Scholarships & Awards

Award Overview – Ontario Graduate Scholarship – International
Award Overview – Ontario Graduate Scholarship – Domestic
Award Overview – University-Wide-Awards

Award Overview – Ontario Graduate Scholarship – International

 

MSE Deadline: March 23, 2018
Value/Duration: $5,000 per session for 2 or 3 consecutive sessions
Level of study: Master’s or Doctoral
Required Legal Status: International (valid study permit)
Results: May 2018

Purpose

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) program encourages excellence in graduate studies at publicly-assisted universities in Ontario. Since 1975, the OGS program has been providing merit-based scholarships to Ontario’s best graduate students in all disciplines of academic study. The scholarship program at U of T is jointly funded by the Province of Ontario and the University of Toronto. The Province allocates OGS awards to universities specifying the number of awards that each may offer to their students annually.

Eligibility to Apply

To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • Hold a valid study permit effective as of the graduate units’ OGS (international) application deadline;
  • Be registered or intend to register in an eligible program on a full-time basis in 2018-2019;
  • Have not exceeded the lifetime maximum of government-funded support or maximum OGS support available for their current level of study (see website under maximum support); and
  • Have achieved at least A- (or equivalent) in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent); or if the student has competed two years of graduate studies at the time of application, the student must only demonstrate an overall average of at least A- (or equivalent) on all graduate courses completed.

To be eligible to hold the OGS, recipients:

  • Must register and remain enrolled as a full-time student at U of T in an eligible program at the graduate unit from which the OGS was awarded;
  • Who withdraw, transfer to part-time status, complete degree requirements prior to the end of their award, or fail to complete the full term, will be required to repay any funds received for the incomplete term;
  • May accept research assistantships, part-time teaching positions, or other paid employment that does not affect their status as a full-time graduate student and is commensurate with the graduate unit policies. Typically, students holding full-time paid employment are not eligible to receive an OGS from the University of Toronto; and
  • Cannot hold an OGS award at the same time (or during any session) as an OGS, Ontario Trillium Scholarship, or Vanier scholarship from any given year.

How to Apply

Submit an OGS application using the U of T OGS Online Application. (For this award you may use ACORN printouts of your UofT transcript.)

ALL OF YOUR APPLICATION DOCUMENTS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY THE MSE DEADLINE (March 23, 2018)

Contact

Ms Maria Fryman,Graduate Program Counsellor & Administrator
T: 416.978.1374 | E: maria.fryman@utoronto.ca | Office: WB 140

Award Overview – Ontario Graduate Scholarship – Domestic

MSE Deadline: May 4, 2018
Value/Duration: $5,000 per session for 2 or 3 consecutive sessions
Level of study: Master’s or Doctoral
Required Legal Status: Domestic Students (Canadian citizen, permanent resident, protected persons)
Results: July 2018

Purpose

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) program encourages excellence in graduate studies at publicly-assisted universities in Ontario. Since 1975, the OGS program has been providing merit-based scholarships to Ontario’s best graduate students in all disciplines of academic study. The scholarship program at U of T is jointly funded by the Province of Ontario and the University of Toronto. The Province allocates OGS awards to universities specifying the number of awards that each may offer to their students annually.

Indigenous Scholar Awards

If an OGS applicant is Indigenous to Canada (recognized in the Constitution Act, 1982 as a person who identifies with First nations (Status/Non-Status), Métis, or Inuit) the University may consider the applicant for one of two (2) Ontario Graduate Scholarship Indigenous Scholar Awards. With the support of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD), the University created the Indigenous Scholar Awards with the aim to recognize excellence and promote equitable access and participation in the Ontario Graduate Scholarship program by Indigenous applicants.

Eligibility to Apply

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident, or Protected Person under subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) by the student deadline as determined by each graduate unit;
  • Be registered or intend to register in an eligible program on a full-time basis in 2018-2019;
  • Have not exceeded the lifetime maximum of government-funded support or maximum OGS support available for their current level of study (see website under maximum support); and
  • Have achieved at least A- (or equivalent) in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent); or if the student has competed two years of graduate studies at the time of application, the student must only demonstrate an overall average of at least A- (or equivalent) on all graduate courses completed.

To be eligible to hold the OGS, recipients:

  • Must register and remain enrolled as a full-time student at U of T in an eligible program at the graduate unit from which the OGS was awarded;
  • Who withdraw, transfer to part-time status, complete degree requirements prior to the end of their award, or fail to complete the full term, will be required to repay any funds received for the incomplete term;
  • Must be in good standing with the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). Applicants who have defaulted on a Canada or Ontario Student Loan, or have failed to make satisfactory repayment on a loan overpayment, are ineligible to receive the award. Students who have never applied for OSAP are in good standing.  Those with an OSAP restriction may still apply for the OGS. However, if awarded, they must have the restriction cleared within 30 days of notification in order to accept and hold the award;
  • May accept research assistantships, part-time teaching positions, or other paid employment that does not affect their status as a full-time graduate student and is commensurate with the graduate unit policies. Typically, students holding full-time paid employment are not eligible to receive an OGS from the University of Toronto; and
  • Cannot hold an OGS award at the same time (or during any session) as a scholarship from SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR, QEII-GSST.

