SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Scholarships are one way that international students can help finance their studies in Canada.

Scholarships are non-repayable financial awards. They are generally allocated to students with outstanding academic achievements, although some also recognize volunteer and work experience.

You must apply for some scholarships, but others are awarded automatically.

Male student playing video games in lounge at Algoma University.

Student in lounge at Algoma University

Scholarship funding for international students who wish to study in Canada is limited, highly competitive, and primarily available at the postgraduate level. Nevertheless, here are some tips and resources to help you identify possible scholarship opportunities.

Start at home

Students should first explore scholarships and funding possibilities in their home country. Contact the Depart­ment of Education in your country of citizenship to determine if there are awards for which you may be eligible.

Contact your chosen university

Contact the financial aid office of the university you wish to attend to request information about scholarship opportunities for international students and any applica­tion guidelines. Although Canadian universities do not typically award scholarships to foreign students, there are a growing number of institutions that offer entrance scholarships.

Plan ahead

In accordance with Citizenship and Immigration Canada regulations, you must prove you have enough money to meet your financial needs while studying in Canada before beginning your studies. So, if you’re going to pursue a scholarship to help finance your education, start researching opportunities early.

Research additional opportunities

Learn about scholarships administered by the Canadian government, provincial governments, private foundations, and not-for-profit organizations.

Here are some sugges­tions and resources to help you get started:

Government of Canada International Scholarships Program

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada is responsible for the Government of Canada’s participa­tion in major international scholarship programs. This government website enables users to search for awards available to foreign students for study and research in Canada.

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

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

Quebec merit scholarship for foreign students 

Administered by the Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la nature et les technologies, this Quebec government program offers scholarships for doctoral studies, a postdoctoral fellowship, and short-term research or professional development.

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.

International Council for Canadian Studies

Dedicated to the promotion and support of research, education and publication in all fields of Canadian Studies around the world, this not-for-profit organization offers a series of scholarships and awards in support of Canadian Studies.