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Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) Program

Academic Year:


Who It’s For:

Full-time graduate students at the master’s or doctoral levels

Type of Aid:


Amount of Aid:

$5,000 per term up to a maximum of $15,000.

When to Apply:

Applications for the OGS Program are available through Ontario institutions. However, applications at all eligible institutions are now closed.

You should know:

OGS awards will now be administered and distributed by eligible Ontario

institutions. Please contact the Graduate Studies Office at the institution(s) you plan to attend for more information.

Graduate Students

If you've completed at least one undergraduate degree and are planning to study at the graduate level at a participating institution in Ontario, you may be eligible for the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) Program.

The process for awarding an OGS has changed. Starting with 2013-2014 academic year, the Graduate Studies Office at eligible Ontario Institutions will be responsible for administering the OGS Program. Each university will have its own unique application that should be available in October, however, this may vary by institution. Students wishing to apply to graduate programs at more than one institution will have to complete each institution’s OGS Program application form.

For more information about the OGS Program, please contact the Graduate Studies Office at your institution.

As a graduate student, you may also apply for financial assistance through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) by using the OSAP full-time student application.


The OGS Program encourages excellence in graduate studies at the master’s and doctoral levels. It is a merit-based scholarship. Awards are available to students in all disciplines of academic study.

The OGS program is jointly funded by the Province of Ontario and the university awarding the scholarship. Ontario contributes two-thirds of the value of the award and the university provides one-third.

For 2013-2014, Ontario will provide about $30 million towards these scholarships and eligible institutions will provide $15 million.

Amount of Aid

Master’s students can receive OGS awards for a maximum of two years and doctoral students for a maximum of four years, subject to a lifetime maximum of six years per student.

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

Awards are not granted for one academic term.

The value of the OGS is $5000 per term. Thus, you may receive $10,000 for two consecutive terms or $15,000 for three consecutive terms.

Eligible Ontario Institutions

You must be enrolled in an eligible postsecondary institution in Ontario. Eligible institutions in Ontario are:

      • 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
      • The University of Western Ontario
      • Wilfrid Laurier University
      • University of Windsor
      • York University

How to Apply

You must contact the Graduate Studies Office at an eligible Ontario institution to apply for an OGS. If you wish to apply to more than one graduate program at different institutions, you must complete each institution’s OGS application. For the 2013-2014 academic year, applications at all eligible institutions are now closed.