Thursday, July 7, 2011

Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships in Science & Technology (QEII-GSST)


The Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST) Program is designed to encourage excellence in graduate studies in science and technology. The program is supported through funds provided by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and by funds raised by the University of Toronto from the private sector.

Value and Duration

  • $15,000 per year or $5,000 per term
  • The award is tenable for one academic year, which may consist of two or three consecutive session
  • The award may begin in May, September or January


  • Applicants must be either Canadian citizens or permanent residents who plan to enrol full-time1 in research master or doctoral program in science and technology at the University of Toronto (eligible disciplines are provided below).
  • Students pursuing a professional Master program (e.g., Master of Engineering, Master of Forestry Conservation, Master of Mathematical Finance, Master of Science in Planning, Master of Heath Science, etc) are not eligible for the award.
  • Master’s students can receive the scholarship for a maximum of two years and doctoral students for a maximum of four years, subject to a lifetime maximum of four years per student.
  • Master’s students are not eligible for a QEII-GSST after two years of study at the master’s level, and doctoral students are not eligible for a QEII-GSST after five years of study at the doctoral level.
  • The QEII-GSST awards do not have attached to them a lifetime limit of four years of government-funded scholarship support, including OGS, NSERC, CIHR, and SSHRC. Therefore, it is possible for a doctoral student to have received four years of support from OGS or NSERC and still be eligible for one year of support through the QEII-GSST program.
  • Applicants must exhibit overall academic excellence. For applicants entering the 1st or 2nd year of graduate studies, they must have an average of at least A minus, or the equivalent, on the last 20 one-term/semester courses or the equivalent completed. For applicants entering 3rd year or beyond of graduate studies, they must have an average of at least A minus, or the equivalent, on all graduate courses completed.
  • Applicants will also exhibit research ability or potential, excellent communication skills, and interpersonal and leadership abilities.
  • Applicants must be in good standing with OSAP. Applicants who have defaulted on a Canada or Ontario Student Loan or a loan made under the Ontario Venture Capital Program, or have failed to make satisfactory repayment on an Ontario Study Grant overpayment, may be ineligible.

1 Special consideration may be made for a qualified applicant who is unable to study full-time due to a disability

Conditions of the Scholarship
  • You must hold the award at the University of Toronto
  • You must be enrolled as a full-time student in a graduate program in science or technology as defined above
  • You will be required to repay the award if you are in full-time attendance fewer than 14 weeks in any term or transfer to another graduate unit
  • You cannot be enrolled in a qualifying or "make-up" year or be on a paid educational leave or sabbatical
  • You will be required to repay the award if you withdraw or transfer to part-time status
  • You may hold other awards up to a total of $10,000 per year, but cannot hold an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) for the same year of study in which you hold a QEII-GSST
  • You may also accept research assistantships, part-time teaching positions, or other employment, which does not exceed the maximum 10 hours per week on average

Application Process

Please submit your completed application and all supporting documentation to the graduate unit sponsoring the award program. QEII-GSST’s are not automatically renewed. Students must apply annually.

Your application will include:

  1. The QEII-GSST Cover Page
  2. A completed 2011-12 Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) application form (if you have already applied and submitted an OGS application to your graduate unit and they have it on file, another copy is not necessary)
  3. Two reference letters
  4. Copies of all university transcripts
  5. A completed Statement of Interest (or Plan of Study) indicating your reasons for pursuing graduate studies in your chosen field should be submitted.
  6. A completed List of Significant Academic Accomplishments, e.g., publications, presentations, patents, etc.
  7. A completed List of Other Scholarships or Awards received.

Please visit the OGS Website to download the forms for your Plan of Study, List of Scholarships & Awards, List of Significant Academic Accomplishments, which need to be included within your application.


Monday, July 18, 2011 by 4:30pm to Ms. Jody Prentice in WB 140.

Terms + Conditions / Payment Procedure + Schedule
School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto

Eligible Disciplines

The QEII-GSST program supports graduate students enrolled in research master and doctoral programs in science and technology disciplines. Eligible disciplines, as listed on the Ministry’s guideline, are listed below.

Applied Sciences:

  • Aerospace (may include Aeronautical Engineering)
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering (may include Architecture and Landscape Architecture)
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Science (may include Engineering, Engineering Physics, and Nuclear Engineering)
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mining, Metallurgy and Materials Science (may include Metallurgical Engineering)
  • Systems and Industrial Engineering (may include Systems/Design Engineering and Operational Research)

Biological and Life Sciences:

  • Biochemistry and Biophysics (may include Medical Biophysics)
  • Environmental Sciences (may include Agriculture, Ecology, Forestry and Toxicology)
  • General Biological Sciences (may include Biology, Botany, Entomology, Microbiology, Mycology and Zoology)
  • Genetics, Cell, and Molecular Biology
  • General Health Science (may include research-oriented program in Epidemiology, Human Kinetics, Hygiene, Nutrition, and Rehabilitation disciplines such as Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Audiology and Speech Pathology)
  • Human Biology (may include Anatomy, Biomedical Sciences, Food Science, Immunology, Neuroscience, Pathology, Pharmacology, and Physiology)
  • Medical and Veterinary Sciences (may include research-oriented programs in Dentistry, Medical Sciences, Nursing, Optometry, and Pharmacy)

Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science (may include Information/Systems Science)
  • Earth Sciences (may include Geology, Geophysics, and Physical Geography)
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Physics (may include Astronomy, Meteorology, and Space Science)

The above list is not comprehensive of all eligible programs (e.g. Physical Anthropology, although not listed below is an eligible field of study). Consult the School of Graduate Studies or your graduate unit concerning eligibility of your program.

Please quote on your application when applying for this scholarship

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