Canada Government Scholarships for International Students

Do you want to start your study adventure in Canada? Here’s good news for you! A number of Government sponsored scholarships are available in Canada for international students. This article will expose you to the details about Canada Government scholarships for international students offered in top universities in Canada, their benefits and step by step application process.

Canada Government Scholarships for International Students

The Following is a list of Canada scholarships in Canada for international students:

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

The Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED) program provides students, from member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), with short-term exchange opportunities for study or research in Canadian post-secondary institutions at the college, undergraduate and graduate levels.

On August 6, 2017, the Government of Canada announced the Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED) program to provide opportunities for students from ASEAN member states to conduct short-term study or research in Canadian post-secondary institutions in areas that contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development .

The Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development program aims to reduce poverty in the developing countries of ASEAN and to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development . Scholarships and educational exchanges will contribute towards the achievement of all Sustainable Development Goals  (SDGs). SEED contributes to strengthening people-to-people ties between Canada and the Indo-Pacific region.

SEED scholarships are facilitated through institutional collaborations and student exchange agreements between post-secondary institutions in Canada and their partner institutions in ASEAN countries.

The Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development Program is a Short-term Exchange Program under Global Affairs Canada’s International Scholarships Program.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible, you must be:

  1. A citizen of an ASEAN member state
  2. Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos (Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR)), Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, or Vietnam
  3. A student enrolled full-time at a post-secondary institution in an ASEAN member state paying tuition fees to that institution at the time of application and for the full duration of your exchange.

Students are not eligible for this scholarship if:

  • You hold or have a pending application for Canadian citizenship or permanent residency
  • You are already participating in a scholarship program funded by the Government of Canada
  • You are already enrolled in a degree, diploma or certificate program at a Canadian post-secondary institution
  • You have previously received a scholarship under the Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development Program

Canadian post-secondary institutions interested in hosting students must:

  • Be a Designated Learning Institution  (DLI)
  • Have a valid student exchange agreement with the student’s home institution that waives tuition fees for scholarship recipients (required for college/undergraduate study only)

Application process

Canadian institutions must apply on behalf of eligible students before the deadline. Before the application period, canadian institutions interested in hosting students should:

  • Promote the scholarship to faculty and staff members
  • Promote the scholarship to eligible partner institutions
  • Explore student exchange agreements with eligible partner institutions.

Non-Canadian institutions interested in sending students to Canada should:

  • Review eligibility requirements
  • Explore student exchange agreements with Canadian institutions
  • Promote this scholarship to students
  • Identify students who meet the eligibility and admission requirements for the Canadian partner institution

Students interested in studying in Canada under this scholarship should:

  • Review the eligibility requirements
  • Ask your international office if your school has an exchange agreement with a Canadian post-secondary institution
  • Contact your international office to learn more about the application process and any admission requirements for the Canadian institution.

Scholarship Value And Duration

Award component: College / undergraduate

Value: $10,200

Duration: Four months or one academic term

Activities: Study or research at the college or undergraduate level. A valid student exchange agreement that waives tuition fees is required.

Award component: College / undergraduate

Value: $15,900

Duration: Eight months or two academic terms

Activities: Study or research at the college or undergraduate level. A valid student exchange agreement that waives tuition fees is required.

Award component: Graduate

Value: $10,200

Duration: Four months or one academic term Activities: Study or research at the graduate level (Masters and PhD). A student exchange agreement is not required.

Award component: Graduate

Value: $12,700

Duration: Five to six months

Activities: Study or research at the graduate level (Masters and PhD). A student exchange agreement is not required.

Key Dates For The Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED)

Application deadline

The deadline for Canadian institutions to submit online applications on behalf of candidates is 11:59 p.m. EDT, March 21, 2024.

Notification of Results

The scholarship administrator will communicate successful results to Canadian institutions in the spring. The administrator will not provide feedback for unsuccessful applications.

Institutions are responsible for notifying students of successful results.

