The scholarship is actually on the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) and the Queen Elizabeth II Scholarships in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST) which encourage excellence in graduate studies at the masters and doctoral levels. Read on to see how to apply for free.
Ontario Graduate Scholarship and the Queen Elizabeth II Scholarships in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST) are merit-based scholarships available to students in all disciplines of academic study and an applicant can apply for free without having to pay a dime.
QEII-GSST awards are also a merit-based scholarship program and target specifically toward graduate students in science and technology.
Each OGS and QEII-GSST is valued at a maximum of $15,000 ($5,000 per term) and must be held for a minimum of two consecutive terms with full-time student status. Awards can be taken up either in May 2020, September 2020, or January 2021. The awards are non-renewable.
Additional details for QEII-GSST
The Ontario government portion of the award to an individual student will be 2/3 of the value of the scholarship (i.e. a maximum of $10,000 annually, or $3,333 per term). You must ensure the funding for the remaining 1/3 of the scholarship (maximum $5,000 annually, or $1,667 per term) from funds secured through fundraising from the private sector raised specifically for the QEII-GSST program.
In your application file, you will have to include a letter from the business, organization, or individual who will be providing one-third of funds. The letter must clearly state the guaranteed funding they will provide, the duration of the funding, and their email. A priority will be given to applications with a matching source whose normal activities include a significant share of R&D or R&D sponsoring.
The University of Ottawa must invoice the organization and the funds cannot come from a grant administered by the University of Ottawa. There will be a very limited number of QEII-GSST awards available for applicants who do not provide a letter that will guarantee one-third of the funding.
Ontario Graduate Scholarship | OGS And QEII-GSST Scholarship
In order to be considered for an OGS or QEII-GSST, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- 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 submitting the application.
- Foreign students who are studying in Ontario under a temporary resident visa or student study permit, under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) are eligible for the allotted OGS international student awards. Applicants who do not have a valid temporary resident visa or student study permit at the time of application will be required to provide proof of a valid one at the time of taking up the award.
- 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 submitting the application. International students are not eligible for QEII-GSST awards.
2. Minimum Academic Average
For OGS and QEII-GSST:
- Applicants having completed zero to twenty-four months of graduate studies at the time of the application deadline: must have achieved a minimum average of at least A-(8.0/10), in each of the last two years of completed studies (full-time equivalent).
- Applicants entering the third year or beyond of graduate studies at the time of the application deadline: must have an overall average of at least A- (8.0/10) on all graduate courses completed, including graduate courses taken while completing an undergraduate degree or as a special student.
Examples of one-year full-time equivalent:
- Undergraduate studies: enrolled full-time for the fall and the winter terms.
- Graduate studies: enrolled full-time for three consecutive terms.
- Undergraduate and graduate studies: two terms of part-time studies are equivalent to one term of full-time studies.
3. Enrolment Requirements
For OGS and QEII-GSST:
- Be enrolled full-time in, or expect to be enrolled full-time, in a graduate program during the academic year 2020-2021 (May 2020 to April 2021) at the University of Ottawa.
- Master’s program: applicants cannot have completed more than four terms of their master’s program at the time that the award is disbursed.
- Ph.D. program: applicants cannot have completed more than 13 terms of their Ph.D. program at the time that the award is disbursed.
For QEII-GSST only:
- Be enrolled in a research master’s or doctoral program in science and technology disciplines, as per the following eligible disciplines:
- Aerospace (may include Aeronautical Engineering)
- Biomedical Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering and Architecture (may include Landscape Architecture)
- Computer Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Engineering Science (may include Engineering, Engineering Physics, and Nuclear Engineering)
- Mechanical Engineering
- Mining, Metallurgy, and Materials Science (may include Metallurgical Engineering
- Systems and Industrial Engineering (may include Systems/Design Engineering and Operational Research)
Biological and Life Sciences
- Biochemistry and Biophysics (may include Medical Biophysics)
- Environmental Sciences (may include Agriculture, Ecology, Forestry, and Toxicology)
- General Biological Sciences (may include Biology, Botany, Entomology, Microbiology, Mycology, Plant and Animal Biology, and Zoology) Genetics, Cell, and Molecular Biology
- General Health Science (may include research-oriented programs in Epidemiology,
- Human Kinetics, Hygiene, Nutrition, and Rehabilitation disciplines such as Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Audiology, and Speech Pathology)
- Human Biology (may include Anatomy, Biomedical Sciences, Food Science, Immunology, Neuroscience, Pathology, Pharmacology, and Physiology)
- Medical and Veterinary Sciences (may include research-oriented programs in Dentistry, Medical Sciences, Nursing, Optometry, and Pharmacy)
- Computer Science (may include Information/Systems Science)
- Earth Sciences (may include Geology and Geophysics)
- Mathematics and Statistics
- Physics (may include Astronomy, Meteorology, and Space Science)
How To Apply For OGS And QEII-GSST Scholarship
Before you start your application, it is advisable you read this OGS and QEII-GSST Application Instructions first.
To apply, interested individuals should click on the line below.
The application closing date is on the 1st of December, every year.
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