Since 1975, the Ontario government, in partnership with Ontario's publicly assisted universities, has encouraged excellence in graduate studies at the master's and doctoral levels through the awarding of Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS). OGS awards are merit-based scholarships available to students in all disciplines of graduate study. These scholarships each have a maximum value of $15,000, or $5,000 per term for either 2 or 3 consecutive terms.
All current graduate students and all applicants to our graduate program should apply for an Ontario Graduate Scholarship if they are eligible.*
Those who will be applying to our MA or PhD program, please note: You must first complete and submit your application to our MA or PhD program through OUAC, the Ontario Universities' Application Centre, whose key function is the processing of applications for admission to the province’s universities (see our Application Information page). Once OUAC receives your completed application and application fee, they forward the application to Western. This triggers the creation of your unique Western Graduate Identity (user ID and password), which you will need in order to access to the OGS application at Western.
Please note that the deadline for submission of program applications for the Department of English at Western through OUAC is January 15 and the OGS deadline is February 1. This means that you should plan to complete and submit your program application well in advance of the deadline so as to give yourself plenty of time to submit the OGS application by its deadline.
To be considered for an OGS at Western, an applicant must, among other things:
- * be a current graduate student or active graduate applicant at Western
- * be registered full time in a graduate degree program at the start date of the award.
- * have an overall average of at least 80% (A-)
- * have not exceeded the lifetime maximum of two (2) OGS awards held to support a master's degree, nor exceeded the lifetime maximum of four (4) OGS awards held to support a PhD degree, nor have exceeded the overall lifetime maximum of six (6) OGS awards held.
- * have not exceeded the lifetime maximum of six (6) government-funded awards
- * may be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or international student on a study permit
For complete eligibility and application information, please see the following:
(Scroll down to External Funding and click on “Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) and QEIIGSST”
OGS Application Handbook for step by step instructions