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May 29, 2015
 
 
Canadian Excellence

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)



Students must apply to the institution where they plan to hold the award. Students applying to a graduate program at more than one institution will be required to submit an application to each institution for consideration. Each university has a unique application procedure and deadline.  The OGS cannot be transferred.

ONTARIO GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP (OGS) PROGRAM

The OGS program is jointly funded by the Province of Ontario and Ontario universities.  OGS awards are merit-based scholarships available to graduate students in all disciplines of academic study.

Scholarship Value


An OGS is valued at a maximum of $15,000 annually ($5,000 per term).  An OGS must be held for a minimum of two terms (or $10,000.00) and can be held for up to three terms or 12 months.  The OGS is not automatically renewed and a new application is required for each year's competition.  A successful second application is not guaranteed.

New for 2015-2016

Recipients may hold other graduate awards up to a total of $10,000.00 per academic year.


Application Deadline

Laurier's online application opens on October 1, 2014, and closes on February 2, 2015, at 4:30 pm. The application is now closed.

Note:

Referees cannot 'submit' the completed Academic Assessment Report without having read your Research Statement/Program of Study. The deadline for the submission of all the applicant information (including the Research Statement/Program of Study) is February 2, 4:30pm. 

Academic Assessment Reports are due no later than February 16, 2015.

Applications deemed incomplete on February 17 will not be considered.

Eligible graduate students should complete and submit an application online.  Laurier's OGS competition is now closed.

Note: Content added to the online application can not be saved and updated later. It is recommended that applicants review the online application prior to completing the application.  It is possible to copy and paste content into the online application from most word processing software.  Once the application has been completed and the 'Submit' option is chosen, referees are immediately notified via email.

Notification of results will be communicated to applicants via email at the end of March 2015 (March 30-31).


Eligibility Criteria

Citizenship:

  • Applicant must 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 the application deadline date.
  • 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 a limited number of visa student awards.
Registration:
  • Students must be enrolled (or plan to enroll) in an eligible graduate program for the 2015-2016 academic year at Wilfrid Laurier University. 
  • To hold the award, students must be taking the eligible program on a full-time basis.  (An eligible program is defined as a full-time program of study of two or three terms leading to a graduate degree.  Eligible programs must be approved as eligible for funding by MTCU.)
  • Please refer to the Graduate Calendar (www.wlu.ca/gradstudies/calendar; General Regulations; Registration Status) for details on full-time registration status in a graduate program at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Minimum Academic Requirements:

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

  • If entering the first or second year of graduate studies at the time of application the student must have an overall average of at least A-, or the equivalent, on the last 20 one-term/semester courses, or the equivalent, completed.
  • 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.
  • If master’s or doctoral degree marks used for calculating an applicant’s grade point average (GPA) are not available (for example, courses were graded on a pass-fail basis), then the university’s Graduate Studies Office will use the most recently available undergraduate or graduate marks to calculate a student’s GPA.

Eligibility Conditions

Master's students can receive the scholarship for a maximum of two (2) years and doctoral students for a maximum of four (4) years, subject to a lifetime maximum of six (6) years per student.

In addition, lifetime maximums of six (6) years of government-funded student awards must not have been exceeded by the applicant. Awards under the following programs will be counted toward this lifetime maximum:

  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program (OGS)
  • Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEIIGSST)
  • Ontario Trillium Scholarship (OTS)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
  • Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)

Applicants cannot hold an OGS scholarship and an award from any of the following programs, concurrently:

  • Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEIIGSST)
  • Ontario Trillium Scholarship (OTS)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
  • Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)

Each scholarship is tenable for a minimum of one year (i.e., two (2) consecutive academic terms) and a maximum of two (2) years (i.e., six (6) consecutive academic terms). students must re-apply for any additional award -- subject to the two and four year award maximums noted above.

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 will not require repayment of the award from first term.

A complete online application package includes:

  • Application Form
  • Research/Program Statement
  • List of Publications and Presentations 
  • Two Academic Assessment Reports
  • Official Transcripts: scan and save hard copy official transcripts in PDF file format (max 4 MB file size); upload PDF transcript file(s) to OGS application from all post-secondary institutions and include transcript legends/grading scales.  (*Official transcripts are those printed or issued by the Office of the Registrar at the issuing institution.)  Note: Laurier students only may upload their unofficial record of coursework from LORIS once saved as a PDF file; transcripts from all other post-secondary institutions must be official.  

Questions?  Contact Cherie Mongeon, Graduate Financial Aid and Awards Officer.