External FundingAll students are encouraged to apply, where applicable, for Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEIIGSST) grants. Ph.D. students in particular are required to apply for these scholarships, not merely because of the financial advantage but also because grant-writing is an essential part of academic training, and success in acquiring grants will be essential to finding employment in the highly competitive academic job market.
The Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program is jointly funded between the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and matched funding through donations to The University of Western Ontario. The Ontario Graduate Scholarships are designed to encourage excellence in graduate studies at the master's and doctoral levels.
Annual Value: $10,000 to $15,000
Deadline for Application: January 31 of each year
Eligibility to Apply:
- Plan to be enrolled full-time in a graduate program at an Ontario university
- Canadian citizen, permanent resident or an international student studying on a study permit
- A- (80%) average over the last two years of study if less than two years of graduate work OR the cumulative graduate average, if more than two years
- Have not exceeded the lifetime maximum of four years of government-funded awards including OGS, and awards from CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC.
NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships (PGS) provide financial support for masters and doctoral students in the natural sciences or engineering research programs.
Annual Value: $17,300 to $35,000
Deadline for Application: Early October of each year
Eligibility to apply:
- Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada
- Hold (or expect to hold) a university degree in science or engineering
- First class (A- or 80%) average in EACH of the last 2 years of study (full-time equivalent)
- Intending to undertake full-time graduate studies at the master's or doctoral level in the natural sciences or engineering disciplines
*Consult the NSERC website to verify your eligibility as more conditions may apply.
NSERC Industrial Scholarships (NSERC-IPS) are valued at a minimum of $21,000 per annum. At least $6,000 per year of this amount will be contributed by a company, and the student will be expected to spend a minimum of 20% of time at that company working on his/her thesis project. Contact NSERC or the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for further details. These scholarships have no deadline, therefore can be applied for throughout the year.
Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEIIgsst), valued at $5,000 per term are awarded to students enrolled in at least their second full-time term. Students may hold the award for a minimum of two, and maximum of three terms (one year). Recipients may not simultaneously hold an Ontario Graduate Scholarship or an NSERC scholarship, and are permitted to hold a half TA per year during the award. All applicants for OGSST must have previously applied for NSERC and/or OGS scholarships, for which they are eligible. If winners are offered both the QEIIGSST and external (NSERC, OGS) awards, they must accept the external award.
Applications for QEIIGSST are automatic when applying for OGS scholarships.