GOVERNMENT-FUNDED AWARDS & EXTERNAL FUNDING

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.

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

Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS)

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

The Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s Program (CGS-M) scholarship is valued at $17,500 over a 12 month period.

OCAD University has the following CGS-M awards available:

  • The Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships program of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
  • Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships program of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

Eligibility Requirements:
To be eligible to apply for a CGS-M scholarship, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada
  • be a full-time student in, or have applied for full-time admission to, one of OCAD University’s eligible master’s programs: Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories (MA), Criticism and Curatorial Practice (MFA), Digital Futures (MA, MDes, and MFA), Inclusive Design (MDes), Interdisciplinary Masters in Art, Media and Design (MA, MDes, and MFA), Strategic Foresight and Innovation (MDes)
  • have completed (as of December 31 of the year of application) between zero and 12 months of full-time studies (or full-time equivalent) in the program for which you are requesting funding 
    not have previously held a CGS-M
  • have a GPA of 80% or an A- in each of your most recent two years of full-time academic study, including courses completed up to August 31, 2019

For full eligibility requirements, please see the Tri-Agency Canada Graduate Scholarship’s – Master’s Program website.

Application Process and Deadlines:

  1. Review the eligibility criteria above to determine if you are eligible to apply for a CGS-M award.
  2. Complete your CGS-M application through the Research Portal by the deadline. The deadline for 2019 applications (for funding for the 2020-2021 academic year) is December 2, 2019 at 8:00PM.
  3. Complete your application according to the instructions found on the Tri-Agency Canada Graduate Scholarship’s – Master’s Program website. Please note that you can only submit one CGS-M application, either to SSHRC or NSERC.

A complete CGS-M application includes the following:

  • Completed online application form
  • Outline of proposed research (uploaded to your application as a PDF)
  • Canadian Common CV (attached to your online application)
  • Copies of official transcripts from all attended institutions (undergraduate and graduate, including OCAD University transcripts)
  • Two completed reference assessments

Notification of Award:
Applicants will be notified via the Research Portal on April 1, 2020 if their applications have been successful. Award winners must confirm acceptance of their funding by April 22, 2020.

To hold a CGS-M award, recipients must:

  • Register and remain enrolled as a full-time student in a master’s program at OCAD University. If you withdraw, transfer to part-time status, fail to complete the full session, or complete degree requirements prior to the end of your award term, you may be required to repay a portion or all of the funds awarded to you
  • Not hold a CGS-M award in the same term as an OGS scholarship or QEII-GSST award

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

Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS)

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) scholarship is valued at $5,000 per academic term for either two or three consecutive terms.

Eligibility Requirements:
To be eligible to apply for an OGS scholarship, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada, or an international student in Canada on a student visa
  • be a full-time student in, or have applied for full-time admission to, one of OCAD University’s master’s programs
  • have a GPA of 80% or an A- in each of your most recent two years of full-time academic study, including courses completed up to August 31, 2019
  • be in good standing with Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)
  • have not exceeded the maximum support restrictions: two years of OGS support at the master’s level and/or six years of government-funded awards which include: Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program (OGS), Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST) (formerly OGSST), Ontario Trillium Scholarships (OTS), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS)

Application Process and Deadlines:

  1. Review the eligibility criteria above to determine if you are eligible to apply for an OGS award.
  2. Complete your OGS application through the OCAD University Application Portal by the deadline. The deadline for 2019 applications (for funding for the 2020-2021 academic year): December 13, 2019.

A complete OGS application includes the following:

  • Completed online application form
  • Statement of Intent
  • CV
  • Copies of official transcripts from all attended institutions (undergraduate and graduate, including OCAD University transcripts)
  • Two completed reference assessments

Notification of Award:
Applicants will be notified via email on April 2020 if their applications have been successful. 

To hold an OGS award, recipients must:

  • Register and remain enrolled as a full-time student in a master’s program at OCAD University. If you withdraw, transfer to part-time status, fail to complete the full session, or complete degree requirements prior to the end of your award term, you will be required to repay the funds received for the incomplete term
  • Not hold an OGS award in the same term as a CGS-M scholarship or QEII-GSST award
  • Remain in good standing with the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)

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

Information Sessions and Workshops

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

External Funding for Graduate Students