OGS scholarship information


Please note that this information pertains to Waterloo’s OGS application process.  Each university will have its own.


The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) program encourages excellence in graduate studies at the master’s and doctoral levels. It is a merit-based scholarship and is available to students in all disciplines of academic study. Students must refer to the information below for complete details regarding the application process and eligibility criteria.

An Ontario Graduate Scholarship can be awarded for a minimum of two terms and a maximum of six terms; it is anticipated that the majority of scholarships will be awarded for three terms. One-term awards are not granted.  The duration of the scholarship is up to the Graduate Operations Committee and is dependent upon where the applicant is in their program at the time of adjudication and is also subject to provincial guidelines. 

Students must apply for the OGS at the institution where they want to hold it. The OGS is not transferrable; it must be held at the institution that awarded it.

The value of an OGS for one year is $5,000 per term. Therefore, students may receive $10,000 (split over 2 terms) or $15,000 (split over 3 terms).

Students who are successful in the OGS competition will also receive the President's Graduate Scholarship valued at up to $10,000/year (split over 3 terms); the award value will be pro-rated based on the number of terms for which the OGS is awarded.

Learn more about OGS at Graduate Student Office website.

Departmental deadlines will be included in the Graduate Studies Office Website OGS application information.

Last updated on September 2019