Major Scholarships

NSERC, Vanier, OGS and QEII-GSST
2018-19 Competitions

NSERC CGS Master’s-level

  • Eligibility requirements and application procedures for the CGS-M are available on the NSERC website.
  • Applications for the CGS-M must be submitted on-line via the Research Portal. In addition, the Canadian Common CV (CCV) must be completed and linked to the application.
  • Original official paper transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate studies attended must be scanned and uploaded by the applicant in the appropriate section of the application. For details refer to the “Transcripts (Attachment)” section of the instructions.
  • The Research Portal will instruct CGS-M applicants to select up to five universities where they wish to hold the award. [If you are applying to hold the CGS-M in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto, please select “University of Toronto, Electrical and Computer Engineering” as one of your graduate units.]
  • CGS-M applications, including the CCV, referee reports and transcripts, must be submitted to the Research Portal by 8:00 p.m. (ET) on December 1, 2017.
    • If you are currently an undergraduate student applying to hold the CGS-M in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto, you must also submit your application for admission to the M.A.Sc. program to the ECE WEB SYSTEM by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on December 1.
  • Each graduate unit will review and rank CGS-M applications and forward applications, within an assigned quota, to their graduate school for final competition. Selection committees established in the graduate schools will review forwarded applications and select applicants for award.
  • Each Canadian university will be assigned an allocation of CGS-M scholarships representing the number of scholarships that it may award on behalf of NSERC.
  • The graduate school at each university is responsible for communicating the results of the competition to the applicants. The results will be announced and offers of award made via the Research Portal in the first week of April 2018.
  • Applicants will have three weeks to Accept or Decline offers. An applicant may accept only one CGS-M offer. If the applicant accepts an offer, (s)he will be deemed to have declined any other pending offers (if applicable), and will not be eligible to receive further offers.
  • Applicants are not eligible to receive or accept a CGS-M from a graduate unit not listed in their CGS-M application, nor are applicants eligible to receive or accept a CGS-M from a university where they did not apply for admission to an eligible program of study.

NSERC PGS/CGS Doctoral-level

  • Eligibility requirements and application procedures for the PGS/CGS-D are available on the NSERC website.
  • PGS/CGS-D applications must be submitted via the NSERC on-line system by 9:00 a.m. ET on September 27, 2017.
  • Select “University of Toronto, Electrical and Computer Engineering” as your graduate unit.
  • Designate “Shawn Mitchell” ecegradoffice@utoronto.ca as the person responsible for uploading transcripts to the NSERC website.
  • Submit one set of original official paper transcripts to the ECE Graduate Office by 9:00 a.m. ET on September 27. Provide transcripts for all university and college programs and courses attended, including the University of Toronto (even if you are new to U of T as of September 2017).

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

  • Eligibility requirements and application procedures for the Vanier CGS are available on the Vanier website.
  • Applications for the Vanier CGS must be submitted on-line via the ResearchNet system by 9:00 a.m. ET on September 22, 2017.
  • Submit one set of original official paper transcripts to the ECE Graduate Office by 9:00 a.m. ET on September 22. Please provide transcripts for all university and college programs and courses attended, including the University of Toronto (even if you are new to U of T as of September 2017).
  • Please note that the Vanier Scholarship is extremely competitive. ECE may forward only two applications to SGS for University-level competition. The University of Toronto may then forward only 18 applications to Ottawa for the final national competition. It is recommended that only students with the strongest A+ academic record apply for this award.

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)

  • Please review eligibility requirements and application procedures for OGS prior to commencing your application.
  • The OGS application must be submitted online.
  • Please note the deadlines to submit an OGS application:
    • for international students, by 9:00 a.m. on February 1, 2018
    • for domestic students by 9:00 a.m. on April 16, 2018.
  • Students should apply to either the international or domestic competition based on their legal status as of February 1, 2018.
  • To complete the online application, students must upload photocopies of original official paper transcripts for all university and college programs and courses attended. ACORN printouts will be accepted in place of University of Toronto transcripts.
  • OGS results will be announced in June 2018, after the release of the NSERC PGS/CGS results.
  • Students who receive notice of a successful NSERC PGS/CGS application for 2018-19 should not apply for OGS in the 2018-19 competition.
  • Students who wish to be considered for the Bell Graduate Scholarship or the QEII Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST) must apply for OGS.

Bell Graduate Scholarship, QEII Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST)

  • Students must apply for OGS in order to be considered for the Bell Graduate Scholarship or the QEII-GSST. A separate application will NOT be required for these scholarships. Students may be awarded the Bell Scholarship or the QEII-GSST on the basis of their ranking in the OGS competition.
  • Only research-stream students within their period of guaranteed funding (i.e., M.A.Sc. years 1 and 2; Ph.D. years 1 to 4) are eligible for the Bell Scholarship or the QEII-GSST.
  • Competition results will be announced in June 2018.