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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
October 25, 2014
 
 
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.


Application Deadline 

Laurier's online application opens on October 1, 2014, and closes on February 2, 2015, at 4:30 pm.  Eligible graduate students can complete and submit an application online at: https://web.wlu.ca/ogsp/.

Notification of results will be during the week of March 16th, 2015. 


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 (/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 Assessments
  • Official Transcripts: upload transcripts from all post-secondary education and include transcript legends/grading scales (only students who are or who were registered at Wilfrid Laurier University may upload Laurier unofficial transcripts from LORIS; transcripts from all other post-secondary institutions must be official copies)  

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