Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)/Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST) 2022/2023 – University of Waterloo
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Applications for the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)/Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST) 2022/2023 – University of Waterloo, Canada
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When is the Application Deadline:
8th October 2021 at 4:00 p.m. (ET)
Tell Me 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. Both programs are jointly funded by the Ontario government and participating institutions. 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. The differences between the OGS and QEII-GSST scholarships are as follows:
OGS – merit-based scholarship program for Ontario’s best graduate students in all disciplines of academic study; 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; 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.
Which Fields are Eligible?
OGS awards are open to applicants in all disciplines of academic study.
QEII-GSST awards are open to applicants in research-based graduate programs in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) discipline.
What Type of Scholarship is this?
Who is Eligible?
Below are the detailed eligibility criteria required in order to be able to apply for an OGS or QEII-GSST, however given the limited quota of awards available, Waterloo is required to be strategic in selecting recipients.
International competition – 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 be required to show either proof of existing study permit or in-progress study permit application before funds will be released to them.
Domestic competition – 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;
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 is required to adhere to these parameters as dictated by Ontario’s Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU).
International competition – 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.
Domestic competition – applicants must either be currently enrolled 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.
How are Applicants Selected:
There are three areas of evaluation under which the application will be considered. 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:
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.