How to Apply

Submit an OGS application using the U of T OGS Online Application. For this award you may use ACORN printouts of your UofT transcript.

OGS awards are not transferrable from one graduate unit to another. Therefore prospective students must submit an OGS application to each graduate unit to which they are applying for admission.

Once completed and submitted online, the entire application will be available to the proposed graduate unit(s) for review and consideration. MSE deadline is May 4, 2018.

Contact

Ms Maria Fryman,Graduate Program Counsellor & Administrator
T: 416.978.1374 | E: maria.fryman@utoronto.ca | Office: WB 140

 

Award Overview – University-Wide-Awards

MSE Deadline: April 6, 2018 (submit hardcopy, including any reference letters required, to Maria Fryman)
Level of study: Master’s or doctoral (depending on awards’ criteria)
Required Legal Status: Domestic or international (depending on awards’ criteria)
Results: July 2018

Purpose

Through the generous support of numerous donors, a number of endowed awards have been established at the School of Graduate Studies. This year, approximately 16 awards with individual eligibility criteria and values are offered within the SGS University-Wide Awards competition.

Eligibility to Apply

  • The majority of the awards listed on the SGS Website require eligible applicants to be currently registered in a U of T graduate program at the time of application (and must maintain this registration throughout the 2018-19 academic-year)
  • Please note that three of the awards fall outside of this criteria:
    • Agnes M. Ireland Award is for eligible new incoming students beginning the first year of their graduate program in September
    • Hungarian Helicon Foundation (Ontario) Graduate Award is for eligible new incoming students as well as currently registered graduate students; and,
    • Donald Matheson Springer Fellowship is for eligible graduating U of T students who will commence a graduate program at the University of Michigan in September
  • Eligible applications that are not successful in obtaining a listed award for which they applied will be considered for other available awards not currently listed on the SGS Website

Need Based/ OSOTF Awards

  • Awards categorized as need based only do not take applicants’ academic merit / transcripts into consideration
  • Awards categorized as “OSOTF” are only open to eligible applicants who:
    • Demonstrate financial need within the application’s Financial Need Assessment section;
    • Are Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada or protected persons under subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) at the time of the application; and,
        • Are residents of Ontario at the time of the application, as defined by one of the following criteria:
        • Student has always lived in Ontario
        • Ontario is the last province student lived in for 12 months in a row before beginning his/her current graduate program
        • Student lives in Ontario now AND has lived in Canada for less than 12 months in a row

      If student is married/common-law, student can be considered an Ontario resident if:

      • spouse has always lived in Ontario or
      • spouse has lived in Ontario for the last 12 months in a row without being a full-time postsecondary student or
      • All of these statements are true:
        • student now resides in Ontario
        • student has lived in Canada for less than 12 months in a row
        • spouse has lived in Canada for less than 12 months in a row

      If student qualifies as a dependent student, s/he is considered an Ontario resident if:

      • Ontario is the last province in which parent(s) have lived in for at least 12 months in a row or
      • All of these statements are true:
        • student now resides in Ontario
        • student has lived in Canada for less than 12 months in a row
        • parent(s) have lived in Canada for less than 12 months in a row

 The above requirements are the guidelines established by OSAP to determine Ontario residency for OSAP purposes.

Merit Based Awards

    • Awards categorized as merit based only do not take applicants’ financial need into consideration
        • Have achieved at least A- (“A-” = 80%) or equivalent in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent);
        • Or if the student has competed two years of graduate studies at the time of application, the student must only demonstrate an overall average of at least A- (“A-” = 80%) or equivalent on all graduate courses completed.At minimum, applicants must:

How to Apply

  • Complete the SGS University-Wide Awards Application downloadable from the SGS Website and provide at least one letter of reference;
  • May apply for more than one award in this competition by submitting a single complete application package to MSE by April 6;
  • Ensure that you submit all the additional required documentation for each of the awards for which you are applying (detailed in the award descriptions on the SGS Website);
  • *Please note that supporting documentation is also required for certain items within the financial need assessment section of the application form (if applicable). Please refer to the SGS University-Wide Awards Guide on Financial Need Assessment attached to the end of the application form.
  • Ensure that letters of reference are sent directly from the referees to MSE by April 6.
  • Ensure that letters of reference are sent directly from the referees to MSE by April 6

Contact

Ms Maria Fryman,Graduate Program Counsellor & Administrator
T: 416.978.1374 | E: maria.fryman@utoronto.ca | Office: WB 140