Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) and QEII Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST)
Since 1975, the Ontario government, in partnership with Ontario's publicly assisted universities, has encouraged excellence in graduate studies at the master's and doctoral levels through the awarding of Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS). OGS awards are merit-based scholarships available to students in all disciplines of graduate study. The Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST) program is in addition to and harmonized with the OGS program. QEII-GSST awards are merit-based scholarships available to domestic students in graduate study undertaking research in science and technology fields. The OGS and QEII-GSST programs are jointly funded by the Province of Ontario and Ontario universities. The Province of Ontario contributes two-thirds of the value of every award and the university provides one-third through private donations to Western.
Both OGS and QEII-GSST awards are annually allocated to eligible universities in Ontario. Western’s allocations for the 2016-2017 OGS and QEII-GSST competition are as follows:
- 272 OGS awards to support domestic students
- 8 OGS awards to support international students
- 2 OGS awards to support Indigenous to Canada - First Nations, Métis, Inuit students
- 58 QEII-GSST awards to support domestic students in science and technology research in the Faculties of Engineering, Science and the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry
At Western, applicants are automatically considered for both the OGS and the QEII-GSST through one application - Western’s Online OGS/QEII-GSST Application.
Value and Duration
- $15,000 for one year (3 consecutive terms)
- Available start dates for the current competition are May 1st 2016 or September 1st 2016. A January 1st 2017 start date is an option with the award holder's program start date.
Timeline and Deadlines
- October 1st 2015 – Western’s Online OGS/QEII-GSST Application opens
- January 22nd 2016 4:00pm (EST) - Application Deadline, the Western’s Online OGS/QEII-GSST Application only remains open to students with applications in progress
- January 29th 2016 4:00pm (EST) - Final Submission Deadline, Western’s Online OGS/QEII-GSST Application closes for the year
- April 29th, 2016 – OGS/QEII-GSST results are released by SGPS to applicants
To be able to access the Online Application and be considered for an OGS/QEII-GSST at
Western, an applicant must:
- Be a current graduate student, or have submitted an application for admission to a Western graduate program.
- Be a Canadian citizen, a Permanent Resident, or a Protected Person [under subsection 95 (2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protections Act (Canada)] as of the OGS/QEII application deadline.
- If an OGS/QEII-GSST applicant is international student holding a valid Study Permit as of the OGS/QEII-GSST application deadline, they may be considered for one of eight (8) OGS awards that the MTCU has allowed Western to provide to International Students.
- If an OGS/QEII-GSST applicant is an Indigenous to Canada - First Nations, Métis, Inuit student (A person Indigenous to Canada, as recognized in the Constitution Act, 1982, is a person who identifies with First Nations (Status/Non-Status), Métis, or Inuit cultural and/or ancestral background) they may be considered for one of two (2) OGS awards that the MTCU has allowed Western to provide to Indigenous to Canada students.
NEW! Time in Program Eligibility
An OGS/QEII-GSST applicant must have enough eligibility time left in his/her graduate program current or proposed graduate program, to be able to hold the OGS/QEII Scholarship if successful. The determination is measured for the current competition as of January 1st 2016.
OGS/QEII-GSST Applicants seeking Doctoral Support for:
- A four year (12 term) Doctoral program must be in term 9 or less as of January 1st
- A direct-entry (15 term) or a master’s to doctoral transfer (15 term) Doctoral program must be in term 12 or less as of January 1st
OGS/QEII-GSST Applicants seeking Master’s Support for:
- A 2-year (6 term) Master’s program must be in term 3 or less as of January 1st
- A 5-term Master’s program must be in term 2 or less as of January 1st
- A 3-term or 4-term Master’s program will not have completed any time in the program as of January 1st
Also, a OGS/QEII-GSST applicant:
- Must not have exceeded the lifetime maximum of two (2) OGS/QEII-GSST awards held at the master's level, nor exceeded the lifetime maximum of four (4) OGS/QEII-GSST awards held at the doctoral level.
- Must not have exceeded the lifetime maximum of six (6) years of government-funded student award support from the following programs/agencies:
- Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS)
- Ontario Trillium Scholarships (OTS)
- Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST)
- Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
- An OGS/QEII-GSST applicant must have achieved a minimum of 80% or equivalent, in each of the last two completed years of full-time study (full-time equivalent).
- The eligibility averages are based on grades on the transcripts up to August 31st, 2015.
How to Apply: Application Open
OGS Application Handbook - visual aid of Western's OGS/QEII-GSST Application
The Application is divided into five components and can be completed at your own pace:
- Progress - view your progress in each of the next four components that you are required to complete
- Academic History - a summary of your previous academic history, accomplishments and awards
- Proposal - your outline of proposed research
- Referees - identify two professors who will each complete and upload an academic recommendation in support of your OGS application
- Consents and Acknowledgements - confirmation that you understand your responsibilities in completing this application prior to submission
All information that you are asked to provide should be relevant to your university academic career. Please ensure that you fulfill all of the conditions of eligibility before continuing with the application.
As you progress in the application will be able to save and continue the application at anytime. Once your referees have submitted their references you will be able to ‘finalize and submit’ the application. After you have ‘finalized and submitted’ the application you will no longer be able to update or modify the application. Your application must be 'finalized and submitted' by the application deadline in order to be considered.
Holding the Award at Western
Acceptance and Activation
Initiate the payment process at Western by following these steps:
- Access the Student Center
- Select ‘Self Service’ from the main menu, then 'Campus Finances'
- Select ‘My External Scholarships’ and follow the activation steps for your award
- Choose the start date that matches the date stipulated by the agency in the offer
Method of Payment
- SGPS administers the payment of external scholarships to Western recipients. The annual value of the award is divided into three equal installments and applied to your Student Center account at the start of every term (September, January and May). Residual funds are refunded to students beginning the Tuesday of the second full week of each new term.
Terms and Conditions
Faculty Specific Processes
- The Graduate Scholarship Contact for the OGS/QEII-GSST competition in each graduate program is responsible for coordinating the internal competition and for assessing the eligibility of scholarship applicants.
All information updated September 21, 2015