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Scholarships and Fellowships

The OVC Scholarships & Fellowships Program is funded by the Government of Ontario to support new graduate growth for Canadian citizens and permanent residents. The program provides competitive stipend support for selected high caliber full-time thesis-based Master's and PhD students. Details about graduate programs at the Ontario Veterinary College can be found here. For all communications, please contact: ovcsas.research@uoguelph.ca


Types of Awards

This is general information on the types of awards offered through the OVC Scholarships and Fellowships program. For specific information related to any open competition, please see Current Competition below.

Group 1 - OVC Scholarships (Students with or without a DVM degree)

PhD Scholarships: Competitively available for a) well-qualified candidates with MSc degrees wishing to enter a PhD program, or b) students in MSc programs who wish to transfer to a PhD program. Valued at $60,000 total with two funding schedules available:

  • Option a) $20,000 per year for 3 years OR 
  • Option b) $15,000 per year for 4 years PLUS a commitment from your faculty advisor and/or home department to provide top-up funding of at least $5,000 per year for 4 years
MSc Scholarships: Competitively available for well-qualified candidates entering thesis-based Masters programs. Valued at $37,000 total with one funding schedule available: $18,500 per year for 2 years

Group 2 - OVC Fellowships (Students with a DVM degree)

To address the extraordinary national opportunities for veterinarians, the Ontario Veterinary College has developed an on-going program of MSc/PhD research training positions for veterinarians who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents. These fellowships are competitively available for well-qualified DVM graduates with excellent academic records in any of the following broad fields of graduate studies: Biomedical Toxicology and Pharmacology, Reproductive Biology, Developmental, Cell and Tissue Morphology, Immunology, Epidemiology, Pathology, Food Safety, Comparative Pathology, Veterinary Infectious Disease, and Laboratory Animal Science.

PhD Fellowships: Valued at $90,000 total with two funding schedules available:

  • Option a) $30,000 per year for 3 years OR 
  • Option b) $22,500 per year for 4 years
MSc Fellowships: Valued at $56,000 with one funding schedule available: $28,000 per year for 2 years

Group 3 - OVC Entrance Awards

PhD Entrance Awards: Valued at $68,000 total with two funding schedules available:  
  • Option b) $9,000 plus benefits per year for up to 4 years PLUS a Graduate Tuition Scholarship award of $8,000 per year for up to 4 years PLUS a commitment from your faculty advisor and/or home department to provide top-up funding of $3,000 per year for 4 years. 
MSc Entrance Awards: Valued at $37,500 with one funding schedule available: $10,500 plus benefits per annum for up to 2 years PLUS a Graduate Tuition Scholarship award of $8,000 per annum for up to 2 years.

Other

Art Rouse Memorial Scholarship in Veterinary and Comparative Cancer Studies
Established in recognition of Mr. Rouse's lifelong commitment to companion animal welfare and his love for dogs and rescued animals. This award is for students who are enrolled in a master's or PhD program offered by the Ontario Veterinary College and whose research has an emphasis on companion animal cancer.

PhD Scholarships: Valued at $60,000 per award with two funding schedules available:
  • Option a) $20,000 plus benefits per year for 3 years OR 
  • Option b) $15,000 plus benefits for 4 years (PLUS a top-up from the advisor and/or home department of $5,000 per year for 4 years) 
MSc Scholarships: Valued at $37,000 per award with one funding schedule available:
  • $18,500 plus benefits per year for two years

OVC Pet Trust Scholar Program 
With the generous support of OVC Pet Trust, one MSc Scholarship, valued at $37,000 total ($18,500/year for 2 years), will be provided to a new student whose research is supported by an OVC Pet Trust grant to their proposed faculty advisor. This Award is only for new students who are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada. The student must be seeking admission to one of the four Departments at the Ontario Veterinary College. 

Current Competition

The Spring 2021 OVC Scholarship and Fellowship Competition is open on May 4, 2021.

***Q&A Hour via Teams chat or message - sasrps@uoguelph.ca Thursday's from 9-10 am***

1. Available Awards

  • OVC Scholarships (Group 1) at the MSc and PhD levels
  • OVC Fellowships (Group 2) at the MSc (starting in F21) and PhD (starting in F21 and W22) levels
  • Art Rouse Memorial Scholarship in Veterinary and Comparative Cancer Studies at the MSc and PhD levels
  • OVC Pet Trust Scholar Program at the MSc level

2. Schedule of Dates

May 4th                OVC Scholarships and Fellowships Competition opens
May 17th Direct-entry students only:
Initiate OUAC Application. Prospective students should:
1) complete their basic information including biographical data, academic history, program of interest, etc. 
2) submit payment.
May 25thDirect-entry students only:
Prospective students should confirm that referees, identified in OUAC application, have received links to complete their referee assessments.
June 2ndBoth direct-entry and transfer students:
OVC Scholarships and Fellowship Applications due via Qualtrics.

