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 Excellence Entrance Scholarship (GEES)

Availability: 3 MSc and 3 PhD awards 

Duration and Value: 1 year valued at $15K for for MSc and $30K for PhD

Eligibility: GEES 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
  • Have a minimum of an 85% average

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. Recipients who withdraw, transfer to part-time status, or fail to complete the term will be ineligible to receive GEES funding.

Tenability with other awards: Yes, GEES recipients may hold a major scholarship (i.e. Tri-Council or OGS) but they would not be eligible for the Tri-council scholarship top-up.

Application Procedure: Faculty working with the prospective student should submit the application for the GEES award to the Departmental Graduate Program Assistant (Lori Ferguson). The application will consiste of (1) the student's CV and (2) a completed OUAC application including transcripts and two letters of reference.

Deadline: May 22, 2017


  1. Graduate Tuition Scholarships (GTS)

Availability: 2 MSc awards

Duration and Value: $8,000 per year (equivalent of full time tuition fees) 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
  • 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.

Tenable with other awards: Yes

Application Procedure: Faculty working with the prospective student should submit the application for the GEES award to the Departmental Graduate Program Assistant (Lori Ferguson). The application will consiste of (1) the student's CV and (2) a completed OUAC application including transcripts and two letters of reference.

Deadline: May 22, 2017


  1. International Graduate Tuition Scholarship (IGTS)

Availability: 2 PhD awards

Duration and Value: $15k per year for 4 years

Eligibility: Recipients must be international students with a minimum of an 80% or A- admission average

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.

Tenable with other awards: The IGTS is not tenable with the China Scholarship Council Scholarship, the Ontario Trillium Scholarship of the CONACyT Scholarship.

Application Procedure: Faculty working with the prospective students must submit an application for the IGTS award on the student's behalf to the Department Graduate Coordinator (Karl Cottenie), the Associate Dean Research (Glen Van Der Kraak) and the College Research Manager (Sarah Bates). The application will consiste of (1) the student's CV and (2) a completed OUAC application including transcripts and two letters of reference.

Deadline: May 1, 2017


  1. Competitive Matching Funds (CMF)

These funds are available to provide a competitive funding package to match, but not exceed, that from another university to financially assist outstanding students. 

Value: Various

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

Tenable with other awards: Yes

Application Procedure: Students are encouraged to notify their faculty members if they've receive another offer from another University.


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.