The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) program is funded by the provincial government to encourage excellence in graduate studies at the masters and doctoral levels.
It is a merit-based scholarship and awards are available to students, including international students, in all disciplines of academic study. Key points of this scholarship include:
- It is valued at $15,000 per year
- The minimum duration the scholarship may be held for is two consecutive terms
- Be an international student studying in Ontario with a student study permit to be eligible for this award
- A candidate should have achieved a first-class average, (minimum of A-/80%)*, in EACH of the last two full-time academic years
- Transcripts are required from all post-secondary institutions attended, whether a degree was received or not; graduate transcripts are required even if fall 2017 is the first term in the program.
- The same scholarship application form is also used to evaluate a candidate for Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST), which is also valued at $15,000 per year.
- Students have the option to take up the OGS or QEII-GSST award for a minimum of two terms (receiving $10,000 total) or three terms (receiving $15,000 total). The awards are non-renewable.
Selection is based on the following three criteria:
Academic Excellence, with a weight of 30-50% and as demonstrated by academic transcripts, list of competitive scholarships, awards, and honors
Research Ability and Potential in Program Study, with a weight of 30-50% and as demonstrated by publications, conferences, presentations, and originality
Communication and Leadership Ability, with a weight of 0-20%, and as demonstrated by a list of relevant volunteer, leadership, and academic work experience