The Canada Scholarships for international students are now open for the 2020-2021 academic year. Following the launch of the new International Education Strategy, Global Affairs Canada is pleased to present the Study in Canada Scholarships program. The Canadian scholarship is a fully-funded international scholarship and the scholarship will cover all the expenses of the selected students. 

This program will offer academic scholarships for up to two years of study at the post-secondary level that leads to a diploma, post-secondary or post-graduate certificate, or Master’s degree at a college, technical or vocational school, or university in Canada. The Canadian Government Scholarship program is open to students from all disciplines.

The fully-funded scholarship program aims to increase opportunities for post-secondary institutions across Canada to welcome international students from around the world. The academic placement must be carried out on a full-time basis at a Canadian post-secondary institution located in Canada.

The new people-to-people contacts, networks, and partnerships created through the program will diversify and enrich Canada’s education engagement with a wide range of partners, strengthen bilateral ties, and complement the Government of Canada’s broader international trade diversification efforts.

Canada Scholarships for International Students:

Host Country:

  • Canada

Course Level:

  • This program will offer academic scholarships for up to two years of study at the post-secondary level that leads to a diploma, post-secondary or post-graduate certificate, or Master’s degree at a college, technical or vocational school, or university in Canada.

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Scholarship Duration:

  • A minimum of one academic year (8 Months)
  • A maximum of two academic years (24 Months Total)

Scholarship Value:

The award value varies depending on the duration, level, and program of study.

  • Winner will get up to CAD 60,000 for programs of one academic year in duration (e.g. 2 academic terms of up to 4 months each)
  • Up to CAD 120,000 for programs of two academic years in duration (e.g., up to 20 months, including four academic terms of up to 4 months each and one intervening spring/summer term of up to 4 months)
  • Also, funds allocated to the recipients by DFATD, the Canadian host institution may also claim CAD 500 per award recipient to assist with administrative costs once the recipient arrives in Canada.

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Other Benefits:

  • Visa/study/work permit fees/travel related to the collection of biometrics
  • Economy-class airfare
  • Health insurance
  • Tuition fees and mandatory expenses for the academic program for up to 20 months
  • Living expenses such as accommodation, utilities, and food
  • Ground transportation expenses, including a public transportation pass
  • Books and supplies required for the recipient’s study or research, excluding computers and other equipment.
  • Note: the award does not cover language training

The benefits will vary according to the Terms and Conditions as well as the length of the scholarship.

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Eligibility Criteria:

To be considered for a scholarship, candidate students:

  • must be citizens of one of the following eligible countries: Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Comoros, Djibouti, Fiji, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Liberia, Mauritania, Micronesia, Palau, Tonga, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Vanuatu. Palestinians from the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem are also eligible.
  • must not hold Canadian citizenship or permanent residency and must not have a pending application for permanent residency in Canada;
  • must apply and be admitted to a full-time academic program at a Canadian post-secondary institution;
  • should indicate their interest in being considered for the Study in Canada Scholarships program when applying for admission at a Canadian institution, and
  • must possess the linguistic competencies necessary to undertake studies in the language of instruction at the Canadian post-secondary institution (English or French).

Canadian post-secondary institutions are:

  • responsible for submitting applications on behalf of eligible candidates; and
  • encouraged to promote this scholarship opportunity on their relevant institutional websites (e.g. Admissions, International Student Office and External Scholarships websites), through faculty and staff members, as well as to partner post-secondary institutions in eligible countries/territories.

Eligible Regions: 

  • Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Comoros, Djibouti, Fiji, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Liberia, Mauritania, Micronesia, Palau, Tonga, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Vanuatu. Palestinian students from the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem.

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How to Apply for Canadian Scholarships?

Candidate students:

  • who wish to be considered for a Study in Canada Scholarship should apply for admission to a Canadian post-secondary institution and be accepted to the program of their choice;
  • are encouraged to indicate their interest in being nominated for a Study in Canada Scholarship when applying for admission; and
  • are responsible for providing all Study in Canada Scholarship application documents to the institution by the institution’s deadline.

Canadian post-secondary institutions may submit an application on behalf of an admitted student who meets the eligibility criteria and has indicated an interest in the Study in Canada Scholarships program.

Canadian post-secondary institutions:

  • must apply on behalf of the candidate(s) by submitting the online application form and uploading all supporting documents prior to the deadline;
  • may submit multiple applications, but must rank them based on their strategic priorities; and
  • must identify a single person responsible for coordinating and ranking all applications submitted across the institution.

Canadian post-secondary institutions are encouraged to carefully read the instructions before beginning the online application. Further information is available on the International Scholarships Canada Application Tool to Help web page.

If post-secondary institutions experience difficulty filling out or submitting the form, they should send an email to scholarships-bourses@cbie.ca.

Supporting Documents:

The following documents must be uploaded and attached to the online application form in one of the following formats: .pdf, .jpg, .doc, .docx, .txt or .gif. Each document must be smaller than 5 MB in order for the application to upload successfully.

  • Proof of citizenship/identity: a copy of the candidate’s passport or official identity document with valid dates. Note: a driver’s license, permanent resident card, student card or baptism certificate are not accepted as proof of citizenship. The country/territory of citizenship/identity selected in the online application form must be the same as the country/territory of the proof of citizenship/identity. For Palestinian candidates from the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, the option “Other” should be selected from the drop-down menu. A copy of the candidate’s Palestinian Authority-issued travel document or identification demonstrating East Jerusalem residency with valid dates must be provided.
  • Letter of intent from the post-secondary institution: a letter in English or French from the Canadian post-secondary institution describing: i) its rationale for nominating the candidate(s), ii) how receiving the student(s) will contribute to the school’s international linkages and internationalization objectives, and iii) how the candidate’s studies will contribute to developing ties between the recipient’s country/territory and Canada (maximum one page).
  • Letter of acceptance: a letter confirming the candidate has received admission to the program of study.
  • Academic study plan: an outline of the candidate’s proposed program of study for the scholarship period, issued by the host institution. For two-year programs, the plan should specify whether full-time study or another academic activity required for the program completion will take place during the intervening spring/summer term/semester.
  • CV: a curriculum vitae of the proposed candidate outlining the individual’s qualifications.
  • Budget: a clear and itemized budget indicating how the scholarship will be used to cover eligible expenses of the candidate (e.g., tuition, living expenses, health insurance).
  • Privacy Notice Statement: a copy of the Privacy Notice Statement for non-Canadian participants dated and signed by the candidate.

Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Selection Process:

The following guidelines are followed for the review, assessment, and selection of applications:

  • All online applications received by the deadline will be pre-screened to ensure they meet the eligibility requirements of the program.
  • Institutions submitting multiple applications must rank them based on their strategic priorities.
  • Eligible and complete applications, including the supporting documents, will be evaluated based on their potential to strengthen and diversify Canada’s international education engagement, with attention to criteria such as:
    • diversity of countries/territories of nominated candidates;
    • broad regional representation of participating Canadian post

Application Deadline:

  • The application period will be open from February 5 to March 31, 2020.

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Deadline is March 31, 2020