In 2010, the Ontario government announced the introduction of the OTS program as a significant initiative to attract more of the best qualified international students to Ontario for PhD studies.
The OTS are to be awarded to international PhD recipients for a maximum of four years. These scholarships are to be automatically awarded to the student for each of the three years following the first year provided the student maintains good academic standing and continues to meet recipient eligibility requirements.
Each Faculty will nominate up to 5 students in the Winter term for admission in the following Spring, Fall or Winter terms.
Funding for this program is contingent upon annual confirmation of support from the provincial government.
Each OTS is valued at $40,000 annually ($26,666 from the Ontario Government and $13,333 from the University/Faculty/department/supervisor) and is automatically renewable for an additional three years provided the recipient maintains good academic standing and continues to meet recipient eligibility requirements.
- Recipients must be international students who hold a valid Canadian study permit and who do not qualify for an exemption to the higher international tuition and fees per the Fee Schedule (Graduate Studies Academic Calendar website); should an OTS recipient obtain permanent residency status after the beginning of the first term of study, s/he will continue to be eligible for the OTS for the balance of his/her renewable OTS for a total of four years.
- Recipients must be intending to pursue full-time graduate studies at the doctoral level in a degree granting program.
- Recipients must have achieved a first-class (A-/80% Ontario equivalent) average in each of the two years of full-time study prior to being awarded the OTS.
- Recipients must not have completed a previous degree at an Ontario post secondary institution at the undergraduate or graduate level immediately prior to being admitted to the PhD program.
- Recipients must not be currently studying at an Ontario post secondary institution at the undergraduate or graduate level (students currently registered in a PhD program are not eligible).
- Recipients must not have concurrently accepted an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) or Vanier Scholarship and must not concurrently be receiving significant external sponsorships or scholarships (for example, in excess of $10,000).
- If a recipient later obtains permanent resident status, they cannot concurrently accept a scholarship/fellowship from any Tri-Agency (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC).
- Recipients who withdraw, transfer to part-time status or fail to complete the term without prior consultation with Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) may be required to repay the award.
A call for nominations will be sent to the Faculty Offices in January of each year.
Please contact the appropriate Manager, Graduate Financial Aid and Awards in Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) for further information regarding this award.