Students should contact their home institution or the Canadian institution regarding the status of their application.

Student Arrival in Canada

Selected students may arrive as early as August 1, 2024 for the fall semester and no later than February 1, 2025 for the winter/spring semester. Failure to arrive during this time may result in the cancellation of the scholarship.

Students should submit their visa or study/work permit application as early as possible to avoid delays.

Scholarship Conditions for successful students

Students selected for the scholarship agree to:

  1. Engage in full-time studies or research as defined by the Canadian institution
  2. abstain from clinical training or clinically-oriented research involving direct patient-care.
  3. Focus primarily on full-time studies or research during their stay in Canada
  4. Return to their home institutions after the scholarship period to complete their studies

Failure to meet these conditions may result in the cancellation of the scholarship.

Additional Information

  • Scholarships cannot be deferred and are not renewable
  • Scholarships are subject to availability of funding from the Government of Canada
  • Scholarships are not taxable for either the Canadian institution or the scholarship recipient
  • Students must return to their home institutions after the scholarship period to complete their studies.

2. Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program

The Government of Canada announced the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) in 2009 to support the development of human capital and the next generation of leaders in the Americas while strengthening the linkages between post-secondary institutions in Canada and the Americas. These scholarships provide students from post-secondary institutions located in Latin America and the Caribbean with short-term exchange opportunities for study or research at Canadian post-secondary institutions.

The ELAP is part of Global Affairs Canada’s International Scholarships Program.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible, you must be:

  1. A citizen of an eligible country/territory: Caribbean: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos. Central America: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama. North America: Mexico. South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela. 
  2. The same eligibility requirements as applied to The Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development Program also applies to Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program.

Scholarship Value And Duration

Award component: College / undergraduate

Value: $8,200

Duration: Four months or one academic term

Activities: Study or research at the college or undergraduate level. A valid student exchange agreement that waives tuition fees is required.

Award component: Graduate

Value: $8,200

Duration: Four months or one academic term

Activities: Study or research at the graduate level (Masters and PhD). A student exchange agreement is not required.

Award component: Graduate

Value: $11,100

Duration: Five to six months

Activities: Study or research at the graduate level (Masters and PhD). A student exchange agreement is not required.

NB: Call for applications for the 2024-2025 academic year is now open. Canadian institutions must apply online on behalf of eligible candidates by 11:59 p.m. EST. March 19, 2024.

Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program (CCSEP)

Although not really sponsored by the Canadian government and restricted to only Chinese, this is another exciting scholarship opportunity available in Canada. 

Established in 1973, the CCSEP was the result of an undertaking by the then Chinese premier Zhou Enlai and Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau. The CCSEP is an official exchange program between the two countries designed to enhance Chinese scholars’ and professionals’ knowledge and understanding of Canada.

Scholarships are usually for four to 12 month periods of research in Canada, but do not involve formal enrolment at a Canadian university. The recipients are placed as visiting scholars. Successful candidates will travel to Canada before the end of February 2024 to begin their program.

Eligibility Requirements

Canada offers awards to full-time, permanent teaching or research staff, master’s or doctoral graduates as well as non-academics in China holding senior professional posts (e.g., judges, broadcasters, economists) so that upon their return home they can make a distinctive contribution to life in China and to mutual understanding between Canada and China.

Preference is given to the following fields: 

  • Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
  • Business Management 
  • Economics/Finance/Banking
  • Environmental Protection
  • Law
  • Education
  • Public Health Policy and Management

The China Scholarship Council and the Canadian Embassy in China are the administrators of this scholarship.

Interested candidates need to consult The China Scholarship Council (Chinese only) for application details.

NB: Call for applications for the 2024-2025 academic year is not yet open.

Conclusion

The 2023/2024 academic calendar just began. There’s still a long way to go before the end of the academic session; keep your ears open as more exciting scholarship opportunities are on the way. To learn more about these scholarship opportunities, kindly visit Educanada for more information.

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