Direct-entry students only:
Unofficial transcripts & supplemental documentation (if applicable) due via upload to WebAdvisor.
June 7thBoth direct-entry and transfer students:
Advisor comments due in Qualtrics.

Direct-entry students only:
Referee assessments due - referee provides assessment through link sent from OUAC.

Transfer students only:

Transfer application due to your Graduate Program Assistant (if applicable). Please refer to the Transfer Application Guidelines.
July 15thNotification of OVC Scholarships and Fellowship recipients.
July 22ndOVC graduate school program acceptance due.

3. Eligibility

These funding opportunities are available to Canadian or Permanent Resident applicants entering full-time Masters or Doctoral Studies in F21 or W22 Semesters. Applicants from students transferring from one OVC Graduate Program to another OVC Graduate Program may be considered.

The following applicants are eligible for S21 OVC Scholarships and Fellowships:

 Type of Applicant Criteria Eligible?
Direct-Entry StudentApplied to an OVC Graduate Program for admission in F21 or W22 through the OUAC system. Yes
Recent Transfer Student from another OVC Graduate ProgramTransferred to a new OVC Graduate Program effective S21. Yes
Current OVC Graduate Student Considering Transferring to another OVC Graduate Program
Currently in semester 2-4 of current OVC Graduate Program. Considering applying to transfer to another OVC Graduate Program effective F21 or W22. Yes (Pending transfer approval)

Other conditions: Students must remain registered full-time and maintain satisfactory progress for the duration of the OVC Graduate Scholarship, Fellowship or Award in other to maintain funding. 

4. How to Apply

Step 1 (Direct-entry students): Submit your graduate school application using the OUAC system, including payment. Your application to the University of Guelph will be reviewed - this includes your statement of interest, transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and your curriculum vitae. 

Step 1 (Transfer students): If you are already an OVC graduate student and are transferring to another OVC graduate program within your department, you will need to complete and submit the items listed below to the department Graduate Program Assistant (GPA). The GPA will hold these items for you until such time you advise as to whether or not you received an OVC Scholarship or Fellowship, and if you wish to proceed with the transfer. Please review the Graduate Calendar for details, and consult with your GPA if you have any further questions. See Transfer Application Guidelines below for additional details.
  • Study Option or Degree Program Transfer Form. Please ensure you sign this form before submitting. 
  • Letter of intent. This is a letter from you, addressed to your advisory committee requesting approval of your transfer request, and must include the intended semester to transfer. The letter must conform to the Guidelines for Letter of Intent to Transfer.
  • Advisory committee letter of support. This is a letter from the Advisory Committee addressed to the Graduate Committee supporting your request to transfer. This letter must be signed by all advisory committee members, and must include the intended semester to transfer. The letter must conform to the Guidelines for Transfer Letter of Support.

Step 2 (All): To apply for an OVC Scholarship or Fellowship, complete the cv module and the online eApplication.
  • For students applying to an OVC Fellowship, you will be asked to indicate whether you also wish to be considered for an OVC Scholarship in the eApplication. You do not need to submit a separate application for an OVC Scholarship.
  • For students with a primary advisor and a co-advisor, both advisors should either jointly prepare the advisor comments or should separately prepare their comments and then submit as one document via the Qualtrics eApplication link.

Step 3 (All): Follow up with your advisor and referees to submit their assessments by the posted date. Assessments should be address the evaluation criteria provided below. Send any questions or inquiries to the Graduate Program Assistant in your potential advisor's department.
  • Biomedical Sciences - bmsgrad@uoguelph.ca
  • Clinical Studies - csgrad@uoguelph.ca
  • Pathobiology - pathgrad@uoguelph.ca
  • Population Medicine - popmgrad@uoguelph.ca

5. Transfer Application Guidelines

Guidelines for 'Letter of Intent to Transfer' from Student to Advisory Committee:

  • Addressed to the Advisory Committee
  • Indicate student name, student ID #, current semester in program, proposed program (must be within the same department), and intended semester to transfer
  • Justification for transfer based on having met the criteria in the Graduate Calendar, including: How you have demonstrated Research Excellence, including a 'Report of Progress in Research'; An appropriate plan for how your research would expand into proposed transfer program; Size and scope that builds on work of current program; Conferences or manuscripts, publications, and presentations to date in current program; Educational and career goals; Academic Excellence in current program (if applicable)

Guidelines for 'Transfer Letter of Support' from Advisory Committee:

  • Addressed to the Graduate Program Coordinator of the department
  • Indicate student name, student ID #, current semester in program, proposed program (must be within the same department), and intended semester to transfer
  • Support of candidate's aptitude for further research in the proposed program, based on having met the criteria in the Graduate Calendar, including: Suitability of research project for expansion into proposed program, and a plan for the expansion of research; Available funding for the student's research, and name and grant number of the research grant that will be supporting the research; Candidate's aptitude and ability to conduct higher-level research, using evidence from previous studies
  • Please review the Internal Program Transfer Application Procedures in the Graduate Calendar, and ensure that the student has included the appropriate information in their 'Letter of Intent to Transfer'.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How is my average calculated?

This depends on whether you are a direct entry student, applying to transfer, or if you just began your program - please see below.  

  • If you have not started your graduate program yet, your admissions average will be used.  
  • If you are applying to transfer, the average of the courses taken in your new program to date will be used.  
  • If you began your graduate program in the Winter semester (so you are in semester 1 of your program), and you did not have an opportunity to apply for an OVC Scholarship in the previous Summer or Winter competitions, you may apply for an OVC Scholarship in the Winter competition. In this case, your admissions average will be used.

Averages are calculated by your department Graduate Program Assistant.

2. I am in Semester "X" of an OVC graduate program. Am I eligible to transfer and apply for a scholarship?

Please see 3. Eligibility above for eligibility information.

3. If I am a transfer student, what additional documents do I need to submit?

You need to submit three documents: 

  • Study Option or Degree Program Transfer Form - Please ensure you sign this form before submitting.
  • Letter of Intent - This is a letter from you, addressed to your advisory committee, requesting approval of your transfer request and must include the intended semester to transfer.
  • Advisory Committee Letter of Support - This is a letter from the Advisory Committee addressed to the Graduate Committee supporting your request to transfer. This letter must be signed by all advisory committee members and must include the intended semester to transfer. 

4. What referee assessments will be used as part of my application?

The referee assessments submitted in support of your OUAC application will be obtained and reviewed as part of your OVC Scholarship Application.



5. How does my advisor provide a reference?

In the OVC Scholarship Application, there is a section called "Advisor's Comments" that your advisor will be asked to complete once you have completed and submitted your portion of the survey. Your advisor will automatically be forwarded a link to provide their comments.



6. What happens if my Advisor provided a referee assessment as part of my OUAC application?

The referee assessment from your OUAC application will be used. He/she will need to fill out less of the Advisor section in the OVC Scholarship Application. Directions will be given in the application.


7. How do I add/delete documents and referee assessments for my OUAC application?

See the Office of Graduate Program Services website -> Forms and Documents -> Graduate Admission forms.

8. If I do not meet the OUAC Application and Scholarship application deadlines, will my submission be considered?

No. Applications submitted after the deadline are not considered.

Evaluation Criteria

1. Academic Excellence (40%) 
As demonstrated by past academic results, transcripts, awards, and distinctions, including: 

  • Academic record, Scholarships and awards held, Duration of previous studies, Type of program and courses pursued, course load, Relative standing (if available), and Referee assessments.

2. Research Potential (45%)
As demonstrated by the applicant's research history, their interest in discovery, the proposed research, its potential contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the field, and any anticipated outcomes, including: 
  • Contributions to research and development (e.g., publications and presentations), relative to expectations of someone with the candidate's academic experience, Relevance of work experience and academic training to field of proposed research, significance, feasibility and merit of proposed research, Judgment and ability to think critically, Ability to apply skills and knowledge, Initiative and autonomy, and Referee assessments 

3. Personal Characteristics and Interpersonal Skills (15%)
As demonstrated by the applicant's past professional and relevant extracurricular interactions and collaborations, including: 

  • Work experience, Leadership experience, Project management including organizing conferences and meetings, Ability or potential to communicate theoretical, technical and/or scientific concepts clearly and logically in written and oral formats, Involvement in academic life, Volunteerism/community outreach, and Referee Assessments

Notes

  • Graduate school applications must be completed (ie. not simply the OUAC application)