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Scholarships in Canada

Canada is one of the most sought after destinations for international students. To study in Canada there are certain perks. Apart from gaining education at some of the finest schools in the world, students are also provided with an opportunity to bring their family along with them, start earning even before they complete their studies with the help of work while study programs and even get a chance of availing Canadian Citizenship by becoming Canadian Permanent Resident.

Studying here might be one of the best life altering decision you’ll ever make, but unfortunately, it isn’t cheap. For those interested in studying in Canada but lack financial support, we’ve rounded up a list of scholarships for international students as well as Canadian students, provided by Canadian government, governments of their respective countries, individual Canadian universities, and other private organizations.

Scholarships offered by Canadian Government

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships-

The Canadian Government offers Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship to the very best postdoctoral applicants. Recipients of this scholarship are primarily selected to contribute to country’s economic, social and research-based growth.

Citizenship Canadian and Foreign
Level of Study PhD, PhD- equivalent
Amount CAD $70,000 per year (taxable)
Duration 2 years (non-renewable)
Apply Before September 19, 2018
Scope 70 fellowships are awarded annually

Eligibility

  • Must have completed their degree requirements for a PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree before the start of their award or between September 15, 2015 and September 30, 2019.
  • In case a candidate is not able to fulfill all requirements for their degree at the time of application, they will have to submit a proof, no later than October 15, 2019.
  • Some of the reasons of interruptions that can be considered valid are childrearing, illness, clinical training (residency) and allow up to 2 years of maximum extension of your eligibility window.

How to Apply?

  • Check if you are eligible or not for the scholarship.
  • Contact your desired host institution
  • Create Canadian Common CV (Vanier-Banting academic template) and start a ResearchNet application
  • Identify area of research, identify participants and three referees.

Things to keep in mind

  • In case an applicant is not the citizen or permanent resident of Canada, he/she may only hold their Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at a Canadian institution.
  • In case an applicant is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, but has obtained his/ her PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree from a foreign university may only hold their Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at a Canadian institution.
  • In case an applicant is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada and has obtained his/ her PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree from a Canadian university are allowed to hold their Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at either a Canadian institution or an institution outside of Canada.

Canada Graduate Scholarships- Master’s Program

The Canada Graduate Scholarships- Master’s Program is awarded to high caliber scholars pursuing eligible master’s programs in Canada. Highly qualified personnel is selected on the basis of their achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies.

Citizenship Canadian
Level of Study Master’s
Amount CAD $17,500 per year
Duration 12 months (non-renewable)
Apply Before December 1, 2018
Scope 2,500 students annually

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be a Canadian citizen or hold permanent residency of Canada
  • He/ she must already be enrolled in or have applied to or is going to apply to an eligible graduate program at the master’s or doctoral level at a Canadian institution with a CGS M allocation.
  • Program selected by the student will only be considered as an eligible graduate program if it has a significant research component. In case the Master’s program is only based on course work, it won’t be considered eligible.

How to Apply?

  • Visit the research portal to complete and submit the application.
  • Click on Create Applications to have a look at the funding programs available to you. Select the CGS M Program and click on Create.
  • A complete application must include:
    1. Application form;
    2. Outline of the proposed research (including the bibliography and citations);
    3. All required undergraduate and graduate transcripts;
    4. CGS M Canadian Common CV (CCV);
    5. Two reference assessments.

Every application must adhere to the presentation guidelines mentioned on the portal. Once you are done with all sections, click on submit.

Things to keep in mind

  • Applicants must ensure that they are submitting their application to an institution that has an allocation for the field of research they intend to pursue.
  • Must prove his/ her academic excellence. He/she must have achieved a first-class average in each of the last two completed years of study (as determined by the host institution)
  • Submit your application to an institution which is an eligible Canadian institution and already has an allocation for the field in which you would like to pursue your research.

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program

The Canadian government offers Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships to attract highly qualified doctoral students to study in Canada at a participating university.

Citizenship Canadian and Foreign
Level of Study PhD, PhD equivalent
Amount CAD $50,000 per year (taxable)
Duration 3 years (non-renewable)
Apply Before Mid-June
Scope 167 scholarships are awarded annually

Eligibility

  • Must have received a Vanier CGS quota.
  • Must be pursuing a doctoral degree including joint undergraduate/graduate research program.
  • The applicants should not have completed more than 20 months of doctoral studies as of May 1, 2018.

How to Apply?

  • Contact your host institution.
  • Create a Canadian Common CV (Vanier-Banting academic template) and initiate a ResearchNet application.
  • Identify participants and referees.
  • Provide all information related to your degree and submit the same wit necessary documents to the Vanier CGS program.

