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Current Awards Competitions

2020-2021 Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master’s Program (CGS M):
CIHR – Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships
NSERC – Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships
SSHRC – Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships

Award Overview

Student Deadline: December 2, 2019 at 8:00 PM (ET)
Value/Duration: $17,500 for one year
Level of study: To support Master’s or, in some cases, doctoral programs in Canada
Required Legal Status: Domestic (Canadian citizen or permanent resident)
Results: April 1, 2020 via Research Portal

Purpose
The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGS M) Program is to help develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies. The Tri-council allocates CGS M awards to universities specifying the number of awards that each may offer to their students annually. CGS M awards can only be offered to students pursing graduate studies at eligible Canadian Universities and the award must be held at the university that has made the offer.

Eligibility to Apply
To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada;
  • be enrolled in, have applied for, or will apply for full-time admission* to an eligible graduate program at the master’s or doctoral level at a Canadian institution with a CGS M allocation. *Note: Applicants who are not currently enrolled in their intended graduate program must submit an application for admission by the deadline for their intended graduate program or by March 15, whichever comes first;
  • have completed, as of December 31, 2019:a) between zero and 12 months of full-time studies (or full-time equivalent) in the program for which you are requesting funding, which may be:- a master’s program; or
    – a doctoral program that you are entering without having ever been enrolled in a master’s program (that is, direct-entry); or
    – a combined master’s-doctoral program; or
    – a master’s program that will transition to an eligible doctoral program, either before or after award activation, with no master’s degree conferred (that is, fast-track); or
    – a master’s program for which the degree requirements will be completed before the end of the award, allowing the award to continue into an eligible doctoral program at the same institution; or

    b) between four and 12 months of full-time study (or full-time equivalent) in a eligible master’s program for which the degree requirements will be completed before activation of the award, allowing it to be activated during the subsequent doctoral program for which you are requesting funding;

  • not have previously held a CGS M award;
  • have achieved a first-class average (3.5 GPA or A- average at U of T), in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent); and
  • submit a maximum of one scholarship application per academic year to either CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC (Research Portal will allow the application to be submitted to up to three institutions). Students are not permitted to apply for a CGS M and a Tri-Agency doctoral award in the same academic year.

For full eligibility criteria, visit the Tri-agency Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program website.

Program of Study Eligibility
An eligible graduate program must have a significant research component. A significant research component is considered to be original, autonomous research that leads to the completion of one of the following: thesis, major research project, dissertation, scholarly publication, performance, recital and/or exhibit that is merit/expert reviewed at the institutional level as a requirement for completion of the program. Master’s programs that are based only on course work are typically not eligible since they do not include a significant research component.

Clarification for SSHRC CGS M eligible programs: Programs formerly deemed eligible for SSHRC funding will continue to be considered eligible in the harmonized program, more specifically, if the Master’s program is an acceptable basis for admission to the related PhD program (that is eligible for funding by SSHRC), SSHRC would consider the Master’s program to be an eligible program of study”.

Application Process
Applicants must complete and submit an online application using the Research Portal. Students should refer to the CGS M application instructions (for all applicants) housed on NSERC’s website to locate details on how to complete their application. Additionally a Canadian Common CV (CCV) must be completed and the confirmation number uploaded into the CGS M application on Research Portal.

When completing a CGS M application, students may select up to 3 separate universities (one graduate department per university) where they intend to pursue graduate studies and hold the award. Once completed and submitted online, the application will be accessible by all proposed universities the student has identified. Students applying for an award at U of T are not required to submit a paper application.

A completed CGS M application will include the following:

  • Completed 3 part online application:-Identification-Summary of Proposal (written in lay language)-Activity Details
  • Outline of proposed research (as PDF attachment)
  • Canadian Common CV (uploaded as a confirmation number)
  • All official academic transcripts, undergraduate and graduate (scanned together as a single PDF document). Registered students must provide official transcripts showing Fall 2019 registration.
  • Completed Reference Assessments (x2) – invitation initiated and form completed electronically

Contacts and Resources
For more information, visit the CGS M webpage (housed on the NSERC website), and/or contact the SGS Graduate Awards Officer and/or agency listed below:

CGS M CIHR
Olivera Joksimovic
Graduate Awards Officer
416-946-0808
o.joksimovic@utoronto.ca

CIHR:
cgsma@cihr-irsc.gc.ca

CGS M NSERC
Pascal Papathanasakis
Graduate Awards Officer, Federal
416-978-8260
p.papathanasakis@utoronto.ca

NSERC:
schol@nserc-crsng.gc.ca

CGS M SSHRC
Stacey Kwan,
Graduate Awards Officer, Provincial
416-978-2205
staceym.kwan@utoronto.ca

SSHRC:
fellowships@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

2020-2021 Ontario Graduate Scholarship (Domestic)

Please adhere to the IMS deadline of March 1, 2020. The deadlines of SGS and other units will differ. 

