Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) Program

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) Program recognizes academic excellence in graduate studies at the master's and doctoral levels in all disciplines of academic study. The program is jointly supported by funds provided by the Ministry of Training, College and Universities ('ministry') and funds provided by the University of Guelph.  The ministry contributes two-thirds of the value of the award and the university provides one-third.

Important: Students must apply for OGS at the institution where they are/or plan to be registered in a master’s or doctoral program in 2024-25 (S24, F24, W25). An OGS award is not transferrable; it may only be held at the institution at which it was awarded.

At the University of Guelph, applicants to the OGS who enroll or are enrolled in  QEII-GSST eligible programs will be automatically considered for that opportunity as well. Successful applicants will receive either an OGS or a QEII-GSST.

Number of Awards

The 2024-25 allocations are as follows: 

  • 137 OGS  awarded to Canadian citizens, Permanent Residents, or Protected Persons (2 of these awards will be set aside for Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, Métis) applicants who self-identify on their OGS application)
  •  4 OGS awarded to international students who are studying in Ontario under a temporary resident visa

Value and Duration

The OGS is valued at $15,000 for one year.  A recipient will be awarded $5,000 per semester for up to three semesters.

How to Apply

The deadline to apply for 2024-25 OGS funding at Guelph is January 31, 2024 . Eligible applicants are asked only to submit one OGS application per competition year. 

A complete OGS application consists of the following:

  • A complete OGS Application Form , submitted to your  Graduate Program Assistant  via email. As we all continue to work remotely, mailed or other hard copies will NOT be accepted.
  • Two (2) Academic Assessments , submitted directly by your referees to your  Graduate Program Assistant  via email, from the referees' official institutional or corporate email addresses (i.e., assessments may not be submitted from gmail, hotmail or similar email accounts). As previously noted, assessments must be e-mailed directly to the Graduate Program Assistant, and mailed or other hard copies will not be accepted. 
  • Students not currently registered in a graduate program at Guelph must submit a complete application for admission to a graduate program at Guelph prior to the OGS application deadline; it takes quite some time to fully complete an application for admission, so please start your admission application well in advance of the OGS deadline.
  • Current University of Guelph master's students applying for doctoral funding who are not eligible as master's applicants must also submit a online OUAC application for admission to a doctoral program.

NOTE: Transcripts are not required as part of your OGS application; they will be accessed from your application for admission.

Criteria used to Evaluate OGS

The University of Guelph will use the following criteria to evaluate all OGS applications:

Academic Record (40%)

  • Transcripts
  • Other academic accomplishments
  • Prior scholarships and awards
  • Publications and presentations

Statement of Interest/Plan of Study/Research Proposal (30%)

  • Statement of Interest for Master’s (motivation, creativity, significance, communication skills)
  • Plan of Study for Doctoral (feasibility, merit and significance, communication skills)

Academic Assessment from Referees (30% total, 15% per assessment)

  • Ability to complete projects within an appropriate time period
  • Contribution to research development
  • Critical thinking, application of knowledge, judgement, originality, initiative, autonomy, enthusiasm for research
  • Academic training and relevant work experience (co-op included)
  • Professional and extracurricular interactions and collaborations with supervisors, colleagues, and peers (e.g. teaching, mentoring, supervising, project managing, chairing committees, organizing conferences/meetings, elected positions, etc.)

Maximum Support

Students are limited in the number of years that they may hold an OGS.

Master's students may receive the scholarship for a maximum of two years. Doctoral students may receive the scholarship for a maximum of four years. Both are subject to a lifetime maximum of six years per student.

In addition, OGS guidelines restrict students to a lifetime maximum of six years of government-funded awards and prohibit students from holding an OGS and other government funding concurrently.

Recipients cannot hold an OGS concurrently with funding provided by:

  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program (OGS)

Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST)

Ontario Trillium Scholarships (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)

Eligibility to Apply

Applicants must:

  • Be registered or intend to register in an eligible program on a full-time basis.
  • Be registered or intend to register full-time in the Summer, Fall, or Winter semester following the OGS application deadline.
  • Have not exceeded the lifetime maximum of government-funded support or maximum OGS support available for their current level of study (see Maximum Support)
  • are applying for OGS to support future doctoral studies and are not eligible for OGS as a master's student due to months of study, may not accept an award offer until they have enrolled in a doctoral program (if offered).
  • intend to apply to transfer to a doctoral program and are not eligible as a master's student due to months of study, may not accept an award offer until they have enrolled in a doctoral program (if offered).
  • In the case of students who have transferred from a master's program to a doctoral program, this will be calculated starting with the first semester in which the student was enrolled in the doctoral program
  • are applying for OGS to support future doctoral studies and are not eligible for OGS as a master's student due to months of study, may not accept an award offer until they are enrolled in a doctoral program (if offered)
  • intend to apply to transfer to a doctoral program and are not eligible as a master's student due to months of study, may not accept an award offer until they are enrolled in a doctoral program (if offered).
  • ​ Note: If marks used for calculating an applicant's grade point average (GPA) are not available (e.g., courses were graded on a pass-fail basis) in the last two registered years, then the next most recent semester of available undergraduate or graduate marks will be used to determine eligibility
  • OSAP Holds - if you have an OSAP hold and/or restriction on your OSAP account, please know that while you are eligible to apply for the OGS, failure to resolve the restriction before/after accepting the OGS/QEII-GSST may result in the full cancellation and/or repayment of OGS/QEII-GSST funds. It is solely the applicant's responsibility to ensure they are in good standing with OSAP administrators prior to the acceptance of an OGS or receipt of funds. 

* The December 31 prior to the 2024-25 OGS application deadline is December 31, 2023.

Eligibility to Hold an OGS

To hold an OGS:

  • Meet all eligibility to apply criteria (see above).
  • Must register and remain enrolled as a full-time student at the University of Guelph in an eligible program.
  • Be registered in the Summer, Fall, or Winter semester following the OGS application deadline.
  • Current master's students applying for doctoral funding and who are not eligible as a master's student due to months of study, may not accept/activate an award offer until they are enrolled in a doctoral program. 
  • Current master's students intending to apply for a transfer to a doctoral program and are not eligible as a master's student due to months of study, may not accept/activate an award until they are enrolled in a doctoral program. 
  • Recipients who withdraw, transfer to part-time studies, or fail to complete the semester may be required to repay the award.  A withdrawal in a subsequent semester will not require repayment of the award for any completed semesters. A recipient who plans to complete or withdraw from their program, or transfer to part-time status, during a semester they hold the OGS should contact the Graduate Awards Officers ([email protected]) to determine if they will be required to pay back their award.
  • Recipients may accept research assistantships, part-time teaching positions, or other paid employment that does not affect their status as full-time graduate students.
  • Recipients must be in good standing with the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).  Students who have never applied for OSAP are in good standing. If you are not in good standing and do not resolve the issue at the time you are awarded an OGS and/or while you are receiving the OGS, your OGS may be fully cancelled. 
  • Recipients must ensure their Social Insurance Number (SIN) is recorded in WebAdvisor.  The award cannot be processed without a SIN on file.  The requirement for a SIN does not apply to international students.

Contacts & Resources

If you have questions about the application process, please contact your Graduate Program Assistant .

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Note : The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) program is funded in part by the Province of Ontario. OGS awards for 2024-25 will only be offered when the provincial funding has been confirmed.

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) program promotes excellence in graduate studies at the Master's and doctoral levels. OGS awards are merit-based scholarships available to graduate students in all graduate disciplines in Ontario universities. Eligible students apply for OGS through each university where they may be enrolled in 2024-25.

The Queen’s University OGS competition is open to any eligible graduate student registered in, or any eligible applicant to a graduate program in the School of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs. The Queen’s OGS award must be taken up at Queen’s; it is not transferrable to another institution. Please see the information below about How to Apply for a Queen’s University OGS.

Scholarship Value : $15,000 for one academic year, paid out in 3 equal installments. The award is not renewable.

Eligible Applicants

  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada*
  • Enrolled in an eligible post-secondary institution in Ontario in 2024-25
  • Enrolled full-time an eligible graduate program in 2024-25

* Visa Students. Foreign students who are studying in Ontario under a temporary resident visa - student study permit, under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) are eligible for the allotted visa student awards. There will be a separate competition for visa students.

2024-25 OGS Awards for Indigenous Students

Queen’s University shall allocate up to two 2024-25 OGS awards to Indigenous graduate students. There is a section on the OGS application for eligible applicants to self-identify as an Indigenous person and to be considered for one of these awards.

Minimum Academic Requirements for Applicants

  • Applicants entering the first or second year of graduate studies at the time of application must have achieved a first-class average (A- at Queen’s) in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent). 
  • Applicants entering the third year or beyond of graduate studies at the time of application must have an overall average of at least A- or the equivalent on all graduate courses completed.
  • When Master’s or doctoral degree marks would typically be used for calculating an applicant’s academic eligibility but are not available, for example, because the master’s degree courses were graded on a pass-fail basis, the average will be calculated using the most recent, available, undergraduate or graduate marks.

Students who do not meet these minimum should not apply, as they will be disqualified.

2024-25 Application Deadline

You must submit your completed 2024-25 OGS application on or before the deadline specified by the Department/Program you are applying to. The deadline will appear in your OGS application manager once you select your program. Note that different programs have different OGS application deadlines.

How do I Apply?

  • To access the OGS application, please click on the link below, and you will be taken to a registration page.
  • Follow the instructions for "Applying for an Ontario Graduate Scholarship at Queen's" below to set up an OGS application account.
  • Then follow the instructions to complete and submit your 2024-25 OGS application.
  • The on-screen instructions will also help you successfully complete your application. These instructions appear at the top or bottom of the screen, or wherever a button which reads “Click for details” appears.

