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Undergraduate admission scholarships and bursaries 2020-2021

General eligibility criteria for an admission scholarship or bursary Information icon
  • Meet the admission requirements of the faculty concerned
  • Be a first-time registered undergraduate student
  • Be a Canadian citizen, be a permanent resident or have protected person status (unless otherwise indicated.)
 
Admission scholarships 2020-2021

University of Ottawa Admission Scholarship

Value

Admission average of:
95-100% = $4,000
90-94.9% = $3,000
85-89.9% = $2,000
80-84.9% = $1,000

 

Description

The University of Ottawa Admission Scholarship automatically provides between $1,000 and $4,000 to all eligible full-time students with an average of 80% or more who are studying in a direct-entry faculty or in the Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section. No application is required for this scholarship; all eligible students are automatically considered for this award.

 

French Studies Bursary

Value

$4,000 ($1,000 per year)

Description

The French Studies Bursary is automatically awarded to full-time students enrolled in a direct-entry faculty or in the Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section, who are taking each term at least 3 courses (9 units) taught in French, or 2 courses (6 units) taught in French, or in French as a second language (FLS) if you are in French immersion or in extended French. This bursary can be renewed for the three following years provided the student maintains full-time enrolment in a direct-entry faculty or in the Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section, and is enrolled each term in at least 3 courses (9 units) taught in French, or 2 courses (6 units) taught in French, or in French as a second language (FLS) if you are in French immersion or in extended French, and maintains a minimum CGPA of 5.50 at the end of each academic year. No application is required for this bursary; all eligible students are automatically evaluated for this award.

  • Some exceptions to these requirements may be made for students participating in an international exchange or in a program where they are unable to take the required number of units in French.

BURSARIES FOR POSTSECONDARY STUDIES IN FRENCH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

Value

$3,000

Description

The Government of Canada has committed to promoting a bilingual country, in particular by assisting English-speaking Canadians learning French. With this in mind, a French as a second language bursary program has been created. This new program is administered by the Association des collèges et universités de la francophonie canadienne (ACUFC) and Canadian Heritage.

To be eligible, you must meet these criteria:

  • Have English as you first Canadian official language spoken
  • Have completed secondary school in an English-language institution and graduated from this institution
  • Be enrolled full time for the first time in an undergraduate program in a direct-entry faculty or the Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section
  • Be enrolled in a program taught in French or in the French Immersion Stream
  • Be at least 17 years old by the first day of class
  • Demonstrate that you have sufficient knowledge of French to be able to study in it (You must provide a transcript showing that you have taken courses in French in high school, college or university in Canada for at least two years.)
  • Take at least six units (two courses) per term taught in French
  • Demonstrate financial need, as determined by the Financial Aid and Awards Service of the University of Ottawa

This bursary can be combined with other scholarships or bursaries offered at the University of Ottawa.

To apply, go to Online Scholarships and Bursaries.

Deadline

May 15th

Professional Training Scholarship

Value

$1,000 minimum

Description

The Professional Training Scholarship is automatically awarded upon admission to some students who have an excellent academic record and are enrolled full time in an undergraduate program in the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, the Faculty of Education or the Faculty of Medicine, MD Program. No application is required for this scholarship; all eligible students are automatically considered for this award.

Admission Contests

Value

Variable

Description

Francophone and French-immersion students can participate in a number of contests to win admission awards. Some of the contests are offered through French for the Future, Canadian Parents for French or Association des universités de la francophonie canadienne. A full list of available contests is available through the Online Scholarships and Bursaries tool.

Faculty admission scholarships 2020-2021

Faculty of Arts Dean's Merit Scholarship

Value

$4,000 ($1,000 per year)

Description

The Faculty of Arts awards 10 of these renewable scholarships, each valued at a total of $4,000. Eligible applicants must be enrolled full time, and for the first time, in an undergraduate program at the Faculty of Arts and have a minimum admission average of 90%. This scholarship can be renewed for the three following years provided the student has a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 9.00 or higher at the end of a term (in at least 24 units) and is enrolled full time at the Faculty of Arts. No application is required for this scholarship. The scholarship is awarded during the summer preceding your studies.

