Ontario Graduate Scholarships and Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology

The University of Windsor 2019-20 OGS/QEII-GSST competition is closed. Results will be released and winners will notified in late March or early April 2019.


  • QEII-GSST is open only to Canadian and Permanent Resident applicants.
  • OGS is open to both international students and Canadian / Permanent Resident applicants.

The following information pertains only to the University of Windsor’s competition. Each Ontario University will have its own process, and University of Windsor students who are applying to other Universities should refer to the guidelines and deadlines of those institutions. The awards are not transferrable and must be held at the institution that awards them.

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) and the Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST) programs encourage excellence in graduate studies at publicly-assisted universities in Ontario.

  • Students in all disciplines are eligible to apply for the OGS.
  • Students in science, engineering and certain areas of kinesiology and psychology who apply for OGS will also automatically be considered for the QEII-GSST.

The scholarship competitions are managed separately by each university. The University of Windsor’s application deadline is normally in mid-January.

Duration of scholarship

The scholarships can be awarded for a minimum of two terms; however, it is anticipated that the majority of scholarships will be awarded for three terms. One-term awards are not
granted. Because one-term awards are not permitted, students will be required to repay the award amount should they withdraw from or complete their program before receiving the minimum. The duration of the scholarship is up to the University of Windsor Graduate Awards Committee and is dependent upon where the applicant is in their program at the time of adjudication and is also subject to provincial guidelines.

Value

The value of the scholarship is $5,000 per term. Depending on eligibility, recipients may receive either two terms ($10,000) or three terms ($15,000) of funding.

The scholarship competitions are managed separately by each university.

The deadline for students to apply for the 2019-20 OGS/QEII-GSST competition at the University of Windsor has passed (Jan. 2019).

Each scholarship is awarded for a minimum of two academic terms.

Recipients must remain enrolled as a full-time student in an eligible program. Recipients who withdraw, transfer to part-time studies, or fail to complete the term are required to repay the award for incomplete and future terms. A withdrawal in a subsequent term will not require repayment of the award for any completed terms. A recipient who graduates during a term in which they hold an award is permitted to keep the award for that term if they complete beyond the Phase I deadline.

Recipients who are employed for more than an average of 15 hours per week may not hold an OGS/QEII-GSST.

Master’s students can receive an award for a maximum of two academic years, and doctoral students for a maximum of four academic years.

Master’s

Recipients who have completed no more than 12 months of full-time studies at the Master’s level at the time they take up the award will be eligible for three (3) terms of OGS/QEII-GSST funding.

Recipients who have completed 16 months of full-time studies at the Master’s level at the time they take up the award will be eligible for:

  • two (2) terms of OGS/QEII-GSST funding to finish the Master’s degree; or,
  • three (3) terms of OGS/QEII-GSST funding if they will be registering in a PhD program in the next term following completion of the Master’s degree.

PhD

Recipients who have completed no more than 36 months of full-time studies at the PhD level at the time they take up the award will be eligible for three (3) terms of OGS/QEII-GSST funding.
Recipients who have completed 40 months of full-time studies at the PhD level at the time they take up the award will be eligible for two (2) terms of OGS/QEII-GSST funding.

Students must not have exceeded the lifetime maximum of six (6) years of government-funded graduate awards. Awards under the following programs will be counted toward this lifetime maximum:

  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program (OGS)
  • Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST)
  • Ontario Trillium Scholarship (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 not concurrently hold an OGS/QEII-GSST and a tri-council award, including:
  • 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)
  • Ontario Trillium Scholarship (OTS)
  • 3rd Party Government Sponsored Scholarship

Each department is given a quota of applications that may be forwarded for review. Departments will rank all of their applications, select the number to go forward and will submit these ranked applications to their Faculty.

Each Faculty will review and rank together all of the applications submitted by their departments. Each Faculty will forward their ranked applications to the Graduate Studies Office.

The applications will be evaluated by the Graduate Awards Committee. Students offered an OGS/QEII-GSST will be required to complete and submit a document of declaration to the Graduate Studies Office confirming that they meet the eligibility and conditions of the award and that they are in good standing with OSAP.

At the university-wide ranking meeting, applications will be reviewed by the Graduate Awards Committee, which is a multidisciplinary committee.

Questions about the OGS/QEII-GSST programs can be sent to the Graduate Studies Office: gradaward@uwindsor.ca

Please note that this information pertains only to the University of Windsor’s application process. Each Ontario University will have its own process, and University of Windsor students who are applying to other Universities should refer to the guidelines and deadlines of those institutions. The awards are not transferrable and must be held at the institution that awards them.