maximum OGS support available ​for their current level of study (see Maximum Support above); and

  • ​Have achieved at least A- (or equivalent) in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent); or if the student has competed two years of graduate studies at the time of application, the student must only demonstrate an overall average of at least A- (or equivalent) on all graduate courses completed.

  • Note: If 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 next most recent available undergraduate or graduate marks should be used to determine eligibility.

The eligibility criteria provided here are the minimum requirements only. Graduate units may impose additional criteria to apply, receive, or hold an OGS. Please inquire with your graduate unit regarding any additional requirements or conditions to those listed here.

Eligibility to Hold an OGS Award

To hold an OGS award, recipients:

  • Must register and remain enrolled as a full-time student at U of T in an eligible program at the graduate unit from which the OGS was awarded.

  • Who withdraw, transfer to part-time status, complete degree requirements prior to the end of their award, or fail to complete the full session will be required to repay the funds received for the incomplete session.

  • ​​Must be in good standing with the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). Applicants who have defaulted on a Canada or Ontario Student Loan, or have failed to make satisfactory repayment on a loan overpayment, are ineligible to receive the award. Those with an OSAP restriction may still apply for the OGS. However, if awarded, they must have the restriction cleared within 30 days of notification in order to accept and hold the award;

  • ​May accept research assistantships, part-time teaching positions, or other paid employment that does not affect their status as a full-time graduate student and is commensurate with the graduate unit policies. Typically, students holding full-time paid employment are not eligible to receive an OGS from the University of Toronto

  • Cannot hold an OGS award at the same time (or during any session) as a scholarship from SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR, QEII-GSST from any given year.

The eligibility criteria provided here are the minimum requirements only. Graduate units may impose additional criteria to apply, receive, or hold an OGS. Please inquire with your graduate unit regarding any additional requirements or conditions to those listed here.

Contacts & Resources

If you have questions about this award competition, please contact:

Stacey Kwan
Awards Officer, Provincial
SGS Graduate Awards Office

2016-17 OGS Award Holder Information

OGS Acceptance & Payment Activation

Please read the terms and conditions and return the completed SGS Award​ Payment Activation Form to your graduate unit in order to accept and activate payment of your award.

If you're not sure who your graduate unit (department) contact person is, feel free to browse the directory.

Awar​d Start Date

Payment Activation Form Submission Deadline to Department​

1st P​ayment

2​nd Payment

3rd Payment

Summer (May)

Two weeks after SGS offer letter

Late July at the earliest



F​all (September)

August 1




Please view the SGS Award P​ayment Policy for further information regarding instalment paym​ents.

2016-17 Payment Timeline

Applicants who have been notified by their graduate unit that they were successful in the OGS competition will go through a final eligibility check by SGS and the Enrolment Services Office.

Eligible candidates will receive an official award email from SGS on behalf of the Province of Ontario along with a link to this web page for instructions to accept and activate payment of the award.

Following the completion of Section 1 of the SGS Payment Activation Form, it should be submitted to the recipient's graduate unit. The graduate unit will complete Section 2 and forward the form to SGS for processing. Processing of the award may take four to six weeks.

May 2016 instalments will have priority in processing and be paid retroactively upon receipt of the SGS Payment Activation Form. Please note that payments are only processed once per week.

In the meantime, recipients should set up direct deposit on ACORN/ROSI. Banking information is required in order for award payments to be deposited into your personal bank account through ROSI (separate from payroll). For instructions on how to set up direct deposit on ACORN consult the ACORN Help website. Watch a video demonstration on how to set up direct deposit on ROSI

Please view the SGS Award P​ayment Policy for further information regarding instalment paym​ents.

Deferral/Leaves of Absences

An OGS award may be deferred or interrupted for University-approved medical, parental, or compassionate leav​e for a maximum of four sessions. ​An OGS award may be interrupted for a maximum of one session for University-approved (leave of absence) for relevant work experience. Students should consult the Graduate Awards Office for further information if this pertains to them.

For example, an OGS received for the program year 2016-17 could potentially begin in May 2016, and the starting date could be deferred to September 2017. If you are requesting a leave of absence or deferring your OGS award for one or more sessions, please c​ontact your graduate unit.

OGS Admin Access