Applying for a Canadian scholarship as an international student
The process of applying for studies abroad can be very overwhelming—and expensive!
To help you we put together the following list of Canadian scholarships available to international students interested in studying in Canada.
The Canadian government and many post-secondary institutions offer international students possibilities for obtaining scholarship awards, grants, or bursaries to finance their education.
Unlike a loan, money received from a scholarship program does not need to be repaid.
If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, it is important to understand the application process and abide by the deadline specified by the granting institution or organization.
The eligibility requirements and application package often differs from one scholarship to the next. For example, some scholarships may require a personal essay and/or request references from past teachers or employers. Other scholarships may be primarily offered based on academic performance, extracurricular achievements, or other creative skills.
It is important to note that the deadlines and eligibility requirements listed here are subject to change and it is recommended that you contact the organization and institution for updated information and deadlines.
The Canada Visa Study Hub $500 Scholarship Contest
The Canada Visa Scholarship Contest gives members of the Canada Visa Study Hub the opportunity to win $500. Every month a new member is randomly selected as the winner. The contest is designed to support current international students and post-graduate workers in Canada.
The contest is offered in the Study Hub, an online portal that offers a wide range of tools and resources to international students looking to make the most of their time in Canada as international students and graduates.
- Be a member of the Canada Visa Study Hub
- Have a valid study permit and/or post-graduation work permit
- Provide proof of enrolment at a Canadian post-secondary institution
Deadline: No specified deadline
Global Affairs International Scholarship Opportunities for Non-Canadians
In its commitment to participate in international research partnerships, Canada partners with organizations worldwide to support the promotion of international education through research opportunities in Canadian post-secondary institutions. The value of scholarships offered by Global Affairs Canada varies depending on the duration and level of study. Generally, scholarships range from $7,200 to 14,700.
To apply for various scholarships, fellowships, and awards offered through Global Affairs Canada, it is important to consult the criteria for each scholarship separately. Also, many scholarships require an application to be submitted from the destination institution. Therefore, it is important to prepare all the necessary documents and coordinate with the destination school.
Currently, there are government scholarships offered in the form of short-term exchange programs, online study scholarships and research projects.
Canada-ASEAN Scholarships, Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP), Canada-CARICOM Leadership Scholarships Program, Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program and Canada-Chile Leadership Exchange Scholarship
Deadline: Varies based on program and opens intermittently throughout the year.
Upcoming deadline for short-term exchange programs is 11:59 p.m. EDT, April 17, 2018.
Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program (CGS M)
The CGS M scholarship program is open to international students on permanent residence status to support their research in the fields of health, natural sciences and/or engineering, and social sciences and/or humanities.
The award is worth $17,000 for up to 12 months.
Annually, the program helps up to 2,000 students enrolled in eligible Canadian academic institutions.
To apply for the CGS M, you must:
- Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
- Be enrolled in, have applied for, or will apply for full-time admission to an eligible graduate program at the master’s or doctoral level at a Canadian institution with a CGS M allocation
- Not be a past recipient of CGS M (some exceptions apply); and
- Have achieved a first-class average, as determined by the host institution, in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent).
Ontario Graduate Scholarship
The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) helps graduate students fund their studies in a participating Canadian post-secondary institution. The award is valued at $10,000 and $15,000 depending on the number of terms in a study program.
The scholarship program is funded by Ontario’s provincial government and the school where the student will attend. A potential recipient is evaluated based on academic standing, research skills, and volunteer/ leadership experience.
Ontario spends approximately $30 million every year to support the OGS program.
To be considered for the scholarship, you must:
- Be enrolled in a graduate program at the masters or doctoral level;
- Be registered in full-time studies for 2 or more terms (21 to 52 weeks in total) for the academic of application;
- Be on a valid study permit; and
- Attend a participating Ontario school.
Deadline: Varies based on the department/program at the post-secondary institution of study.
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship
The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS) program is valued at $50,000 per year for three years of doctoral studies at a Canadian post-secondary institution.
The Vanier CGS was introduced by the Canadian government in 2008 to attract world-class talent to Canada and help establish Canada as a prime research and higher education locale.
The government selects up to 167 new Vanier CGS recipients every year.
Vanier scholars are chosen based on leadership skills and academic excellence at a graduate level.
In most cases, to be considered as a Vanier scholar, you must:
- Be enrolled in a PhD-level program at a Canadian university;
- Meet evaluation criteria for academic excellence, research potential, and leadership; and
- Receive a nomination from the destination Canadian post-secondary institution of choice.
Deadline: Currently closed for nominations. Results for last year’s nomination cycle will be announced early April 2018. For scholarship timeline, visit the government website.
Ontario Trillium Scholarship (OTS)
The Government of Ontario introduced the OTS program in 2010 to help bring the best performing international students to the province to complete their Ph.D. studies.
OTS awards are $40,000 each year and are automatically renewable every three years following the first year. It is important that a recipient maintains good academic standing and continue to meet eligibility requirement for the OTS.
To qualify for the OTS, you must:
- Hold a valid Canadian study permit;
- Intend to pursue full-time graduate studies at the doctoral level in a degree-granting program;
- Have exceptional research experience and potential combined with an outstanding university academic record; and
- Be present and registered full-time in the Ph.D. program at the post-secondary institution by the start date of the award and for the program’s complete duration.
International students benefit from the OTS in various eligible Ontario universities.
School-specific scholarship awards
Canadian universities and colleges may offer unique entrance scholarships to international students. The awards and/or fellowships are mostly merit-based and have specific criteria based on academic standing and study program duration.
Some key awards include:
- Humber College International Entrance Scholarships worth between $1,000 and $1,500.
- University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships ranging from $14,000 to $18,000 (depending on Master’s or PhD-level).
- University of Calgary Graduate Awards of $1,000 to $40,000 across various fields of study.
- UBC Graduate Global Leadership Fellowships to citizens of developing countries valued at $18,200 per year for a total of four years in doctoral studies at the University of British Columbia.
- Dalhousie University Scholarships of up to $40,000 offered to international students pursuing the university.