(details regarding specific funding award application instructions are noted below)
The School offers competitive funding packages for all graduate students including Teaching Assistantships, Research Assistantships via supervisors, and internal funding awards through a competitive process. Opportunities are also available through external funding agencies. There is a lifetime maximum for holding external funding awards which reads:
You must not have exceeded the lifetime maximum of 4 years of government-funded student awards. Awards received under the following programs are counted toward this lifetime maximum:
In addition, you must not have exceeded the maximum number of awards for your level of study. You may receive up to two (2) OGS awards for a program at a master's level. The scholarship may be awarded for one or both of the first two full-time academic years of study, but not after the second year. You may receive up to four (4) OGS awards for a program at the doctoral level. The scholarship may be awarded in any of the first five years of full-time study but not after the fifth year.
Funding Eligibility - Grades
The minimum eligibility average for applicants for OGS and tri-council awards is the equivalent of one of either: A- / 80% / 3.7 GPA
The calculation varies by award type and may variously include all grades from the last 2 years of study or up to 20 of the most recent grades noted on your transcript. If you are unsure of your overall average, and you are a current Queen's student, send an email to the SKHS Graduate Assistant at: email@example.com and request that your current average be calculated for funding application purposes - please include your Queen's ID #. If you are a student external to Queen's, you may either request that your university run your grade average for you, or send an unofficial transcript to the SKHS Graduate Assistant via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org for calculation to verify your eligibility.
All funding applications require strong academic reference letters.
Here is a useful tool to ensure you obtain the best reference letters for your funding award application
Students must submit all applications for OGS funding to EACH OF THE UNITS and UNIVERSITIES to which they apply for admission in the case of new graduate students. That means if you apply to 3 universities you must prepare 3 OGS applications. Each of those applications may have different deadlines and processes. Please refer to each university's specific instructions on their website to ensure you do not miss their deadline - verify this through those unit websites as appropriate. We recommend you begin reviewing submission deadlines immediately to maximize your access in each location.
The Queen’s University Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) application is now available. Full details of the processes, and a link to the online OGS application and instructions, can be found on the School of Graduate Studies website here:
and here: https://webapp.queensu.ca/sgs/ogs/applications.php. Only domestic applicants (Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada) are eligible.
- OGS for New Graduate Students - ie students who will be applying for graduate studies with SKHS commencing Sept 2014 at either the master's or the doctoral level, will TICK THE NEW OGS BOX on the ONLINE APPLICATION FORM. If you have already prepared your online application the School of Graduate Studies has now sent you an email with instructions available via the link above on where to go to submit your online OGS application.
- OGS for Continuing Graduate Students - ie students who are currently SKHS graduate students who will be entering their second year of master's studies or their second, third or fourth year of doctoral studies. Full details of the processes, and a link to the online OGS application and instructions, can be found on the School of Graduate Studies website here:
- OGS for 5th Year SKHS Graduate Students - ie current SKHS doctoral students entering their 5th year of study commencing Sept 2014 will be eligible to apply for OGS. You MUST consult with your SKHS supervisor prior to submitting an application to ensure you meet the rigourous criteria for a competitive application.
All SKHS OGS application documents will be submitted electronically online by the applicant and accessible by the SKHS Graduate Assistant.
Tips document for referees writing reference letters for ALL funding award competitions is available here: Referees' Tips To Writing Reference Letters.
This letter has useful information to guide students in preparing their referees to write strong letters.