Ontario Graduate Scholarship

2021-2022 Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) Information Session for iSchool Students

Date: Monday, February 22, 2021
Time: 12-1pm
Please RSVP – Zoom link to be sent to Faculty of Information students directly prior to session
Note: This session is specifically designed for Faculty of Information students that are planning to apply OGS, have referees contacted, and want some general feedback about their Plan of Study.

SGS Information Sessions

Graduate Award Information sessions are available to students interested in applying for Federal and/or Provincial awards (to start award in 2021-22 academic year). Note: international students are only eligible to apply for Vanier and OGS out of the sessions being offered.

Updated September 3, 2020:
Recordings from the SGS Tri-Agency awards and OGS information sessions for students are now available via Quercus for streaming.

The slides from these presentations are also available on the SGS website within each of the award’s pages under the “Additional Info” section:


2021-2022 Ontario Graduate Scholarship

Award Overview

Student Deadline to Graduate Unit: Date set by Graduate Unit
(All deadlines include Visa/International OGS Applicants)

  • Incoming PhD: March 1, 2021
  • Incoming Master’s: March 1, 2021
  • Current PhD and Master’s: March 1, 2021

Value/Duration: $5,000 per session for 2 or 3 consecutive sessions
Level of study:
Master’s or Doctoral
Required Legal Status:
International (valid study permit)
Domestic Students (Canadian citizen, permanent resident, protected persons)
May 2021 (International applicants)
July 2021 (Domestic applicants)

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) program encourages excellence in graduate studies at publicly-assisted universities in Ontario. Since 1975, the OGS program has been providing merit-based scholarships to Ontario’s best graduate students in all disciplines of academic study. The scholarship program at U of T is jointly funded by the Province of Ontario and the University of Toronto. The Province allocates OGS awards to universities specifying the number of awards that each may offer to their students annually.

Indigenous Scholar Awards
The Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) has permitted universities to offer a minimum of two (2) OGS awards exclusively to Indigenous graduate students with the aim to recognize excellence and promote equitable access and participation in the Ontario Graduate Scholarship program by Indigenous applicants.

Graduate students who are Indigenous to Canada (recognized in the Constitution Act, 1982 as a person who identifies with First nations (Status/Non-Status), Métis, or Inuit) and provide this information on their OGS application may be eligible to be considered for one of at least three (3) Ontario Graduate Scholarship Indigenous Scholar Awards and potentially other Indigenous awards offered by the School of Graduate Studies.

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; International 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 (valid study permits must be effective as of the graduate units’ OGS international application deadline);
  • Be registered or intend to register in an eligible program on a full-time basis in 2021-2022;
    • 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
  • Have not exceeded the lifetime maximum of government-funded support or maximum OGS/QEII-GSST support available for their current level of study (see SGS OGS website under maximum support); and
  • Have achieved at least A- (or equivalent) in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent); or if the student has completed 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 (e.g. 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 an OGS Award
To hold an OGS 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 OGS 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 term;
  • 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. Students who have never applied for OSAP are in good standing.  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 OGS from the University of Toronto; and
  • Cannot hold an OGS award in the same session (overlapping) or from the same award year as a scholarship from SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR, QEII-GSST, or another OGS.

The eligibility criteria provided above are the minimum requirements only. Graduate units may impose additional criteria to apply, receive, or hold an OGS. Please inquire with your graduate unit regarding any additional requirements or conditions to those listed here.

Note: MI, MMSt, CDP – Eligibility to Hold an OGS Award:
Students in course-based programs (including our MI, MMSt and CDP) are eligible for the OGS. A significant research component is not required for students to hold an OGS.

Application Process
Applicants must submit an OGS application to their proposed graduate unit using the U of T OGS Online Application.

Each graduate unit will have their own internal submission deadline to which applicants must adhere. Applicants should verify the graduate unit application deadline and review the U of T OGS Application Instructions prior to starting an OGS application.

Once the entire application has been completed and submitted online, it will be made available to the proposed graduate unit for review and consideration.

Important note for prospective students: OGS awards are not transferrable between universities or between graduate units at U of T. Accordingly, students must submit an OGS application to each graduate unit for which they are seeking admission at U of T and to each Ontario institution if applying to multiple universities (each institution will have its own unique OGS application and process).

Important note for International (visa) students: Applicants holding or will be holding a valid study permit by the graduate unit’s OGS international application deadline are eligible to apply following the same application process and internal deadlines set by their current or proposed graduate unit. Graduate units will select and forward a limited number of applications to the School of Graduate Studies to compete in a centralized adjudication.

  • OGS application form
  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions (unofficial and student-issued transcripts are permitted; e.g., ACORN screenshots).
  • Previous awards/publications/conference/research experience.
  • Plan of study (Maximum 2 pages (1 page for Plan of Study, 1 page for references/citations).
  • Two academic references (referees will be required to submit online).

Graduate units will update their competition results on the OGS application system, viewable by applicants by June 1, 2021. Official OGS award offers will be issued by SGS starting July 2021.

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