Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) Program
The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) Program recognizes academic excellence in graduate studies at the master's and doctoral levels in all disciplines of academic study. The program is jointly supported by funds provided by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development ('ministry') and funds provided by the University of Guelph. The ministry contributes two-thirds of the value of the award and the university provides one-third.
Important: Students must apply for OGS at the institution where they are/or plan to be registered in a master’s or doctoral program in 2018-19. The OGS is not transferrable; it must be held at the institution at which it was awarded.
For the 2018-19 OGS competition the University of Guelph can award the following:
- 135 OGS will be awarded to Canadian citizens, Permanent Residents, or Protected Persons (2 of these awards will be set aside for Aboriginal (First Nations, Inuit, Métis) applicants who self-identify on the OGS application)
- 4 OGS will be awarded to international students who are studying in Ontario under a temporary resident visa
The OGS is valued at $15,000 for one year. A recipient will be awarded $5,000 per semester for up to three semesters.
The deadline to apply for 2018-19 OGS funding at Guelph is January 31, 2018.
A complete application package consists of:
PDF Copy of OGS Application. Save a blank PDF copy to your computer first. This saved copy should be used to complete your application. The OGS Application form must be completed electronically and submitted via email to the Graduate Program Assistant in your current graduate department, or, if not currently registered at Guelph, in the department to which you will apply for graduate studies.
Academic Assessment from (2) Referees. The Academic Assessment Form (2 pages each, require signatures on the bottom of both pages) either in a sealed envelope with a signature across the back, handed to you or the Graduate Program Assistant in the department to which you are applying. Referees may also scan and email the completed assessment directly to the Graduate Program Assistant from the referee's institutional or corporate e-mail address.
For students not currently registered in a graduate program at Guelph: a complete application for admission to a graduate program must be submitted no later than January 31, 2018 in order to be eligible for the OGS competition. It takes some time to complete an application for admission, so please start your admission application well in advance of the OGS deadline.
You are not required to submit additional copies of your undergraduate/graduate transcripts for the OGS competition as we will access them from your application for admission.
For students currently registered in a graduate program at Guelph, you are not required to submit additional copies of your undergraduate/graduate transcripts for the OGS competition as we will access them from your application for admission.
The University of Guelph will use the following criteria to evaluate all OGS applications:
Academic Record (40%)
- Other academic accomplishments
- Prior scholarships and awards
- Publications and presentations
Statement of Interest/Plan of Study (Research Proposal) (30%)
- Statement of Interest for Master’s (motivation, creativity, significance, communication skills)
- Plan of Study for Doctoral (feasibility, merit and significance, communication skills)
Academic Assessment from Referees (30% total, 15% per assessment)
- Ability to complete projects within an appropriate time period
- Contribution to research development
- Critical thinking, application of knowledge, judgement, originality, initiative, autonomy, enthusiasm for research
- Academic training and relevant work experience (co-op included)
- Professional and extracurricular interactions and collaborations with supervisors, colleagues, and peers (e.g. teaching, mentoring, supervising, project managing, chairing committees, organising conferences/meetings, elected positions, etc.)
Students are limited in the number of years that they may hold an OGS.
Master's students may receive the scholarship for a maximum of two years. Doctoral students may receive the scholarship for a maximum of four years. Both are subject to a lifetime maximum of six years per student.
In addition, OGS guidelines restrict students to a lifetime maximum of six years of government-funded awards and prohibit students from holding an OGS and another government-funded award concurrently.
Awards under the following programs are included in these restrictions:
- Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program (OGS)
- Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST)
- Ontario Trillium Scholarships (OTS)
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
- Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)
- Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS)
- Be registered or intend to register in an eligible program on a full-time basis
- Have not exceeded the lifetime maximum of government-funded support or maximum OGS support available for their current level of study (see Maximum Support)
- Master's students beyond the 2nd year of study and doctoral students beyond the 4th year of study can not be awarded an OGS
- Must have achieved a first-class average (minimum A-) in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent)
- Note: If marks used for calculating an applicant's grade point average (GPA) are not available (e.g., courses were graded on a pass-fail basis), then the next most recent available undergraduate or graduate marks will be used to determine eligibility
To hold an OGS:
- Recipients must register and remain enrolled as a full-time student at the University of Guelph in an eligible program.
- Recipients who withdraw, transfer to part-time studies, or fail to complete the semester are required to repay the award for incomplete and future semesters. A withdrawal in a subsequent semester will not require repayment of the award for any completed semesters. A recipient who plans to complete their program during a semester they hold the OGS should contact the Graduate Awards Officers (firstname.lastname@example.org) to determine if they will be required to pay back their award.
- Recipients cannot hold an OGS concurrently with the following:
Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST)
Ontario Trillium Scholarships (OTS)
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS)
- Recipients may accept research assistantships, part-time teaching positions, or other paid employment that does not affect their status as a full-time graduate student.
- Recipients must be in good standing with the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). Students who have never applied for OSAP are in good standing.
- Recipients must ensure their Social Insurance Number (SIN) is recorded in WebAdvisor. The award cannot be processed without a SIN on file. The requirement for a SIN does not apply to international students.
Contacts & Resources
If you have questions about the application process, please contact the Graduate Awards Officers by e-mail email@example.com.