Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) and The Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) and Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST) programs are merit-based scholarship programs that encourage excellence in graduate studies at universities across Ontario. The scholarships are partly funded, with joint efforts from both the universities and the government itself.

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With both scholarship grants, students are considered via their applications. Both scholarships are recognized globally, although they are fundamentally different.

An Introduction to Both Scholarships


The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) is a merit-based scholarship program that is open to the best graduating students in Ontario across all academic study disciplines. It is available to Canadian citizens, foreign students who qualify as permanent residents, and international students.


The Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST) is also a merit-based program. The program is targeted at students in research-based graduate programs in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) course.

The program is currently only available to Canadian students and international students who have attained permanent residency

Scholarship Value

Both scholarships will give recipients a funding equivalent of $5,000 per term. This means that awardees who have two-term courses will get a total of $10,000, while those in three-term courses will get $15,000 in total.

You should also note that each scholarship runs for a single academic year.

Application Requirements

If you’re looking to qualify for any of these scholarships, note that you will need to meet the following requirements:

If you’re entering your first or second year of graduate studies at the time of the application deadline, you will need to have a first-class average from the host institution in each of the two completed study years.

If you’re entering the third year or beyond of your graduate studies at the application deadline, you will need an overall average of at least an A- (or its equivalent) in all completed courses.

Application Procedures

To apply for both scholarships, you will need to keep the following steps in mind:

  • Confirm your eligibility for the scholarship in question. If you’re unsure about your eligibility, you can contact your department graduate coordinator
  • Determine the proposed department
  • Apply for admission remember that you will need to be eligible for the program to get approved
  • Get your transcript. This is very important for both your school application and scholarship application
  • Select referees. You will need at least two academic referees to complete your application package

Application Deadline

If you would like more information about the deadline for both applications, we recommend that you visit the OGS/QEII-GSST timeline page.

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