Graduate Scholarships

Posted on Wednesday, November 21, 2018

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Iceberg floating in the sea entitled 4 Graduate Scholarships you should apply for!

 

If you are interested in applying to our Master’s of Environmental Sustainability program and you have a strong academic background, we strongly suggest that you apply for funding! Visit the Awards and financial support page for more information. Below, we highlight four scholarships opportunities. Please be sure to click on the links for full eligibility criteria and application procedures. 

Taking the time to apply for funding and completing your master’s program without worrying about a part-time job is well worth the effort. Good luck!

1. Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) / Bourses d’études supérieures de l’Ontario (BÉSO)

Deadline to apply : December 1st
Scholarship amount: $15,000

Length of Scholarship: One year, non-renewable, but students may choose to apply for funding for subsequent years of study.

Eligibility: Canadian citizens and permanent residents with an admission average of 8.0 or more are eligible to apply (you do not need to be a resident of Ontario). The award is available for students interested in our one-year Research Paper option and our two-year Thesis option.

Beware though, OGS applications are not transferrable from one university to another, or even from one Faculty to another.  Be sure to submit an OGS application for the Master’s of Environmental Sustainability program at the University of Ottawa’s Institute of the Environment!

Your Chances: Each Faculty / Institute gets an OGS quota, and based on the number of eligible applications from last year, your success rate at the Institute of the Environment is somewhere around 33%. Those chances are way better than buying a lottery ticket, so be sure to apply!

2. Canadian Graduate Scholarship Program (CGS) – CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC / Bourses d'études supérieures du Canada (BÉSC) - IRSC, CRSNG et CRSH

Deadline to apply : December 1st
Scholarship amount: $17,500

Length of Scholarship: One year, non-renewable.

Eligibility:  Canadian citizens and permanent residents with an admission average of 8.0 or more are eligible to apply. An eligible graduate program must have a significant research component; this award is therefore only available for students interested in our two-year thesis option. Please refer to the website for additional restrictions on eligibility.

Your chances: The University of Ottawa receives a CGS allocation. The application is reviewed and recommended by the department, then the faculty, and is then submitted to the University for review. This is a more competitive award, but one that is still well worth applying to!

3. Smart Prosperity Institute (SPI) Research Fellowships La bourse de recherche IntelliProspérité 

Deadline to apply: December 1st for International Students; February 1st for Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
Scholarship amount: Minimum $5,000; Maximum $10,000.

Length of Scholarship: One year, non-renewable.

Eligibility: Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and International students with an admission average of 8.0 or more and a research interest that aligns with SPI (ex. the green economy). The award is available for students interested in our one-year Research Paper option and our two-year Thesis option.

Recipients of the Fellowship will provide research assistance during their studies to Smart Prosperity Institute, located at the University of Ottawa's Institute of the Environment.

To apply, students should signal their interest in being considered for the award in their letter of intent, explain how their research interests align with SPI’s, and demonstrate how their experience would make them an ideal candidate.

Your chances: This award is only available to eligible students who apply to our Master’s of Environmental Sustainability program, and is reviewed by the Institute of the Environment’s Research Director Geoff McCarney. If you are a strong candidate (GPA 8.0+) with a background in Economics, and are interested in doing research on the green economy, please apply! Your chances are very good.

Smart Prosperity Institute is a national research network and policy think tank based at the University of Ottawa. We deliver world-class research and work with public and private partners – all to advance practical policies and market solutions for a stronger, cleaner economy.

Smiling student poses in front of a beautiful scenery of a blue lake and green pine trees

M.Sc. Candidate and Smart Prosperity Institute Research Fellow Lauren Crumley

Smiling students stands in a tree grove in winter

M.Sc. Candidate and Smart Prosperity Institute Research Fellow Angela Barakat

 

4. Queen Elizabeth II graduate scholarships in science and technology (QEII - GSST)]

Deadline to apply: May 17, 2019

Scholarship amount: maximum $15,000

Length of Scholarship: One year, non-renewable

Eligibility: Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident, or Protected Person [under subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protections Act (Canada)] at the time of submitting your QEII-GSST application.

In your application file, you will have to include a letter from the business, organization or individual who will be providing one third of funds. The letter must clearly state the guaranteed funding they will provide and the duration of the funding. A priority will be given to applications with a matching source whose normal activities include a significant share of R&D or R&D sponsoring. The University of Ottawa must invoice the organization and the funds cannot come from a grant administered by the University of Ottawa.

There will be a very limited number of QEII-GSST awards available for applicants who do not provide a letter that will guarantee one third of the funding.

Read our blog: 6 Practical Tips for writing Scholarship Proposal Grants

Authored by Catherine Legault, Assistant Director (Graduate Studies) at the Institute of the Environment

 

 

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