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Instructions for Applying for an Ontario Graduate Scholarship at Queen's

Ontario Scholarships : OGS and QEII

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) and the Queen Elizabeth II Scholarships in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST) encourage excellence in graduate studies at the master’s and doctoral levels.

Scholarship Overview

Since 1975, the OGS program has been providing merit-based scholarships to Ontario’s best graduate students in all disciplines of academic study. In 1998, the Ontario government introduced the QEII-GSST, a merit-based scholarship program targeted specifically toward graduate students in science and technology.

The fund's objective is to award scholarships to master's and doctoral students from all academic fields within participating Ontario institutions, with the aim of acknowledging and recognizing student excellence.

* The information on this page is subject to change without notice and does not represent a commitment from the University of Ottawa.

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Each OGS and QEII-GSST is valued at a maximum of $15,000 ($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 2024, September 2024 or January 2025 . The awards are non-renewable.

Additional details for QEII-GSST:

The Government of Ontario will fund two thirds of the award (i.e., a maximum of $10,000 per year or $3,333 per term); the remaining one third (i.e., a maximum of $5,000 per year or $1,667 per term) will be financed by the University of Ottawa.

The financial support offered by the University could be offered through internal endowment funds, private sector funds (contact through your thesis supervisor), or other external sources.

If you have a confirmed funding source from your faculty, an organization, or an individual, please provide the sponsorship confirmation letter or letter of interest with your application. The sponsorship letter must clearly indicate the guaranteed funding they will provide, the duration and the individual's email who is sponsoring you. You are not required to have a sponsorship to apply for this scholarship.

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December 4, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.

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

1. 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 submitting the application.
  • 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 OGS 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.

For QEII-GSST :

  • 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 submitting the application. International students are not eligible for QEII-GSST awards.

2. Minimum Academic Average

For OGS and QEII-GSST:

  • Applicants having completed  zero to twenty-four  months of graduate studies at the time of the application deadline: must have achieved a minimum average of at least A-(8.0/10), in each of the last two years of completed studies (full-time equivalent).
  • Applicants entering the  third year or beyond (25 months or more) of graduate studies at the time of the application deadline: must have an overall average of at least A- (8.0/10) on all graduate courses completed, including graduate courses taken while completing an undergraduate degree or as a special student.

Examples of one-year full-time equivalent:

  • Undergraduate studies:  enrolled full-time for two terms.
  • Graduate studies:  enrolled full-time for three consecutive terms.
  • Undergraduate and graduate studies:  two terms of part-time studies are equivalent to one term of full-time studies.

3. Enrollment Requirements

For OGS and  QEII-GSST :

  • Be enrolled full-time in, or expect to be enrolled full-time, in a graduate program during the academic year 2024-2025 (May 2024 to April 2025) at the University of Ottawa.
  • Master’s program : applicants cannot have completed more than four (4) terms of their master’s program at the time that the award is disbursed.
  • PhD program : applicants cannot have completed more than thirteen (13) terms of their PhD program at the time that the award is disbursed.

For QEII-GSST only :

  • Be enrolled in a research master’s or doctoral program in science and technology disciplines, as per the following eligible disciplines:

Applied Sciences

  • Aerospace (may include Aeronautical Engineering)
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering and Architecture (may include Landscape Architecture)
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Science (may include Engineering, Engineering Physics and Nuclear Engineering)
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mining, Metallurgy, and Materials Science (may include Metallurgical Engineering
  • Systems and Industrial Engineering (may include Systems/Design Engineering and Operational Research)

Biological and Life Sciences

  • Biochemistry and Biophysics (may include Medical Biophysics)
  • Environmental Sciences (may include Agriculture, Ecology, Forestry, and Toxicology)
  • General Biological Sciences (may include Biology, Botany, Entomology, Microbiology, Mycology, Plant and Animal Biology, and Zoology)
  • Genetics, Cell, and Molecular Biology
  • General Health Science (may include research-oriented programs in Epidemiology, Human Kinetics, Hygiene, Nutrition, and Rehabilitation disciplines such as Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Audiology, and Speech Pathology)
  • Human Biology (may include Anatomy, Biomedical Sciences, Food Science, Immunology, Neuroscience, Pathology, Pharmacology, and Physiology)
  • Medical and Veterinary Sciences (may include research-oriented programs in Dentistry, Medical Sciences, Nursing, Optometry, and Pharmacy)

Physical Sciences

  • Computer Science (may include Information/Systems Science)
  • Earth Sciences (may include Geology and Geophysics)
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Physics (may include Astronomy, Meteorology, and Space Science)

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Master’s students can receive the scholarship for a maximum of two (2) years and doctoral students for a maximum of four (4) years.

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)

Recipients may not concurrently hold an  OGS, QEII-GSST award or a tri-council award , including:

  • The Social Sciences and  Humanities Research Council Program (SSHRC);
  • The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Program (NSERC);
  • The Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR).

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The OGS and QEII-GSST are not transferable between Ontario universities. It must be held at the university that awarded it. Students must apply for the OGS and QEII-GSST at the institution where they will be registered for the 2024-2025 academic year.  

Applicants who do not know at the time of applying for an OGS or QEII-GSST which university they will be attending, will have to submit an OGS and QEII-GSST 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 or QEII-GSST 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. Some faculties may allocate their quota by program of studies and they will not allow an OGS transfer between their programs. Please confirm with the Graduate Office of the faculty to which you have applied or will be applying for admissions to confirm whether a second application is required.

OGS Scholarships for Indigenous Candidates

At the University of Ottawa, we are dedicated to empowering Indigenous graduate students. To honour this commitment,  we proudly offer two exclusive OGS awards specifically for Indigenous students one at the master level and one at the PhD level. Within the OGS application, there is a designated section where eligible applicants can self-identify as Indigenous to be considered for these prestigious scholarships. Please note that applicants who self-identify on the application form will be required to provide a document confirming their Indigenous identity. For more information, consult the document Eligibility for Focused Admissions, Scholarships and Bursaries for First Nations, Inuit and Métis people.

TRANSCRIPTS

You must include up-to-date transcripts of ALL undergraduate and graduate studies. Unofficial copies are acceptable. It is important to note that an unofficial copy is a copy issued by the university that does not bear the institutional seal or the registrar's signature. It is not a screenshot or a copy directly from your student account (copy and paste).

Up-to-date transcripts are defined as transcripts dated or issued in the fall session of the year of application (if currently registered) or after the last term completed (if not currently registered).

If your transcript is in a language other than English or French, you must submit a certified translated version.

One copy of the legend (reverse of each transcript) must be included except for Canadian transcripts.

If you took a course or courses in another university or if you participated in an exchange, you must submit the transcript even if the marks appear on your home university (this does not apply to candidates admitted to a program at the University of Ottawa).

If transcripts are not provided for ALL study listed in your OGS application, the selection committee(s) will have less information on which to base their assessment, which may put your application at a disadvantage or render it inadmissible.

If your transcripts include transfer credits from another institution, the original transcript with the grades shown should be included, or your application may be deemed ineligible.

Opening the envelope to scan the transcript will not render it unofficial for the OGS-QEII competition.

Retain the paper copy of any uploaded transcripts, as you may be asked to provide it for verification purposes .

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Each university is assigned an OGS and QEII-GSST allocations according to its share of eligible full-time domestic graduate enrollments.

The allocation breakdown of domestic and international OGS and QEII-GSST awards for 2023-2024  will be made available when institutional allocations are received from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU).

The University of Ottawa allocations are as follows:

  • Domestic allocation (Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents) OGS: TBC
  • Domestic allocation (Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents) QEII-GSST: TBC
  • International allocation OGS (students with visa or study permit): TBC

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Please read carefully the OGS and QEII-GSST Combined Application Instructions before completing your combined application.

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The results will be announced in the spring. OGS and QEII-GSST decisions are final; there will be no appeals accepted.

Please note that the OGS and QEII-GSST scholarships will only be offered when the University of Ottawa has received the funding confirmation from the Province of Ontario.

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The Master’s and Doctoral students of today are acquiring the adaptable skills and knowledge to participate in the workforce of tomorrow. Graduates of advanced research and professional programs use their education to innovate, create businesses, drive economic growth and develop future enterprises in business, science, and arts and culture.

Below are important resources around pursuing graduate studies, but for more detailed information, contact individual institutions.

Ontario Graduate Scholarships

Each university administers Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) individually and sets their own deadlines. Applicants must apply for an OGS to each of the universities they are interested in attending, including their own institution if they are currently enrolled at a university.

A limited number of OGS awards are available for international master’s and PhD students.

The links below provide information about applying for an OGS at each of Ontario’s universities.

Ontario Visiting Graduate Students

The Ontario Visiting Graduate Student (OVGS) Program allows a graduate student enrolled at an Ontario university to complete a graduate course at another Ontario university, while remaining registered at the student’s own institution. The program allows the student to bypass the usual application and transfer of credit processes.

The student pays fees to her/his home university and is classed as a “visiting graduate student” at the host university where she/he pays no fees. Additional fees associated with the course are the student’s responsibility.

Read more about the OVGS program below:

Information Booklet

Student Application Form

Visiting Graduate Student Plan

Student Notification of Withdrawal

More Information on Ontario Graduate Education

For more information on Ontario Graduate Education, visit the following links:

COU Statement on Advanced Study at Provincially Assisted Ontario Universities

Principles for Graduate Study at Ontario’s Universities

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Deadline: february 15, 2024.

Since 1975, the Ontario government, 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 graduate study.

The Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST) program is in addition to and harmonized with the OGS program. QEII-GSST awards are merit-based scholarships available to domestic students in graduate studies undertaking research in science and technology fields.

The OGS and QEII-GSST programs are jointly funded by the Province of Ontario and Ontario universities. The Province of Ontario contributes two-thirds of the value of every award and the university provides one-third through private donations to Trent.

Both OGS and QEII-GSST awards are annually allocated to eligible universities in Ontario. At Trent, applicants can be considered for both the OGS and the QEII-GSST through an  online application .   

