GOVERNMENT-FUNDED AWARDS & EXTERNAL FUNDING

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

ONTARIO GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP (OGS) PROGRAM

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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 CGS-M scholarship in the same academic year (but can apply to both and are encouraged to).

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. A FAQ for Students applying to SSHRC and NSERC is available here.

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, 2017.

CGS-M Competition Dates and Deadlines:

  • December 1, 2017 by 8:00 p.m.: Final Submission Deadline: Completed CGS-M applications are submitted through the NSERC Research Portal.
  • April 1, 2018: Scholarship results are announced through the NSERC Research Portal.
  • April 22, 2018: 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.

Applying for a CGS-M

Applicants submit their SSHRC and NSERC application(s) 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.

Notification of Award: Applicants will be notified via the NSERC Research Portal on April 1, 2018 if their applications have been successful. Award winners must confirm acceptance of the funding by April 22, 2018.

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

 

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 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, 2017;
  • 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 information on Canadian permits and visas here.

Indigenous OGS:

An Indigenous person who applies for an OGS, who self identifies as a First Nations (Status/Non-Status), Métis, or Inuit; will automatically be considered for an Indigenous 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, 2017;
  • 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:

  • January 15, 2018: Final OGS submission deadline for both new and returning students.
  • April 2018: OGS results are announced.

Application Process for New Students:

New students who are applying to our graduate degree programs need to complete the separate Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) Application through the SlideRoom application portal. This is a separate application from your program application(s).

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

 

  • OGS Application Form
  • Statement of Intent
  • Two Reference Letters
  • CV
  • Official Transcripts

 

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 15, 2018 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)

 

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