Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), 2017-2018

Deadline for those submitting an application to the University of Ottawa: December 1st, 2016 at 11:59. p.m.

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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 2017, September 2017or January 2018.

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 2017-2018 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 have applied or will be 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 Citizens and Permanent Residents): 271 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 submitting the OGS application.
  • foreign 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 completed studies (full-time equivalent).

Some general guidelines for one year full-time equivalent are:

  • Undergraduate studies – an example of one year of full-time studies is being registered full-time for the Fall 2015 and the Winter 2016 terms
  • Graduate studies - one year of full-time studies is equivalent to 3 terms of full-time studies. 
  • Part-time studies – 2 terms of part-time studies equal one term of full-time studies both for undergraduate and graduate studies.  Grades obtained in part-time terms will count in the calculation of the GPA if the part-times terms are within the full-time equivalent of each of the last two years.  If there is only one part-time term in the period of each of the last 2 years of completed studies, the mark or marks from this term will be included in the calculation of the GPA.
  • Students entering the third year or beyond (25 months or more) 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, even if a graduate course was taken while completing an undergraduate degree, diploma or certificate even if this course was part of the undergraduate degree, diploma or certificate.

Courses taken and completed after August 31st, 2016 will not be considered in the calculation of the GPA.

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 2017-2018 academic year at the University of Ottawa.
  • full-time or part-time student status at the time of application is 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, either in May 2017, September 2017 or January 2018.
  • If applying for funding for a PhD program, applicants cannot have completed more than 13 terms of their PhD program at the time of taking up the award, either in May 2017, September 2017 or January 2018.

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 2017

OGS decisions are final; there will be no appeals accepted.

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