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The Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program recognizes academic excellence in graduate studies at the master's and doctoral levels in all disciplines of academic study. The OGS program at U of T is jointly funded by the Province of Ontario and the University of Toronto. The Province of Ontario provides about $30 million towards these scholarships and eligible institutions provide $15 million.
Value & Duration
The value of the OGS is $5,000 per term. Thus, awardees may receive $10,000 for two consecutive terms or $15,000 for three consecutive terms. 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 terms) up to a maximum of two years (six academic terms). 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 April 9, 2015 at the latest) are eligible to apply following the same application process and internal deadlines set by their current or proposed graduate unit. Graduates 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.
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
Be a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident, or Protected Person. Foreign 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. An eligible program is defined as a full-time program of study of two or three terms 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.
At minimum, meet the following OGS academic requirements of an A- (80%) average:
If incoming, first or second year of graduate studies at the time of application the student must have an overall average of at least A-, or the equivalent, on the most recently completed 20 one-term/semester courses, or the equivalent, completed.
If in the third year of graduate studies at the time of application the student 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 (for example, courses were graded on a pass-fail basis), then the university will use the most recently available undergraduate or graduate marks to calculate a student's GPA.
Eligibility to Hold an OGS Award
To hold an OGS award, recipients:
Must register and remain enrolled as a full-time student in an eligible program at the graduate unit from which the OGS was awarded.
Who withdraw, transfer to part-time status, finish early, or fail to complete the term, will be required to repay the funds received for the incomplete term.
Cannot hold an OGS and QEII-GSST concurrently.
(NEW for 2015-16) May concurrently hold other merit-based graduate awards up to a combined total of $10,000.
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. Students who have never applied for OSAP are in good standing.
Contacts & Resources
If you have questions about this award competition, please contact:
Acting Awards Officer, Provincial
SGS Graduate Awards Office