Studying anywhere abroad (like Canada) can be very expensive for international students but it is imperative to find out if there are scholarships or another form of financial support from organizations available to make your journey to study in Canada easier.
Canada is very attractive for international students who want to pursue an undergraduate, master’s, or Ph.D. program. For some years now, the number of international students studying in Canada has increased because of the policies made by the Canadian government for international students.
The Canadian government has placed policies that encourage international students to study in Canada. The possibility of getting scholarships to study in Canada is one of those policies that encourage international students to consider Canada as a top choice. Awards and scholarship programs and funding are mainly for qualified students with excellent academic records.
If you’re an undergraduate, master’s, or Ph.D. intending to study in Canada with funding support, This information will provide you with guidance on how to find information and search for funding to help with your studies in Canada. Make sure you read till the end.
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Scholarships And Awards Available through the Canadian Government Funding Sources
The Canadian government has an online resource that contains information about funding and scholarship opportunities for international students to study in Canada. The availability and eligibility for the scholarship depend on the prospective student’s country of origin.
Follow the steps below to search for the scholarship and awards.
- Navigate to the Canadian government’s international scholarship website @ https://www.educanada.ca/scholarships-bourses/non_can/index.aspx?lang=eng
- Select your country of origin.
- Make sure you check the list of scholarships to which you are eligible to apply.
Scholarships & Funding through Canadian Provinces and Territories
However, there are different Canadian provinces and territories that have their own scholarship and award programs for international students, we advise prospective students to keep visiting the Ministry of Education website that belongs to the province they want to study to see updates.
Some provincial governments may also have in place a reduced tuition rate for students studying in a particular field of choice.
- for Non-Canadian international students visit Provincial and territorial awards@ https://www.educanada.ca/scholarships-bourses/non_can/provinces.aspx?lang=eng
- Find out the Ministry responsible for Education in the Canadian province or territory intend to study
There are two provincial scholarship and funding that is offered by the provinces of British Columbia (BC) and Ontario (ON) for international students. you can see it below:
Scholarship in British Columbia (BC)
Scholarships and Special Programs (LearnLiveBC): As an international student and you want to study in the province of British Columbia (BC), you may qualify for international student funding or special programs that have been developed by the government of British Columbia.
- Post-secondary scholarships. e.g. Canadian Bureau for International Education (scholarship and bursary programs for international students), The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships program awards eligible international Ph.D. students $50,000 per year for up to three years.
- Special post-secondary programs e.g. Mitacs.
Visit this link for more details: https://www.learnlivebc.ca/learn/scholarships
Scholarship in Ontario (ON)
Ontario Trillium Scholarships (OTS) Program: The Government of Ontario funds Trillium Awards for international Ph.D. students to study at a university in Ontario. This program is described on the individual Ontario university websites.
Ontario Trillium Scholarship is awarded to new international Ph.D. recipients for a maximum of four years. Each Ontario Trillium Scholarship is worth $40,000 yearly and is automatically renewable for three additional years, as long as the beneficiary maintains excellent academic records and continues to meet OTS eligibility requirements.
Scholarships And Funding Available through the Particular Canadian Educational Institution
Some educational institutions in Canada, post-secondary and secondary schools as well, will have some type of funding support that is accessible by international students (e.g. scholarships, bursaries, and other financial awards).
Most Canadian educational institutions may also have a reduced tuition rate for students studying in a particular field of choice.
For more details about these scholarships/awards: Immediately a prospective student decide on an educational institution and program of study, the student can either contact the international education office at the institution where they are seeking to study or search the school’s website for more information about scholarships to study in Canada or funding support opportunities.
International students hoping to get an entrance award or scholarship at any Canadian educational institution are advised to submit their admission application early to their chosen educational institution to stand a chance to be awarded, as late submission of application may be ignored.
Most Canadian universities mainly consider ‘Fall’ (September) applicants for entrance awards/scholarships. However, the best time to apply to study in Canada should be the September start date to increase the chances of getting a partial scholarship.
You can submit your application at any following choice of university:
- Scholarships and Awards at the University of Alberta: UAlberta North, Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship (AGES), UofA School of Business.
- Scholarships and Awards at the University of Winnipeg.
- Scholarships and Awards at McGill University: McCall MacBain Scholarships (full-time masters or professional program).
