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Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) 2014-2015

Deadline for those submitting an application to the University of Ottawa:

Canadian and Permanent Residents:

FACULTIES DEADLINES
Arts November 1st, 2013
Civil and Common Law December 2nd, 2013
Doctoral Program in Population Health  November 1st, 2013
Education November 15th, 2013
Engineering December 2nd, 2013
Health Sciences December 2nd, 2013
Institute of Environment February 1st, 2014
Medecine December 2nd, 2013
Science December 2nd, 2013
Social Sciences November 1st, 2013
Telfer School of Management November 15th, 2013

International Candidates:

FACULTIES DEADLINES
All March 31st, 2014


DESCRIPTION OF SCHOLARSHIP
Since 1975, Ontario, 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 academic study.  The OGS program is jointly funded by the Province of Ontario and Ontario universities. 

VALUE AND DURATION OF SCHOLARSHIP
An OGS is valued at a maximum of $15,000 annually ($5,000 per term) and must be held for a minimum of two consecutive terms with a full-time student status.   Awards can be taken up either in May 2014, September 2014 or January 2015.
IMPORTANT CHANGE


The OGS is no longer transferrable between Ontario universities.  It must be held at the university that awarded it.  Students must apply for the OGS at the institution where they will be registered for the 2014-2015 academic year. 

Applicants who do not know at the time of applying for an OGS which university they will be attending, will have to submit an OGS application to each Ontario university where they are seeking admission.

Each Ontario university now has its own specific deadlines, with its own application forms and application process.  Applicants must respect the deadlines and processes of each university.

Candidates may have to submit more than one OGS application at the University of Ottawa if they are intending to apply for admissions to more than one program of studies.  Each Faculty is given a quota and awards are not transferable between faculties.

QUOTAS Each university is assigned an OGS allocation according to its share of eligible full-time domestic graduate enrolments. The University of Ottawa’s allocations are the following

Domestic allocation for 2014-2015 (Canadian Citizen and Permanent Resident): 282 Scholarships

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (FGPS) will assign each Faculty a portion of the University quota.

International allocation for 2014-2015 (students with visa or study permit): 8 Scholarships

The FGPS will assign each Faculty a quota for the number of applications they can submit.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA


In order to be considered for an OGS, applicants must meet the following criteria:

Citizenship
  • be a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident, or Protected Person [under subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protections Act (Canada)] at the time of the OGS application deadline date.

  • foreign students who are studying in Ontario under a temporary resident visa  or student study permit, under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) are eligible for the allotted international student awards.  Applicants who do not have a valid temporary resident visa or student study permit at the time of application will be required to provide proof of a valid one at the time of taking up the award.

Registration
  • be enrolled full-time in, or plan to enrol full-time in a graduate program for the 2014-2015 academic year at the University of Ottawa.
  • full-time or part-time student status is at the time of application not a factor.
  • if applying for funding for a master’s program, applicants cannot have completed more than 4 terms of their master’s program at the time of taking up the award.
  • if applying for funding for a PhD program, applicants cannot have completed more than 13 sessions of their PhD program at the time of taking up the award.

Minimum Academic Requirements

The applicant must, at minimum, meet the following OGS academic requirements:

  • If entering the first or second year of graduate studies at the time of application the applicant must have an overall average of at least A-, which is equivalent to a GPA of at least 8.0/10 at the University of Ottawa, on the last 20 one-term/semester courses completed at the time of application.
  • If entering the third year of graduate studies at the time of application the applicant must have an overall average of at least A-, which is equivalent to a GPA of at least 8.0/10 at the University of Ottawa, on all graduate courses completed at the time of application.
  • If master’s or doctoral degree marks used for calculating an applicant’s GPA are not available (e.g. courses were graded on a pass-fail basis), then the last 20 one-term/semester most recently available university marks will be used to calculate an applicant’s GPA.

Faculties may require applicants to meet more rigorous academic requirements as they deem appropriate.

