Ontario Graduate Scholarships and QEII Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology
Since 1975, the Ontario government, in partnership with Ontario's publicly assisted universities, has encouraged excellence in graduate studies at the master's and doctoral levels through the awarding of Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS). OGS awards are merit-based scholarships available to students in all disciplines of graduate study. The Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST) program is in addition to and harmonized with the OGS program. QEII-GSST awards are merit-based scholarships available to domestic students in graduate study undertaking research in science and technology fields. The OGS and QEII-GSST programs are jointly funded by the Province of Ontario and Ontario universities. The Province of Ontario contributes two-thirds of the value of every award and the university provides one-third through private donations to Trent.
Both OGS and QEII-GSST awards are annually allocated to eligible universities in Ontario. At Trent, applicants can be considered for both the OGS and the QEII-GSST through an online application.
Submit through myTrent (Log into MyTrent > Finance Menu > Financial Aid >Scholarships & Bursaries) - Applications will open in September
Awards are open to School of Graduate Studies graduate programs which have a significant research component. A significant research component is considered to be original, autonomous research that leads to the completion of a thesis, major research project, dissertation, and/or scholarly publication, that is merit/expert-reviewed at the institutional level as a requirement for completion of the program. Professional programs, defined as primarily course-based degree or stream where institutional funding is not provided to students (i.e. no RFs or GTAs) are not eligible.
Value and Duration
- $15,000 for one year ($5,000 per term for a maximum of 3 consecutive terms)
- Funded with $10,000 by the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development and $5,000 by the University through private donations.
- An award may not be held for only one-term.
- Award installments are paid by term to a recipient's Student account.
- A T4A will be issued for each calendar year that the scholarship is held.
Students awarded an OGS/QEII-GSST may hold part-time employment of an average of 10 hours per week to a maximum of 520 hours per year and normally that is in the form of a Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA). Award holders may have funding reduced that was provided by Supervisor support, Dean’s PhD Scholarship and or Trent Research Fellowships (RF).
To be able to be considered for an OGS/QEII-GSST at Trent, an applicant must:
- Be a current graduate student, or have submitted an application for admission to a Trent University graduate program.
- Be a Canadian citizen, a Permanent Resident, or a Protected Person [under subsection 95 (2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protections Act (Canada)] as of the OGS/QEII application deadline.
- If an OGS/QEII-GSST applicant is an international student holding a valid Study Permit as of the OGS/QEII-GSST application deadline, they may be considered for OGS awards that the MTCU has allowed Trent University to provide to International Students.
- If an OGS/QEII-GSST applicant is Indigenous to Canada - First Nations, Métis, Inuit student (A person Indigenous to Canada, as recognized in the Constitution Act, 1982, is a person who identifies with First Nations (Status/Non-Status), Métis, or Inuit cultural and/or ancestral background) they may be considered OGS awards that the MTCU has allowed Trent to provide to Indigenous to Canada students.
Time in Program Eligibility
An OGS/QEII-GSST applicant must have enough eligibility time left in his/her graduate program current or proposed graduate program, to be able to hold the OGS/QEII Scholarship if successful.
Master's students may receive the scholarship for a maximum of two years and students cannot have exceeded 24 months of graduate study during the duration of their award.
Doctoral students may receive the scholarship for a maximum of four years, and cannot exceed 48 months of full time doctoral studies during the duration of their award.
Also, a OGS/QEII-GSST applicant:
- Must not have exceeded the lifetime maximum of two (2) OGS/QEII-GSST awards held at the master's level, nor exceeded the lifetime maximum of four (4) OGS/QEII-GSST awards held at the doctoral level.
