Students in science and technology at the master’s and doctoral levels can apply for a merit-based scholarship through the Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST) Program.
The Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology is a merit-based scholarship. The application is assessed and ranked using criteria determined by the school each student plans to attend.
Ontario is a province in east-central Canada that borders the U.S. and the Great Lakes. Most likely students will need to have a basic knowledge of the French language before submitting this scholarship application.
What is the Ontario Student Assistance Program? It’s the financial aid program that can help students to pay for college or university. When students apply for this program, the government automatically considers the student for both grants and a possible student loan. If a student decides to not take the loan, and the individual is a full-time or part-time student, they can decline it after their application is approved.
This scholarship is not tied to any one university, luckily, this scholarship from the Ontario, Canadian government allows students to attend one of these Ontario accredited universities:
- Brock University
- Carleton University
- University of Guelph
- Lakehead University
- Laurentian University
- McMaster University
- Nipissing University
- University of Ontario Institute of Technology
- University of Ottawa
- Queen’s University
- Ryerson University
- University of Toronto
- Trent University
- University of Waterloo
- Western University
- Wilfrid Laurier University
- University of Windsor
- York University
- Must be a Candian permanent resident (means the individual can originally be born anywhere in the world as long as they have decided to become a citizen of Canada)
- Could be a protected person of Canada, who can apply as well
- Can be a Canadian citizen or domestic resident
- Only students who will be in graduate studies in the masters or doctoral level in 2022-2023
- Must be a student who will be enrolled in a full-time program for 2 or more terms (21 to 52 weeks in total) for the academic year once they have submitted their application
- There is no official age limit
- Both male and female post-doctoral students may apply
The main requirement is that this award is only available to graduate students in approved research programs in science and technology disciplines who are currently attending one of the Ontario universities mentioned above.
Individuals must have recent or all published research papers ready via a link online or scanned to present with the application. Students will need to show their research since this is a post-doctoral scholarship which will provide funds to those who have started research within the selected field study.
All applicants will need to provide basic information when it comes to filling out their application, however, since this is a government-based scholarship. All students will need to present their current address, current phone number, current e-mail address, and all transcripts with the possibility of financial income records.
How to Apply
The only way to apply for this government scholarship is to check back in October of 2022. Students will need to check with their school, which will carry the QEII-GSST application. They become available in October.
All students will be notified by the school if their application was submitted successfully.
Students can only apply for this scholarship through their school, this means the university will have a website portal that the students will already have a registered login with to apply for this scholarship. This scholarship can not be applied for with a paper form, only online.
Students will need to present their I.D. and national I.D. that will consist of either passport, P.R. status, or healthcare number.
Reward – Extra Benefits
Currently, this scholarship is awarded to several students who send in an application, those who are chosen will be based on the number of consecutive terms of studies within an academic year:
- $10,000 for 2 consecutive study terms
- $15,000 for 3 consecutive study terms
Each award is issued for:
- a minimum of 1 academic year (2 or 3 consecutive academic terms)
- a maximum of 2 years (up to 6 consecutive academic terms)
Application, document, and review details for this scholarship vary by school. It is advised that students check with their school’s Graduate Studies Office. Or another option is to call admissions to one of the listed accredited Ontario universities listed to see what their timeline suggests.
For example, Brock Univerisity has a deadline date of 4:00 p.m. on January 15th, 2022.
The University of Guelph’s deadline date is the Spring semester.
McMaster University has a deadline date that is mid-August 2022.
The Ontario Tech Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies has an exact deadline of December 1, 2022, at 11:59 p.m.
The Univerisity of Ottawa has a deadline of:
- February 1, 2022 – Deadline to apply for admission to Waterloo (if applicable)
- February 1, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. – Deadline to submit a transcript request
- February 1, 2022 – Deadline to submit an application and reference letters
The University of Waterloo has a deadline date that is split into field study categories that will be addressed by faculty later this year – their deadline dates have moved several times.
Open Submission Window Time Frame
The open submission window time frame varies from university to university. Since this scholarship is a government-based and merit-based one, the student will need to contact the school they are currently attending to see what deadline date they have registered for this application. Each university is different and may apply an extension date or may have a strict deadline time.
The typical open window outcome is that students have the Spring and Summer to fill out and submit their application, but must submit the application near the month of September or October.
However, with different universities attached to this scholarship, it is best if each student checks with their university admissions or faculty office to see what the real deadline date and open window submission consists of.
This is an annual government scholarship this has never changed their deadline date as of yet. However, it is advised for students to check back and look through the website to see if any news bulletins pertaining to the scholarship have changed deadline dates, just in case.