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Current Awards Competitions

2019-2020 Faculty of Medicine Queen Elizabeth II – Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST)  DEADLINE:  MARCH 29, 2019

Applications for the 2019-2020 Faculty of Medicine Queen Elizabeth II – Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST) are now available.  The QEII-GSST program is designed to encourage excellence in graduate studies in science and technology.  The program is supported through funds provided by the Province of Ontario and by funds raised by the University of Toronto from the private sector.  Further details, competition guidelines, Cover Page, and full listing of awards are available at: www.glse.utoronto.ca/fom-qeii-gsst-competition .

Faculty of Medicine QEII-GSST application procedure:

  1. Applicants must submit an OGS application using the U of T School of Graduate Studies centralized online OGS application.
  2. After the OGS application is submitted online, applicants need to complete an online Faculty of Medicine QEII-GSST Cover Page by 4:00 p.m., Friday, March 29, 2019.

Please note:

  • QEII-GSSTs are open to Faculty of Medicine doctoral stream thesis-based (MSc and PhD) students who are Ontario Residents (Canadian  Citizens or Landed Immigrants resident in Ontario) at the time of the award.
  • The funding period is for the 2019-2020 academic year, generally September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020, or as determined by the Awards
  • Each individual award has additional specific eligibility requirements.
  • QEII-GSSTs are considered internal awards in the Faculty of Medicine.
  • Students pursuing a professional or course-based Master’s program (e.g., MHSc) and Clinician/surgical scientist trainees are NOT eligible for the awards offered through this competition.
  • Clinician and Surgical scientist-trainees may apply for QEII-GSSTs through their clinical/surgical units, if available.
  • Any questions should be directed to the Awards & Data Officer, Debbie Chau at chau@utoronto.ca
  • Anticipated notification by SGS of the final results from this competition will start in July 2019.
  • The same application is used for both the 2019-20 OGS and QEII-GSST.


2019 – 2020  Ontario Graduate Scholarship (Domestic)  DEADLINE: MARCH 3, 2019

Award Overview

Student Deadline to Graduate Unit: March 3, 2019 by 11:59 pm
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 2019



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 Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) has permitted universities to allocate up to 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 have indicated this status on their OGS application will be eligible to be considered for one of two (2) Ontario Graduate Scholarship Indigenous Scholar Awards and potentially other Indigenous awards offered by the School of Graduate Studies.

Eligibility to Apply

To be 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) by the student deadline as determined by each graduate unit;
  • Be registered or intend to register in an eligible program on a full-time basis in 2019-2020;
  • 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 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.
  • 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.

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 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 at the same time (or during any session) as a scholarship from SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR, QEII-GSST.

Application Process

Applicants must submit an OGS application to their proposed graduate unit using the U of T OGS Online Application. Please ensure that you submit your application by the deadline after the references have been uploaded.  No late applications will be accepted.

**NOTE: Pleasure ensure that you upload all post-secondary transcripts (including grading scale) and transcripts of your current studies at U of T (Fall 2018 and Winter 2018 registration).  Unofficial transcripts (student copies) are acceptable.**

OGS awards are not transferrable from one graduate unit to another. Therefore prospective students must submit an OGS application to each graduate unit to which they are applying for admission.


Graduate unit adjudication results must be updated on the OGS application system by graduate units by June 1, 2019. Official award offers will be sent out by SGS in July 2019.


Contacts & Resources

For more information, visit the SGS OGS webpage