INTERNAL SCHOLARSHIPS & FUNDING

ENTRANCE SCHOLARSHIP

ASSISTANTSHIPS

LOANS AND BURSARIES

FUNDING FOR CONFERENCE TRAVEL


ENTRANCE SCHOLARSHIPS

GRADUATE AND DEAN’S SCHOLARSHIPS

A limited number of Graduate and Dean’s Scholarships may be available to full-time students in the following programs:

  • Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories (MA)
  • Criticism and Curatorial Practice (MFA)
  • Design for Health (MDes)
  • Digital Futures (MA, MDes or MFA only)
  • Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design (MA, MDes or MFA)
  • Strategic Foresight and Innovation (MDes)

All applicants will automatically be considered for any available scholarships. The precise amount of the scholarship is normally communicated to incoming graduate students in their letter of offer to the program. Scholarships are normally held for a maximum of five consecutive terms.

Scholarships are not currently available for part-time students.

In cases where a graduate student receives a sizable external award (over $10,000), such as the SSHRC or NSERC (see below), the OCAD U Graduate and/or Dean's Scholarship shall not exceed $500 per term.

PRESIDENT’S SCHOLARSHIP

The President’s Scholarship is valued at $3,750 per term for a maximum of five consecutive terms. This Scholarship is currently offered to one full-time student per year of admission in each of the following programs:

  • Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories (MA)
  • Criticism and Curatorial Practice (MFA)
  • Design for Health (MDes)
  • Digital Futures (MA, MDes or MFA)
  • Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design (MA, MDes or MFA)
  • Strategic Foresight and Innovation (MDes)

The scholarship is normally offered to the top incoming student to the program, as determined by that program’s Admissions Committee. All applicants are automatically considered for this scholarship. The President’s Scholarship may be offered in addition to another scholarship, such as the Graduate Scholarship, or as a stand-alone scholarship.

Recipients of the President’s Scholarship must maintain a grade average of 80% throughout the duration of their studies to remain eligible for the award.

INCLUSIVE DESIGN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP

The Inclusive Design International Student Scholarship is valued at $3,500 per year for both years of the program (available in the Fall and Winter terms only). The scholarship is offered to the top international applicant to the program, as determined by that program’s Admissions Committee. All international applicants to the Inclusive Design program are automatically considered for this scholarship.

Recipients of the Inclusive Design International Student Scholarship must maintain a grade average of 80% throughout the duration of their studies to remain eligible for the award. This scholarship is not affected by the receipt of external awards such as SSHRC or OGS.


ASSISTANTSHIPS

GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS 

Full-time graduate students may apply for a Graduate Assistantship, in the form of a Teaching Assistantship (TA) or Research Assistantship (RA) in the Faculties of Art, Design, or Liberal Arts and Sciences, and School of Interdisciplinary Studies. Graduate Assistantships or other university- related employment can be held up to an average of 10 hours per week or 130 hours per term. However, OCAD U graduate students may not accept offers of sessional teaching at OCAD University.

Teaching and Research Assistantships are not guaranteed and are subject to availability and awarded through a competitive application process based on the compatibility of students’ skills with Faculty needs and individual faculty research projects. Available Teaching and Research Assistantships will be posted on the OCAD U Human Resource employment opportunities webpage as they become available; students may apply directly.

Research and Teaching Assistantships are employment contracts. If a Research or Teaching Assistantship is not completed or the offer of employment is declined, no guarantee can be made for other funding.

In the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies (FoLAS/SIS), incoming students will be able to apply the summer before they begin their program of study for Teaching Assistantships (TA). Generally, first year Graduate Students are not hired for work in the fall semester, but are offered work for the winter of the year they start. Only exceptional candidates (with previous TA experience) will be considered for first year fall TA work. For anyone offered a TA position in FoLAS/SIS, there will be mandatory TA training in the fall.

I. TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIPS

As per the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between OCAD University and the Ontario College of Art & Design Faculty Association (section 37.4.1), the responsibilities of a Teaching Assistant may include but are not limited to:

  • Working within 1 or more OCAD U Faculties, directly supervised by 1 or more faculty members with administrative supervision by 1 or more Assistant Deans;
  • Working with Assistant Deans, Chairs, faculty members and other academic staff in support of the University’s educational goals and objectives;
  • Meeting these educational goals by assisting with course preparation and delivery, i.e. organizing teaching and learning materials, and other resources, based on curricular outlines provided by a supervising faculty member, or by providing group instruction in specialized techniques;
  • Assisting in the evaluation of student work, using criteria established by the supervising faculty members;
  • Supporting students in their learning, i.e. through individual or small group instruction and/or assisting with assignments;
  • Conducting separately scheduled tutorial classes;
  • Working with Technicians, class assistants and/or monitors, where relevant, by ensuring the appropriate and safe use of materials, equipment and/or facilities; and
  • Participating in the provision of a safe and secure environment for all members of the University community and its facilities.

As per the MOA (section 34.5), the hiring of Teaching Assistants takes place as follows:

  • Current Teaching Assistants who seek a work assignment for the following Academic Year must indicate their interest in writing to the Assistant Dean of Faculty or supervising faculty member no later than February 1.
  • The appointment process for Teaching Assistants is conducted by the Associate Dean of Faculty or designate in consultation with the supervising faculty member. Teaching Assistant opportunities are assigned to the University’s graduate students on a priority basis. A list of vacancies is posted on the University’s website, with further advertising conducted as appropriate.

Please note, as per the MOA (section 29.4.3), Teaching Assistantships are not normally renewable beyond three years. Students who have been employed at OCAD U as a Teaching Assistant prior to starting their graduate program will not be eligible for a Teaching Assistantship.

II. RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIPS

As per the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between OCAD University and the Ontario College of Art & Design Faculty Association (section 37.4.2), the responsibilities of a Research Assistant may include, but are not limited to:

  • Working within 1 or more OCAD U Faculties, directly supervised by 1 or more faculty members;
  • Working with assistant Deans, Chairs, and/or faculty members and other academic staff in support of the University’s research goals and objectives;
  • Meeting these research goals by assisting with data collection, literature searches, data compilation, processing, entry and analysis, and experimental systems design, fabrication and maintenance;
  • Assisting with supervision of research activities in the lab, classroom, and within the field;
  • Assisting with preparation of proposals, progress and final reports, and promotion of research activities;
  • Providing project coordination, budget management, and administration of research activities;
  • Participating in the hiring, scheduling and supervision of Teaching Assistant I (Undergraduate Research Assistant), Class Assistants, and/or Student Monitors, where relevant;
  • Working with Technicians, class assistants and/or student monitors, where relevant, by ensuring the appropriate and safe use of materials, equipment and/or facilities; and
  • Participating in the provision of a safe and secure environment for all members of the University community and its facilities.

LOANS AND BURSARIES

The Financial Aid and Awards Office delivers approximately $20 million in student financial assistance programs and services to the students of the University:

  • Government loan and grant programs (OSAP and other Canadian provinces)
  • Bursary programs (financial need programs)
  • Scholarships and awards (merit programs)
  • Work study employment programs
  • One-on-one financial advising
  • Financial literacy programs and workshops

If you are experiencing financial difficulties please visit the Financial Aid and Awards Office to discuss your financial situation. The Financial Aid and Awards office staff will work with the students to help them resolve their financial difficulties. Emergency bursary or loan funding may be available, depending on the circumstances.


FUNDING FOR CONFERENCE TRAVEL

Full-time graduate students who wish to attend or present their work at a conference may apply for funding in support of travel and conference fees from their graduate program.

Funding may be granted up to a maximum of $500 per student per year (June-May) and is subject to the availability of funds and the approval of the Graduate Program Director.

Applications must be submitted to your program specific Graduate Program Coordinator at least 30 days in advance of the conference date. 

 

EXTERNAL SCHOLARSHIPS & FUNDING

CANADA GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS - MASTER'S PROGRAM (CGS-M)

ONTARIO GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP (OGS) PROGRAM

MITACS

INFO SESSIONS AND WORKSHOPS


Students may be eligible for a variety of external scholarships. The responsibility of researching such opportunities lies with the graduate student. The Office of Graduate Studies will apprise students of any known opportunities through its various communication channels.