Submit through myTrent:

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Awards are open to School of Graduate Studies graduate programs which have a significant research component. A significant research component is considered to be original, autonomous research that leads to the completion of a thesis, major research project, dissertation, and/or scholarly publication, that is merit/expert-reviewed at the institutional level as a requirement for completion of the program. Professional programs, defined as primarily course-based degree or stream where institutional funding is not provided to students (i.e. no RFs or GTAs) are not eligible.

Value and Duration 

  • $15,000 for one year ($5,000 per term for a maximum of 3 consecutive terms)

Additional information: 

  • Funded with $10,000 by the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development and $5,000 by the University through private donations. 
  • An award may not be held for only one-term.
  • Award installments are paid by term to a recipient's student account.
  • A T4A will be issued for each calendar year that the scholarship is held.

Applicant Eligibility 

To be able to be considered for an OGS/QEII-GSST at Trent, an applicant must:

  • Be a current graduate student, or have submitted an application for admission to a Trent University graduate program.
  • Be a Canadian citizen, a Permanent Resident, or a Protected Person [under subsection 95 (2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protections Act (Canada)] as of the OGS/QEII application deadline.
  • If an OGS applicant is an international student they must hold a valid study permit as of the OGS award start date so that they can be considered for OGS awards that the MTCU has allowed Trent University to provide to international students. Trent has two (2) OGS awards allocated for international students.
  • If an OGS applicant is Indigenous to Canada they may be considered for OGS awards that institutions are encouraged to allocate to qualified Indigenous graduate students. For the purposes of the scholarship MTCU has outlined that an Indigenous person is a person who self-identifies as First Nations (Status/Non-Status), Métis, or Inuit.

Time in Program Eligibility

An OGS/QEII-GSST applicant must have enough eligibility time left in his/her graduate program current or proposed graduate program, to be able to hold the OGS/QEII Scholarship if successful. 

Master level applicants may receive the scholarship for a maximum of two years and they cannot have exceeded 24 months of graduate study during the duration of the award. Doctoral level applicants may receive the scholarship for a maximum of four years, and cannot exceed 48 months of full time doctoral studies during the duration of the award.

Also, a OGS/QEII-GSST applicant:

  • Must not have exceeded the lifetime maximum of two (2) OGS/QEII-GSST awards held at the master's level, nor exceeded the lifetime maximum of four (4) OGS/QEII-GSST awards held at the doctoral level.
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS)
  • Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST)
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS)
  • Recipients may not concurrently hold a second government funded scholarship 

​OSAP Restrictions

Recipients cannot receive the award if they are restricted from further scholarships at the time of disbursement. Before paying the OGS/QEII award to the recipient, the School of Graduate Studies must confirm that the nominee is not on the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) restricted list. The regulations of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development require that students who are on OSAP’s restricted list will NOT receive the funding until they are removed from the restricted list. There is no appeal on this decision.  The School of Graduate Studies will provide a three week period to clear any OSAP restrictions prior to revoking an offer of an award.

Academic Eligibility

If the student is entering the first or second year of graduate studies at the time of application deadline: must have achieved a first-class average (A-), in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent).

If the student is entering the third year of graduate studies at the time of application, the student must have an overall average of at least A-, or the equivalent, on all graduate courses completed.

Award holders 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 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.

Recipients cannot be enrolled in a qualifying or make-up year, or be on a paid educational leave or sabbatical to receive an OGS/QEII-GSST. 

The University Selection Committee may require applicants to meet more rigorous academic requirements as they deem appropriate.  

Application Procedures

Students must apply using the OGS/QEII-GSST Application form on the myTrent portal.

Part 1 of the application includes Applicant Information and Referee information.

Part 2 of the application includes Required Documents (Section A+B): 

  • Academic Background: List all schools attended and completed degree program(s) including institution, and month/year degree was awarded or is expected. Maximum one page.
  • Academic, Research and other relevant work experience: Please include institution or organization, period of employment and your position. Maximum one page.
  • Awards and Prizes: Please provide name, source, year awarded, duration and value of awards and prizes received. Start with most recent and include up to a maximum of 10 items on one page.
  • Special circumstances: If appropriate describe any interruptions or delays to the completion of your degree(s). Specify the dates of the delay or interruption. (1/2 page maximum)
  • Outline of Proposed Research: Provide a detailed description of your proposed research project and be as specific as possible using clear, plain language and avoid jargon. NOTE: Master level applicants- one page maximum. Doctoral level applicants- two pages maximum. Bibliography - one page allowable for master level applicants, doctoral level applicants eligible to include up to an additional five pages. 
  • Contributions to Research: Include publications, reports, posters, bibliographies, conference presentations and indicate where publications resulted from work done in the process of completing your undergraduate, master's degree, or while working on doctoral studies or from other relevant work experience. Maximum one page.
  • Interpersonal/Communication/Leadership Abilities: Describe the activities (professional and relevant extracurricular) in which you are involved that demonstrate your communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills. Examples of these include oral presentations, mentoring, teaching, project management, chairing committees, organizing events, supervisory experience, and elected positions held. Maximum one page.

Transcripts:  The applicant will be required to provide official copies of final transcripts for all institutions attended, including one back page legend from each institution. Applicants who have attended and/or attend Trent University are expected to upload copies of their Trent University transcript

Reference Letters : Two (2) academic referees are required to support your application for the OGS / QEII-GSST. Academic Assessment Reports will only be accepted by email sent directly from your academic referee's institutional email address to [email protected] . Allowable maximum of each report is two pages.

The subject line of the email will include: Reference for Applicant: Last Name, First Name, OGS Trent.

Special Circumstances:  An opportunity is provided within the application to describe any special circumstances, such as health problems, family responsibilities, disabilities, or other circumstances, that has had an impact on performance or productivity. Students are encourages to briefly explain any delays in the completion of studies or in disseminating research results. Students with special circumstances must still meet the minimum 'A-' grade (80%).

Presentation Standards:

  • Masters Science/Social Sciences  
  • Masters Humanities/Social Sciences
  • Doctoral Humanities 
  • Doctoral Sciences
  • Provide the required information in Section A & B using the specified headings and follow the order indicated.
  • Application permits only one attachment and the order is Section A, Section B, and transcripts.
  • Make sure your name appears at the top right-hand corner of each page.
  • Text should be single spaced, Times New Roman, minimum 12pt or any other comparable serif font.
  • Condensed type is not acceptable. Set margins at a minimum of 2 cm all around.
  • If you have supporting documents written in a language other than English or French, you must provide a translation of the document in English or French.
  • ***All documents must be combined into one PDF file. Multiple files will not be accepted.

Incomplete applications and those that do not meet presentation standards above will be deemed incomplete.

Results & Appeals:

Applicants will be notified during the spring term of the results of the competition. There will be no appeals accepted for OGS/QEII-GSST decisions.

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Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)

Since 1975, Ontario, in partnership with the province’s 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 Province of Ontario contributes two-thirds of the value of the award while Toronto Metropolitan University provides one-third.

$15,000 per year.  Each OGS is tenable for a maximum of one year (three terms) and a minimum of two consecutive terms.

Eligibility

To be considered for either an OGS or QEII-GSST award, a student must be:

  • A Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident, or Protected Person at the time of the application deadline [Exception: see note on international students below];
  • Enrolled at a publicly-assisted university in Ontario in a full-time program of study that leads to a graduate degree and is approved for operating grant purposes by the ministry; and
  • Enrolled in 60% or more of a full course load as defined by the university, or 40% or more for students with permanent disabilities. In addition, to be considered for a QEII-GSST award, a student must be:
  • Enrolled in a research master’s or doctoral program in a science and technology discipline (See Appendix One for a list of eligible science and technology disciplines).

International students who are studying in Ontario with a student study permit under the  Immigration and Refugee Protection Act  (Canada) are eligible for the allotted OGS international student awards. However, they are ineligible for QEII-GSST awards.

Minimum Academic Requirements

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

  • Students entering the first or second year of graduate studies at the time of the application deadline: must have achieved a first-class average, as determined by the host institution, in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent). Students entering the third year or beyond of graduate studies at the time of the application deadline: must have an overall average of at least A- (or equivalent) on all graduate courses completed.
  • If master’s or doctoral degree marks used for calculating an applicant’s grade point average (GPA) are not available (e.g., courses were graded on a pass-fail basis), then the university’s Graduate Studies Office will use the most recently available undergraduate or graduate marks to calculate a student’s GPA.

Note:  While institutions are encouraged to apply the revised minimum academic requirements to students entering first or second year of graduate studies, institutions do have discretion to apply these criteria to any student (in any year of studies) being considered for the OGS/QEII-GSST. 

If institutions choose to exercise this discretion, institutions should notify candidates of the revised eligibility criteria.

Universities may require applicants to meet more rigorous academic requirements as they deem appropriate. For example, universities could require that potential recipients exhibit overall research ability and potential.

Recipients cannot be enrolled in a qualifying or make-up year, or be on a paid educational leave or sabbatical.

Eligibility conditions

  • There is a lifetime maximum of six years of OGS per student
  • In addition, the lifetime maximum of government-funded student awards must not exceed six years. This includes: OGS, OTS, SSHRC, NSERC and CIHR awards.
  • Recipients must remain enrolled as a full-time student in an eligible program; recipients who withdraw, transfer to part-time status, or fail to complete the term, will be required to repay the award for incomplete and future terms. For clarity, a withdrawal in the second term requires repayment of the award from the first term.

