Ontario Graduate Scholarship


Faculty of Information Info Session

Prof. Leslie Shade, Chair of Awards Committee, will be holding an information session on Tuesday, February 4th from 12pm to 1pm. All interested students are invited to attend.

Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Time: 12-1pm – Please be on time as we must vacate room by 1pm!
Location:  BL728 – Updated location as of January 30th
Please RSVP by Friday, January 31st

2020-2021 Ontario Graduate Scholarship

Award Overview

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

  • Incoming PhD: January 15, 2020
  • Incoming Master’s: January 31, 2020
  • Current PhD and Master’s: March 1, 2020

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)
Results:
May 2020 (International applicants)
July 2020 (Domestic applicants)

Purpose
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.

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 domestic 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 2020-2021;
    • An eligible program is defined as a full-time program of study of two or three sessions 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 support available for their current level of study (see Maximum Support below); 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. 

The eligibility criteria provided here 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.

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 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. 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, Ontario Trillium Scholarship, Vanier CGS, or another OGS.

The eligibility criteria provided here 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.

Maximum Support
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) (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)

Application Process
Applicants must submit an OGS application to their proposed graduate unit using the U of T School of Graduate Studies centralized online OGS application. Each graduate unit will have their own internal submission deadline to which applicants must adhere. See detailed OGS Application Instructions here.

Once completed and submitted online, the entire application will be available to the proposed graduate unit(s) for review and consideration.

Important note for prospective students: Students must submit an OGS application to each institution for which they are seeking admission. OGS awards are not transferrable from one university to another. If applying to multiple departments within the U of T, a separate OGS application must be submitted to each department.

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.

  • Previous awards/publications/conference/research experience
  • Two academic references (referees will be required to submit online)

Indigenous Scholar Award
The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) has permitted universities to allocate up to 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 have indicated this status on their OGS application will be eligible to be considered for one of two (2) Ontario Graduate Scholarship Indigenous Scholar Awards and potentially other Indigenous awards offered by the School of Graduate Studies.

Results
Graduate unit adjudication results must be updated on the OGS application system by graduate units by

  • Mid-April 2020. Official award offers will be sent out by SGS in May 2020.
  • June 1, 2020. Official award offers will be sent out by SGS in July 2020.