Eligible graduate students are strongly encouraged to apply for federal and provincial graduate scholarships.

Please note: Students cannot hold an OGS scholarship and a SSHRC scholarship in the same academic year (but can, and are encouraged to apply to both).

All OGS and CGS-M scholarships are adjudicated by the OCAD University Graduate Scholarships and Awards Committee. Decisions are final and are not eligible for appeal.

 

Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master's Program (CGS-M)

The Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships program of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

The SSHRC program seeks to develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students in the social sciences and humanities who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies. These scholarships are valued at $17,500 over 12 months (non-renewable) and are open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents only.

Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships program of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

The NSERC program supports and promote high-quality research in a wide variety of disciplines and areas, which are divided into broad fields of research (natural sciences and/or engineering, and social sciences and/or humanities). This includes research that bridges two or more disciplines or that requires the skills of several disciplines.These scholarships are valued at $17,500 over 12 months (non-renewable) and are open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents only.

More information about CGS-M Scholarships (SSHRC and NSERC)

The selection process and post-award administration will be carried out at the university level. Students will submit their application via the Tri-Agency Research Portal, and may select up to five universities where they wish to hold the award.

Eligibility to Apply:

Please refer to the CGS-M website for comprehensive eligibility criteria, application guidelines, questions and concerns. Scholarships are open to:

  • Canadian citizens or permanent residents;
  • Applying to, or in the process of completing their first Master’s Degree;
  • Who have a first class average; defined as a GPA of 80% or an A- in each of the applicant’s most recent two years of full-time academic study, including courses completed up to August 31, 2016.

FAQ for Students applying to SSHRC and NSERC

CGS-M Competition Dates and Deadlines:

  • December 1, 2016 by 8:00 p.m.: Final Submission Deadline: Completed CGS-M applications are submitted through the NSERC Research Portal.
  • April 1, 2017: Scholarship results are announced through the NSERC Research Portal.
  • April 22, 2017: Deadline for applicants to accept scholarships. If the scholarship is not accepted by this deadline, the offer will become void.

The selection process and post-award administration will be carried out at the university level. Students will submit their application via the Tri-Agency Research Portal, and may select up to five universities where they wish to hold the award.

Eligibility: Please refer to the SSHRC website for comprehensive eligibility criteria and application guidelines. SSHRC also offers a Resource Centre to assist with questions and concerns. Scholarships are open to:
  • Canadian citizens or permanent residents;
  • Applying to, or in the process of completing their first Master’s Degree;
  • Who have a first class average; defined as a GPA of 80% or an A- in the applicant’s most recent two years of full-time academic study, including courses completed up to August 31, 2015.

FAQ for Students applying to SSHRC

SSHRC Competition Dates and Deadlines:

  • December 1, 2016 by 8:00 p.m.: Final Submission Deadline: Completed SSHRC applications are submitted through the NSERC Research Portal.
  • April 1, 2017: Scholarship results are announced through the Portal.
  • April 22, 2017: Deadline for applicants to accept scholarships. If the scholarship is not accepted by this deadline, the offer will become void.

Applying for a CGS-M

Applicants submit their SSHRC application electronically through the NSERC Research Portal. Applications relevant to OCAD U will be reviewed and ranked by the Graduate Scholarships and Awards Committee.

A complete SSHRC application includes the following documents:

Complete instructions can be found here.

Notification of Award: Applicants will be notified via the NSERC Research Portal on April 1, 2016 if their applications have been successful. Award winners must confirm acceptance of the funding by April 22, 2016.

All SSHRC awards are adjudicated by the Graduate Scholarships and Awards Committee. Decisions are final and are not eligible for appeal.

Applicants submit their CGS-M application electronically through the NSERC Research Portal. Applications relevant to OCAD U will be reviewed and ranked by the Graduate Scholarships and Awards Committee.

A complete CGS-M application includes the following documents:

Complete instructions can be found here.

 

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) Program

The OGS program recognizes excellence in graduate studies at the master's and doctoral levels. The scholarship is valued at $5,000 per academic term for either two or three consecutive terms and is open to Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and international students in Canada on a study permit.