Application process

  • Prospective Students:  The admissions application package will be used as the basis for consideration for the OGS competition.  You must complete and sign the following   (PDF file)  supplemental form for prospective students .
  • Current Students who  have  applied for tri-council funding: Students may request their tri-council applications be used for consideration for the OGS competition. Students must contact their Graduate Program Administrators to make this request. The complete tri-council application, including reference letters and transcripts, will be used for consideration. Students will only be required to submit the following   (PDF file)  supplemental form for students who have applied for tri-council funding . If a student would like to modify their application (i.e. update their research proposal) they must contact their Graduate Program Administrator to inquire further. 
  • Current students   who  did not  apply for tri-council funding:  Must complete the following   (PDF file)  application form for current students who have not applied for tri-council funding .  Applicants are required to have two  (PDF file)  Academic Assessment Forms completed by referees for consideration*. Please ensure you follow the instructions on the form. Applicants must also provide a  CV  and copies of  all university transcripts  (certified copies of transcripts and print-outs from MyServiceHub accepted).

*Instructions for completing academic assessment PDF

  • Right-click link and “Save link as…” (Mac) or “Save target as…” (Windows)
  • Do not use the “preview” function or browser to fill in the form, as the information may not save.
  • Open the PDF with Adobe Reader.
  • Once the form is completed, click “File > Save As Other > Reader Extended PDF > Enable More Tools (Includes Form Fill-in & Save)” to save as a PDF.

Please refer to the Awards Guide for detailed information. 

OGS applications must be submitted to the Graduate Program Administrator of the program to which you are applying for funding by the specified program deadline.

Important note regarding application form compatibility

If after selecting the appropriate form you encounter a web page beginning with "Please wait..." and the page does not refresh to show the application form, follow these instructions:

  • Hover your mouse cursor near the top right of your browser window 
  • Click on the download arrow to download the form directly to your desktop
  • Complete the form in Adobe viewer from your desktop

Adjudication

Starting the 2018-19 academic year, the OGS competition will incorporate a hybrid model of distribution and awarding, where 50% of the total number of awards will be distributed to the Faculties, and the remaining 50% will be held for a university-wide competition.  The YSGPS Scholarship and Awards Committee will adjudicate the university-wide competition.

Please apply directly to your Program, as they are your faculty contacts. 

Supplemental information

If you experience difficulties accessing the forms, please ensure:

  • Adobe Reader is installed on your computer and that it is up to date. If not, please see the Toronto Met Student Adobe download .
  • Please review how to  (PDF file)  change browser settings to view forms and " How to open XFA-based PDF forms on Firefox and Chrome  (external link)  " to ensure your browser is updated and compatible in order to view the forms.

If you experience difficulties filling out and saving forms:

  • Do not use the “preview” function or browser to fill in the form as the information may not save.

TMU Internal Program Deadlines

Results for the OGS will be released in early May. 

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OINP PhD Graduate stream

Learn how to apply for a nomination for permanent residence in Ontario if you have a PhD degree from an Ontario university.

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The PhD Graduate stream gives international graduates with an Ontario PhD degree the opportunity to apply to permanently live and work in Ontario.

You must first register in the OINP ’s Expression of Interest System and receive an invitation to apply before you can apply online to be nominated by the Ontario government for permanent residence.

If you are nominated, your next step is to apply to the federal government through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada ( IRCC ). They make the final decision on who becomes a permanent resident.

Stream requirements

After you receive an invitation to apply, you may apply to the PhD Graduate stream. You must meet all the requirements in the categories below in order for your application to be approved. You don’t need a job offer to apply.

Please refer to section 9 of Ontario Regulation 422/17 for more details on each requirement.

1. Expression of interest and invitation to apply

  • You must have received an invitation to apply and applied within the deadline identified.
  • You must demonstrate that you had the qualifications that you claimed you had in the expression of interest that you registered with the OINP and attested to.

2. Education

You must have completed the requirements necessary to obtain a PhD degree. The degree must be from an eligible university in Ontario (see the list of eligible Ontario universities offering PhD degrees below ).

At least two years of your PhD studies must have been completed while legally living and studying in Ontario.

You don’t qualify if you have received a bursary, grant or scholarship that requires you return to your home country after you earn your PhD degree. You may only apply after you have fulfilled those commitments and can demonstrate an intention to live in Ontario.

3. Residency in Ontario

You must have legally lived in Ontario for at least one year in the past two years before you apply.

Note that your one year of residency can be cumulative. This means that there can be gaps provided that all the periods of residency in Ontario add up to 12 months within the past two years before you apply.

4. Settlement funds

You must have enough money to support yourself and your dependent family members when you settle in Canada.

Note that a family member includes your spouse, common law partner and children under the age of 22, including their children.

You can meet this requirement through one or a combination of any of the following:

  • funds as demonstrated by the balance listed in bank statements, or statements of accounts showing other investments such as non-locked in, fixed term deposits, mutual funds, etc.
  • annual earnings from ongoing employment in Ontario, and/or
  • a job offer in Ontario

Learn more about the amount of money you must have available in order to apply (see “How much money you'll need”).

Example: You have checked how much money you must have available and, based on your family size, you must have $29,000 (CAD). You have a job offer in Ontario with an annual wage of $25,000 and you have a balance of $5,000 in your savings account for a total of $30,000. By using a combination of your job offer and bank statement, you would meet the settlements fund requirement.

If you provide bank statements that include a one-time large deposit, we may ask you to provide additional documentation to support that your funds are free of debt or liability.

5. Intention to live in Ontario

You must intend to live and work in Ontario after you’ve been granted permanent residence. We determine this by examining your ties to Ontario, which can include doing things like:

  • working or having worked in Ontario
  • getting job offers, to or applying/interviewing for jobs
  • volunteering
  • leasing or owning property
  • having professional networks and affiliations, family ties and social or personal relationships

6. Legal status in Canada (if applicable)

If you are applying from within Canada, you must have legal status (a visitor record, study permit, or work permit) at the time you apply and should maintain that status until the time of nomination.

You may apply if you are in ‘implied status’ at the time of your OINP application submission. ‘Implied status’ means that you submitted an application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada ( IRCC ) to renew/extend your temporary status document (a visitor record, work permit, study permit) before its expiry date. You can remain in Canada and continue to work or study under the same conditions as your existing permit until a decision is made on your pending IRCC application.

7. Application period

You must submit your application within two years of completing the requirements necessary to obtain your PhD degree.

This means that the date on your degree must be within two years of your OINP application submission date, not the date you received the invitation to apply. For example, if your degree is dated June 1, 2021, you must have registered an EOI , received an Invitation to Apply, and submitted your application on or before June 1, 2023.

If you don’t have your degree yet, use the date on the official letter from your university which states when your degree will be granted.

Scoring factors

Once you register an expression of interest under this stream you will be assigned points based on the following factors.

If you are invited to apply, you will be required to submit specific documents to support each scoring factor for which you received points. Scoring factors are not the same as stream criteria. You must meet all criteria for this stream and provide the mandatory documents with your application. Refer to the document checklist for the PhD Graduate stream.

Employment / labour market factors

Work or study permit status.

  • With valid work or study permit – 10 points
  • Without valid work or study permit – 0 points

The work or study permit must confer legal status.

Earnings history

Based on a Notice of Assessment issued by the Canada Revenue Agency in the last five years.

  • $40k or more earnings in a year – 3 points
  • Less than $40k earnings in a year – 0 points

Highest level of education

Canadian credential or Educational Credential Assessment required.

  • PhD – 10 points
  • Masters – 8 points
  • Bachelors or equivalent – 6 points
  • Graduate diploma or certificate – 6 points
  • Undergraduate diploma or certificate – 5 points
  • Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma – 5 points
  • Less than college or trade certificate – 0 points

Field of study

Points are awarded based on the field of study of the eligible education credential being used for the OINP application.

  • STEM /Health (Engineering, Health, Math, Computer Science) and Trades (agriculture and natural resources operations and management, mechanics and repair, architecture, construction and precision production) - 12 points
  • Business and administration, social, legal, education, behavioral science, personal, security and transport services, social work and related programs - 6 points
  • Arts and humanities, Business, humanities, arts, social science and education ( BHASE ) programs, not elsewhere classified ( n.e.c ) - 0 points

Canadian education experience

Credential must be for a post-secondary education credential from an eligible Canadian institution  that takes at least one year to complete on a full-time basis.

  • More than one Canadian credential – 10 points
  • One Canadian credential – 5 points

Official language ability

  • CLB 9 or higher – 10 points
  • CLB 8 – 6 points
  • CLB 7 – 4 points
  • CLB 6 or lower – 0 points

Knowledge of official languages

  • 2 Official Languages – 10 points
  • 1 Official Language – 5 points

Regionalization

Regional immigration: location of study (where you physically attended classes).

  • Northern Ontario – 10 points
  • Other areas outside GTA (except Northern Ontario) – 8 points
  • Inside GTA (except Toronto) – 3 points
  • Toronto – 0 points
  • Credential was completed without physically attending (in-person) classes – 0 points

For Regionalization scoring factors, the regions are defined as follows:

  • Northern Ontario – includes the following Census Divisions: Muskoka Haliburton, Nipissing, Parry Sound, Manitoulin, Sudbury, Greater Sudbury/Grand Sudbury, Timiskaming, Cochrane, Algoma, Thunder Bay, Rainy River and Kenora
  • Other areas outside of Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area ( GTA ), except Northern Ontario – includes all Ontario regions except those listed as part of Toronto, the Greater Toronto Area and Northern Ontario
  • Greater Toronto Area (except Toronto) – includes the regional municipalities of Durham, Halton, Peel and York
  • Toronto – includes the City of Toronto

If you are ready to apply

Before you can apply to this stream you must register an expression of interest and receive an invitation to apply.

  • Register an expression of interest
  • Review document checklist

Eligible Ontario universities offering PhD programs

To qualify for the PhD Graduate stream, your PhD degree must be from one of the universities listed below:

  • Brock University
  • Carleton University
  • Lakehead University
  • Laurentian University
  • McMaster University
  • Nipissing University
  • Queen’s University
  • Royal Military College of Canada
  • Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University)
  • Trent University
  • University of Guelph
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • University of Ottawa
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Waterloo
  • University of Windsor
  • Western University
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • York University

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What is the ontario graduate scholarship.

