Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) Program


The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) Program provides funding to students in graduate studies at the master’s and doctoral levels. It’s a merit-based scholarship, with awards available to graduate students attending participating schools in Ontario 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. This year, Ontario provided about $30 million towards these scholarships and participating schools provided $15 million.

Amount of Aid

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

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

One term study periods are not eligible for OGS consideration.

Each OGS award is issued for a minimum of one academic year (i.e., two consecutive academic terms) and a maximum of two years (i.e., six consecutive academic terms).

Lifetime Maximums

      • Master’s students: can receive OGS awards for a maximum of 2 academic years
      • Doctoral students: can receive OGS awards for a maximum of 4 academic years

All students are subject to a lifetime maximum of six academic years per student.

Who Can Get This Aid

You must meet the following eligibility requirements to be considered for this scholarship:

  • 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 (21 to 52 weeks in total) for the academic you’re submitting your application.
  • You’ll be attending a participating Ontario school, as follows:

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
      • Ryerson University
      • University of Toronto
      • Trent University
      • University of Waterloo
      • Western University
      • Wilfrid Laurier University
      • University of Windsor
      • York University

How to Apply

OGS applications are normally available in October. Each participating school has its own unique OGS application.

If you’re applying to more than one graduate program at different schools, you must complete an OGS application for each of the schools you are planning to attend.

Contact the Graduate Studies Office at the participating Ontario schools for complete details on their OGS application process.


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

What Happens After You Apply

OGS is a merit-based scholarship. Your application will be assessed and ranked using criteria determined by the school you’re planning to attend. All successful applications will be notified by the school that you’ve applied to.

How to Check the Status of Your Application

Contact the Graduate Studies Office at the school you plan to attend with any questions that you have on the status of your OGS application.