 

Re:

2020-2021 Ontario Graduate Scholarship (Domestic)

Student Deadline to IMS

March 1, 2020 (midnight)

Value/Duration:

$5,000 per session for 2 or 3 consecutive sessions

Level of study:

Master’s or Doctoral

Required Legal Status:

Domestic Students (Canadian citizen, permanent resident, protected persons)

Results:

July 2020

Purpose

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) program encourages excellence in graduate studies at publicly-assisted universities in Ontario. Since 1975, the OGS program has been providing merit-based scholarships to Ontario’s best graduate students in all disciplines of academic study. The scholarship program at U of T is jointly funded by the Province of Ontario and the University of Toronto. The Province allocates OGS awards to universities specifying the number of awards that each may offer to their students annually.

 

Indigenous Scholar Awards

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) has permitted universities to allocate a minimum of two (2) OGS awards exclusively to Indigenous graduate students with the aim to recognize excellence and promote equitable access and participation in the Ontario Graduate Scholarship program by Indigenous applicants.

 

Graduate students who are Indigenous to Canada (recognized in the Constitution Act, 1982 as a person who identifies with First nations (Status/Non-Status), Métis, or Inuit) and provide this information on their OGS application may be eligible to be considered for one of two or more (2+) Ontario Graduate Scholarship Indigenous Scholar Awards and potentially other Indigenous awards offered by the School of Graduate Studies. 

 

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident, or Protected Person under subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) by March 1, 2020
  • Be registered or intend to register in an eligible program on a full-time basis in 2020-2021;
  • An eligible program is defined as a full-time program of study of two or three terms at the University of Toronto leading to a graduate degree. A full-time student is one who is in at least 60% of a full course load (40% for students with a permanent disability) or as defined by their institution
  • Have not exceeded the lifetime maximum of government-funded support or maximum OGS support available for their current level of study (see SGS OGS website under maximum support); and
  • Have achieved at least A- (or equivalent) in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent); or if the student has completed two years of graduate studies at the time of application, the student must only demonstrate an overall average of at least A- (or equivalent) on all graduate courses completed.
  • Note: If marks used for calculating an applicant’s grade point average (GPA) are not available (e.g. courses were graded on a pass-fail basis), then the next most recent available undergraduate or graduate marks will be used to determine eligibility.

EXCLUSIONS: This award is ­not available to: Clinician-scientists enrolled in a postgraduate medical education program; MDs enrolled in a clinical department as Research or Clinical fellows who are supported at a clinical salary level or equivalent.

 

To be eligible to hold the OGS, recipients:

  • Must register and remain enrolled as a full-time student at U of T in an eligible program at the graduate unit from which the OGS was awarded;
  • Who withdraw, transfer to part-time status, complete degree requirements prior to the end of their award, or fail to complete the full term, will be required to repay any funds received for the incomplete term;
  • Must be in good standing with the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). Applicants who have defaulted on a Canada or Ontario Student Loan, or have failed to make satisfactory repayment on a loan overpayment, are ineligible to receive the award. Students who have never applied for OSAP are in good standing. Those with an OSAP restriction may still apply for the OGS. However, if awarded, they must have the restriction cleared within 30 days of notification in order to accept and hold the award; 
  • May accept research assistantships, part-time teaching positions, or other paid employment that does not affect their status as a full-time graduate student and is commensurate with the graduate unit policies. Typically, students holding full-time paid employment are not eligible to receive an OGS from the University of Toronto; and
  • Cannot hold an OGS award in the same session (overlapping) or from the same award year as a scholarship from SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR, QEII-GSST, or another OGS.

Application Process

Applicants must submit an OGS application to their proposed graduate unit using the U of T OGS Online Application. Carefully review the instructions prior to starting an OGS application. Please ensure that you submit your application by the deadline after the references have been uploaded. No late applications will be accepted. The IMS (domestic) deadline is March 1, 2020 (midnight).

 

Once the entire application has been completed and submitted online, it will be made available to IMS for review and consideration. 

 

Important note for prospective students: OGS awards are not transferrable between universities or between units at U of T. Accordingly, students must submit an OGS application to each graduate unit for which they are seeking admission at U of T and to each Ontario institution if applying to multiple universities (each institution will have its own unique OGS application, process and deadline). 