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship is one of the top Canadian scholarships for graduate students. The award, offered jointly by the province of Ontario and select universities in Ontario , is a merit-based scholarship available to all Ontario students in any discipline.

If you’re interested in pursuing a PhD program or a master’s degree in Canada at one of Ontario’s top universities, the Ontario Graduate Scholarship is well worth a look.

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program will award you the following amounts, depending on the number of terms you’re enrolled in:

  • $10,000 for 2 consecutive study terms
  • $15,000 for 3 consecutive study terms

Each OGS award is issued for:

  • Minimum of 1 academic year (2 or 3 consecutive academic terms)
  • Maximum of 2 years (up to 6 consecutive academic terms).

The OGS also has a lifetime limit of 2 academic years for Master’s students and 4 academic years for doctoral students. Or, a maximum of 6 academic years per graduate student.

To be eligible for the OGS, you must be either a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or international student with a valid study permit. You may need to provide proof of citizenship or your student visa.

In addition, some schools may stipulate that you must be a full-time student and cannot work more than a certain number of hours per week. Some institutions may also state you cannot hold an OGS award at the same time as another Ontario scholarship.

Lastly, applicants to the OGS must be in good standing with the Ontario Student Assistance Program, if they have applied.

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship, but your application may be assessed by different criteria, depending on which participating school you attend. You must be enrolled in a full-time program for at least 2 semesters. To be eligible for the scholarship, you must be attending one of the following schools at the graduate level (either Master’s or PhD):

  • Brock University
  • Carleton University
  • University of Guelph
  • Lakehead University
  • Laurentian University
  • McMaster University
  • Nipissing University
  • OCAD University
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • University of Ottawa
  • Queen’s University
  • Ryerson University
  • University of Toronto
  • Trent University
  • University of Waterloo
  • Western University
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • University of Windsor
  • York University

Each of these universities requires a separate application for the OGS and may have different requirements and criteria for scholarship decisions. However, many of the applications will include these items:

  • Minimum required grade average
  • Transcripts
  • Research proposal
  • Academic assessments or letters of reference
  • Publications, awards and achievements (optional)

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How Competitive is the Ontario Graduate Scholarship?

The OGS awards 3,000 scholarships annually, and it does receive a number of applications, so it is not one of the many unclaimed scholarships in Canada . Considering there are over 180,000 graduate students enrolled in programs in Ontario, the competition can be fierce.

However, the OGS is a free scholarship in Canada , and your chances of getting it are around 33%, so it’s worth applying if you are eligible. Also note that many of the participating universities reserve some of their graduate scholarships for Indigenous and international students, specifically.

Every little bit can help offset the costs of graduate school in Canada, so graduate students in Ontario should consider applying for the OGS.

1. Brock University

Deadline: January 15 at 4 p.m. EST

Requirements: Online application, academic CV, letters of recommendation, transcripts, proof of citizenship

Website: https://brocku.ca/graduate -studies/ogs-application/

To apply for the OGS at Brock University, you’ll need to submit both an academic CV, or a research resume , and a research proposal for your chosen master’s or PhD program. It’s important to review how to write a master’s thesis proposal as this will heavily influence whether your degree, and therefore your proposed research, is funded through the scholarship program or not.

You’ll also need 2 reference letters. Your references will need to fill out both an online applicant assessment form and submit a letter of recommendation. Be sure to confirm with your referees that they have submitted it before the deadline.

2. Carleton University

Deadline: November 14 at 11:59 p.m. EST (applications open on August 15)

Requirements: Minimum GPA of 10.0 (A-), online application, 2 letters of recommendation, transcripts

Website: https://gradstudents.carleton.ca/ogs/

Carleton University requires you to submit an online application form, an application checklist, two academic assessments with letters of recommendation, your transcripts and a research or program statement. This document is essentially a brief research proposal. Your program statement should be no more than 3,950 characters with spaces.

Your references for your academic assessment and recommendation will be asked to evaluate your academic skills, your research abilities and your communication, interpersonal, leadership and community engagement skills. The strongest referees will usually be faculty members you have worked with or research supervisors if you have undergraduate research experience .

The Carleton OGS application also gives you optional space to include past awards and publications.

3. University of Guelph

Deadline: February 1

Requirements: Online application form, 2 academic assessments (references), research proposal

Website: https://www.uoguelph.ca/computing/applying -ontario-graduate-scholarship-ogs

You must be a registered graduate student at the University of Guelph before you submit your application, in order to be eligible.

The University of Guelph uses the following criteria when evaluating successful applications:

4. Lakehead University

Deadline: December 4

Requirements: 80% average (A-), research proposal, 2 references, official transcripts, list of past publications and awards

Website: https://www.lakeheadu.ca/programs/graduate/graduate -funding/internal-scholarships-bursaries-and-awards

To apply, you must be a current student at Lakehead University or have a completed graduate studies application. You must also have at least an 80% average in your past two years of study, or in all graduate courses you have completed.

Here’s how to write a CV for graduate school !

5. Laurentian University

Deadline: January 31

Requirements: Research proposal, 80% average, 2 academic references

Website: https://laurentian.ca/office/graduate -studies/scholarships-bursaries

Laurentian University’s OGS applications will focus primarily on your academic achievements and excellence. You’ll be able to provide additional information on any publications, presentations, awards or academic achievements in your application.

6. McMaster University

Deadline: February 14

Requirements: 80% average, online application

Website: https://gs.mcmaster.ca/current -students/scholarships/ontario-graduate-scholarship-and-the-queen-elizabeth-ii-graduate-scholarship-in-science-and-technology/

As one of the most prestigious universities in Canada , McMaster also evaluates scholarship recipients based on academic merit and the strength of your research proposal.

7. Nipissing University

Deadline: January 12

Requirements: 80% average, 2 academic assessments, research proposal

Website: https://www.nipissingu.ca/academics/school -graduate-studies/awards-and-funding/types-funding/ogs

8. OCAD University

Deadline: November 6

Requirements: 80% average

Website: https://www.ocadu.ca/academics/graduate -studies/current-students/funding

9. University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Deadline: December 1

Website: https://gradstudies.ontariotechu.ca/index.php

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Deadline: December 4 at 11:59 EST

Website: https://www.uottawa.ca/study/graduate -studies/funding-financing/awards/ontario

11. Queen’s University

Deadline: Program dependent

Website: https://www.queensu.ca/grad -postdoc/grad-studies/funding/ontario-graduate-scholarship

12. Ryerson University

Website: https://www.torontomu.ca/graduate/future -students/financing-your-studies/scholarships-awards/ontario-graduate-scholarship-program/

13. University of Toronto

Requirements: 80% average, plan of study

Website: https://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/awards/ontario -graduate-scholarship/

14. Trent University

Deadline: February 15

Requirements: 80% average, resume/CV, research proposal, 2 references

Website: https://www.trentu.ca/graduatestudies/ontario -graduate-scholarships-and-queen-elizabeth-ii-graduate-scholarships-science-and-technology

The OGS application for Trent University includes a graduate school resume or CV, research proposal, 2 reference letters and a list of your research publications. You are also given 1 page to describe any extracurricular activities that enhance your communication, leadership and interpersonal skills.

15. University of Waterloo

Website: https://uwaterloo.ca/graduate -studies/awards-funding/external-awards/ontario-graduate-scholarship-ogs

16. Western University

Deadline: August 1-October 1 (doctoral programs); September 1-December 1 (master’s programs)

Requirements: Online application

Website: https://grad.uwo.ca/finances/external _funding/ogs.html

17. Wilfrid Laurier University

Requirements: 80% average, research proposal or statement of interest in program of study, 2 academic references, list of publications and presentations

Website: https://students.wlu.ca/registration -and-finances/graduate-funding-and-awards/external-funding.html

18. University of Windsor

Deadline: January 10

Requirements: 80% average, 16 years of age or older

Website: https://www.uwindsor.ca/education/scholarships -awards/ogs

19. York University

Deadline: October 4 (doctoral programs); December 1 (master’s programs)

Requirements: Research proposal, resume or CV, 2 references

Website: https://www.yorku.ca/gradstudies/awards/ontario-graduate-scholarships-ogs-and-qeii-graduate-scholarships-in-science-and-technology-qeiigsst/

To complete an OGS application for York University, you need to submit:

  • Research Proposal or a Plan of Study 
  • References or Works Cited 
  • Professional Experience 
  • Academic Background 
  • Credentials and Recognitions 
  • Research Contributions 
  • Relevant Experience and Activities  
  • Transcripts – undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • Two reference assessments 

Being awarded the Ontario Graduate Scholarship relies on the strength of your academic background and your application materials. To get this award, it’s not enough to check all the boxes and have a solid grade average. With that in mind, here are a few tips to increase your chances of winning one of these scholarships!

#1 Start early

Start planning for your graduate studies and scholarship applications as early as possible. This is to ensure you are well organized and can submit your application on time, but also to make yourself a more competitive applicant.

There are a limited number of scholarships per year, and the earlier you submit, the more likely you are to beat the competition and secure a scholarship before the bulk of applicants submit. Planning your application early also gives you more time to participate in research and extracurriculars that can help your application stand out.

#2 Double check all requirements

The requirements to apply for the OGS are fairly similar across all participating schools, although some may have slight differences in their eligibility requirements or application materials. Double and triple check the requirements for your school or schools, if you’re applying to more than one.

Incomplete applications will not be considered, so it’s vital to make certain your application is correct and free of errors. If you need to reapply the following year, you risk losing potential funding for your degree or not being eligible the following year.

Also make note of different application deadlines and be sure all your materials are submitted on time.

