Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) and QEII Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEIIGSST)

Since 1975, the Ontario government, 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 graduate study. The OGS program is jointly funded by the Province of Ontario and Ontario universities. The province of Ontario contributes two-thirds of the value of every award the university provides one-third through private donations to Western.

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) program has undergone an operational change and the administration of the competition has been transferred to universities. The Ministry of Training, College and Universities’ (MTCU) objective is to align the delivery of the OGS Program with the delivery of the two other graduate scholarship programs – the QEII Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEIIGSST) and the Ontario Trillium Scholarships (OTS).  SGPS, in collaboration with the Faculty Associate Deans and MTCU, has created a University-wide model for the application and adjudication of the OGS, QEII and OTS. This new process is designed to meet all stakeholders needs; these groups include continuing students in eligible graduate degree programs, applicants to those graduate programs, faculty and staff involved in the annual selection of award winners, and the staff in Alumni Relations and Development who are mandated to raise approximately $2,000,000 in donor funds annually that is required for these provincial matching programs at Western.



How to Apply: Online Application

The Application is divided into five components and can be completed at your own pace:

All information that you are asked to provide should be relevant to your university academic career. Please ensure that you fulfill all of the conditions of eligibility before continuing with the application.

As you progress in the application will be able to save and continue the application at anytime.  Once your referees have submitted their references you will be able to ‘finalize and submit’ the application.  After you have ‘finalized and submitted’ the application you will no longer be able to update or modify the application.

Timelines and Deadlines


To be considered for an OGS/QEIIGSST at Western, an applicant must:

Similar to the OTS and the QEIIGSST program, Western will receive an annual allocation of awards. The OGS allocations to universities have been set for three (3) years. Western’s annual allocation for 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 is 278 awards (three terms each) of which up to 8 are allocated to international students.

The QEIIGSST program, formerly known as the OGSST program, is in addition to and distinct from the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) program. The Government has recently extended the program with an investment of an additional $15.03 million and renamed it the Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology (QEIIGSST).  Western receives 56 awards (three terms each) which are available only to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents. The province of Ontario contributes two-thirds of the value of every award the university provides one-third through private donations to Western.

Effective November 1, 2012 Western has one application for consideration in both the OGS and the QEII program.

Faculty-Specific Operations



Every graduate degree program at Western has an Graduate Scholarship Contact who is responsible for assessing the eligibility of each of their OGS applicants. Your Graduate Scholarship Contact will calculate your eligibility average once you have finalized and submitted your online application. In most cases your graduate program should have all the required transcripts or academic grades and no additional transcripts should be required.  Your Graduate Scholarship Contact will contact you directly should they require any additional transcripts.

All information updated Jan. 31, 2014