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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Scholarship tips and tricks

Applying for scholarships to support yourself during your graduate studies can be overwhelming. The following resources are intended to help you navigate the university's top Provincial and Federal scholarships programs. Check out the following resources as you discover more about eligibility criteria, what makes a strong application and more!

If you have any questions about specific scholarship competitions, we recommend that you complete the External Scholarships Question Submission Form or contact gradscholarships@ontariotechu.ca


General information on applying for scholarships and awards

  • Eligibility and qualifications

    To be eligible for external scholarships, students are expected to have strong academic records. A grade average of A- in the most recent two years of study (undergraduate and/or graduate coursework) is usually necessary. Applications will be strengthened by evidence of research capability, research experience and previous research awards. Evidence of community involvement and leadership skills are often taken into consideration as well.

    Be sure to check each scholarship eligibility criteria carefully. Incomplete or ineligible applications cannot be assessed.

  • Where and how to apply
    Applications for external scholarships may be submitted directly to the organization providing the award, or applications may need to be submitted through the graduate studies office of your home university. In the latter instance, applicants may have to be ranked by program and/or university committee. Internal application deadlines will be earlier than those posted by the granting agency in order to provide the university with sufficient time to complete the ranking process.
  • Unsure if you will be pursuing graduate studies? Apply anyway!
    Holding an award is always conditional upon being registered in a program. Successful applicants always have the right to refuse an award. Therefore, even if you are only thinking of pursuing graduate studies, you should apply for all scholarships for which you are eligible.
  • Take your time
    All scholarship applications should be prepared with care. They must be typed and complete. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that the application package, including all supporting documentation and signatures, arrives on time to meet posted deadlines. Applicants should check to see whether an award is renewable, or if a new application is required for subsequent years/terms.

Additional scholarship resources

  • Scholarship databases

    Below are some databases that provide information about scholarships and awards in Canada and beyond:

  • Searching for funding

    Student Awards and Financial Aid (SAFA) administers several student financial aid programs, including the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), a variety of in-house bursaries and scholarships, and provides information on external forms of student financial assistance.

    The primary place to look for sources of funding are both at your current and/or host post-secondary institution. Universities Canada provides links to all recognized post-secondary institutions in the country.

    We also encourage you to contact public and private organizations in your particular discipline/field of study to see if they offer funding opportunities. This includes associations, agencies, professional journals and the Ministry of Education in the province/state and country in which you wish to pursue your studies.

    You should research as many funding sources as you can, learn the ones for which you may qualify and apply promptly each new school year. To be successful, you must be prepared to commit time and effort to searching for scholarships, requesting information, transcripts and letters of support, and preparing application forms and supporting documentation.

  • Applying for funding

    To be eligible for external scholarships, students are expected to have strong academic records. A grade average of A- in the most recent two years of study (undergraduate and/or graduate coursework) is usually necessary. Applications will be strengthened by evidence of research capability, research experience and previous research awards. Evidence of community involvement and leadership skills are often taken into consideration as well.

    Applications for external scholarships may be submitted directly to the organization providing the award, or applications may need to be submitted through the graduate studies office of your home university. In the latter instance, applicants may have to be ranked by a program and/or university committee. Internal application deadlines will be earlier than those posted by the granting agency in order to provide the university with sufficient time to complete the ranking process.

    Holding an award is always conditional upon being registered in a program. Successful applicants always have the right to refuse an award. Therefore, even if you are only thinking of pursuing graduate studies, you should apply for all scholarships for which you are eligible.

    All scholarship applications should be prepared with care. They must be typed and complete. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that the application package, including all supporting documentation and signatures, arrives on time to meet posted deadlines. Applicants should check to see whether an award is renewable, or if a new application is required for subsequent years/terms.

  • Tips for preparing external scholarship applications

    The following resources contain helpful tips for the preparation of scholarship applications:

    If you have specific questions about format, structure or grammar when preparing your application, book an appointment with a Writing Specialist in the Student Learning Centre.