Applications are now being accepted for the 2019-20 Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) competition for domestic students.  All current students in, as well as applicants to, the Graduate Department of Public Health Sciences (GDPHS) degree programs are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please complete the OGS online application via the SGS website.

Student Deadline to GDPHS:
Thursday, January 31, 2019, 11:59pm
$5,000 per term for 2 or 3 consecutive terms
Level of Study: 
Master’s or Doctoral
Required Legal Status:
Domestic Students (Canadian citizen, permanent resident, protected persons)
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);
  • PhD students entering Year 6 or beyond in 2019-20 are not eligible to apply; 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 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. Each graduate unit will have their own internal submission deadline to which applicants must adhere. Applications to Graduate Department of Public Health Sciences are due by January 31, 2019, 11:59pm. 

OGS awards are not transferable 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.

Once completed and submitted online, the entire application will be available to the proposed graduate unit(s) for review and consideration.

Click here to view the OGS Application Instructions

Important Reminders:

  • Applicants are responsible for reviewing the award criteria and ensuring that they have met all the eligibility requirements.
  • Students should review all components of their OGS application for accuracy and completeness before submitting.
  • It is recommended that you print a copy of your application for your records, including your confirmation number and date of submission.
  • The deadline for application is Thursday, January 31 2019, 11:59pm. Late or incomplete applications will NOT be reviewed.


Award results will be updated on the OGS application system starting in June 2019.   Officials award offers will be made by SGS and communicated to awardees starting in July 2019.


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