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Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) 2015-2016

Deadline for those submitting an application to the University of Ottawa: December 1st, 2014 at 23:59 (EST)

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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 2015, September 2015 or January 2016.
IMPORTANT CHANGE


The OGS is not 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 2015-2016 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 (Canadian Citizen and Permanent Resident): 281 Scholarships
    The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (FGPS) will give each faculty a portion of the University’s allocation.
  • International allocation (students with visa or study permit): 8 Scholarships
    The FGPS will give each faculty a quota of applications that can be submitted for the University’s competition.
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 2015-2016 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 or beyond 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.

Registration

  • be enrolled full-time in, or plan to enrol full-time in a graduate program for the 2015-2016 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 sessions 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.

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)

 

NEW FOR 2015-2016  Recipients may hold other graduate awards up to a total of $10,000 per academic year.
APPLY NOW

Please download and read carefully the OGS Application Instructions.

OGS Application Portal

RESULTS

Applicants will be notified in April 2015.
OGS decisions are final; there will be no appeals accepted.