Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) and Queen Elizabeth II-Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST) 2018-19

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  • Students applying to hold the scholarship at the Master’s level must have completed no more than twelve (12) months of study at the Master’s level as of December 31, 2017.
  • Students applying to hold the scholarship at the PhD level must have completed no more than thirty-six (36) months of study at the PhD level as of December 31, 2017.
  • Applicants entering the first or second year of graduate studies at the time of the application   deadline must have an overall average of at least 80%, or the equivalent, in each of the last two years (full-time equivalent). 
  • Applicants entering the third year or beyond of graduate studies at the time of the application deadline must have an overall average of at least 80% (or equivalent) on all graduate courses completed.
  • The University of Windsor will allocate up to 2 OGS awards to Aboriginal students to recognize excellence and promote equitable access and participation in the scholarship program.

Application documents /  Overview / Application process / Applicant eligibility / Minimum academic requirements / Eligibility to hold a scholarship / Evaluation and adjudication

OGS/QEII-GSST Application documents:

Overview

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. 

  • 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.

Application process

The scholarship competitions are managed separately by each university. 

The application must be submitted to the UWindsor department where the student is either planning to apply or is currently registered (continuing graduate students).  If students are considering applying for admission to more than one program at Windsor, they must submit a separate application to each program.

  • The deadline for students to apply for an OGS/QEII-GSST in any graduate program at the University of Windsor is 4 p.m. on January 12, 2018.
  • Applications submitted after January 12, 2018 will not be considered.

Applicant eligibility

In order to be considered for an OGS/QEII-GSST, students must:

  • be either 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 scholarship application deadline date (January 12, 2018);
  • have completed between zero and 12 months of full-time studies (or full-time equivalent) at the Master’s level as of December 31, 2017;
  • have completed, between zero and 36 months of full-time studies (or full-time equivalent) at the PhD level as of December 31, 2017;
  • be enrolled full-time in, or plan to be enrolled full-time in a graduate program at UWindsor at the time of holding the award;
    • you may not hold an OGS/QEII-GSST if you are employed for more than an average of 15 hours per week
  • either currently be registered in the graduate program for which they are seeking funding, or, have applied for admission to that program by the department’s admission application deadline, or by March 1, 2018, whichever is earlier.

In addition, to be considered for a QEII-GSST, a student must be:

Aboriginal Students

The University of Windsor will allocate up to 2 OGS awards to Aboriginal students to recognize excellence and promote equitable access and participation in the scholarship program.

For the purposes of the scholarship, an Aboriginal person is a person who self- identifies as a First Nations (Status/Non-Status), Métis, or Inuit.

International Students

International students who are studying in Ontario under a temporary resident visa - student study permit - under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) are eligible to be considered for the allotted OGS international student awards (Windsor’s allocation of international OGS awards is 3).  International students are not eligible for the QEII-GSST.

Minimum Academic Requirements

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

  • if entering the first or second year of graduate studies at the time of application the student must have an overall average of at least 80%, or the equivalent, in each of the last two years (full-time equivalent)
  • if entering the third year of graduate studies at the time of application the student must have an overall average of at least 80%, or the equivalent, on all graduate courses completed (full-time equivalent)
  • if master’s or doctoral degree marks used for calculating an applicant’s grade point average (GPA) are not available (for example, courses were graded on a pass-fail basis), then the department will use the most recently available undergraduate or graduate marks to calculate a student’s GPA.

Eligibility to hold a scholarship

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.

Applicants 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

Evaluation and adjudication

  • 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 by noon on March 2, 2018.  
  • The applications will be evaluated by the Graduate Awards Committee. The results will be released and winners will notified in late March or early April 2018.  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.