More information about OGS

Eligibility to Apply:

The OGS Competition is open to:

  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents, Protected Persons [under subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protections Act], international students in Canada on a student or work visa;
  • Registered in, or be applying to, an eligible full-time graduate program;
  • Holding a first-class average of 80% (A-) in each of their most recent two completed years of academic study (full-time equivalent); or, their application must demonstrate excellence, experience, expertise, accomplishments, and/or recognition in their area of study (as determined by the Graduate Scholarship and Awards Committee). This includes only courses completed up to August 31st, 2016;
  • Recipients must be in good standing with Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).

Conditions:

Students are limited in the number of years that they may hold an OGS. Master's students may receive the scholarship for a maximum of two years. Doctoral students may receive the scholarship for a maximum of four years. Both are subject to a lifetime maximum of six years per student. In addition, OGS guidelines restrict students to a lifetime maximum of six years of government-funded awards and prohibit students from holding an OGS and another government-funded award concurrently.

Visa Students:

Foreign students studying in Ontario under a temporary resident visa-student study permit, under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) are eligible to apply for the allotted visa student awards.
See the Work Visa terms here.

Aboriginal OGS:

An Aboriginal person who applies for an OGS, who self identifies as a First Nations (Status/Non-Status), Métis, or Inuit; will automatically be considered for and Aboriginal Ontario Graduate Scholarship.

Eligibility to Hold an OGS Award

To hold an OGS award, recipients:

  • Must register and remain enrolled as a full-time student in an eligible program at OCAD University.  
  • Who withdraw, transfer to part-time status, complete degree requirements prior to the end of their award, or fail to complete the full session will be required to repay the funds received for the incomplete term.
  • Cannot hold an OGS award at the same time (or during any session) as a scholarship from SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR, QEII-GSST from any given year.​
  • ​ May accept Graduate Assistantships or other university- related employment up to an average of 10 hours per week or 130 hours per term.
  • Must be in good standing with the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).

The eligibility criteria provided here are the minimum requirements only. The Graduate Scholarship and Awards Committee may impose additional criteria to apply, receive, or hold an OGS.

Eligibility to Apply

The OGS Competition is open to:

  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents, Protected Persons [under subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protections Act], international students in Canada on a student or work visa;
  • Registered in, or be applying to, an eligible full-time graduate program;
  • Holding a first-class average of 80% (A-) in each of their most recent two completed years of academic study (full-time equivalent); or, their application must demonstrate excellence, experience, expertise, accomplishments, and/or recognition in their area of study (as determined by the Graduate Scholarship and Awards Committee). This includes only courses completed up to August 31st, 2015;
  • Recipients must be in good standing with Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).

Before you apply, please review the complete OGS/OSAP Guidelines

Applying for an OGS

OGS Competition Dates and Deadlines:

  • October 3, 2016: SlideRoom opens. OGS Applications can now be accepted.
  • January 16, 2017: Final OGS submission deadline for both new and returning students.
  • April 2017: OGS results are announced.

Application Process for New Students:

New students who apply to our graduate degree programs will have the option to complete the Ontario Graduate Scholarship application form as part of their program application via SlideRoom. Some additional documentation will be required.

All new student applications must submit the following through the SlideRoom application portal.

  • OGS Application form

Application Process for Returning Students:

Returning students must submit a full application package via SlideRoom. All required documentation and forms listed below are required by the January 16, 2017 deadline.

Transcripts do not need to be resubmitted. GPAs will be calculated by the transcripts submitted upon admission.

All returning student applications must include the following through the SlideRoom application portal

  • OGS Application Form
  • Statement of Intent
  • Two Reference Letters
  • Updated CV
  • Official Transcripts (on file with the Office of Graduate Studies)

 

MITACS

Mitacs-Accelerate is one of Canada’s premiere research internship programs, connecting companies and graduate students at OCAD University through graduate student internships. Graduate students apply their expertise to business and research challenges, gaining professional experience and funding to support their research.

 

Information Sessions and Workshops

The Office of Graduate Studies hosts two scholarship and awards workshop sessions every Fall:

After the workshops the presentations will be posted here.