#3 Choose strong references

To apply for the OGS, you will need at least 2 academic references, who will submit both a letter of recommendation on your behalf and fill out an academic assessment of your research and interpersonal skills. Naturally, this means your references will be either research supervisors, faculty or academic advisors. It’s in your best interest to build strong relationships with potential referees well in advance of your application.

It’s also your responsibility to check in with and confirm your referees have submitted your letters on your behalf. Be sure to give your referees plenty of time to write your recommendation and complete your assessment, as this can take some time.

#4 Don’t skip optional additions

Many of the participating schools encourage you to submit details about your extracurriculars, publications, presentations, awards and achievements, and even your work experience. In particular, many schools are looking for applicants who exemplify leadership, strong communication and interpersonal skills, community engagement and an understanding of building community.

To truly make your application stand out, do NOT skip out on including any extras or optional parts of the application form. Participate in extracurriculars and research opportunities during your high school and undergraduate years. An undergraduate summer research fellowship can be a great place to start gaining some research experience. Volunteer some of your time or look for internships for high school students and university students. Engage in academic clubs or events at your school. Every experience can add some value to your application and help you stand out from the crowd while demonstrating these values.

Here's a look at a sample research proposal written for the Ontario Graduate Scholarship application! Most applications allow 1-2 pages for your proposal and 1 page for your bibliography, although some schools may set additional character limits.

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The Ontario Graduate Scholarship is one of the top provincial scholarships for graduate students in Ontario. Applicants can get funding up to $10,000 for 2 consecutive study terms or $15,000 for 3 consecutive study terms.

To qualify for the Ontario Graduate Scholarship, you must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or international student with a valid study permit. You must also be either enrolled in 2 consecutive terms in an eligible graduate program or have a completed graduate studies application at one of the participating universities. Most schools also require you to have an average of at last 80% in your coursework.

The OGS is jointly funded by the participating universities and the provincial government of Ontario. 

There are over 3,000 Ontario Graduate Scholarships awarded each year by 19 different universities in Ontario.

The OGS is a fairly competitive scholarship, as it is offered by the top graduate schools in Ontario and receives many applications each year. The academic standards for the scholarship are also quite high, making it a competitive award to win.

To apply for the OGS you must submit an application for each school through an online portal. The application will typically include your transcripts, a research proposal or statement of interest for a graduate program, a resume or CV, 2 academic references and optional inclusions of your past publications, presentations, extracurriculars or awards.

The OGS application deadline varies from school to school, but the deadline is typically in December, January or February.

Yes, there are many other scholarships you can get in Ontario concurrently with the OGS. Note that some schools will consider your ineligible to receive an OGS if you have already received select provincial or federal scholarships. 

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You're in for an academic journey if you've decided to pursue a PhD and the maple leaf is calling your name. With its stunning scenery and welcoming, multicultural communities, Canada is more than simply a destination to study—it's a place where your research aspirations can come true. We're exploring the world of PhD scholarships in Canada in this blog, which is meant to serve as a resource for all of you intelligent people looking for the ideal chance to establish yourself in Canadian academia. 

Why Study PhD in Canada?

Ever wondered why so many folks choose Canada for their Ph.D. journey? Well, let's spill the tea on that! Here are some cool reasons why students pick the Great White North for their study abroad:

1. Top-Notch Universities : Canada houses some of the coolest universities globally, and many of them rock the charts in the top 100.

2. Work Perks : Now, this is a game-changer! In Canada, PhD students not only get paid during their studies (score!), but they can also hustle up to 10 hours a week. And guess what? After you complete your PhD, you get a shot at staying for up to 3 more years with a post-graduation work permit. Talk about levelling up your game!

3. Budget-Friendly Vibes : Let's be real – PhD adventures in countries like the US or the UK can put a dent in your wallet. But fear not, pursuing a PhD won't break the bank in Canada. Tuition fees range from a sweet CAD 6,000 to 30,000, making it a pocket-friendly option compared to some other academic hotspots. Adding to that, students can find a plater of PhD scholarships in Canada for international and domestic students.

If you’re keen to know more about why you should pursue a PhD, here are some great advantages of getting a PhD in 2024!

PhD Funding in Canada 

Canada, being the second-largest country globally, flaunts its impressive size, including a lake bigger than Denmark, Scotland, and Switzerland. Now, let's connect the dots to PhD scholarships in Canada. Canada's vastness, split into provinces and territories, brings nuances to funding. Student loans, mainly for citizens or residents, play a role. With 10 provinces shaping their educational policies, funding options vary among universities. While international doctoral fees are often higher, some universities opt for fairness, charging the same for everyone. Notably, certain institutions establish a baseline funding standard, ensuring every PhD student receives minimum support. Explore our guide for a deeper dive into PhD scholarships in Canada!

Universities that offer PhD Scholarships in Canada: 

1. university of alberta scholarships.

Award Grant: CA$ 21,000 (an additional CA 10,000 for international students) Offered By: University of Alberta Deadline: March 28, 2024 Type of Scholarship: Merit-based Duration/Time Period: Full time

This is one of Canada's best PhD scholarships. Due to its numerous funding alternatives, the University of Alberta, which was established in 1908, is a well-liked option for international students. PhD candidates can get a large CA$ 21,000 stipend through the Graduate Entrance Scholarship, which is open to master and doctorate candidates.. International applicants will also get an additional CA$ 10,000 to help with tuition. Good news: this year, applicants from a wide range of nations will not need to take the IELTS exam. Be quick—the scholarship deadline differs depending on when you are admitted. Come experience an engaging academic adventure with us at U of A!

Eligibility requirements for this PhD scholarship in Canada:

  • You have to be admitted in Jan 2024, May 2024, July 2024 and Sept 2024
  • You have to be newly admitted in one of the above-mentioned terms in a doctoral program
  • You must have a GPA of 3.7 or higher 
  • You have to be a full-time student

2. University of Waterloo Scholarships  

Award Grant: $10,000

Offered By: University of Waterloo Deadline: Depends on your course, check out here Type of Scholarship: Merit-based Duration/Time Period: Full time

This is considered one of the best PhD scholarships in Canada for international students. Ranked 8th as the Best Global University in Canada, the University of Waterloo is a top choice for students worldwide. Offering fully funded PhD scholarships in Canada, including the University of Waterloo Graduate Scholarship worth up to $10,000, the perks extend to the International Master’s Award of Excellence, valued at $2,500 per term for a maximum of 6 terms. Deadlines vary by program, so check for yours and seize the opportunity to make your academic journey exceptional!

  • You have to take a full-time program.
  • Your cumulative average must be at least 80% or first class in your current program.
  • You will be nominated by the department based on your allocation of funds.

3. University of Saskatchewan Scholarships

Award Grant: CA$ 20,000 Offered By:  University of Saskatchewan Deadline: Type of Scholarship: Merit-based Duration/Time Period: Full-time

Discover excellence at the University of Saskatchewan, a leader in collaborative research and Canada's top for water research. Deemed among the finest fully funded PhD scholarships in Canada. Recognised as an outstanding PhD scholarship in Canada, you can unlock opportunities with the fully funded University of Saskatchewan Graduate Scholarship, available for all international master's and Ph.D. students. Here's the kicker: PhD candidates can snag up to CA$ 20,000 over 36 months. No extra paperwork – once you're in, your academic achievements and financial needs automatically put you in the running for this fantastic scholarship!

  • You must have a cumulative of 80% grade point average 
  • You should have completed your masters in a relevant study field form a well known university

4. McGill University Scholarships in Canada

Award Grant: CA$ 3,000 annually Offered By: McGill University Deadline: Canadian students can apply by  27 Sept, other applicants have to apply by 24th Aug. Type of Scholarship: Merit-based Duration/Time Period: Full time

Join the ranks of excellence at McGill University, placed at #31 globally by QS World University Rankings 2023. Striving for accessibility, McGill provides scholarships for international students across undergraduate, master's, and Ph.D. programs. Specifically for Ph.D. aspirants, there are modest bursaries to ease financial burdens. Act promptly, as scholarship deadlines align with your admission schedule. Make your mark at McGill – where world-class education meets support for your academic journey! This stands out as a leading PhD scholarship in Canada.

  • Enrolled full-time at the University
  • Apply for and accept maximum government student aid
  • Maintain satisfactory academic standing
  • Show financial need

5. Montreal University Fully Funded Scholarship

Award Grant: CA$ 21,593.35 annually Offered By: Montreal University Deadline: 1st February 2024 Type of Scholarship: Merit-based Duration/Time Period: Full time

This holds a distinguished position as one of the top fully funded PhD scholarships in Canada. Meet the University of Montreal, the second-largest in Canada with 36,000 students. The UdeM Exemption Scholarship opens doors for global students, ensuring access to a top Canadian research hub. Open to all international students in undergrad, master's, or PhD programs, the Montreal University Scholarships offer up to CA$ 21,593.35 annually. 

  • International student (not Canadian citizen or resident)
  • Admitted to full-time program at UdeM
  • Meet the academic requirements of the university and chosen program

Want to know more about PhD in Canada? Here’s a guide that tells you all! Dive into more university and scholarship options using this guide on PhD In Canada .

Top 5 Scholarships to Study in Canada

1. vanier canada graduate scholarships.

Award Grant: CAD 50,000 Offered By: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research [CIHR], the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council [NSERC] and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council [SSHRC]) Deadline: 1 November 2023 Type of Scholarship: Merit-based Duration/Time Period: Full time

Considered one of the elite PhD scholarships in Canada, the Vanier CGS program wants awesome doctoral students! They're all about helping those with leadership skills and excellent academic achievements in social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, engineering, and health. Here's the cool part: Vanier encourages you to explore beyond where you got your last degree. If you're a smart cookie in social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, engineering, or health, the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships might just be waiting for you! Time to step into the world of research with Vanier!

