Women & Gender Studies Institute

External Scholarships – OGS/SSHRC

Students at WGSI compete successfully for a variety of scholarship and fellowship support, both within and outside the University. Unlike teaching assistantships, these awards are grants to the students and do not require the student to provide any services to the Department. Some scholarship funds are restricted to Canadian citizens or landed immigrants, others are restricted to foreign students from specific countries or groups of countries, while still others are restricted to students with particular research interests. The external awards are highly competitive. The two main external sources for Canadian master’s students are the federal and provincial governments. At the federal level, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) administers a Master’s scholarship (the Canadian Graduate Scholarship Master’s, or CGSM) and at the provincial level, Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) are available for master’s students.  Applications submitted are for the following academic year; therefore students who are interested in undertaking graduate studies should apply for these scholarships in the year preceding the year that they hope to begin their studies. If registered at an Ontario university, apply through your home university; other Canadian applicants should contact OGS, NSERC or SSHRC. OGS deadlines at the University of Toronto are generally from October to December; SSHRC deadlines are typically in early December.


The Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities recently transferred the administration of OGS awards to participating universities.  The Ministry will continue to be responsible for setting OGS eligibility criteria and program policies.  Please note that students must submit an OGS application to each institution for which they are seeking admission.  OGS awards are no longer transferrable from one university to another.

The University of Toronto will be responsible for intake, processing, adjudication and awarding of the OGS scholarships. Individual academic units within UofT will now be responsible for adjudicating the OGS awards and selecting eligible students based on academic excellence.

2020-2021 OGS online application deadline for the Women & Gender Studies Institute:  DECEMBER 9, 2019.

1.  OGS Eligibility Requirements:

Please see the School of Graduate Studies’ (SGS) OGS page to view application procedures and eligibility requirements.

Applicants must be Canadian citizens, Permanent Residents, or Protected Persons.  Foreign students who are studying in Ontario under a temporary student VISA (student study permit) are eligible for a set number of OGS awards.  The applicant must be registered or intend to register in a full-time program of study of two or three terms at the University of Toronto leading to a graduate degree.  An A- (80%) average in the final two years of study is required.  The award is valued at $5,000 per term in 2020-2021, for a total of $15,000/year.

2.  OGS Application Guide for Students (Instructions for completing online application):

SGS maintains an OGS Application Guide for Students.
Please note that applicants are required to provide two academic references (not work references).  Referees are required to submit their references on-line.

3.  OGS Online Application Form:

 To access the OGS Online Application Form, please visit the SGS OGS page.  Please complete your form by December 9, 2019.  Please ensure that you preview your application documents before uploading them.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Graduate Scholarships

DOCTORAL SSHRC – Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship 

To support outstanding students who are pursuing advanced research training at the doctoral level in the social sciences or humanities. Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, graduating with an A- average. Value in 2020-2021 is $20,000 for one year.  Applications are available via the SSHRC research portal at SSHRC website.  Click on “Funding/Talent Program/Funding Opportunities.”  For details about how to prepare a SSHRC application, go to “Funding/How to Apply/Resource Centre.”  Students who are attending institutions other than the University of Toronto or who are not currently registered at the University of Toronto must apply directly to the SSHRC website by October 18, 2019.  Students currently registered in the Ph.D. Degree Program in Women and Gender Studies should consult with the WGSI Program Office regarding the departmental SSHRC application submission deadline.  This year the application deadline falls in September 2019.