Ontario Graduate Scholarships and Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology 2023-24

Please note that this 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.

University of Windsor 2023/24 competition

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.  If you are eligible and wish to be considered for both scholarships, you need complete only one application. Review list of Eligible Disciplines for 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.

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, 2022 at any institution.

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, 2022, at any institution.

NOTE: Master’s students with more than 16 months of study at the time of application must be registered in the PhD program at the time they take up the award.

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.

All application documents must be received in the department where you are/will be registered by January 11, 2023. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

In order to be considered for an OGS/QEII-GSST, students must either currently be registered in the graduate program for which they are seeking funding, or, have submitted a complete application for admission to that program by the department’s admission application deadline, or by March 1, 2023, whichever is earlier.

NOTE:  Students who are considering applying to more than one program and wish to be considered for the OGS/QEII-GSST in both programs must submit separate OGS/QEII-GSST applications to each program in order to be ranked by each program.

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, provided the 2-term minimum has been met. 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. 
  • Master’s students with more than 16 months of study at the time of application must be registered in the PhD program at the time they take up the award;

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

Questions about the OGS/QEII-GSST programs should be directed 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.