  • Nominated by a Canadian institution with a Vanier CGS quota
  • Pursuing first doctoral degree (only eligible for PhD part of combined degree)
  • Completed less than 20 months of doctoral studies by May 1, 2024
  • Maintained a first-class average in two years of full-time study

2. The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships

Award Grant: CAD 40,000 per year to cover tuition and reasonable living expenses and CAD 20,000 per year as research and travel allowance Offered By:   Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation  Deadline: December 1, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. EST Type of Scholarship: Merit-based Duration/Time Period: Full time

Many students highly respect this PhD scholarship in Canada, which is considered to be among the best. International students studying in Canada through the University of Waterloo may apply for the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships. For people now enrolled in two- or three-year PhD studies in social science or the humanities, there is a chance. Your doctoral research ought to be connected to topics such as responsible citizenship, human rights, Canada and the world, or people and their natural environment. The scholarship comes with a pretty sweet package: CAD 20,000 for research and travel, plus CAD 40,000 for tuition and living expenses annually. 

  • Enrolled or accepted into a full-time doctoral program, expecting to finish studies in 2027 or later.
  • Studying humanities or human sciences relevant to Canada's future.
  • Doctoral work linked to Foundation's Themes: Human Rights, Citizenship, Canada in the World, and Natural Environment.
  • Canadian citizen or non-Canadian in a Canadian doctoral program.

3. Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships  

Award Grant: CAD 70,000 Offered By: (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC) Deadline: September 20, 2023 (20:00 EDT) Type of Scholarship: Merit-based Duration/Time Period: Full time

This PhD scholarship in Canada is for both Canadian and international students who are doing amazing research in healthcare, natural science, social science, and economics for their PhD. The deal? Well, the Canadian university is giving out funds to 70 lucky students, and they get a sweet CAD 70,000 each. Keep in mind it's taxable, and you get this support for two years. It's like a boost for your awesome research journey! 

  • Non-Canadian citizens must hold Banting Fellowship at a Canadian institution.
  • Canadians who earned their degree abroad must have Fellowship in Canada.
  • Canadians who earned their degree in Canada can choose Canadian or foreign institution for their Banting Fellowship.

4. Ontario Trillium Scholarship

Award Grant: CAD 40,000  Offered By: Government bodies Deadline: November 24 for the year of 2024-25 Type of Scholarship: Merit-based Duration/Time Period: Full time

The Ontario Trillium Scholarship (OTS) is Ontario's way of helping international Ph.D. students financially. The Ontario Trillium Scholarship is acknowledged as one of the most esteemed PhD scholarships in Canada. Since 2010, this initiative has been supporting scholars with a 2/3 government to 1/3 institution funding setup. Each year, 15 Ontario Trillium Scholarships go to Ph.D. students at the University of Toronto. Eligible universities in Ontario pick candidates based on program criteria and merit. The scholarship lasts four years and gives partial funding for a PhD in any subject at Ontario's top universities. To qualify, you need to be an international student, good in English, not currently in an Ontario school, and have a strong academic record.

  • International student with a Canadian student visa.
  • Proficient in English during application.
  • Intent to join a full-time doctoral program.
  • Cannot hold other Canadian scholarships, like QEII-GSST, UW Provost.
  • Willing to enroll in an Ontario university's doctoral program.
  • Minimum 8.0 average in a full-time master’s degree.
  • Not completed a degree in Ontario post-application.
  • Not currently a student in Ontario.

5. Ontario Graduate Scholarship

Award Grant: CAD 5,000 per term Offered By: Province of Ontario and the University of Toronto Deadline: January 31 for the year 2024-25 Type of Scholarship: Merit-based Duration/Time Period: Full time

This is acclaimed as a standout PhD scholarship within the Canadian context. The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) program is all about cheering on awesome graduate students in Ontario's universities. Since 1975, OGS has been giving out merit-based scholarships to the brightest minds across all academic fields. At U of T, this scholarship team-up is powered by both the Province of Ontario and the University of Toronto. The Province shares OGS awards with universities, saying how many each can give their students every year. If you've been to one of Ontario's universities, whether you're from there or from afar, OGS is there to support you in any subject you're passionate about!

  • Enrolled in a full-time graduate program in Ontario.
  • Academic excellence with at least an A- average.
  • Must be in a master's or doctoral program for 2 or 3 years.
  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or international student with a valid study permit.
  • Submit an OGS application by the university's deadline.

To sum it up, fully funded PhD scholarships in Canada open doors to diverse academic journeys. From financial aid to research opportunities, these scholarships not only support your studies but also fuel your passion for exploration and knowledge. Canada welcomes you to a world of educational excellence and promising research endeavours! 

Now that you are looking for Scholarships for PhD in Canada, you should know the best university you can apply to, right? To help you out, here are the 10 best universities in Canada .

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Ph.D. Scholarships in Canada: Programs, Application and Fees

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May 13, 2022 | 7 min read

PhD Scholarships in Canada: List of Scholarships for Indian & International Students. Get application process details to apply for top universities.

Ph.D. Scholarships in Canada: Programs, Application and Fees

International students can avail a number of PhD scholarships in Canada in various fields of study. Both renewable and non-renewable Ph.D scholarships in Canada 2022 are available for international students that covers some of the major expenses and also fully or partially covers the cost of doctoral studies.

Generally, a Ph.D. degree is the highest level of study, the students can achieve after completing their postgraduate studies. Most of the PhD courses in Canada require a duration of 3 years in full-time study and research. In this program, the students are taught research methodology, practical skills, presentation, and teaching skills.

Canadian Universities offer excellent facilities with highly qualified researchers and faculties who have real-world experience. Pursuing your Ph.D. at a Canadian university would provide a great boost to your career and help you network with top researchers in different fields of study.

Ph.D. Scholarships for International Students in Canada

International students can find below a complete list of PhD scholarships in Canada 2022:

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

The university of waterloo master's and doctoral awards, ontario trillium scholarship, the ontario graduate scholarship, university of calgary graduate scholarships, the university of manitoba graduate fellowship, the pierre elliott trudeau foundation doctoral scholarships, the graduate global leadership fellowship, banting post doctoral fellowship, nserc post graduate scholarships.

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (VCGS) program was named after the first Francophone Governor General of Canada, Major-General Georges P. Vanier. The scholarship grants CAD 50,000 per year for doctoral programs, for 3 years. The selection criteria for the scholarship is done on the basis of academic excellence, research potential and leadership qualities.

The scholarship is open to Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, and international students. The areas of research for the doctoral scholarship are Health Research, Natural Sciences and/or Engineering Sciences, and Social Sciences and Humanities Research.

The University of Waterloo Master's and Doctoral Awards is awarded to graduate students registered in the Master's and Doctoral programs at the University of Waterloo. The scholarship grants CAD 1,000 per term for up to three terms, to students who have a minimum cumulative average of first class (80%) in their current program or over the previous two full-time academic years, within the limits of their graduate program.

For the Master's and Doctoral Awards at the University of Waterloo, no applications are required. Instead, the respective graduate departments will nominate eligible students based on the funds allocated to them.

The Ontario Trillium Scholarship is another scholarship awarded by the University of Waterloo. The scholarship is valued at CAD 40,000 to international doctoral students who have a valid study permit, and are registered on a full-time basis in any faculty's degree-granting program.

Out of the CAD 40,000, CAD 26,666 is covered by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development while CAD 13,333 is covered by the university. To be eligible for the scholarship, a candidate must have achieved a cumulative aggregate of first class or A-/ 80% in each of the each of the previous two years of full-time study.

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) has been merit-based scholarships to the best graduate students in Ontario since 1975. The scholarship is jointly-funded by the Province of Ontario and the University of Toronto. The value of the OGS is CAD 5,000 per annum.; for two years it will be CAD 10,000 and for three years it will be CAD 15,000.

In each case, the awarding unit will contribute to 1/3rd of the total award cost received by students. Candidates must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada or international students with a cumulative average of A- or 80% (as per Ontario's standards).

The university of Calgary has a host of PhD scholarships across various faculties, for numerous programs. The scholarships provided will differ for students based on their residence-status in Canada, the faculty to which the student belongs to, and the type of course the student is studying. The scholarships below are provided to international students at the University of Calgary:

  • Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarships program
  • Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship (AGES)
  • Delta Kappa Gama
  • Entrance Awards
  • Graduate Award Competition
  • International Graduate Tuition Award
  • Mackenzie King
  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS)

The University of Manitoba awards scholarships for its Master's and Doctoral programs. The Master's program scholarship is valued at CAD 28,000 per annum, while the Doctoral program scholarship is valued at CAD 18,000 per annum.

The Master's program scholarships are are provided for a period of between 12 and 24 months, while the Doctoral program scholarships are provided for a period of between 12 and 48 months. The maximum support for any student is for a period of 5 years or 60 months. Students who have a minimum GPA 3.0 will be considered for the University of Manitoba Fellowship.

Every year, 16 doctoral scholars are selected to receive funding for their studies and leadership training through the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation. The PETF scholarship provides up to CAD 40,000 per annum for three years to cover tuition and living expenses.

The scholarships also awards CAD 20,000 per annum for three years as funds for research, networking and a travel allowance (the funding may also be used to learn a new language). The scholarship also provides membership in a vibrant community of scholars, fellows and mentors, all of whom are experts in their respective fields. 

The Graduate Global Leadership Fellowship or GGLF is provided to international students from developing nations looking to pursue their doctoral studies, who show exceptional leadership in humanitarian and development work in their countries. The eligibility criteria for the GGLF scholarships are as follows:

  • Candidates must be from a developing country
  • Candidates must have a valid study permit
  • Candidates must have an exceptional academic background
  • Candidates must show a history of outstanding leadership in humanitarian and social work, in their home-country

Students will be considered on the basis of academic excellence, research ability and leadership in civil and sustainable development in the home-country.

The Banting Post Doctoral Fellowship grants CAD 70,000 per annum for two years, to students meritorious students who have potential to contribute to Canada's economic, social and research-based growth. The program is open to Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada and international students.

