Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) and the Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST)

* The information on this page is subject to change without notice and does not represent a commitment from the University of Ottawa.

Scholarship Overview

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) and the Queen Elizabeth II Scholarships in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST) encourage excellence in graduate studies at the master’s and doctoral levels.

OGS awards are merit-based scholarships available to students in all disciplines of academic study.

QEII-GSST awards are also a merit-based scholarship program and target specifically toward graduate students in science and technology.

Value and Duration of Scholarship

Each OGS and QEII-GSST is valued at a maximum of $15,000 ($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 2021, September 2021 or January 2022. The awards are non-renewable.

Additional details for QEII-GSST:

The Ontario government portion of the award to an individual student will be 2/3 of the value of the scholarship (i.e. a maximum of $10,000 annually, or $3,333 per term). You must ensure the funding for the remaining 1/3 of the scholarship (maximum $5,000 annually, or $1,667 per term) from funds secured through fundraising from the private sector raised specifically for the QEII-GSST program.

In your application file, you will have to include a letter of sponsorship or a letter of interest from the business, organization or individual who will be providing one third of funds. The sponsorship letter must clearly state the guaranteed funding they will provide, the duration of the funding and their email. The letter of interest must indicate the possibility of sponsorship with the contact information of the person. 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.



December 1st of each year

*If the deadline falls on a weekend, applications must be submitted by the following business day before 11:59 p.m. (ET).

Eligibility Criteria

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

1. Citizenship

For OGS:

  • 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 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 OGS 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.


  • 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 application. International students are not eligible for QEII-GSST awards.

2. Minimum Academic Average


  • Applicants having completed zero to twenty-four months of graduate studies at the time of the application deadline: must have achieved a minimum average of at least A-(8.0/10), in each of the last two years of completed studies (full-time equivalent).
  • Applicants 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) on all graduate courses completed, including graduate courses taken while completing an undergraduate degree or as a special student.

Examples of one year full-time equivalent:

  • Undergraduate studies: enrolled full-time for the fall and the winter terms.
  • Graduate studies: enrolled full-time for three consecutive terms.
  • Undergraduate and graduate studies: two terms of part-time studies are equivalent to one term of full-time studies.

3. Enrolment Requirements


  • Be enrolled full-time in, or expect to be enrolled full-time, in a graduate program during the academic year 2021-2022 (May 2021 to April 2022) at the University of Ottawa.
  • Master’s program: applicants cannot have completed more than four terms of their master’s program at the time that the award is disbursed.
  • PhD program: applicants cannot have completed more than 13 terms of their PhD program at the time that the award is disbursed.

For QEII-GSST only:

  • Be enrolled in a research master’s or doctoral program in science and technology disciplines, as per the following eligible disciplines:

Applied Sciences

  • Aerospace (may include Aeronautical Engineering)
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering and Architecture (may include Landscape Architecture)
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Science (may include Engineering, Engineering Physics and Nuclear Engineering)
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mining, Metallurgy, and Materials Science (may include Metallurgical Engineering
  • Systems and Industrial Engineering (may include Systems/Design Engineering and Operational Research)

Biological and Life Sciences

  • Biochemistry and Biophysics (may include Medical Biophysics)
  • Environmental Sciences (may include Agriculture, Ecology, Forestry, and Toxicology)
  • General Biological Sciences (may include Biology, Botany, Entomology, Microbiology, Mycology, Plant and Animal Biology, and Zoology)
  • Genetics, Cell, and Molecular Biology
  • General Health Science (may include research-oriented programs in Epidemiology, Human Kinetics, Hygiene, Nutrition, and Rehabilitation disciplines such as Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Audiology, and Speech Pathology)
  • Human Biology (may include Anatomy, Biomedical Sciences, Food Science, Immunology, Neuroscience, Pathology, Pharmacology, and Physiology)
  • Medical and Veterinary Sciences (may include research-oriented programs in Dentistry, Medical Sciences, Nursing, Optometry, and Pharmacy)

Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science (may include Information/Systems Science)
  • Earth Sciences (may include Geology and Geophysics)
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Physics (may include Astronomy, Meteorology, and Space Science)
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)

Recipients may not concurrently hold an OGS, QEII-GSST award or a tri-council award, including:

  • The Social Sciences and  Humanities Research Council Program (SSHRC);
  • The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Program (NSERC);
  • The Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR).
Important to note

The OGS and QEII-GSST are not transferable between Ontario universities. It must be held at the university that awarded it. Students must apply for the OGS and QEII-GSST at the institution where they will be registered for the 2021-2022 academic year. 

Applicants who do not know at the time of applying for an OGS or QEII-GSST which university they will be attending, will have to submit an OGS and QEII-GSST 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 or QEII-GSST 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.


Transcripts must be official.  Official transcripts are defined as transcripts issued by the Registrar's Office. Transcripts from other sources, such as those printed from the student's account on the institution's website, are not official.

For University of Ottawa transcripts only, you may submit a PDF copy of your UO transcript available via uoZone.

Up-to-date transcripts are defined as transcripts dated or issued in the fall session of the year of application (if currently registered) or after the last term completed (if not currently registered).

If you have not provided the up-to-date official transcripts needed to determine whether you have achieved a first-class average (full-time equivalent), your application will be deemed ineligible.

If your previous institution does not provide transcripts because of the pandemic, you can submit, in lieu of a transcript, a letter bearing the official institution seal/stamp or a letter signed by the dean of graduate studies or an equivalent confirming 1) their program of study, 2) their registration status and 3) the fact that the institution does not provide transcripts. In this case, the unofficial transcript will be accepted.

If your transcripts include transfer credits from another institution, the original transcript with the grades shown should be included, or your application may be deemed ineligible.

Opening the envelope to scan the transcript will not render it unofficial for the BÉSO-QEII competition.

Retain the paper copy of any uploaded transcripts, as you may be asked to provide it for verification purposes.

The University of Ottawa acknowledge that the widespread disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic may hinder the ability of some institutions to provide applicants with official and up-to-date transcripts in advance of the deadline date, particularly at institutions which do not currently provide official electronic versions of these documents. Thus, we will show as much flexibility as possible in terms of the transcripts.



Each university is assigned an OGS and QEII-GSST allocations according to its share of eligible full-time domestic graduate enrolments.

The allocation breakdown of domestic and international OGS and QEII-GSST awards for 2021-2022 will be made available when institutional allocations are received from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU).

The University of Ottawa allocations are as follow:

  • Domestic allocation (Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents) OGS: TBD
  • Domestic allocation (Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents) QEII-GSST: TBD
  • International allocation OGS (students with visa or study permit): TBD
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Please read carefully the OGS and QEII-GSST Combined Application Instructions before completing your combined application.


The results will be announced in the spring of 2021. OGS and QEII-GSST decisions are final; there will be no appeals accepted.

Please note that the OGS and QEII-GSST scholarships will only be offered when the University of Ottawa has received the funding confirmation from the Province of Ontario.

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