Application for the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) / Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST) 2022/2023 at the University of Waterloo, Canada is now open. The application deadline is 8th October 2021 at 4:00 pm (ET).
About Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) / Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST)
The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) and the Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST) programs encourage excellence in graduate studies at publicly-assisted universities in Ontario. The Ontario government and participating institutions will jointly fund both programs. The government contributes two-thirds of the value of the awards and the university provides the remaining one-third.
Students are considered for OGS and QEII-GSST at Waterloo by using one application. Both scholarships are of equal prestige. Students who are applying for tri-agency awards will NOT automatically be considered for OGS and QEII-GSST, and must submit a separate OGS/QEII-GSST application form.
Below are the differences between the OGS and QEII-GSST scholarships:
- OGS – merit-based scholarship program for Ontario’s best graduate students in all disciplines of academic study. This is available to Canadian Citizens / Permanent Residents and International students.
- QEII-GSST – merit-based scholarship program targeted specifically towards students in a research-based graduate program in one of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines. This is only available to Canadian Citizens / Permanent residents.
Successful OGS and QEII-GSST recipients will begin their scholarship during 2022-2023. The allowable start terms are spring 2022, fall 2022 or winter 2023. Each OGS and QEII-GSST is valued at a maximum of $15,000 per year. The award is paid as $5,000 per term for either two or three terms.
OGS awards are open to applicants in all disciplines of academic study. The QEII-GSST awards are open to applicants in research-based graduate programs in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) discipline. Both are for Masters or PhD programs at the University of Waterloo Canada.
Below are the eligibility criteria for the scholarship.
Applicants must be an international student studying in Ontario with a student study permit under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada). Note: international students are not eligible for QEII-GSST awards.
Successful OGS International recipients who are residing outside of Canada due to COVID-19 will need to show either proof of existing study permit or in-progress study permit application before they will receive the funds.
Due to the limited quota of awards available for international students, applications will only be accepted from students who are currently registered in a graduate program (or on an approved inactive term from their graduate program) by at least the fall 2021 term. Current UW undergraduate international students are not eligible to apply.
Applicants must be a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident, or Protected Person under subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) at the time of the application deadline;
Applicants must either be currently in a graduate program, or must apply for admission to a graduate program by the February 1, 2022 deadline for entry into the spring 2022, fall 2022 or winter 2023 term.
Minimum Academic Requirements
Applicants must have achieved a first-class average (minimum of A-/80%), in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent). Eligibility averages are calculated using grades from your most-recent academic history up to August 31, 2021, regardless of program or relevance to your proposed program.
Waterloo will adhere to these parameters as dictated by Ontario’s Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU).
There are three areas of evaluation. Each department and faculty will determine the weight placed on each of the following criteria within the ranges indicated:
- Academic Excellence (30-50%*); As demonstrated by
- academic transcripts
- list of competitive scholarships, awards and honours
- Research Ability and Potential in Program of Study (30-50%*); As demonstrated by
- originality, artistic performance and creations broadly defined (where relevant to field of study)
- Communication and Leadership Abilities (0-20%*); As demonstrated by:
- list of relevant volunteer, leadership and academic work experience.
*Individual faculty weights:
- Arts, Engineering: (1) 50%, (2) 30%, (3) 20%
- Health: (1) 50%, (2) 40%, (3) 10%
- Environment, Mathematics, Science: (1) 40%, (2) 40%, (3) 20%
How to Apply for Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) /Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST)
Students only need to submit one application for both OGS and QEII-GSST. For more information, visit the program webpage.
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