Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) and QEII Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology (QEIIGSST)


Since 1975, Ontario, in partnership with Ontario’s publicly–assisted universities, has encouraged excellence in graduate studies at the masters and doctoral levels through the awarding of Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS). OGS awards are merit–based scholarships available to students in all disciplines of academic study. The OGS program is jointly funded by the Province of Ontario and Ontario universities. The Province of Ontario contributes two-thirds of the value of the award and the university provides one-third.

Value and Duration

  • $15,000 per year for a one year maximum


  • Be enrolled in an eligible postsecondary institution in Ontario (one offering graduate programs)
  • Be taking an eligible program on a full time basis. An eligible program is defined as a full–time program of study of two or three terms at an eligible institution leading to a graduate degree. Eligible programs must be approved as eligible for funding by MTCU
  • PhD students in their 4th year of study (or beyond) in Fall 2019 are ineligible to apply for OGS in 2019–20. Students must be in 3rd year or less as of December 2019, to be eligible.
  • Students who have OSAP restrictions may apply to an OGS if the other eligibility criteria are met; however, they must clear the restrictions before the funds may be disbursed. An OGS may be cancelled if the OSAP restrictions cannot be cleared.
  • Please review the OGS-QEII Guide 20-21 (.pdf) for detail.


  • The 2020-2021 OGS competition process will be combined with the Tri-Council competitions. The deadlines are below:
    • Applications for the doctoral level of study – CIHR eligible field of research: October 11, 2019
    • Applications for the doctoral level of study – NSERC eligible field of research: October 9, 2019
    • Applications for the doctoral level of study – SSHRC eligible field of research: October 11, 2019
    • Applications for the master’s level of study: December 2, 2019
  • To find out which Tri-agency (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) mandate covers your field of research, please see the Selecting the Appropriate Federal Granting Agency page.

How to Apply

To be considered for an OGS through York university, please follow the OGS and Tri-Council Application Instructions.

OGS Application Forms (for student not submitting a Tri-council scholarship application)

Please note that all applicants applying to the OGS and/or Tri-council scholarship must submit the Ontario Graduate Scholarship & Tri-Council Scholarship Information Form by the applicable deadline. Please refer to the instructions for details.

* While the OGS-QEII guide and application forms are available in English only, students may submit an application in either English or French. Applications will be reviewed and adjudicated by the appropriate committees according to the language selected.


FGS encourages all graduate students applying for external scholarships to consult the following guides:


  • Research Officer
    230 York Lanes
    Office of the Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies
    (416)736-2100 ext. 44168
  • Scholarship Coordinator
    230 York Lanes
    Office of the Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies
    (416)736-2100 ext. 33954

Last updated August 21, 2019.