Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships in Science & Technology

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Award Overview

​​Student Deadline:

As determined by the graduate unit

​Value & Duration:

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

​Level of Study:

All levels

Required Legal Status:

Domestic (Canadian citizen or permanent resident)​​


The Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII‐GSST) program is designed to encourage excellence in graduate studies in science and technology. The program is supported through funds provided by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and funds raised by the University of Toronto from the private sector.

Value & Duration

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

  • The award is tenable for one academic year, which may consist of two or three consecutive sessions. The award is not automatically renewed; students must apply annually.

  • The award may begin in May, September, or January.

Application Procedure

Applicants must submit an OGS application to their proposed graduate unit using the U of T OGS Online Application and select “Yes” that they would like to be considered for other graduate award competitions in the “Governmental Award Applications in Progress” section of the Awards and Financial Aid step of the application.

Each graduate unit will have its 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. As QEII-GSST awards are not transferrable from one graduate unit to another, prospective students must submit an online application to each graduate unit to which they apply for admission.

For Faculty of Medicine applicants only: There are three types of QEII-GSST’s through the Faculty of Medicine (please visit the Office of the Vice Dean, Graduate and Life Sciences Education website for details, which will be updated once the competition opens):

  1. Awards through graduate units – applications are submitted directly to the graduate unit. Check graduate unit deadlines through unit websites;​
  2. Awards through clinical/surgical departments – applications are submitted directly to the clinical/surgical departments; check the appropriate departments’ website for deadlines and application details;
  3. Awards through Faculty of Medicine, Graduate & Life Sciences Education (GLSE) - deadline and submission details to be communicated by Debbie Chau, Office of the Vice-Dean, Graduate Affairs, Faculty of Medicine and ​as posted on their website​.

For detailed instructions on how to complete the OGS Application, please see the OGS Application Instructions​.


Please check with your graduate unit to verify its deadline for a given competition year.

Maximum Support

Students are limited in the number of years that they may hold a QEII-GSST.

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, QEII-GSST guidelines restrict students to a lifetime maximum of six years of government-funded awards and prohibit students from holding a QEII-GSST 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 (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)

Eligible Graduate Units

Graduate units participating in the QEII-GSST competition at the University of Toronto are listed below. Please note the list is not comprehensive and students should consult with the graduate unit to confirm eligibility.​

Arts and Science (Faculty) at Mississauga campus
Aerospace Studiess
Astronomy & Astrophysicss
Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering
Cell & Systems Biology
Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry
Civil Engineering
Computer Science
Earth Sciences
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Geography & Planning
Health Policy, Management & Evaluation

L​aboratory Medicine & Pathobiology
Materials Science & Engineering
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Medical Biophysics
Medical Science
Molecular Genetics
Nursing Science
Nutritional Sciences
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Pharmacology & Toxicology
Public Health Sciences
Rehabilitation Science
Statistical Sciences​​​

​Eligibility to Apply

To be eligible 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;

  • Be registered or intend to register in an eligible program on a full-time basis in 2019-2020​;

    • 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;

    • 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 participating graduate unit (see list above);

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

  • H​ave 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 (for example, courses were graded on a pass-fail basis), then the next most recent available undergraduate or graduate marks should be used to determine eligibility.

Eligibility to Hold a QEII-GSST Award

To hold a QEII 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 QEII-GSST 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 term, will be required to repay any 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 QEII-GSST from the University of Toronto.

  • Cannot hold a QEII award at the same time (or during any session) as a scholarhsip from OGS, 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 a QEII-GSST. Please inquire with your graduate unit regarding any additional requirements or conditions to those listed here.​​

For further information please consult the award terms and conditions.

​Award Holder Information

Please consult the OGS/QEII Award Holder's Guide​.​