Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS)

Deadline: Friday, May 1, 2020 1:00 pm EST
For Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents

Information on this site pertains to Rotman’s master’s level OGS competition only.  PhD candidates should contact the PhD program office for their specific details.

Purpose & Value of the Award

  • Recognizes academic excellence in graduate studies at the master’s and doctoral levels
  • Jointly supported by the Rotman School, Ministry of Ontario and the University of Toronto
  • Held for and paid over two(2) or three (3) consecutive terms:
    • May – August 2020
    • September – December 2020
    • January – April 2021
  • Value: $5,000 per term
  • 5-7 awards to students in the Full-Time and joint MBA programs (JD/MBA, Skoll, MGA/MBA and PharmD/MBA)
  • 3-5 awards to students in the Morning & Evening MBA
  • 1 award to each MFRM, MMA, and MFin programs

Application Eligibility

SGS lists minimum criteria. Graduate units may impose additional criteria to apply, receive, or hold an OGS. Rotman uses the following eligibility criteria.

Legal Status
Rotman’s master’s level OGS are open only to domestic students (status at the time of application):

  • Canadian citizen
  • Permanent resident
  • Protected Person

International competition for PhD candidates only

Program Enrolment
  • Enrolled full-time for the 2020-21 academic year in an eligible program leading to a master’s or doctoral degree at an eligible Ontario institution
Program Graduating Year
MFin 2021, 2022
MFRM 2021
MMA 2021
Full-Time MBA
(including Skoll, MGA & PharmD)
2021, 2022
JD/MBA 2021, 2022, 2023
Morning & Evening MBA 2021, 2022, 2023
  • EMBA, GEMBA, GEMBA-HLS and GDipPA are ineligible programs
  • Prospective students: Students must submit an OGS application to each institution for which they are seeking admission. OGS awards are not transferrable from one university to another. If applying to multiple departments within the U of T, a separate OGS application must be submitted to each department
OSAP Standing
  • Be in good standing with the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) and Canada Student Loans(CSL)
  • Applicants who have defaulted on a Canada or Ontario Student Loan, or have failed to make satisfactory repayment on a loan overpayment, are ineligible. Students who have never applied for OSAP are in good standing
  • Students who have never received OSAP are considered in good standing
Minimum Academic Requirements
  • Applicants with two years or less of graduate level studies: Minimum A- (80% or 3.70 GPA or equivalent on UofT scale) average in EACH year completed of the last 2 years of study (10 credit-equivalent)
  • Applicants with more than 2 years of graduate level studies: Minimum A- (80% or 3.70 GPA or equivalent on UofT scale) average from ALL graduate courses completed will be used. Undergraduate marks are not considered, unless there are no marks available at the graduate level
  • All grades available at the time of the deadline will be used
  • Candidates are welcome to check their grade eligibility with Rotman before beginning their application process. Click here to contact Rotman.
Lifetime Maximums
  • Lifetime maximum of OGS at Master’s level: 2 years
  • Lifetime maximum to hold any Government awards (any level): 6 years
  • “Other government awards“ includes the following:
    • Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology(QEIIGSST) (formerly OGSST)
    • Ontario Trillium Scholarships (OTS)
    • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
    • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
    • Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)
    • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS)
Conditions to Hold an OGS

  • Must register and remain enrolled as a full-time student in an eligible program for the duration the OGS is held
  • Withdrawal, leave of absence, early completion, or failure to complete the term, will result in repayment of funds received for the incomplete term
  • For the purpose of OGS Full-Time, Morning, Evening MBA, MFin, MFRM, MMA, JD/MBA, MGA/MBA and PharmD programs are all considered full-time studies with 100% course-load
    • EMBA, GEMBA, GEMBA-HLS and GDipPA are ineligible
  • Cannot hold OGS and other government award (see list above) concurrently
  • Should you be successful at more than one governmental award, you may be required to decline others, you cannot defer/delay Rotman OGS
  • 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. 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.

Indigenous Scholar Award

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.

Review Process

  • Apply using the OGS online application available via the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) website
  • Applications ranked by the Rotman Awards Committee
  • Award recommendations are forwarded to SGS
  • SGS will notify award recipients on behalf of the Province of Ontario following central OSAP checks; this typically happens in July

Rotman Specific Application Information
  • Research Discipline should be “Management and Administrative Studies- 2G”.
  • Year of Study pertains only to your Rotman program i.e. students entering their Rotman studies in the Fall of 2020 would select “1”.
  • Award Start Session for continuing students is May 2020, and September 2020 for entering students.
  • Be sure to add any Scholarships and Awards you have received.
  • If you do not have any Research Contributions, Relevant Experience and Activities, please enter “None” in the text box.
  • Your Plan of Study should detail why you are enrolling in your program at Rotman, feature any specific courses you aim to take and why, and what you hope to achieve by completing your degree.
  • As OGS is an academic based award, your Referees should be able to speak to your academic and/or research abilities. It is recommended that continuing students use Rotman instructors as their referees. If you do not have an academic referee, work related supervisors will be accepted.
Further Resources


School of Graduate Studies

General OGS Information
OGS Application Instructions Guide
OGS Online Application

Rotman School of Management

Email Rotman