  • All eligible students, including international students, are automatically considered for this award.
  • This scholarship cannot be combined with the President’s Scholarship or the Chancellor’s Scholarship.

Faculty of Engineering Dean's Merit Scholarship

Value

Admission average of:
95-100% = $5,000
90-94.9% = $4,000

Description

The Faculty of Engineering awards 35 of these scholarships to students with an admission average between 95-100% ($5,000) or between 90-94.9% ($4,000). Applicants must be enrolled full time, and for the first time, in an undergraduate program at the Faculty of Engineering.

  • No application is required for this scholarship; all eligible students including international students are automatically considered for this award.

Faculty of Engineering Memorial Scholarship

Value

$2,000

Description

The Faculty of Engineering awards this scholarship to seven female students—one from each of the engineering programs (excluding computer science). This $2,000 award is given to the applicants with a minimum admission average of 80% and who best fulfill the eligibility criteria. To apply, students must submit a letter explaining why they are applying to an engineering program as well as an up-to-date resumé highlighting their latest academic and extracurricular achievements. Applications must be submitted online.

  • All female students admitted to the Faculty of Engineering, including international students, are eligible for this scholarship.

Deadline

March 31

Faculty of Science Undergraduate Research Scholarship

Value

$10,000

Description

The Faculty of Science awards 16 of these scholarships to the best eligible students. This scholarship consists of two work terms with a research group at the Faculty of Science or the Faculty of Medicine (first work term = $3,750; second work term = $6,250). Students must be enrolled full time, for the first time in September, in an undergraduate program at the Faculty of Science and have a minimum admission average of 92%. They must also demonstrate research skills and involvement in extracurricular scientific activities. Applications must include a letter of recommendation from a science teacher and a 250-word text describing how the candidate explores their passion for science and shares it with others. Students must also be available for an interview in the spring. Applications must be submitted online.

  • Areas of research include biochemistry, biology, biopharmaceutical science, biotechnology, chemistry, environmental science, immunology, mathematics and statistics, microbiology, neurology, pharmacology, physics, physiology and virology.

Deadline

March 15

Faculty of Social Sciences Dean's Excellence Award

Value

$4,000

Description

The Faculty of Social Sciences awards a variable number of these $4,000 scholarships to the best eligible students enrolled full time in an undergraduate program at the Faculty of Social Sciences with a minimum admission average of 92%. This scholarship is also awarded to some students who have applied for but have not received a President’s Scholarship or a Chancellor’s Scholarship. No application is required for this scholarship; all eligible students are automatically evaluated for this award.

Faculty of Social Sciences Jean Chrétien Scholarship

Value

$5,000

Description

The Faculty of Social Sciences awards up to five $5,000 scholarships to the best eligible students enrolled full time in an undergraduate program in political science or public administration and who have a minimum admission average of 92%. To apply, students must submit an up-to-date resumé highlighting their leadership qualities and latest academic and extracurricular achievements. Applications must be submitted online.

Deadline

March 31

Fleur de Lys Admission Scholarship

Value

$10,000 ($2,500 per year)

Description

Created through a generous donation by Mr. Ian Telfer, the Fleur de Lys Scholarship Fund aims to lighten the financial burden of francophone students at the Telfer School of Management, while encouraging and supporting the activities and programs offered by the School. A variable number of these scholarships are awarded each year. 

Eligibity criteria:

  • Be enrolled full time in the French Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) program
  • Be enrolled in at least 3 courses (9 units) per term taught in French
  • Be a resident of a province or territory in Canada other than Ontario
  • Have completed your high school, CEGEP or equivalent education in French
  • Have the highest admission average among applicants to the program

These scholarships are granted for four years, upon condition that the student maintains a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 7.00 or higher at the end of each academic year, remains a full-time student and takes at least 9 units in French per term at the Telfer School of Management.