- Scholarships and Awards at MacEwan University: Provost’s Entrance Scholarship (international students).
- Scholarships and Awards at the University of Manitoba: International student awards.
- Scholarships and Awards a the University of Ottawa.
- Scholarships and Awards at the University of Toronto.
- Scholarships and Awards at the University of Calgary: International Entrance Scholarship.
- Scholarships and Awards at the University of Waterloo: Hira and Kamal Ahuja International Graduate Scholarship.
- Scholarships and Awards at the University of British Columbia (UBC): Mackenzie King Memorial Scholarships.
- Scholarships and Awards at University Canada West (UCW).
- Scholarships and Awards at other universities in Canada.
- Scholarships and Awards at Canadian colleges
Home Country Scholarship
Scholarships Offered by the Student’s Home Country Government: These are scholarship programs that are sponsored by the government of the student’s country for studies to be undertaken at recognized educational institutions abroad (like Canada).
- Some Nigerian states (such as Rivers, Delta, etc.) provide scholarship opportunities to indigenes of their respective states to study abroad. Valid information about these opportunities can usually be gotten from the State’s Ministry of Education
- Students from any other part of the globe can research to know if their governments are funding any scholarship program from their home country students abroad
Check The Canadian Diplomatic Mission in your Home Country.
International students who are looking for scholarships to study in Canada are advised to make inquiries at the Canadian diplomatic mission in their home country about scholarships and other financial support.
Scholarships for International Students at the Graduate Level For Master’s, Ph.D. Or Post-Doctoral
Master’s, Ph.D., or post-doctoral students who have excellent academic records may be able to secure funding/financial assistance for further studies at the Canadian graduate level.
The funding/financial assistance the student may get could come in different forms, such as:
- Bursaries (this is awarded based on financial need and is intended to supplement the student’s already existing source of funding);
- Teaching assistance (TA);
- Scholarships provided by external bodies or third parties;
- University graduate scholarships;
- Funds for research.
For more details about the opportunities check below
The University of Alberta (UofA)
The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) at the University of Alberta, has compiled a Graduate Student Funding information document that provides information on sources of funding and other strategies for graduate students because of COVID-19.
Visit COVID-19 and graduate student funding to learn more @: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RQUWkEN-XgWGGB2hbKOdrfFYOjw0RckSBlOwRMtBaeY/edit
The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS)
- The Vanier CGS program helps Canadian institutions attract highly valued doctoral students.
- It is Valued at $50,000 per year for three years (non-renewable) during doctoral studies.
- Considers three equally weighted selection criteria: Academic Excellence, Research Potential, and Leadership.
- Canadian citizens, Permanent residents of Canada, and international students are to apply.
- Students must be nominated by the Canadian institution at which they want to study.
- Areas of research: Health research, Natural sciences and/or engineering research, and Social sciences and humanities research.
You can see more details @: https://vanier.gc.ca/en/home-accueil.html
Trudeau Foundation Scholarship
- The Trudeau Foundation Scholarship is a three-year program designed to train Engaged Leaders, equipping outstanding doctoral candidates with the tools to share and apply their research and be creative leaders in their institutions and communities.
- Up to $40,000 per year for three years to cover tuition and reasonable living expenses, and
- up to $20,000 per year for three years, as a research and travel allowance.
You can see more details @: https://www.trudeaufoundation.ca/en/programs/doctoral-scholarships
Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships
- The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants, who will positively contribute to Canada’s economic, social, and research-based growth.
- Valued at $70,000 per year (taxable) for two years (non-renewable) during doctoral studies.
- Canadian citizens, Permanent residents of Canada, and international students can apply
- Areas of research: Health research, Natural sciences and/or engineering, and Social sciences and/or humanities
You can see more details @: https://banting.fellowships-bourses.gc.ca/en/home-accueil.html
The Jeanne Sauvé Public Leadership Program (Fellowship)
- The Jeanne Sauvé Public Leadership Program is an in-house, intercultural and international program based at Sauvé House in Montreal.
- Applicants can be Canadian and international applicants between 25 and 30 years of age.
check more details @: https://jeannesauve.org/pillars/public-leadership-program/
We have provided substantial information for undergraduate, master’s, and/or Ph.D. students who have the intention to study in Canada under scholarship or any form of financial support. We encourage you to continue visiting the sites listed in this article so you won’t miss any opportunities.
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