Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)


Deadline for those submitting an application to the University of Ottawa: December 1st, 2015

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Description of Scholarship

Since 1975, Ontario, 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 academic study.  The OGS program is jointly funded by the Province of Ontario and Ontario universities.

Value and Duration of Scholarship

An OGS is valued at a maximum of $15,000 annually ($5,000 per term) and must be held for a minimum of two consecutive terms with a full-time student status.   Awards can be taken up either in May 2016, September 2016 or January 2017.

Important to note

The OGS is not transferrable between Ontario universities.  It must be held at the university that awarded it.  Students must apply for the OGS at the institution where they will be registered for the 2016-2017 academic year.  

Applicants who do not know at the time of applying for an OGS which university they will be attending, will have to submit an OGS application to each Ontario university where they are seeking admission. 

Each Ontario university now has its own specific deadlines, with its own application forms and application process.  Applicants must respect the deadlines and processes of each university.

Candidates may have to submit more than one OGS application at the University of Ottawa if they are intending to apply for admissions to more than one program of studies.  Each Faculty is given a quota and awards are not transferable between faculties.  Some faculties may allocate their quota by program of studies and they will not allow an OGS transfer between their programs.  Please confirm with the Graduate Office of the faculty with which you are applying for admissions to confirm whether a second application is required.


Each university is assigned an OGS allocation according to its share of eligible full-time domestic graduate enrolments. The University of Ottawa’s allocations are the following:

Domestic allocation (Canadian Citizen and Permanent Resident): 277 Scholarships
The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (FGPS) will give each faculty a portion of the University’s allocation. 

International allocation (students with visa or study permit): 8 Scholarships
The FGPS will give each faculty a quota of applications that can be submitted for the University’s competition.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be considered for an OGS, applicants must meet the following criteria:


  • be a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident, or Protected Person [under subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protections Act (Canada)] at the time of the OGS application deadline date.
  • inaternational students who are studying in Ontario under a temporary resident visa or student study permit, under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) are eligible for the allotted international student awards.  Applicants who do not have a valid temporary resident visa or student study permit at the time of application will be required to provide proof of a valid one at the time of taking up the award.

Minimum Academic Requirements

  • The applicant must, at minimum, meet the following OGS academic requirements: Applicants having completed zero to 24 months of graduate studies at the time of the application deadline: must have achieved a minimum average of at least A-, which is equivalent to a GPA of at least 8.0/10 GPA at the University of Ottawa, in each of the last two years of full-time studies.
  •  Students entering the third year or beyond of graduate studies at the time of the application deadline: must have an overall average of at least A- (8.0/10 GPA) on all graduate courses completed. 

Faculties may require applicants to meet more rigorous academic requirements as they deem appropriate.


  • be enrolled full-time in, or plan to enrol full-time in a graduate program for the 2016-2017 academic year at the University of Ottawa.
  • full-time or part-time student status is at the time of application not a factor.
  • if applying for funding for a master’s program, applicants cannot have completed more than 4 terms of their master’s program at the time of taking up the award.
  • if applying for funding for a PhD program, applicants cannot have completed more than 13 sessions of their PhD program at the time of taking up the award.

Funding Limitations

Master’s students can receive the scholarship for a maximum of two years and doctoral students for a maximum of four years.

In addition, there is a lifetime maximum of six (6) years of government-funded student awards not to be exceeded.  Awards under the following programs will be counted toward this lifetime maximum:

  • the Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program (OGS)
  • the Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEIIGSST)
  • the Ontario Trillium Scholarships (OTS)
  • the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC, includes Vanier)
  • the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC, includes Vanier)
  • the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR, includes Vanier)
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Please download and read carefully the OGS Application Instructions on how to complete your OGS application form.


The results will be announced in the Spring of 2016

OGS decisions are final; there will be no appeals accepted

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