General scholarships provided by Canadian universities and please check the school website for any information you need.
Scholarship funding for international students who wish to study in Canada is limited, highly competitive, and available mostly at the postgraduate level.
Nevertheless, here are some scholarship tips and resources to help you explore this possibility.
- Students should first explore scholarships and other funding possibilities in their home country. Contact the department of education in your country of citizenship.
- Get in touch with the financial aid office of the university you wish to attend to ask for information about scholarships for international students and any application guidelines.
- -Learn about scholarships administered by the Canadian government, provincial governments, private foundations, and not-for-profit organizations.
- -Apply, apply, apply!
Many students underestimate their chances and some scholarships remain unawarded each year because there are few or no applicants. Remember that each scholarship application becomes easier, because much of the information requested can be re-used.
- Invest your time in scholarship and bursary applications and the financial pay-offs can be very impressive!
- Be informed
Make sure you know everything about the award before you apply for it. Be sure you meet all the requirements, and be realistic in determining whether you qualify.
- The last thing you want is to be eligible for a scholarship but somehow have missed some important detail of the application package.
- Respect deadlines
Some scholarships deadlines are as early as September for the following year, while others are as late as June. In any case, be sure to prepare well ahead of time.
- Even if you aren’t going to start school next year, it is advisable to start looking now – not to apply, necessarily, but to see what’s out there in the way of scholarships, grants and bursaries.
- See what kinds of deadlines and requirements exist. It’s better to know about an essay that’s required for a scholarship nine months before it’s due rather than finding out about it a week before.
- Review your documents
Similar to a job application or a résumé, spelling, grammar and sentence structure are very important in any kind of scholarship application.
- Dedicate time to proofreading, and keep it simple. You should also stick to the limits given. (i.e. many judges will not read more than two pages if a two page limit is stated.)
- Think of it as a job
Finally, try to think of an application letter for a scholarship the same way you would think of a letter you’d write when applying for a job.
- What makes you more deserving than anyone else for this award? Keep in mind that scholarship wins are a wonderful addition to your CV. Good luck!
University-specific scholarships to study in Canada:
1. Carleton University Awards for International Students –
Scholarships to study in Canada at Carleton University, open to all graduate students, who are automatically considered for the awards upon application.
2. Dalhousie University Scholarships
Scholarships for current and prospective international/domestic students of all levels studying at Dalhousie University in Halifax.
3. Concordia University International Undergraduate Awards –
Various scholarships for international students to study in Canada at Concordia University in Montréal, open to international students at undergraduate level.
4. Fairleigh Dickinson Scholarships for International Students –
Scholarships for international students of all levels undertaking study in Canada at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Vancouver.
5. HEC Montréal Scholarships
Various merit- and need-based Canadian scholarships for international students at HEC Montréal, including mobility scholarships for international students.
6. International Student Scholarships at Humber College Canada
A range of Canadian scholarships for international students at undergraduate level to study in Canada at Humber College in Toronto.
7. McGill University Scholarships and Student Aid
Various funding opportunities, including the McGill Entrance Scholarship Program and the PBEEE – Quebec Merit Scholarship for international students enrolled in graduate and postdoctoral studies.
8. Queen’s University International Scholarships
A number of scholarships for international students to study in Canada at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.
9. Quest University Canada
Scholarships are available ranging from CA$2,000 to full tuition to study at Quest University Canada, which all international students are eligible for.
10. UBC Graduate Scholarships
A searchable database of scholarships for master’s and PhD students at the University of British Columbia, including the university’s four-year doctoral fellowships and Graduate Support Initiative.
11. University of Alberta International Scholarships
A range of scholarship options for international students to study at undergraduate/graduate level at the University of Alberta.
12. University of Calgary International Scholarships
A selection of scholarships for international students to study in Canada at the University of Calgary. Awards range from CA$500 to CA$60,000.
13. University of Manitoba
Scholarships to study in Canada at the University of Manitoba, open to international undergraduates. The university’s Faculty of Graduate Studies lists scholarship optionsfor international graduate students.
14. University of Saskatchewan International Student Awards
Merit-based ‘excellence’ scholarships to study in Canada, for undergraduate international students at the University of Saskatchewan.
15. University of Toronto Ontario Graduate Scholarship
Scholarships for domestic and international students to study at the University of Toronto’s School of Graduate Studies.
16. University of Waterloo International Funding
A variety of Canadian scholarships on offer to international students undertaking a master’s degree or doctoral program at the University of Waterloo.
17. Simon Fraser University Financial Aid and Awards
A range of scholarships and other funding opportunities for domestic and international students currently studying or planning to study at Simon Fraser University.
18. Western University International Admission Scholarships
Various Canadian scholarships offered to international students undertaking study at the University of Western Ontario.
19. Anne Vallee Ecological Fund
Scholarships for international students undertaking animal research at doctoral level at an accredited Canadian university in Québec or British Columbia.
20. Trudeau Scholarships and Fellowships
The Trudeau Foundation offers a number of scholarships, fellowships and mentorships to international students at doctoral level undertaking study in Canada at selected institutions.
21. Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program
Canadian government scholarships available to doctoral students internationally, to study in Canada at a participating university.
22. Organization of American States (OAS) Academic Scholarship Program
Open to graduate students from any OAS member state (including selected countries in Latin America and the Caribbean islands.
23. NSERC Postgraduate scholarships
Various Canadian government scholarships, grants and awards available to outstanding students undertaking study in the natural sciences or engineering at an accredited Canadian university. Funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
24. IDRC Research Awards
Canadian government scholarships for students from developing countries to undertake a master’s or doctoral-level research degree at a recognized Canadian university.
25. Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master’s Program
Scholarships for Canadian students enrolled on a master’s degree or PhD at a (CGS-M allocated) university in Canada.
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