$15,000 University of Waterloo 2023 Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)/Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST)

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

    Science Technologies
  • Country of the Scholarship

  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Ph.D. scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

    > 12000
  • Type of scholarship administrator

  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

  • Expenses covered

  • Scholarship Contact Details

    200 University Avenue West
    Waterloo, ON, Canada  N2L 3G1

Both the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) and the Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST) programs are designed to recognize and reward outstanding graduate students attending universities in Ontario that receive public funding for their operations. Both programs receive their funding from a combination of sources, including the government of Ontario and the participating institutions. The value of the prizes is determined by the government, which contributes two-thirds of that value, and the university, which supplies the remaining one-third.

At the University of Waterloo, candidates just need to submit one application to be considered for both OGS and QEII-GSST. Both scholarships are equally prestigious in their own right. Students who are applying for tri-agency awards WILL NOT automatically be considered for OGS and QEII-GSST; instead, these students will be required to submit a separate application form for OGS and QEII-GSST. 

The following is a list of the distinctions between the QEII-GSST scholarship and the OGS award:

  • The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) is a merit-based scholarship program open to students from all over the world who are currently enrolled as graduate students in Ontario. Eligible applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
  • Students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents and who are enrolled in a research-based graduate program in one of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) disciplines are eligible to apply for the QEII-GSST scholarship, which is awarded on the basis of merit and is the only program of its kind.


About the Scholarship Sponsor:

Since its establishment in 1957 as a public research institution, the University of Waterloo has, throughout its entire history, been dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge via research. When the University of Waterloo first opened its doors in the early 1960s, it was one of the first educational institutions in the world to offer its undergraduate students access to cutting-edge computing technology. More than one hundred different undergraduate degrees and 190 different graduate degree programs are available to students at the University of Waterloo. 

In addition, the University is divided into six faculties and twelve faculty-based schools, each of which is in charge of the administration of a certain academic program. Graduates who attend this university, which is situated in the heart of the technological industry in Canada, have access to a fantastic platform from which they may expand their experience gained via work-based learning. In addition, this university was one of the first to implement the idea of a “co-op” or co-operative program in a discipline that was not engineering. This distinction places this university among the ranks of the pioneers. Instruction in the classroom is combined with various forms of on-the-job training in cooperative education programs.


The primary campus of the University of Waterloo is situated in the province of Ontario and extends across roughly one thousand acres of land. The university owns all of the connected university schools, which include Conrad Grebal University College, Renison University College, St. Jerome’s University, and St. Paul’s University College. Additionally, there are three satellite campuses in Canada. According to the results of a survey of 2400 students throughout the country that was carried out by Maclean magazine, the University of Waterloo came out on top as the best institution in Canada for preparing students for their future careers. There are now 31,380 students enrolled in the undergraduate program and 5,290 students enrolled in the graduate program, with 20% of the undergraduate students and 40% of the graduate students being international students respectively. 


More than 120 different countries are represented among the student body at any given time at the University. The University is committed to achieving educational excellence and equity for all of its students by actively supporting diversity among its student body as well as equality between the sexes among its student population. There are approximately 48 percent of female students enrolled in Waterloo University’s undergraduate program, and there are approximately 44 percent of female students enrolled in Waterloo University’s graduate program. Waterloo University is dedicated to providing equal opportunity for all students, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. 

Since its inception in 1957, the University of Waterloo has conferred degrees on almost two million students, who can now be found dispersed across the world in 152 different nations. Former students of the University of Waterloo have achieved notoriety in a broad range of fields, and they have also been honored with a great number of accolades and awards, including the Nobel Prize. In recognition of his significant contributions to the field of monetary dynamics research and the identification of optimal currency zones, the Nobel Prize in Economics was bestowed upon Robert Mundell in the year 1999. It was announced in 2018 that Donna Strickland, a professor at the University of Waterloo, has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for her work in the field of laser physics.


Scholarship Sponsor(s): University of Waterloo

Scholarship Country: Canada

Scholarship Worth: $15,000

Scholarship Type: Postgraduate

Nationality: International Students


Scholarship Offer:

  • Each OGS and QEII-GSST is worth a maximum of $15,000 per year as a value to the government. The amount of the reward is $5,000 each term, for either two or three terms, depending on your preference.
  • Graduate students at the University of Waterloo who have received an Ontario Graduate Scholarship or a Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Student Tuition Award are eligible to apply for the President’s Graduate Scholarship (PGS).


Eligibility for Scholarship

The following is a list of the exact eligibility criteria that must be met in order to be able to apply for an OGS or QEII-GSST. However, given the limited quota of awards that are available, the University of Waterloo is compelled to pick beneficiaries in a strategic manner.

  • Citizenship
  • Applicants must be international students currently enrolled at an educational institution in Ontario and in possession of a valid student study visa issued in accordance with the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada). Please take note that QEII-GSST awards are not open to students from other countries.
  • Before funds are provided to successful applicants for the OGS International program who are living outside of Canada as a result of COVID-19, they will be required to provide evidence of either an existing study permission or an application for a study visa that is currently being processed.
  • In order to be eligible for the domestic competition, applicants must meet one of the following criteria at the time the application deadline: they must be a Canadian citizen, a Permanent Resident, or a Protected Person as defined in subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada);
  • Minimum Academic Requirements
  • Applicants are required to have finished both of their most recent years of school with a grade point average of at least an A- and an attendance rate of at least 80%. (full-time equivalent).
  • Your most recent academic background, up to and including August 31, 2022, will be used to determine your eligibility averages. It does not matter what program you are in or how closely it relates to the program you intend to study. These are the requirements that the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities in Ontario has stipulated that the University of Waterloo must comply to (MTCU).
  • Status of Registration and Admissions
  • International competition: due to the limited quota of awards that are available for international students, applications will only be accepted from students who are currently enrolled in a graduate program (or who are on an approved inactive term from their graduate program) until at least the fall 2021 term. This is because there is a limited number of awards available for international students. International students currently enrolled in the undergraduate program at the UW are ineligible to apply.
  • For the domestic competition, applicants are required to either be enrolled in a graduate program at the time of application or to have applied for admission to a graduate program by the deadline of February 1, 2022 for entry into the spring term of 2022, the fall term of 2022, or the winter term of 2023.
  • The criteria for selection

The application will be evaluated based on the applicant’s performance in the following three categories: Within the parameters that are specified, each department and Faculty member will decide how much emphasis should be placed on each of the following criteria:

  • Excellence in Academics (between 30 and 50 percent*); As evidenced by:
  • academic transcripts
  • a listing of scholarships, awards, and honors that are subject to competition
  • Research Abilities and Potential in Relation to the Program of Study (30–50%); As evidenced by:
  • publications
  • conferences
  • presentations
  • creativity, artistic performance, and creations broadly defined Originality, artistic performance and creations (where relevant to field of study)
  • Capabilities in Communication and Leadership (between 0 and 20 percent*); As evidenced by:
  • a list of relevant professional experience, including academic and volunteer experience, as well as leadership experience.
  • The weights of each individual faculty member:
  • Arts, Engineering: (1) 50%, (2) 30%, (3) 20%
  • (1) Half, (2) forty percent, and (3) ten percent of total
  • (1) Environment, (2) Mathematics, and (3) Science: 40%, 40%, and 20% respectively


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The  University of Waterloo 2023 Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)/Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST)   is open to all International Students


Application Procedure

  • In order for students to be considered for both the OGS and the QEII-GSST, they only need to submit one application.


Application Deadline

The application deadline  for University of Waterloo 2023 Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)/Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST) is September 30, 2022.

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