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Scholarships for International Students in Canada 2022

By Ella Bergquist September 18, 2019 (Updated March 21, 2022) 6 min. read
Scholarships for International Students in Canada

If you have been accepted to attend a university or college in Canada, congratulations! Getting accepted can be the hardest part but the second hardest part is paying for that college. Many international students will take out student loans to pay for higher education but the unknown secret is that there are scholarships for International Students on Student Visas!

Top Scholarships for International Students on Canadian Student Visas

Scholarships are awards given to students to help them pay for higher education. These scholarships are not paid back as they are gifts to international students.

Undergraduate Scholarships for Student’s on Student Visas

Undergraduate education is education conducted after secondary education and prior to post-graduate education. It typically includes all the academic programs up to the level of a bachelor’s degree.

Canada-CARICOM Leadership Scholarships Program

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

Canada-CARICOM Faculty Leadership Program

The Canada-CARICOM Faculty Leadership Program provides faculty or international liaison officers/managers, from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), with short-term exchange opportunities for professional development, graduate study or research at Canadian post-secondary institutions.

Canada-Chile Leadership Exchange Scholarship

The Canada-Chile Leadership Exchange Scholarship program provides students from Chile with short-term exchange opportunities for study or research, in Canada, at the college, undergraduate and graduate levels.

Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program

The Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) scholarships provide students from Latin America and the Caribbean with short-term exchange opportunities for study or research, in Canada, at the college, undergraduate and graduate levels.

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

The Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED) program provide 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.

Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program

Global Affairs Canada and the Chinese Ministry of Education are offering short-term scholarships to Canadians wishing to study abroad in China. Scholarships are awarded for studies, research, language studies or a combination of studies and language studies at participating Chinese institutions.

Canadian Francophonie Scholarship Program (CFSP)

The Canadian Francophonie Scholarship Program (CFSP) is a scholarship program designed to build institutional capacities by training employed nationals from developing countries of La Francophonie. Candidates are selected by using a quota system for each recipient country. The quota approach allows recipient countries to define their own priorities for training, as well as the level of training required for the development of their institutions.

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to the country’s economic, social, and research-based growth.

Post Graduate Scholarship Awards for International Students

A postgraduate is a student who has successfully completed an undergraduate degree level course at a college or university and is undertaking further study at a more advanced level.

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships
The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) was created to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and to establish Canada as a global center of excellence in research and higher learning.  The scholarships are towards a doctoral degree (or combined MA/Ph.D. or MD/Ph.D.) at participating Canadian Universities.  The scholarship is worth $50,000 per year for three years.

University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships
The University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships (UMGF) are merit-based awards that are open to students of any nationality who will be registered as full-time graduate students (Masters or Ph.D.) at the University of Manitoba.  The fellowships are valued at $18,000 for Ph.D. students or $14,000 for Master’s students for a 12-month period.

Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships
The scholarships are open to foreign nationals (with a preference for candidates from the developing world) who are applying to a doctoral program in the social sciences and humanities or registered full-time in the first or second year of such a program at a Canadian university.  Its annual value is up to $60,000 per scholar for a maximum of three years.

University of Waterloo Master’s Awards of Excellence
The International Master’s Award of Excellence (IMAE) will be awarded to eligible international master’s students normally entering a research-based graduate program at the University of Waterloo. The award will be valued at $2,500 per term for a maximum of five terms.

University of Calgary Graduate Awards
The University of Calgary offers a wide range of full and partial scholarships for international students. Scholarship value range from $1,000 to $40,000 and covers different fields of study.

Canadian College and University Scholarships

Some scholarships in Canada are general for any college or university that you attend while some are specific for the establishment that you are attending. All higher education establishments offer scholarships for their students. Below are some of the most popular universities in Canada that have scholarships for their international students.

University of Toronto

McGill University

University of British Columbia

McMaster University

University of Alberta

University of Waterloo

University of Montreal

University of Calgary

Queen’s University

Simon Fraser University

How To Get a Scholarship in Canada on a Student Visa

There are organizations and resources that can help those looking for scholarships to pay for universities.

Government of Canada International Scholarships Program

Global Affairs Canada is responsible for the government’s participa­tion in major international scholarship programs. This website enables users to search for awards for study and research by country of origin.

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

Open to both Canadian and international Ph.D. students studying at Canadian universities, the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship is worth $50,000 per year for three years.

Fonds de recheche du Quebec Scholarships and Grants

The Quebec government offers scholarships and grants through its research funds FRQNT (nature et technologies), FRQs (santé) and FRQSC (société et culture) for doctoral studies, postdoctoral fellowships, and short-term research or professional development.

Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctoral scholarships

Each year, the Trudeau Foundation rewards up to 15 outstanding doctoral candidates who are enrolled or about to be enrolled in a social sciences and humanities program. The annual value is up to $60,000 per scholar for up to four years.

Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships

The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships (QES) program aims to help develop the next generation of innovative leaders and community builders, both locally and globally. Though primarily directed to Canadian students, scholarships are also available to students from Commonwealth countries to attend a Canadian university for masters or doctoral studies.

(Source: universitystudy.ca)

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