Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) Program
The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) Program recognizes academic excellence in graduate studies at the master's and doctoral levels in all disciplines of academic study. The program is jointly supported by funds provided by the Ministry of Training, College and Universities ('ministry') and funds provided by the University of Guelph. The ministry contributes two-thirds of the value of the award and the university provides one-third.
Important: Students must apply for OGS at the institution where they are/or plan to be registered in a master’s or doctoral program in 2020-21. The OGS is not transferrable; it must be held at the institution at which it was awarded.
At the University of Guelph, applicants to the OGS who enroll or are enrolled in QEII-GSST eligible programs will be automatically considered for that opportunity as well. Successful applicants will receive either an OGS or a QEII-GSST.
For the 2020-21 OGS competition the University of Guelph can award the following:
- TBD (135 awarded in 2019-20) OGS will be awarded to Canadian citizens, Permanent Residents, or Protected Persons (2 of these awards will be set aside for Aboriginal (First Nations, Inuit, Métis) applicants who self-identify on the OGS application)
- TBD (4 awarded in 2019-20) OGS will be awarded to international students who are studying in Ontario under a temporary resident visa
The OGS is valued at $15,000 for one year. A recipient will be awarded $5,000 per semester for up to three semesters.
The deadline to apply for 2020-21 OGS funding at Guelph is January 31, 2020. A complete OGS application consists of the following:
- A complete OGS Application Form, submitted to your Graduate Program Assistant via email.
- Two (2) Academic Assessments, submitted directly by your referees to your Graduate Program Assistant via email, from the referees' official institutional or corporate email addresses (i.e., assessments may not be submitted from gmail, hotmail or similar email accounts). Note: if your referees prefer, hard copies of the Academic Assessments will be accepted provided they are submitted to you in sealed, signed envelopes for you to deliver to your Graduate Program Assistant, or they are mailed directly to the Graduate Program Assistant.
- For students not currently registered in a graduate program at Guelph: A complete application for admission to a graduate program at Guelph, submitted prior to January 31, 2020; it takes some time to complete an application for admission, so please start your admission application well in advance of the OGS deadline.
NOTE: Transcripts are not required as part of your OGS application; they will be accessed from your application for admission.
The University of Guelph will use the following criteria to evaluate all OGS applications:
Academic Record (40%)
- Other academic accomplishments
- Prior scholarships and awards
- Publications and presentations
Statement of Interest/Plan of Study (Research Proposal) (30%)
- Statement of Interest for Master’s (motivation, creativity, significance, communication skills)
- Plan of Study for Doctoral (feasibility, merit and significance, communication skills)
Academic Assessment from Referees (30% total, 15% per assessment)
- Ability to complete projects within an appropriate time period
- Contribution to research development
- Critical thinking, application of knowledge, judgement, originality, initiative, autonomy, enthusiasm for research
- Academic training and relevant work experience (co-op included)
- Professional and extracurricular interactions and collaborations with supervisors, colleagues, and peers (e.g. teaching, mentoring, supervising, project managing, chairing committees, organising conferences/meetings, elected positions, etc.)
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 (QEII-GSST)
- 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)
- Be registered or intend to register in an eligible program on a full-time basis
- Have not exceeded the lifetime maximum of government-funded support or maximum OGS support available for their current level of study (see Maximum Support)
- Master’s students must have completed, as of December 31, 2019, between zero and 12 months of full-time studies at the master’s level
- Doctoral students must have completed, as of December 31, 2019, between zero and 36 months of full-time studies at the doctoral level
- In the case of students who transferred from a Master’s program to a doctoral program, this will be calculated starting with the first semester in which the student was enrolled in a doctoral program
- Must have achieved a first-class average (minimum A-) in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent)
- 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) in the last two registered years, then the next most recent semester of available undergraduate or graduate marks will be used to determine eligibility
To hold an OGS:
- Recipients must register and remain enrolled as a full-time student at the University of Guelph in an eligible program.
- Recipients who withdraw, transfer to part-time studies, or fail to complete the semester may be required to repay the award. A withdrawal in a subsequent semester will not require repayment of the award for any completed semesters. A recipient who plans to complete or withdraw from their program, or transfer to part-time status, during a semester they hold the OGS should contact the Graduate Awards Officers (firstname.lastname@example.org) to determine if they will be required to pay back their award.
- Recipients cannot hold an OGS concurrently with the following:
Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST)
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)
- Recipients may accept research assistantships, part-time teaching positions, or other paid employment that does not affect their status as a full-time graduate student.
- Recipients must be in good standing with the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). Students who have never applied for OSAP are in good standing.
- Recipients must ensure their Social Insurance Number (SIN) is recorded in WebAdvisor. The award cannot be processed without a SIN on file. The requirement for a SIN does not apply to international students.
Contacts & Resources
If you have questions about the application process, please contact your Graduate Program Assistant.