The new Study in Canada Scholarships program will offer full 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 institute, or university in Canada. The Study in Canada Scholarships program is open to students from all disciplines.
The Study in Canada Scholarships 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 recognized Canadian post-secondary institution located in Canada.
The Study in Canada Scholarships program is open to students from all academic disciplines, for programs of up to two years in duration at the post-secondary level leading to a diploma, post-secondary or post-graduate certificate, or Master’s degree at a college, technical or vocational institute or university in Canada.
To be considered for a scholarship, candidate students must first apply for admission to an academic program at a Canadian post-secondary institution. The Canadian institution is responsible for applying for the scholarship on behalf of the student.
Institutions whose applications are successful will receive a contribution agreement for the administration and disbursement of scholarships to the recipients (i.e., the student).
Application period: January to March 2020
Who applies: Canadian institutions
NOTE: Only Canadian institutions can submit applications on behalf of candidates. They may choose to set their own internal deadline to receive supporting documentation.
Funding for the Study in Canada Scholarships is made available by Global Affairs Canada through its legal title: the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD).
The Canadian institution will receive funding from DFATD for all successful candidates in the form of a contribution agreement and will be responsible to disburse the funds as scholarships to recipients.
The scholarship value varies depending on the duration, level and program of study. The scholarship values are:
- Up to CAD 60,000 for programs of one academic year in duration (e.g., two 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)
In addition to the funds allocated to the recipients by DFATD, the Canadian host institution may also claim CAD 500 per scholarship recipient to assist with administrative costs once the scholarship recipient arrives in Canada.
- visa and/or study/work permit fees and/or travel related to the collection of biometrics;
- economy-class airfare, for the scholarship recipient only, to Canada by the most direct and economical route and return airfare upon completion of the scholarship;
- health insurance;
- tuition fees and mandatory expenses for the academic program for up to 20 months, including four academic terms (up to 16 months) and one spring/summer term (up to 4 months) for those enrolled in two-year programs;
- living expenses, for the scholarship recipient only, such as accommodation, utilities and food;
- ground transportation expenses, including a public transportation pass; and
- books and supplies required for the recipient’s study or research, excluding computers and other equipment.
The benefits will vary according to the terms and conditions as well as the length of the scholarship.
Scholarships are tenable for a minimum of one academic year and up to a maximum of two academic years (up to 20 months total, including one intervening spring/summer term of up to 4 months). Scholarship recipients may commence their studies or research as early as August 2020 for the fall semester but no later than February 2021 for the winter semester.
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, Vanuatu. Palestinian students from the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem are also eligible. NOTE: Palestinian candidate students residing in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem are eligible, and may be requested to provide supporting documentation demonstrating their Palestinian identity.
- must not hold Canadian citizenship and must not have applied for permanent residency in Canada;
- must apply for admission 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;
- must not already be participating in a scholarship program funded by the Government of Canada;
- may already be enrolled in a degree or diploma program at a college, technical or vocational institute, or university in Canada;
- must meet the entrance requirements for the proposed program of study at the time of submitting an application; and
- must possess the linguistic competencies necessary to undertake studies in the language of instruction at the Canadian 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 through faculty and staff members, as well as to partner institutions in eligible countries/territories.
Terms and conditions
The following terms and conditions must be met during the period of the scholarship.
The Canadian post-secondary institution must:
- be recognized by its provincial or territorial government;
- enter into an agreement with the recipient stating that:
- funding for the Study in Canada Scholarship is provided by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) – legal name: Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD);
- the recipient must provide the Canadian institution with records to account for major expenses such as travel and lodging; and
- the recipient agrees to have their contact information shared with Global Affairs Canada (GAC), for reasons such as: to be invited to join GAC alumni networks; to attend events organized by the Canadian Embassy, High Commission or mission in their home country/territory and by GAC in Canada; or for promotional and statistical purposes;
- must ensure recipients have appropriate health insurance for the full duration of the scholarship, as per the policies of the Canadian institution; and
- provide qualitative and quantitative reports during the scholarship period.
- must engage in full-time studies or research as defined by the Canadian institution;
- must be proficient in the language of instruction at the Canadian institution (English or French) before their arrival in Canada as the scholarship does not cover language training. Language requirements are set by each Canadian institution;
- may not hold any other scholarship granted by the Government of Canada;
- who are enrolled in courses must arrive in Canada by September for the fall semester or by February for the winter semester;
- must maintain good academic standing in order to remain eligible for the scholarship;
- must ensure that they have appropriate health insurance for the full duration of the scholarship, as per the policies of the Canadian institution; and
- must focus primarily on full-time studies or research during their stay in Canada.
Additional important information:
- Scholarships cannot be deferred.
- Priority will be given to candidates who have not previously received a scholarship funded by the Government of Canada.
- In instances where a selected student recipient is unable to participate in the program, institutions may propose alternate candidates to take the place of the originally intended recipient, provided scholarship applications for these individuals have been submitted, accepted, and placed on a reserve list.
- Scholarships are not taxable for either the Canadian institution or the scholarship recipient.
The application period will be open from January to March 2020.
Canadian institutions will be able to apply on behalf of eligible students during that period.
It is the responsibility of the Canadian institution to ensure that supporting documents are received by the deadline. Supporting documents, other than those requested, will not be accepted.
Canadian institutions are advised to establish an earlier deadline with candidates to ensure timely receipt of supporting documents.
Arrival in Canada
Scholarship recipients may commence their studies or research as early as August 2020 for the fall semester but no later than February 2021 for the winter semester.
Canadian institutions will receive a preliminary update on the eligibility status of their respective applications by the end of April 2020. The Scholarship Administrator will communicate all updates and results to the main contact at the Canadian institution.
Canadian institutions will be informed of the final selection and results by the end of May 2020 following approval from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD).
Candidate students are advised to contact the Canadian institution regarding the status of their application.
Canadian institutions with successful candidates will receive a contribution agreement for the administration and disbursement of funds as scholarships to the recipients.
- who wish to be considered for a Study in Canada Scholarship should submit an application to a Canadian post-secondary institution for admission to the program of their choice;
- are encouraged to indicate their interest in being considered for the Study in Canada Scholarships program when applying;
- are responsible for ensuring they meet the admission requirements of their selected institution and academic program; and
- are responsible for providing supporting documents requested, within the required timelines.
The Study in Canada Scholarships program is open to students from all disciplines.
Canadian institutions that have received an application from a student who meets the eligibility criteria for the Study in Canada Scholarships program can submit an application for the scholarship on behalf of the student.
- 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 and may be asked to rank their applications, based on their strategic priorities;
- should identify a single person responsible for the administration of the program; and
- should instruct faculty or staff members who are submitting an application to notify the person responsible for the administration of the program at their respective institution, as the institution may be requested to rank multiple applications.