 

**NOTE: Pleasure ensure that you upload all post-secondary transcripts (including grading scale) and transcripts of your current studies at U of T (Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 registration). Unofficial transcripts from ACORN are acceptable.**

 

Results

IMS will update their competition results on the OGS application system, viewable by applicants by June 1, 2020. Official OGS award offers will be issued by SGS starting July 2020.

 

Contacts & Resources

For more information, visit the SGS OGS webpage.

Questions regarding the administration of the award at SGS and technical support for the application may be directed to:

Stacey Kwan
Graduate Awards Officer (Provincial)
Phone: 416-978-2205 
ogs@utoronto.ca

 

Please direct questions regarding the OGS competition or nomination process to IMS (sf.medscience@utoronto.ca).

2020-2021 Ontario Graduate Scholarship (for International Students)

Please adhere to the IMS (international) deadline of February 2, 2020. The deadlines of SGS and other units will differ.

Award Overview

Re: 2020-2021 Ontario Graduate Scholarship (for international students)
IMS Deadline: February 2, 2020 (midnight)
Value/Duration: $5,000 per session for 2 or 3 consecutive sessions
Level of study: Master’s or Doctoral
Required Legal Status: International (valid study permit)
Results: May 2020

Purpose

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) program encourages excellence in graduate studies at publicly-assisted universities in Ontario. Since 1975, the OGS program has been providing merit-based scholarships to Ontario’s best graduate students in all disciplines of academic study. The scholarship program at U of T is jointly funded by the Province of Ontario and the University of Toronto. The Province allocates OGS awards to universities specifying the number of awards that each may offer to their students annually.

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • Hold a valid study permit effective as of the graduate units’ OGS (international) application deadline (Feb 2 for IMS);
  • Be registered or intend to register in an eligible program on a full-time basis in 2020-2021;
  • An eligible program is defined as a full-time program of study of two or three terms at the University of Toronto leading to a graduate degree. A full-time student is one who is in at least 60% of a full course load (40% for students with a permanent disability) or as defined by their institution
  • Have not exceeded the lifetime maximum of government-funded support or maximum OGS support available for their current level of study (see SGS OGS website under maximum support); and
  • Have achieved at least A- (or equivalent) in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent); or if the student has competed two years of graduate studies at the time of application, the student must only demonstrate an overall average of at least A- (or equivalent) on all graduate courses completed.

Note: If marks used for calculating an applicant’s grade point average (GPA) are not available (e.g. courses were graded on a pass-fail basis), then the next most recent available undergraduate or graduate marks should be used to determine eligibility.

To be eligible to hold the OGS, recipients:

  • Must register and remain enrolled as a full-time student at U of T at the graduate unit from which the OGS was awarded (IMS);
  • Who withdraw, transfer to part-time status, complete degree requirements prior to the end of their award, or fail to complete the full term, will be required to repay any funds received for the incomplete term;
  • May accept research assistantships, part-time teaching positions, or other paid employment that does not affect their status as a full-time graduate student and is commensurate with the IMS policies. Typically, students holding full-time paid employment are not eligible to receive an OGS from the University of Toronto; and
  • Cannot hold an OGS award in the same session (overlapping) or from the same award year as an Ontario Trillium Scholarship, Vanier CGS, or another OGS.

Application Process
Applicants must submit an OGS application to IMS using the U of T OGS Application Instructions. Carefully review the instructions before starting an OGS application. Please ensure that you submit your application by the deadline after the references have been uploaded. The IMS deadline for international students is February 2, 2020 (midnight). No late applications will be accepted.

Important note for prospective students: OGS awards are not transferrable between universities or between units at U of T. Accordingly, students must submit an OGS application to each graduate unit for which they are seeking admission at U of T and to each Ontario institution if applying to multiple universities (each institution will have its own unique OGS application, process and deadline).

**NOTE: Pleasure ensure that you upload all post-secondary transcripts (including grading scale) and transcripts of your current studies at U of T (Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 registration). Unofficial transcripts from ACORN are acceptable.**

Results

IMS will update competition results on the OGS application system, viewable by applicants mid-April 2020. Official award offers will be sent out by SGS in May 2020.

Contacts & Resources

For more information, visit the SGS OGS webpage.

Questions regarding the administration of the award at SGS and technical support for the application may be directed to:

Stacey Kwan
Graduate Awards Officer (Provincial)
Phone: 416-978-2205
ogs@utoronto.ca

Please direct questions regarding the OGS competition or nomination process to IMS (sf.medscience@utoronto.ca)