Government Funded Awards | Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies


The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is working to ensure that existing and incoming graduate students, and applicants stay informed of the University’s response to the evolving global impact of COVID-19.  The University is continuing to update our COVID-19 page with recent information, answers to FAQs and other resources. 

Existing Students: see UPDATE FROM THE AVP GRADUATE STUDIES.  For international students with questions relating to your study permit, please connect with your international student advisor; if you have gone abroad or intend to go abroad, and you have new immigration or travel concerns, please consult with your international student advisor.

Incoming Graduate Students:   Students expecting to start summer'20 should have received an email outlining your options; if not,  please email us.  Students expecting to start fall'20 should count on doing so, at least until told otherwise.  If you have questions or concerns about meeting the conditions on your offer letters, please email us.


Applicants: We continue to process applicants and issue of offers of admission. 

The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is committed to supporting our students.  We will work with you to ensure minimized disruption for all current and incoming students. 

Government Funded Awards

Government funding external awards programs may be offered by the federal or provincial government  to exceptional graduate students.  Often the government and external agencies provide the University with a set allocation which stipulates how many applications may be forwarded for further consideration in the provincial or national competition.  Applications are first adjudicated by college and/or university level awards committees.

Federal Awards

Students are enthusiastically encouraged to seek out funding from one of the Tri-Council government research granting agencies:  Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).  The University of Guelph is pleased to offer a top-up of $5,000 per year to all CGS-M and many CIHR Doctoral, NSERC Doctoral, NSERC IPS, and SSHRC Doctoral scholarship recipients for the duration that the scholarship is held. Note that Vanier CGS and CIHR/NSERC/SSHRC CGS-D recipients are not eligible.

Prospective and in-course students are encouraged to apply, keeping in mind that most external applications are due in the fall and early winter semesters each year and provide funding for the following academic year.  Get a head start by scoping out opportunities in late August and early September each year!


CGS-Master's (CGSM)

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS)

Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)


Provincial Awards

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) Program

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

Ontario Trillium Scholarship (OTS) Program

Ontario Graduate Fellowships (OGF) Programs

High Quality Personnel (HQP) Scholarship