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2017-18 Application Information

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

OGS Application Instructions​

OGS Application deadlines

Check OGS Application Status​​

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)

Value:

$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)

Results

July 2017

Click on the headings below for more information.

Purpose

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).

Indigenous Scholar Award

If an OGS applicant is Indigenous to Canada (A person Indigenous to Canada, as recognized in the Constitution Act, 1982, is a person who identifies with First Nations (Status/Non-Status), Métis, or Inuit cultural and/or ancestral background), they may be considered for one of two (2) OGS awards that the Ministry has allowed the University to provide to Indigenous to Canada students.

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, a QEII-GSST, or an OGS 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
416-978-2205
ogs@​u​toronto.ca


2017-18​ OGS Award Holder's Guide

OGS Award Holder's Terms & Conditions

Students must take up the OGS award for the number of terms awarded on their official award offer.

  • Registration: Students 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. Those who withdraw or change their full-time status (e.g., to part-time, special student, qualifying, or make-up) will no longer be eligible and will be required to repay the funds received for the incomplete session.

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

  • Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) Restrictions: Students must remain in good standing with OSAP; e.g., not be restricted from receiving OSAP assistance, have defaulted on student loans, or have an overpayment.

  • Duration of Support: Students may hold an OGS for any two years in a master’s program or for any four years of the doctoral program, but must not exceed a combined lifetime maximum of six years of government-funded student awards including OGS. Awards received under the following programs are counted toward this lifetime maximum:

    • Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program (OGS)

    • Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST) (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)

  • Funding from Other Programs: Students may not hold an OGS award at the same time (or during any session) as a scholarship from SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR, a QEII-GSST, or an OGS that is continuing from a previous year.

  • Students 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 U of T.

  • In some graduate units, eligible students must apply for an OGS, SSHRC, or NSERC in order to qualify for internal funding from their department; please consult your department for its particular funding policies.

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.

Responsibilities

OGS award holders must:

  • Accept and activate the payment of their award with the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) by completing, signing, and submitting the SGS Payment Activation Form to their graduate unit. Payment activation is conditional upon the Graduate Awards Office receiving this completed form.

  • Abide by all conditions of eligibility and acceptance which govern this award for its full duration. Students who fail to meet or maintain any condition of the award will forfeit the remainder of its funds and be required to repay any payments that might have been received while they were ineligible.

  • Inform both their department and SGS of any change to their registration status (e.g., withdrawal from the program, leave of absence, transfer to part-time status, change in program of study, or early completion of the program).

  • Maintain accurate and current mailing information on ACORN/ROSI at http://www.rosi.utoronto.ca/​. For information regarding the Payment Schedule of the award (i.e. when and how payments are made), please consult the SGS Payment Policy​.

Acceptance

In order to accept the Ontario Graduate Scholarship, you must submit a SGS Award Payment Activation Form to your graduate unit. If you are unsure of who at your graduate unit (department) to contact, feel free to consult the Graduate Unit and Collaborative Program Directory​.​

Start Date & Payment Schedule

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

September

January

F​all (September)

August 1

September

January

May

Payments are administered by SGS and issued to students through ACORN/ROSI in equal installments at the start of each academic session.

January and May installments are posted to your student fees account and automatically put towards tuition and/or any outstanding charges. Any remaining funds will be refunded to you. September installments are released to you in full, unless you have arrears.

Refunded award monies are made in the form of either mailed cheque or direct deposit. We strongly recommend setting up direct deposit by logging into your ACORN/ROSI account and adding your banking information. Direct deposit will ensure that you receive your payment(s) in a timely manner. For step-by-step instructions on how to set up direct deposit on ACORN, please consult the “Finances” section of the ACORN How-to guide​.

Please review the SGS Award Payment Policy for further information regarding installment payments.

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Registering Without Payment

For recipients who choose to "Register Without Payment" in September, please be informed that your winter and spring installments will go to pay down your ACORN/ROSI account fees balance first. Be sure to review and understand the "Register Without Payment" conditions posted on the Student Accounts website (info from 2016-17 as an example) before you choose this option.

If you are currently within the funded cohort you may register without payment through ACORN. For step-by-step instructions please consult the ACORN How-to Video – Finances – Fee Deferral – Grad Student

If you are currently outside of the funded cohort, you may register without payment due to receiving a major award by completing the Register without Payment on Basis of major Award, Research Stipend, or Teaching Assistantship form. This form can be found on the SGS website Student Forms & Letters​ page in the “Registration, Enrolment, Program Status” section.

If you will be receiving an award installment in the summer session following the September of the current academic year, any fees still on your account on April 30 that can be paid off with your summer session installment will not accrue interest. Any fees remaining will accrue interest.

Deferral & Leaves of Absence

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 2017-18 could potentially begin in May 2017, and the starting date could be deferred to September 2018. If you are requesting a leave of absence or deferring your OGS award for one or more sessions, please c​ontact your graduate unit.

Reinstatement of Award

One month prior to returning from your leave of absence, it is your responsibility to inform the Graduate Awards Office by emailing ogs@utoronto.ca​ in order to re-instate your award. If you do not inform the Graduate Awards Office of your return, you may experience a delay in receiving your first installment upon your return.


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