New Graduate Student Scholarship Opportunities

Four major scholarships are available this year for a limited number of students with excellent academic records. Please contact your prospective advisor to discuss eligibility and the application process. 


1. Graduate Tuition Scholarships (GTS)

Integrative Biology has been assigned 5 Graduate Tuition Scholarships (GTS) for 2018-19 which cover the cost of full time tuition fees.  GTS awards can be offered to students enrolling in S18, F18 or W19, or for students transferring to a PhD during this period.  These awards will be adjudicated at the department level. 

Availability: 3 MSc and 2 PhD

Duration and Value:  $8,000 per year; doctoral recipients up to 4 years, Master’s recipients up to 2 years.

Eligibility: GTS recipients must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident at the time of application
  • Have submitted an OUAC application for a full-time thesis-based program
  • Will be starting their program (or transferring to a PhD) in S18, F18 or W19
  • Have a minimum of a 75% average

Tenure of Awards: Recipients must remain enrolled as a full-time student. Recipients who withdraw, transfer to part-time status, or fail to complete the term will be ineligible to receive GTS funding.

Tenability with other awards:  Effective 2018/19, GTS awards will no longer be tenable with the Ontario Graduate Scholarships, the Brock Doctoral Scholarship, the Dairy Farmers of Ontario Doctoral Research Assistantship, the Arrell Scholarships, or the Tri-Council Scholarships, including the Vanier. (Note: In the case where a student is awarded a GTS and then subsequently receives a one year scholarship such as an OGS, the GTS will not be paid during the OGS award period but can be resumed afterwards as long as the student is still within their 2 yr (MSc) or 4 yr (PhD) eligibility period.)

Application Procedure: Faculty of prospective students should forward the application package to the Departmental Graduate Program Assistant, Lori Ferguson (loriferg@uoguelph.ca). The application will consist of (1) the student's CV and (2) a completed OUAC application (available via WebNow) including transcripts and two letters of reference.

Deadline: May 22, 2018

Adjudication:  Each department will adjudicate their award allocation.  The selection criteria for these awards should focus on the quality of the graduate student being recruited as evidenced by their academic record, reference letters and aptitude for research


2.  International Doctoral Tuition Scholarship (IDTS)

The International Doctoral Tuition Scholarship replaces the former International Graduate Tuition Scholarship.  It is intended to cover the difference between domestic and international tuition (currently $11k per year).  There is no cap on the number of these scholarships.

Availability: The IDTS is available to all incoming and current international PhD students who meet the criteria outlined below, starting in F18. 

Duration and Value: The award is valued at $11k per yera for up to 4 years.

Eligibility:  The scholarship will be awarded to new international full-time doctoral (PhD and DVSc) students with a minimum A-/80% entrance average (Guelph equivalent) for up to four years (12 semesters).  New international full-time doctoral students without a minimum A-/80% entrance average will become eligible for the scholarship once they achieve PhD candidacy for the balance of the four-year period of eligibility (as determined from the beginning of the doctoral program).  The new scholarship will be available to existing international full-time doctoral students who were accepted with a minimum A-/80% entrance average or who have achieved PhD candidacy for the balance of the four-year period of eligibility (as determined from the beginning of the doctoral program).

Tenure of Awards: Recipients must remain enrolled as a full-time student and maintain satisfactory progress for the duration of the scholarship in order to maintain funding.

Tenability with other awards:  The IDTS is not tenable with existing awards for which international students are eligible, such as the IGTS (i.e., current holders), Trillium, Vanier and Arrell, nor scholarships provided by home governments.

Application Procedure:  N/A.  Full details on how the scholarship will be administered will be provided by the Office of Graduate Studies at a later date.

Deadline: May 22, 2018


3.  CBS - International PhD Graduate Research Assistantship (CBS-IGRA) - International students only

The CBS International PhD Graduate Research Assistantship is a CBS-funded scholarship that will provide additional financial support to up to three incoming PhD students in the College (one per department).  This award can be held in conjunction with the Grad Studies-funded tuition scholarship (the IDTS) described above.  Valued at $13k per year (the same amount of funding a domestic student would generate in grad growth funds), this award is intended to make the cost of an international student comparable to a domestic student.  These awards will be adjudicated at the department level.

Availability:  One award in each of the three departments (HHNS, IB, MCB)

Eligibility:  Recipients must be new international students entering their program with a minimum of an 80% or A- admission average (Guelph equivalent).  International MSc students transferring to a PhD are also eligible to apply. (Transfer does not need to be complete at time of application, but receipt of award is contingent upon an approved transfer.)

Tenure of Awards:  Recipients must remain enrolled as a full-time student and maintain satisfactory progress for the duration of the scholarship in order to maintain funding. 

Tenability with other awards:  The CBS-IGRA is not tenable with Trillium, Vanier and Arrell, nor scholarships provided by home governments. 

Application Process:  Faculty working with the prospective student will submit an application for the IGTS award on the student’s behalf.  The application will consist of:1) the student's CV; 2) A completed OUAC application (available via WebNow) including transcripts and two letters of reference.

Deadline: May 22, 2018

Adjudication:  Each department will adjudicate their award allocation.  The selection criteria for these awards should focus on the quality of the graduate student being recruited as evidenced by their academic record, reference letters and aptitude for research.


4.  Competitive Matching Funds (CMF) - Domestic students only

The Competitive Matching Funds (CMF) are available to all colleges to assist in the recruitment of outstanding students.  These funds are used to provide a competitive funding package to match, but not exceed, that from another university.  The CMF can be used for S18, F18 or W19 offers of admission.  As part of the standard recruiting procedures, faculty who make an offer to a student are encouraged to advise the student to notify him/her if they receive another offer to allow the University of Guelph an opportunity to match it. 

Value: Various (in the form of a GRA only)

Eligibility: Nominee must be a domestic student who is BIU-eligible and has received an official offer of admission to a graduate program at the University of Guelph

Tenability with other awards: Yes

Application Procedure: Faculty members who wish to request CMF funds should do so through their Department Graduate Program Counsellor.  The Graduate Coordinator can nominate a potential cnadidate by email to the Assistant VP, Graduate Studies (AVP) (bbradsha@uoguelph.ca), with a copy to the College ADR (gvanderk@uoguelph.ca) and the Graduate Awards Officers (grschol@uoguelph.ca).  The email should include details of the applicant and the competing offer(s).  The AVP will determine if a matching offer is to be made and the dollar amount.

Deadline: Anytime/ongoing


For more information about graduate studies and awards, please visit the University of Guelph's Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies website.

Please see individual faculty profiles and our graduate student opportunities page for more information on available graduate student positions.