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.
- These scholarships each have a maximum value of $15,000, or $5,000 per term for 3 consecutive terms.
- A student may select either a May 1st, September 1st or January 1st start date provided they are registered full-time in the degree program at the award start date.
- A student may accept the award for just two (2) terms, or $10,000. Awards must be held for at least two consecutive full terms.
- OGS/QEIIGSST Terms and Conditions
How to Apply: Online Application Application launch date: October 7, 2013
The Application is divided into five components and can be completed at your own pace:
- Progress - view your progress in each of the next four components that you are required to complete
- Academic History - a summary of your previous academic history, accomplishments and awards
- Proposal - your statement of interest in pursuing a master’s degree program, or your outline of proposed research for a doctoral degree program
- Referees - identify two professors who will each complete and upload an academic recommendation in support of your OGS application
- Consents and Acknowledgements - confirmation that you understand your responsibilities in completing this application prior to submission
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
- October 7, 2013 - Launch
- January 24, 2014 - Application Deadline, the Online Application is closed to new applicants
- January 31, 2014 - Final Submission Deadline, the Online Application Portal closes for the year
To be considered for an OGS/QEIIGSST at Western, an applicant must:
- be a current graduate student or submitted an admission application to a Western graduate program
- be a Canadian citizen, a Permanent Resident, or a Protected Person [under subsection 95 (2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protections Act (Canada)] at the time of the OGS Application deadline date
- If an applicant is an international student (i.e., currently attending Western while holding a valid Study Permit) at the time of the OGS application deadline date, they will be considered for one of eight (8) OGS awards that the MTCU has allowed Western to provide to International Students
- be registered full time in a graduate degree program at the start date of the award. QEIIGSST awards can only be held in research-based graduate degree programs in the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Engineering and the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry.
- be geographically available and visit the campus regularly. It is understood that an OGS recipient may be absent from the University while visiting libraries, attending a graduate course at another institution, doing field work and the like. If such periods of absence exceed four weeks in any term, the student must obtain written approval from the program Graduate Chair and the Vice-Provost (Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies).
- have an overall average* of at least 80% (A-):be geographically available and visit the campus regularly. It is understood that an OGS recipient may be absent from the University while visiting libraries, attending a graduate course at another institution, doing field work and the like. If such periods of absence exceed four weeks in any term, the student must obtain written approval from the program Graduate Chair and the Vice-Provost (Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
- If you are in the final year of an undergraduate program or up to term 6 of graduate studies when you submit your application, your average is based on the last 10.0 completed full course credits, or the equivalent. This is a chronological count backwards from the date you submit your OGS application online.
- If you are in term 7 or more of graduate studies when you submit your OGS application, your average is based on all graduate grades.
- have not exceeded the lifetime maximum of two (2) OGS/QEIIGSST awards held to support a master's degree, nor exceeded the lifetime maximum of four (4) OGS/QEIIGSST awards held to support a Ph.D. degree, nor have exceeded the overall lifetime maximum of six (6) OGS/QEIIGSST awards held.
- Has not exceeded the lifetime maximum of six (6) years of government-funded student award support from the following programs:
- Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS)
- Ontario Trillium Scholarships (OTS)
- Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEIIGSST)
- Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
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.
- Arts and Humanities (revised February 21, 2013)
- Education (revised February 21, 2013)
- Engineering (revised February 21, 2013)
- Health Sciences (revised February 21, 2013)
- Information and Media Studies (revised February 21, 2013)
- Ivey School of Business (revised February 21, 2013)
- Law (revised February 21, 2013)
- Music (revised February 21, 2013)
- Schulich Medicine & Dentistry (revised February 21, 2013)
- Science (revised February 21, 2013)
- Social Science (revised February 21, 2013)
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 Sept. 26, 2013