- Must not have exceeded the lifetime maximum of six (6) years of government-funded student award support from the following programs/agencies:
- Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS)
- Ontario Trillium Scholarships (OTS)
- Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST)
- Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
- Recipients may not concurrently hold a second scholarship with a value greater than $20,000
To be awarded an OGS/QEII-GSST, any previous Ontario student Assistance Program (OSAP) loans must be in good standing. Before paying the OGS award to the recipient, the School of Graduate Studies must confirm that the nominee is not on the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) restricted list. The regulations of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development require that students who are on OSAP’s restricted list will NOT receive the funding until they are removed from the restricted list. There is no appeal on this decision. The School of Graduate Studies will provide a three week period to clear any OSAP restrictions prior to revoking an offer of an Ontario Graduate Scholarship.
If the student is entering the first or second year of graduate studies at the time of application deadline: must have achieved a first-class average, in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent), and have a minimum GPA of A- in the last 10 full-time or equivalent credits of post-secondary university study.
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 a student’s masters 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 School of Graduate Studies will use the most recently available undergraduate or graduate marks to calculate a student’s GPA.
Award holders must remain enrolled as a full-time student in an eligible program. Recipients who withdraw, transfer to part-time studies, or fail to complete the term are required to repay the award for incomplete terms. A withdrawal in a subsequent term will not require repayment of the award for any completed terms. A recipient who graduates during a term in which they hold an award is permitted to keep the award for that term.
Recipients cannot be enrolled in a qualifying or make-up year, or be on a paid educational leave or sabbatical to receive an OGS/QEII-GSST.
The University Selection Committee may require applicants to meet more rigorous academic requirements as they deem appropriate.
The Application is divided into Two Parts (Section A+B):
- Academic Background (list all schools attended and completed degree program(s), institution, and month/year awarded or expected) (one page)
- Academic, Research and other relevant work experience (institution or organization, period of employment and your position) (one page)
- Awards and Prizes (provide name, source, year awarded, duration and value of awards and prizes received) (maximum 10 items and one page)
- Special circumstances: Include where appropriate, describe any interruptions or delays to the completion of a degree or degrees. Specify the dates of the delay or interruption. (¼ page maximum)
- Program of Study – maximum two pages (bibliography allowable with up to an additional two pages) Provide a detailed description of your proposed research project and be as specific as possible using clear, plain language and avoid jargon.
- Contributions to Research - maximum one page
- Include publications, reports, posters, papers, conference presentations and indicate whether publications resulted from work done in the process of completing your undergraduate, master’s degree, or while working on doctoral studies or from other relevant work experience.
- Interpersonal/Communication/Leadership Abilities – maximum one page
- Describe the activities (professional and relevant extracurricular) in which you are involved that demonstrate your communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills. Examples of these include oral presentation, mentoring, teaching, project management, chairing committees, mentoring, organizing events, supervisory experience, and elected positions held.
- Clearly indicate adjudication stream within header: Masters Science, Masters Humanities/Social Sciences, Doctoral Humanities/Social Sciences, or Doctoral Sciences.
- Provide the required information using the specified headings and follow the order indicated.
- Make sure your name appears at the top right-hand corner of each page.
- Text should be single spaced, Times New Roman, minimum 12pt or any other comparable serif font.
- Condensed type is not acceptable. Set margins at a minimum of 2 cm all around.
- For multipage attachments, number the pages sequentially.
- If you have supporting documents written in a language other than English or French, you must provide a translation of the document in English or French.
Reference letters: must be submitted with a complete application in a sealed, signed envelope OR delivered to the School of Graduate Studies in a sealed, signed envelope to the attention of Jane Rennie.
Transcripts: the School of Graduate Studies will produce unofficial Trent University transcripts only. Any other institutions attended by the applicant, the applicant will be required to provide copies of official and final transcripts.
Special Circumstances: an opportunity is provided within the application to describe any special considerations such as health problems, family responsibilities, disabilities, or other circumstances that has had an impact on performance or productivity. Students are encouraged to briefly explain any delays in the completion of studies and or in disseminating research results. Students with special circumstances must still meet the minimum A- grade (80%).
Incomplete applications and those that do not meet presentation standards above will be deemed incomplete.
Results & Appeals:
Applicants will be notified during the spring term of the results of the competition. There will be no appeals accepted for OGS/QEII-GSST decisions.