Prestigious admission scholarship 2020-2021

Schulich Leader Scholarship

Value

$80,000 to $100,000

Description

The annual Schulich Leader Scholarships program was established in 2012 by the Schulich Foundation. The scholarships recognize the academic excellence and community leadership of students intending to study science, technology, engineering or mathematics. They are worth between $80,000 and $100,000 and are awarded to two students who demonstrate outstanding community leadership, academic excellence and financial need. To be eligible, applicants must be in their final year of high school or in CEGEP and be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Students must be nominated by their high school or CEGEP. Applications must be submitted online.

Deadline

February

President's Scholarship

Value

$30,000 ($7,500 per year)

Description

The President’s Scholarship is awarded to one full-time undergraduate student in each of the direct-entry faculties. Valued at $30,000, it is one of the most prestigious scholarships at the University of Ottawa. Applicants must be bilingual (English and French), have an admission average of 92% or higher and demonstrate leadership qualities and a commitment to academic and extracurricular activities. This scholarship can be renewed for the three following years provided the student maintains full-time enrolment and a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 8.50. The University also provides a one-time award of $1,500 to applicants in second, third and fourth place for each of the six scholarships. Applications must be submitted online.

  • Students can renew their scholarship at 50% of the annual value if they have a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) between 8.00 and 8.49 at the end of the academic year. They can also renew their scholarship for the full amount in a subsequent year if their CGPA increases to 8.50 or higher.
  • Recipients cannot combine the President's Scholarship with the University of Ottawa Admission Scholarship, the Chancellor's Scholarship, the Faculty of Arts Dean's Merit Scholarship or the Merit Scholarship.

Deadline

March 1

Chancellor's Scholarship

Value

$26,000 ($6,500 per year)

Description

The Chancellor’s Scholarship is awarded to one student in each of the direct-entry faculties. Valued at $26,000, it is one of the most prestigious scholarships at the University of Ottawa. Applicants must have an admission average of 92% or higher and demonstrate leadership qualities and a commitment to academic and extracurricular activities. This scholarship can be renewed for the three following years provided the student maintains full-time enrolment in a direct-entry faculty and a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 8.50. The University also provides a one-time award of $1,500 to applicants in second, third and fourth place for each of the six scholarships. Applications must be submitted online.

  • Students can renew their scholarship at 50% of the annual value if they have a CGPA between 8.00 and 8.49 at the end of the academic year. They can also renew their scholarship for the full amount in a subsequent year if their CGPA increases to 8.50 or higher.
  • Recipients cannot combine the Chancellor's Scholarship with the University of Ottawa Admission Scholarship, the President's Scholarship, the Faculty of Arts Dean's Merit Scholarship or the Merit Scholarship.

Deadline

March 1

Indigenous Leadership Scholarship

Value

$26,000 ($6,500 per year)

Description

The Indigenous Leadership Scholarship is awarded to an Indigenous student who demonstrates academic excellence and outstanding leadership skills. Valued at $26,000, it is one of the most prestigious scholarships at the University of Ottawa. Applicants must be of Indigenous origin (and provide proof of this), and be enrolled full time and for the first time in an undergraduate program at a direct-entry faculty. They must have an admission average of 85% or higher and demonstrate leadership qualities and commitment to academic and extracurricular activities. This scholarship can be renewed for the three following years provided the student maintains full-time enrolment in a direct-entry faculty and a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 8.50. The University also provides a one-time award of $1,500 to applicants who are ranked second, third and fourth for each of the six scholarships. Applications must be submitted online.

  • Preference will be given to students who are able to speak an Indigenous language.
  • Students can renew their scholarship at 50% of the annual value if they have a CGPA between 8.00 and 8.49 at the end of the academic year. They can also renew their scholarship for the full amount in a subsequent year if their CGPA increases to 8.50 or higher.
  • This scholarship cannot be combined with the University of Ottawa Admission Scholarship, the President’s Scholarship, the Chancellor’s Scholarship or the Merit Scholarship.