Funding Limitations

Master’s students can receive the scholarship for a maximum of two years and doctoral students for a maximum of four years, subject to a lifetime maximum of six years per student.  In addition, there is a lifetime maximum of six (6) years of government-funded student awards not to be exceeded.  Awards under the following programs will be counted toward this lifetime maximum:
  • the Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program (OGS)
  • the Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEIIGSST)
  • the Ontario Trillium Scholarships (OTS)
  • the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC, includes Vanier)
  • the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC, includes Vanier)
  • the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR, includes Vanier)
WHERE TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

Current Graduate Students at UO:
Students must submit their OGS application at the secretariat of their graduate program of study.

Prospective Graduate Students to a UO Graduate Program:
Students must submit their OGS application to the secretariat of graduate program from which they seek admission.

RESULTS

Applicants will be notified in April 2014.
OGS decisions are final; there will be no appeals accepted.

Required documents

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS Page length Maximum SHORT DESCRIPTION OF DOCUMENTS
Application Form

9 pages
Application form can be found here and  under the “Forms” section. This is a PDF fillable form and can be saved.
Notice, Consents, Declaration and Signature of Applicant

1 page
Please read carefully.  Applicant’s signature is required otherwise the application will be considered incomplete
Research / Program Statement

1 page

Applicants pursuing a research based program are required to provide an outline of their research proposal including for example, the research question, context, methodology and contribution to the advancement of knowledge.

Applicants pursuing a course based program or a non-research based program are required to identify the degree program which they will pursue including any relevant courses and provide an explanation of their choice and outline their special interests in the proposed area of studies. 

Bibliographies and references (if any) must be included within the statement; additional pages will not be accepted.

Application Checklist

1 page
Applicants must complete and sign.
All university transcripts (graduate and undergraduate). No limit Applicants are not required to submit their UO transcripts; all other transcripts must be official and original and are to be provided to the graduate program offices as part of their application, unless official transcripts are already on file at the University of Ottawa.  Applicants are asked to check, as soon as possible, with the graduate program office where they will submit their application to verify if their transcripts are on file at UO.
Academic Assessment Report 1
2 pages Form is available here and under the “Forms” section.  The sections “Candidate Information” and the “Submission Information” must be completed by the applicant prior to submitting the form to the professor.  It is preferable to have this form provided by a full-time faculty.
Academic Assessment Report 2
2 pages Form is available here and under the “Forms” section. The sections “Candidate Information” and the “Submission Information” must be completed by the applicant prior to submitting the form to the professor.  It is preferable to have this form provided by a full-time faculty.

Optional documents

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS Page length Maximum SHORT DESCRIPTION OF DOCUMENTS
List of Awards and Prizes


Space Provided

A maximum of 6 awards and or prizes may be listed.  Please list those deemed most pertinent to the adjudication of the application.

List Research Contributions
(books, monographs, book chapters, articles, conference proceedings, papers presented at scholarly meetings or conferences, articles in professional or trade journals, book reviews, published reviews of your work, papers presented at scholarly meetings or conferences, research reports, policy papers, public lectures, creative works, creative or artistic works (such as novels, videos, films, visual art works, sound recordings, exhibition catalogues)

1 page
Group contributions by category, list most recent contributions first. Categories should be divided with refereed contributions, non-refereed contributions, forthcoming contributions, submitted contributions and literary and artistic works.  Please provide complete bibliographic details when applicable.
List of Significant Academic Accomplishments


1 page

Include accomplishments such as teaching/research assistantships and other evidence of scholarly activities, involvement in the community or student organizations, volunteer work, etc.

Proof of Citizenship (if applicable)


As required

Permanent Resident – either a copy of the PR card (front & back) or a copy of the:

Record of Landing
Protected Person – Protected Person Status Document

Temporary Resident Visa – copy of the student study permit

Proof of valid status must be provided prior to taking up the award.
Additional info


Page 8 of the application form

The space provided at the bottom of this page can be used to provide a description of any special circumstances deemed to have had an effect on performance or productivity, including any delays in completing a degree, an absence from studies, etc.