Ontario Graduate Scholarship

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For every academic session, the government of Ontario and Ontario universities collaborates to support the best students enrolled in graduate studies at the masters and doctoral level.

  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) offers 22 merit-based scholarships to students in all disciplines of academic study.
  • Province allocates OGS awards to Canadian universities, specifying the number of awards to be offered annually.
  • Application process and evaluation of applications are administered by each university’s graduate unit.

Of the total scholarship amount of 15000 CAD per year, the Government of Ontario contributes two-thirds of the award value and the remaining one-third is provided by the university. The Ontario Graduate Scholarship award is non-transferable; it must be held at the institution that awarded it.

Establishment Year1975
OGS Value (per session)USD 10,847
Participating Institutions19
Course LevelMasters and Doctoral
Eligible ApplicantsDomestic and International students
Application TermsFall, Winter, Spring
Application DeadlinesVaries according to program and institution
Participating CountriesAll

Universities offering Ontario Graduate Scholarships

The 19 universities in Ontario that offer OGS to high performing masters & doctoral students are Brock University, Carleton UniversityUniversity of Guelph, Lakehead University, Laurentian University, Queen’s University, Trent University, McMaster University, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Ryerson University, University of Waterloo, Nipissing University, University of Ottawa, University of Toronto, Western University, Wilfrid Laurier University, University of Windsor, and York University.


Highlights

Scholarship Type Merit Based, College Specific
Offered byGovernment bodies
OrganizationProvince of Ontario
Application DeadlineN/A
No. of Scholarships22
Amount$10,847
Renewabilityno
International Students EligibleYes
Scholarship Website Link N/A

Eligibility Criteria

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program is jointly governed by the Ontario government and the participating Ontario universities. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is established by the Province but varies according to the university.

Citizenship

Both domestic and international students are eligible for the Ontario Graduate Scholarships. As per the guidelines, the applicant must be:

  • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident at the time of the application;
  • An international student studying in an Ontario university with a valid Canadian study permit.

Note: Students protected under subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) are also eligible to apply for this scholarship.

Academic Requirements

To be eligible for the Ontario Graduate Scholarship, applicants must fulfill the following academic requirements:

  • Hold an A– Average (Ontario equivalent of 80%) in both the years of full-time study before being awarded the scholarship.
  • International applicants must be proficient in English by the time of application.
  • Applicant must be registered full-time in a graduate degree program, that is,
    • 60% or more of a full course load as defined by the university
    • 40% or more for students with disabilities.

Eligibility Conditions for Ontario Graduate Scholarships

  • Master’s students are eligible to receive the scholarship for a maximum of 2 years. Whereas, doctoral students may receive the scholarship for 4 years.
  • The lifetime maximum restriction for a government-funded scholarship is six years for any student.
  • No single student can avail two government-funded scholarships concurrently. The restricted scholarships are listed below:

Application Process

The OGS program adjudication takes place at the program level, therefore deadlines and specific processes are determined by an individual master-level program at the chosen Canadian universities. However, while applying for the scholarship, students have to submit the following documents:

  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship 2020 application form
  • Confidential Academic Assessment Reports from two academic referees.
  • Academic transcripts from previously attended post-secondary institutions.
  • Copy of photocopy of the proof Canadian citizenship/ permanent resident status or copies of visa documentation.
  • Plan of study (maximum of 3,950 characters including spaces)
  • Previous awards/publications/research experience

Selection Process

There are three areas of evaluation under which each OGS 2020 application will be evaluated. Respective program departments and faculties determine the weight placed on each of the following criteria:

OGS Selection Criteria for Masters level:

CriteriaDescriptionWeighting
Academic ExcellenceTranscripts; Other academic achievements; Type of program; Course load; Duration of course; Prior scholarships and awards30%
Research Potential and Statement of InterestStatement of Interest (motivation, creativity, communication skills); Relevance of work experience; Significance and merit of proposed research; Initiative and contribution to research and development30%
Personal Characteristics/ Academic Assessment from RefereesWork experience; Leadership experience; Involvement in academic life; Project management20%

OGS Selection Criteria for Doctoral level:

CriteriaDescriptionWeighting
Academic ExcellenceAcademic records; Scholarships and awards received; Duration of the previous course30%
Research PotentialPlan of study; Judgment and originality; Initiative and autonomy; Interaction with supervisors & peers; Ability to lead and complete projects within the allotted time.50%
Personal Characteristics/ Academic Assessment from RefereesQuality of presentation; Publications; Professional relevant extracurricular interaction and mentoring20%

Conditions for Acceptance and Continuance of OGS

An Ontario Graduate Scholarship recipient must:

  • Not work for more than an average of 10 hours per week per academic session.
  • Ensure their Social Insurance Number (SIN) is recorded in WebAdvisor as the award cannot be processed without a SIN on file. This requirement does not apply to international students.
  • Not accept research assistantships, part-time teaching positions, or other paid employment that affect their status as a full-time graduate student.

Grant Details

The top public Ontario universities like Ryerson University, University of Toronto, Lakehead University, etc. combine their funds with the government to assist meritorious domestic and international students. The value of the Ontario Graduate Scholarship is USD 3,775 per term. The scholarship can be awarded for a minimum of two terms, however, the majority of the awards are awarded for three terms. One-term awards are not granted. The duration of the scholarship is up to the awarding university and is dependent on the applicant’s performance.

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