Deadline

March 1

Loran Award

Value

Up to $100,000

Description

Every year, the Loran Scholars Foundation offers prestigious admission scholarships to students who distinguish themselves through their determination and commitment to community service and leadership. Applicants must be in their final year of uninterrupted full-time studies in high school or CEGEP, have a minimum cumulative average of 85% for students outside of Quebec or present an R score equal to or higher than 29 for students in Quebec, be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and be at least 16 years of age by September 1 of the following year. Applications must be submitted online.

  • Students planning to attend university outside of Quebec after only one year of CEGEP are also eligible to apply in their first year of CEGEP.

Deadline

October

Scholarships for international students 2020-2021

President's Scholarship for International Students

Value

$30,000 ($7,500 per year)

Description

The President’s Scholarship is awarded to one full-time undergraduate international student. Valued at $30,000, it is one of the most prestigious scholarships at the University of Ottawa. Applicants must hold a student visa, have a minimum admission average of 92% (or equivalent) and demonstrate leadership qualities and a commitment to academic and extracurricular activities. This scholarship can be renewed for the three following years provided the student maintains full-time enrolment, international student status and a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 8.50. The University also provides a one-time award of $1,500 to applicants in second, third and fourth place. Applications must be submitted online.

  • Students can renew their scholarship at 50% of the annual value if they have a CGPA between 8.00 and 8.49 at the end of the academic year. They can also renew their scholarship for the full amount in a subsequent year if their CGPA increases to 8.50 or higher.
  • This scholarship cannot be combined with a Chancellor's Scholarship for International Students, with the Faculty of Arts Dean's Merit Scholarship or with the Merit Scholarship.

Deadline

April 30

Chancellor's Scholarship for International Students

Value

$26,000 ($6,500 per year)

Description

The Chancellor’s Scholarship is awarded to one full-time undergraduate international student. Valued at $26,000, it is one of the most prestigious scholarships at the University of Ottawa. Applicants must hold a student visa, have a minimum admission average of 92% (or equivalent) and demonstrate leadership qualities and a commitment to academic and extracurricular activities. This scholarship can be renewed for the three following years provided the student maintains full-time enrolment, international student status and a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 8.50. The University also provides a one-time award of $1,500 to the applicants in second, third and fourth place. Applications must be submitted online.

  • Students can renew their scholarship at 50% of the annual value if they have a CGPA between 8.00 and 8.49 at the end of the academic year. They can also renew their scholarship for the full amount in a subsequent year if their CGPA increases to 8.50 or higher.
  • This scholarship cannot be combined with a President's Scholarship for International Students, with the Faculty of Arts Dean's Merit Scholarship or with the Merit Scholarship.

Deadline

April 30

Faculty of Arts Dean's Merit Scholarship

Value

$4,000 ($1,000 per year)

Description

The Faculty of Arts awards 10 of these renewable scholarships, each valued at a total of $4,000. Eligible applicants must be enrolled full time, and for the first time, in an undergraduate program at the Faculty of Arts and have a minimum admission average of 90%. This scholarship can be renewed for the three following years provided the student has a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 9.00 or higher at the end of a term (with at least 24 units) and is enrolled full time at the Faculty of Arts. No application is required for this scholarship. The scholarship is awarded during the summer preceding your studies.

  • All eligible students, including international students, are automatically considered for this award.
  • This scholarship cannot be combined with the President's Scholarship or the Chancellor's Scholarship for International Students.

Faculty of Engineering Dean's Merit Scholarship

Value

Admission average of:
95-100% = $5,000
90-94.9% = $4,000

Description

The Faculty of Engineering awards 35 of these scholarships to students with an admission average between 95-100% ($5,000) or between 90-94.9% ($4,000). Applicants must be enrolled full time, and for the first time, in an undergraduate program at the Faculty of Engineering.

  • No application is required for this scholarship; all eligible students including international students are automatically considered for this award.

Faculty of Engineering Memorial Scholarship

Value

$2,000

Description

The Faculty of Engineering awards this scholarship to seven female students—one from each of the engineering programs (excluding computer science). This $2,000 award is given to applicants with a minimum admission average of 80% and who best fulfill the eligibility criteria. To apply, students must submit a letter explaining why they are applying to an engineering program and also submit an up-to-date resumé highlighting their latest academic and extracurricular achievements. Applications must be submitted online.