Things to keep in mind

  • In case a candidate is pursuing a joint undergraduate/ graduate research program, they must note that only the PhD portion of a combined degree is eligible for funding.
  • The applicants must prove his/ her academic excellence. They must have achieved a first-class average in each of the last two years (as determined by their respective institution)

IDRC Research Awards

The Canadian Government offers IDRC Research scholarship to Canadian and foreign residents pursuing or have completed their master’s or a doctoral degree at a recognized university. Selected candidates can undertake one-year paid program to do research and gain hands-on experience in research and program management.

Citizenship Canadian and Foreign
Level of Study Master’s or Doctoral Degree
Amount (Salary per annum)

Canada: CAD $40,396– 46,764

Uruguay: CAD $U659,437– $U960,013

UYU Kenya: KSh 139,082– KSh 219,327

Duration 12 Months
Apply Before September 5, 2018
Scope 13 awards

Eligibility

  • Pursuing or have completed their master’s or a doctoral degree from a recognized university.
  • For a position at IDRC’s head office in Ottawa, the candidate must possess a valid work permit until December 31, 2018.
  • For a position at Uruguay, candidate must be a citizen or resident of Uruguay and pursuing or have completed a master’s or doctoral degree from a recognized university. Work permit for Uruguay is mandatory.
  • For a position at Kenya, candidate must be citizen or resident of Kenya and pursuing or have completed a master’s or doctoral degree from a recognized university. Valid work permit for Kenya is mandatory.

How to Apply?

  • Visit this link to access the online application system. Submit your complete application.
  • After reviewing, applications will be shortlisted. Shortlisted candidates have to provide the following documents.
  1. Proof of citizenship or permanent residency
  2. Official transcripts of the recently completed degree
  3. Proof of confirmed registration in master’s or doctoral program
  4. Curriculum vitae
  5. References

Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral Program and NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships-Doctoral Program

The Canadian Government offers the NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship to Canadian students who have a degree in science and engineering or are pursuing their degree.

Citizenship Canadian
Level of Study Master’s or Doctoral Degree
Amount CGS D: CAD $35,000 a year
PGS D: CAD $21,000 a year
Duration Two or three years
Apply Before October 15, 2018

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be the citizens of Canada.
  • Must be pursuing a full time graduate studies and research studies at doctoral level in the fields of natural sciences and engineering supported by NSERC

How to Apply?

  • Fill and submit Form 201 online.
  • Both CGS and PGS candidates will have to fill the same application form. Top ranked applicants will be a CGS D, and the next tier of meritorious applicants will be offered a PGS D.
  • Apply directly to the university or to NSERC on the basis of following.
Conditions Where to Apply?
If you are currently registered at a Canadian University Directly to the University
If you are currently, not registered at a university but have completed all of the requirements for a degree program from a Canadian university since January 1 of this year. Directly to the University
You are currently registered at a foreign university. NSERC
You are not currently registered at a university but have completed all of the requirements for a degree program prior to January 1 of this year. NSERC

Things to keep in mind

  • Obtain a first-class average in each of the last two years of study.
  • They must not hold, or have held, a scholarship or fellowship from SSHRC, NSERC or CIHR to undertake or complete a doctoral program.

Organization of American States (OAS) Academic Scholarship Program

The Organization of American States (OAS) conducts a multilateral scholarship program for citizens of OAS Member states. According to this program, a graduate student belonging to one OAS member state can avail scholarship to study at another OAS member state.

About 35 independent states of the America are part of this organization.

Citizenship Citizens of OAS Member States
Level of Study Master’s or Doctoral Degree
Amount

Roundtrip airfare

Tuition and mandatory fee Yearly

books allowance

Health Insurance

Monthly complementary

subsistence allowance

Duration Two Years (Have to be renewed)
Scope Only 1 Student is selected from every state

Eligibility

The applicant must:

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of an OAS Member State.
  • Have obtained a university degree before submitting the scholarship application to National Liaison Offices (ONE).
  • Be in good physical and mental health to be able to complete the program in which they have enrolled in.
  • Maintain his/ her GPA above the minimum standard stated by the university.

How to Apply?

  • Fill in the application form and send the same to National Liaison Agency (ONE) which has been designated in their respective country for the OAS program.
  • Some of the documents to be provided by the applicant include:
  1. Copy of diploma for highest degree obtained
  2. Transcripts for all academic degrees completed including latest transcript if the applicant is currently enrolled in a program of study.
  3. Three (3) recommendation letter out of which, two should be from current or former professors using the OAS Recommendation Statement Form, and 1 from a current or previous employer using the Employer Recommendation Form.
  4. Curriculum Vitae

Things to keep in mind

  • Renewable of the scholarship will be dependent on the performance of the student in the first academic year and the confirmation of the institution to renew the scholarship for the second year.
  • After completing the program of study under the OAS Scholarship, the candidate must reside in the sponsoring country for a period of at least 2 years.
  • Scholarship will not be awarded to study medical sciences or learn new languages.

Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED)

The Department of Foreign Affairs, Global Affairs Canada funds SEED scholarships to students of ASEAN member states to help them study in Canada.

Note: You are an ASEAN member state if you are a citizen of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos (Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR)), Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, or Vietnam).

These scholarships are results of agreements between colleges, technical or vocational institutions and universities.

Citizenship Citizens of ASEAN Member State
Level of Study Master’s or PhD
Amount CAD 8,700- 14,400
Duration Four Months to Two Years
Apply Before April 17, 2018

Eligibility

  • Applicant must be a citizen of an ASEAN member state.
  • Must be enrolled in a fulltime post-secondary institution
  • Must choose a field of study or research that can further help in contributing to the implementation of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

How to Apply?

Students need not apply for the scholarship as the Canadian institution must apply on behalf of the candidates.

However, the applicant must:

  • Make their interest known and request for information related to the application form.
  • Ensure that he/ she is eligible for the scholarship program.
  • Provide all necessary documents to the institution and assist throughout the application process.
  • Note if there is an existing collaboration or student exchange agreement between the two institutes in question.
  • It is advised to submit the Visa application as early as possible. Applicant will then have to apply for student permit in case of course work and a work permit in case of research work.
  • Once your Canadian courses have been identified, initiate the process for the transfer of credits to your home institution.

Here is a list of documents to be provided by the institution to successfully apply on behalf of the candidate.

Proof of citizenship Proof of Enrolment
Letter of support from the home institution Letter of Intent from Candidate
Letter of invitation from Canadian supervisor Letter of invitation from Canadian supervisor
Agreement with the partner institution Privacy notice statement

Among these documents, candidates will have to submit a Letter of Intent.

In this letter, the applicant will have to explain how his/ her studies/research in Canada will help contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in his/ her home country. And how he/ she plans to tackle the problem if poverty and development gap in the ASEAN region.

Things to keep in mind:

  • Selected college, undergraduate and graduate students are awarded CAD 8,700 (Master’s and PhD) for a minimum of four months or one academic term of study or research;
  • For graduate students (Master’s and PhD) for a period of five to six months of study and research, CAD 11,200 will be provided.
  • Undergraduate and college students for a period of eight months or two academic terms will be awarded CAD 14,400.
  • Students who already have Canadian citizenship or have applied for Canadian permanent residency will not be considered eligible
  • In case a student is part of some other scholarship program, he/ she is not eligible.

Canada-CARICOM Leadership Scholarships Program

Canada-CARICOM Leadership Scholarships Program offers scholarships to students from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) for short-term exchange opportunities for study or research, in Canada, at the college, undergraduate and graduate levels.

These scholarships are results of agreements between colleges, technical or vocational institutions and universities.

Note: You may apply if you are a citizen of one of the following CARICOM Countries: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos.

Citizenship Citizens of CARICOM Countries
Level of Study Master’s or PhD
Amount CAD 7,200- 14,700
Duration Four Months to Two Years
Apply Before April 17, 2018

Eligibility

The applicant must:

  • Be a citizen of one of the CARICOM countries.
  • Be enrolled full-time at a post-secondary institution in an eligible country.

How to Apply?

Students need not apply for the scholarship as the Canadian institution must apply on behalf of the candidates.

However, the applicant must:

  • Make their interest known and request for information related to the application form.
  • Ensure that he/ she is eligible for the scholarship program.
  • Provide all necessary documents to the institution and assist throughout the application process.
  • Note if there is an existing collaboration or student exchange agreement between the two institutes in question.
  • It is advised to submit the Visa application as early as possible. Applicant will then have to apply for student permit in case of course work and a work permit in case of research work.
  • Once your Canadian courses have been identified, initiate the process for the transfer of credits to your home institution.

Here is a list of documents to be provided by the institution to successfully apply on behalf of the candidate.

Proof of citizenship Proof of Enrolment
Letter of support from the home institution Letter of Intent from Candidate
Letter of invitation from Canadian supervisor Letter of invitation from Canadian supervisor
Agreement with the partner institution Privacy notice statement

Among these documents, candidates will have to submit a Letter of Intent.

In this letter, the applicant will have to explain in maximum one page, the nature of his/ her research or studies. He /s he will have to explain the rationale for study in Canada and why he/ she has selected a particular institute. Further the letter must indicate how the proposed program of study or research is likely to help the candidate build his future career.

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