The areas of research are Healthcare, Natural Sciences of Engineering, and Humanities and Social Sciences. The fellowships are granted by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

The NSERC Post Graduate Scholarships are awarded to meritorious scholars engaged in the doctoral program in Natural Science and Engineering. The scholarship is valued at CAD 20,000 for a period of 3 years. The scholarship is open to permanent residents of Canada and Canadian citizens.

Some other Ph.D. Scholarships in Canada 2022

The following are the names of some other PhD scholarships that potential doctoral scholars can look at:

  • McGill University Scholarships and Student Aid
  • Carleton University Awards for International Students
  • Queen's University International Scholarships
  • Dalhousie University Scholarship
  • Fairleigh Dickinson Scholarships for International Students

Application Criteria of Canada Ph.D. Scholarships

There are many universities and institutes that offer scholarships in Canada and awards so the students can get financial help and achieve their educational goals. First, you have to research for universities/ colleges that provide scholarships for international students in Ph.D. programs. You should apply for several PhD scholarships because this step can higher your chances. To be eligible for the scholarship, you may be required to have academic scores and other skills. Below are some criteria for international students: 

  • Academic Excellence
  • Extra-Curricular Activities
  • Research Potential
  • Leadership Skills
  • Program Duration 

How Can I Get a Ph.D. Scholarship in Canada?

Several PhD scholarships in Canada 2022 are available for international students which are awarded based on academic merit. The Canadian government runs a website that helps international students find scholarships based on their country of origin. The official websites of the respective Canadian universities also have valid information regarding a Ph.D. scholarship in Canada for Indian students.

The Canadian universities guarantee a funding level for all students depending on their chosen course. This could either be a partial-funding or full-funding and could include a tuition fee waiver,  stipend top-up, internship opportunities, research assistant, and teaching assistant opportunities.

Ph.D. Programs in Canada with Scholarship

A Ph.D. program in Canada is for a duration of three to six years and is offered in various study areas like engineering, natural sciences, humanities, and more. It can cost around $4,000 per annum which is much affordable than a doctoral degree in other top countries like the USA and the UK. However, international students may require financial assistance to be able to pursue a PhD program in Canada. Some of the top PhD programs in Canada with scholarship are tabulated below:

  • Medicine & Health
  • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
  • Business & Management
  • Computer Science & IT
  • Agriculture & Forestry
  • Social Sciences
  • Applied Sciences
  • Engineering & Technology
  • Environment and Earth Sciences

Canadian Ph.D. Fees

Ph.D. tuition costs may vary depending on programs and academic years in Canadian Universities. Average tuition fees for a Canadian Ph.D. program are approximately CAD $ 10,000 - $ 20,000 per year. Here are some new changes in few universities in Canada : 

  • The University of Toronto has started offering the same tuition fees to domestic and international Ph.D. students from 2018. 
  • Now Brock University offers fully covering international Ph.D. fees through its fellowships

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6 Canadian PhD scholarships for international students in 2022

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There are many excellent countries for international students wishing to pursue their PhD studies on a scholarship. Canada is one of them – it has been voted the most attractive study destination by agents in the 2021 survey , thanks to how well the Trudeau administration took care of international students at the height of the pandemic last year.

Canada is well-known for being a safe, stable, open and welcoming country as well. In the same 2021 survey, Canada emerged as tops for safety and openness – factors that are critical to all migrants seeking a life in a foreign land, especially for international students.

Understandably, a PhD can involve great costs since it takes on average three to four years to complete; if you are an international student, from a country with less global spending power, living and travel costs, will add up too.

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Fortunately, Canada has several scholarships that can help alleviate these, offered by provinces and universities alike – both provincial and university-specific ones. We round up a list of six Canadian PhD scholarships to help you start your application for the 2022 academic year.

Ontario Trillium Scholarship – Western University

The Ontario Trillium Scholarship (OTS) aims to attract outstanding candidates to come to Ontario for their PhD studies. Particularly, if you want to apply to Western University , you should express your interest to the graduate programme chair (Director or Associate Dean) of your admitting programme in order to be nominated for the OTS.

To be eligible for applying, you should be an international student, be willing to be physically present at the university at the time of studies, is not registered with any other Canadian institution, have an excellent academic record and research experience, and need to have achieved a minimum of 80% in two of your most recent years of full-time study. You may be required to demonstrate English language proficiency as well.

Successful applicants starting their PhD programme will get 40,000 Canadian dollars each year, which can be renewed for up to four years.

University of Alberta

Next on the list of Canadian PhD scholarships is the University of Alberta Graduate Entrance scholarship . Located in Alberta, the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research at  University of Alberta disburses around CA$26 million in scholarships every year. 

If you plan to register for doctoral studies at the University of Alberta, you are eligible for this one-off Graduate Entrance scholarship worth CA$21,000. This may commence either on Jan. 1 or Sep. 1, and cannot be renewed at all.

You are allowed to hold any number of University of Alberta awards concurrently with this scholarship but not the Tri-Council Top-up awards at the same time. Examples include the Walter H Johns Graduate Fellowship and President’s Doctoral Prize of Distinction and the Graduate Entrance 14 Scholarship tuition fee top up at the same time.

University of Montreal

The third Canadian PhD scholarship offering is administered by the University of Montreal in Quebec. Ranked 88th in the world (Times Higher Education ranking 2022) and fourth in Canada for volume of research activities, this university attracts over 45,000 students out of which 8,500 are international.

In addition to the Doctoral Scholarship (CA$7,000 – renewable once, for students who have done their master’s degree at this university), you can apply for the Mackenzie King Scholarship (CA$8,500 for one year – application deadline is Feb. 1, 2022). You can submit an application for the University of Montreal exemption grant (ranging from CA$ 2,078.10 to CA$12,465.60 depending on your academic record, no separate application needed) as well.

For more information on other scholarships, you may check out the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies page.

University of British Columbia

One of the top 20 public universities in the world, the University of British Columbia is ranking 37th by the Times Higher Education rankings 2022, and one of three Canadian universities to make it to the top 50. Over 56,000 students study at the University’s two campuses in the Okanagan Valley and Vancouver.

For students wanting to do a PhD at this University, the Four Year Doctoral Fellowship (4YF) is an outstanding choice. You will receive CA$18,200 as your annual stipend, and full tuition coverage for up to four years of your PhD studies.

You can apply to your preferred Graduate Programme; all PhD applicants are qualified to apply for this Scholarship. Upon selecting the best applicants, the Graduate Programme will inform Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies about their choices.

University of Lethbridge

Located in Southern Alberta, the University of Lethbridge is one of Canada’s top three research universities, a record they have held for the past four consecutive years. The University is ranked among the 6% of world universities for research performance as well.

That is why the University of Lethbridge Graduate Research Award has been designed for incoming graduate applicants of all disciplines except Education. With a value up to CA$21,000, you can combine this Award with the Graduate Assistantship and/or any Research Stipend provided by a Faculty Member, but not with other scholarships such as the Dean’s Scholarship.

University of Windsor

The University of Windsor is the final university on this list of Canadian PhD scholarships. As a comprehensive university located in Canada’s southernmost city overlooking the Detroit River, the University of Windsor offers their 16,000 students a wide variety of courses.

PhD applicants can apply for the Graduate Entrance Scholarship worth CA$7,500 for up to four years. This Scholarship has three application deadlines: the first day of January, May and September – you must have achieved a minimum of 80% average as well.

Other awards for international PhD applicants include the Ontario Graduate Scholarship . Depending on how many months you have completed your PhD studies at the time of application, you may receive up to CA$15,000 (three terms of CA$5,000 each) of funding – the application deadline is Jan. 12, 2022.

All in all, these are great Canadian PhD scholarships if you are an international student looking to start your PhD studies in safe and stable Canada in 2022.

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Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) Program

Students in graduate studies at the master’s and doctoral levels can apply for a merit-based scholarship through the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) Program.

Awards are available to graduate students for all disciplines of academic study at participating schools in Ontario .

Each award is jointly funded by the Province of Ontario (two thirds) and the school offering the award (one third).

How much can I get

OGS awards are based on the number of terms of your consecutive studies within an academic year:

  • $10,000 for 2 consecutive study terms
  • $15,000 for 3 consecutive study terms

Each OGS award is issued for:

  • a minimum of 1 academic year (2 or 3 consecutive academic terms)
  • a maximum of 2 years (up to 6 consecutive academic terms).

Lifetime Maximums

The OGS awards maximums are:

  • Master’s students: 2 academic years
  • Doctoral students: 4 academic years
  • Lifetime limit (all students): 6 academic years

Who is eligible

OGS is a merit-based scholarship. Your application is assessed and ranked using criteria determined by the school you’re planning to attend.

To be considered, you must also meet the following criteria:

  • You’ll be in graduate studies in the master’s or doctoral level
  • You’ll be enrolled in a full-time program for 2 or more terms for the academic year you’re submitting your application.
  • You’ll be attending one of the following participating Ontario schools:

Participating Ontario Schools

  • Brock University
  • Carleton University
  • University of Guelph
  • Lakehead University
  • Laurentian University
  • McMaster University
  • Nipissing University
  • OCAD University
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • University of Ottawa
  • Queen’s University
  • Toronto Metropolitan University
  • University of Toronto
  • Trent University
  • University of Waterloo
  • Western University
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • University of Windsor
  • York University

How to Apply

Use your school’s OGS application. They are normally available in October.

If you’re applying to more than one graduate program at different schools, submit an OGS application for each school.

Contact the Graduate Studies Office at the school you’re planning to attend for details on their application process.

Application, document and review details for this scholarship vary by school. Check with your school’s Graduate Studies Office for details.

Checking your application status

You’ll be notified by the school if your application was successful.

If you have any questions about your application, contact the Graduate Studies Office at the school you plan to attend.

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