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Scholarships and awards overview

Our scholarship program is one of the most generous in the country. It rewards not only your pre-university academic achievements, but also your achievements every term of full-time study at University. A scholarship is awarded for academic achievements while a bursary is awarded based on financial need.

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How to apply

You can apply for scholarship and bursaries as soon as you've applied to the University of Ottawa and have received your uoAccess ID and password.
See our simple steps to applying for scholarships and awards
  • Meet the admission requirements of the program in question;
  • Be enrolled full time for the first time in a university undergraduate program;
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, or have protected person or refugee status (unless otherwise indicated)

Required averages to keep or renew a scholarship are rounded to two decimal places. For example, a student with an average of 8.49 would not be eligible for a scholarship that requires an 8.50 average. See academic regulation 10.2 for more information on calculating averages.

Note: Mature applicants and university transfers are not eligible for certain admission scholarships. Please review eligibility criteria carefully.

The Financial Aid and Awards Service reserves the right to change scholarship, bursary and financial aid details and requirements without notice. In cases where differences occur between scholarship and bursary information printed in publications or online, the information on our website is the most accurate and up to date.

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Scholarships and awards brochure

See this year's brochure to find out more about our scholarships and awards offering.
Scholarships, awards and financial aid brochure (PDF, 1.4 MB)

Admission scholarships

With the University of Ottawa’s automatic scholarship program, if you’ve had very good grades in high school, you start off with an Admission Scholarship for your first year of university. 

Admission average Scholarship
95% to 100% $3,000
90% to 94.9% $2,000
85% to 89.9% $1,000
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Graduate and postdoctoral students

If you’re pursuing studies at the graduate level and are looking for financial support, see the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.
Graduate funding and financing