  • All female students admitted to the Faculty of Engineering, including international students, are eligible for this scholarship.

Deadline

March 31

Faculty of Social Sciences Dean's Excellence Award for International Students

Value

$1,500

Description

The Faculty of Social Sciences awards a $1,500 scholarship to the best eligible international student enrolled full time, for the first time, in an undergraduate program at the Faculty of Social Sciences with a minimum admission average of 92%.

Student Mobility Scholarship

Value

One term = $1,000
Two terms = $2,000

Description

Through the International Exchange Program, the University of Ottawa offers many opportunities to study and complete internships abroad. Visit the International Office website to discover all the options available. The University awards mobility scholarships each year to help students study or do internships abroad. No application is required. All students selected for the Exchange Program automatically receive the Student Mobility Scholarship.

University of Ottawa Financial Aid Bursary for International Students

Value

Variable

Description

The University of Ottawa Financial Aid Bursary is awarded to international students who demonstrate financial need and maintain satisfactory academic standing. The value of this bursary is decided on an individual basis, based on the student’s level of financial need and availability of funds. This bursary is meant to supplement other sources of funding such as the student’s own resources and the resources of their parents or partner. Applications must be submitted through the Online Scholarships and Bursaries search engine.

Private donor bursaries

Value

Variable

Description

The University of Ottawa distributes several bursaries from private funds. A complete list of bursaries and all application forms are available in the Online Scholarships and Bursaries tool.

Scholarships and bursaries for Indigenous students 2020-2021

Ontario Indigenous Student Bursary

Value

$1,000 minimum

Description

This bursary aims to support Indigenous students who demonstrate financial need who are attending postsecondary programs and/or training programs at either Ontario publicly-assisted colleges or universities or approved Indigenous postsecondary education and training institutions. Applications must be submitted online.

Deadline

October 31

Education Bursary for Indigenous Students

Value

$1,000

Description

The purpose of this bursary is to provide financial assistance to Indigenous students who are undertaking undergraduate studies at the University of Ottawa and who demonstrate financial need. Applications must be submitted online.

Deadline

October 31

Institute of Canadian and Aboriginal Studies Scholarship

Value

Variable

Description

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to undergraduate or graduate students in a Canadian Studies or Aboriginal Studies program at the University of Ottawa whose education would otherwise be compromised. Applications must be submitted online.

Deadline

October 31

Indigenous Leadership Scholarship

Value

$26,000

Description

This scholarship aims to provide financial assistance and recognition to a newly admitted Indigenous student who has demonstrated excellent academic performance and outstanding leadership skills, including community engagement and volunteerism. Applications must be submitted online.

Deadline

March 1

Dr. Arlington F. Dungy Scholarship for Students in the Faculty of Medicine Aboriginal Program

Value

$1,000 minimum

Description

The Dr. Arlington F. Dungy scholarship is awarded to a deserving undergraduate student enrolled in the Faculty of Medicine’s Aboriginal Program. Applications must be submitted online.

Deadline

October 31

Irene and William Duquette Aboriginal Teacher Education Scholarship

Value

$1,000 minimum

Description

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to students enrolled in the final year of the Aboriginal Teacher Education Program or of the Teacher Education Program and whose education might otherwise be compromised. Applications must be submitted online.

Deadline

February 28

William Commanda Aboriginal Medical Scholarship

Value

Variable

Description

The William Commanda Aboriginal Medical Scholarship is awarded to Aboriginal students who are in the MD program at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ottawa. Applications must be submitted online.

Deadline

October 31

Gaston Héon Memorial Fund in Canadian and Aboriginal Studies

Value

$1,000 minimum

Description

The Gaston Héon Memorial Fund in Canadian and Aboriginal Studies aims to provide financial assistance to students enrolled in a Canadian Studies or Aboriginal Studies program at the University of Ottawa whose education would otherwise be compromised. Applications must be submitted online.

Deadline

October 31

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