Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS)

Awarded by : University of Waterloo

Updated on Mar 21, 2024
Rashmi Shukla

University Research Analyst

Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS)

  • Applicable for

    University of Waterloo in Canada

  • Max scholarship per student

    Rs 9,15,300/-

  • No. of students to be awarded


  • Course Level

    Bachelors & Masters

  • Intake year

    Sep 2024 +2 more

  • Type of scholarships


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Scholarship Overview

Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) are offered at University of Waterloo to those international students who are pursuing a Masters Degree. This is a Merit Based Scholarship, which is provided to only 5 students. Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) are valued at CAD 15000 for 5 students who qualify from University of Waterloo. Also, the Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) helps students in reducing tuition on a yearly basis, offered in the first year of Masters Degree only. Applications for Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) at University of Waterloo are filed separately. Bachelor degree is required for applicants to be eligible for this scholarship. In order to apply for the scholarship, students need the following documents: LOR and Extra Curricular Activities.. Along with the Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) application. The eligibility of the students to qualify for Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) would solely depend on the applicant’s admission to University of Waterloo Masters Degree, his/her aptitude for an overall contribution towards University of Waterloo community and of course the academic achievements.

Applicable course, university and country

This scholarship is applicable for Masters Degree, Bachelors Degree

This scholarship is applicable for the following courses in University of Waterloo in Canada

  • OGS awards are open to applicants in all disciplines of academic study

Scholarship amount details

Max scholarship per student: CAD 15,000 => Rs 9,15,300

Conversion rate used: 1 CAD = Rs. 61.34 (last updated 10th April 2024)

Scholarship amount will be given: Yearly

Scholarship amount can be used for

Type of Expense Indicates if scholarship can be used for this type of expense
Tuition & Fees Scholarship amount can be used for this
Living Expense ×Not covered in scholarship
Accommodation ×Not covered in scholarship
Air Fare/Travel Expenses ×Not covered in scholarship
Spouse/Child Care ×Not covered in scholarship
Health Cover ×Not covered in scholarship
Application ×Not covered in scholarship
Others ×Not covered in scholarship

  • Each OGS is valued at a maximum of $15,000 per year. The award is paid as $5,000 per term for either two or three terms

  • Awards are granted for up to one year in duration and are non-renewable. Applicants must apply annually in order to be considered

Student Awards

Number of students to be awarded: 5

  • Institutional selection committee will review top 3 candidates from each Faculty and select 5 international OGS recipients as well as a ranked reversion list

Scholarship Eligibility

Special Restrictions

  • No Special Restriction applicable

Exams Details

Exam name Indicates if exam is required and cutoff (if any)
UG Required (minimum score 80.0%)


  • 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)
  • Waterloo is required to adhere to these parameters as dictated by Ontario’s Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU)
  • International applicants must:
    • be currently registered in a graduate program at Waterloo or be on an approved leave of absence/inactive term

Preference will be given to following candidates:

  • 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:

    1. Academic Excellence (30-50%*); as demonstrated by:
      • academic transcripts
      • list of competitive scholarships, awards and honours
    2. Research Ability and Potential in Program of Study (30-50%*); as demonstrated by:
      • publications
      • conferences
      • presentations
      • originality, artistic performance and creations broadly defined (where relevant to field of study)
    3. Communication and Leadership Abilities (10-20%*); as demonstrated by:
      • list of relevant volunteer, leadership and academic work experience.

    *Individual faculty weights:

    • Arts, Engineering: (1) 50%, (2) 30%, (3) 20%
    • Health: (1) 50%, (2) 40%, (3) 10%
    • Environment, Mathematics, Science: (1) 40%, (2) 40%, (3) 20%

Eligible student nationality

This scholarship is applicable for students from India +239 more

Application Process for this scholarship

Application Documents

Type of documents Indicates if this type of document is required to be submitted
LOR Required
Official transcripts Required

  • Waterloo and non-Waterloo post-secondary transcripts are required as part of a complete OGS application
  • Two academic references are required as part of a complete OGS application package
  • Application FOrm

Scholarship Application

This scholarship needs a separate external application.

Important Dates

Date Additional Details
Application final end date Not Available
  • The deadline has passed

Please note that these dates could be in local country times and may not be IST (Indian standard time).

Phone number 519-888-4567

Additional Information

  • Due to the limited quota of awards available for international students, prospective graduate students are not eligible to apply
  • All students must be registered full time at the time of holding the scholarship
  • Selected recipients are normally within their program time limits but students over their term limits are still eligible to apply
  • Master’s students can receive an OGS for a maximum of two academic years and doctoral students for a maximum of four academic years
  • In addition, students cannot exceed a lifetime maximum of six (6) years of government-funded graduate awards
  • When reviewing those who were selected to receive an OGS or QEII-GSST over the last several competition years:
    • Most had averages of 85% or above in each of their last two years of full-time academic study;
    • Most had published journal articles, as well as refereed conference proceedings and posters or presentations; and
    • Most have held previous Provincial (OGS/QEII-GSST) or Federal Tri-Council scholarships (approximately 50% of applicants)

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