Scholarships in Canada

Scholarships in Canada

Scholarships, grants, and bursaries are available to both international students and Canadian students, often at the postgraduate level. They provide funds to students that do not need to be paid back. Scholarship funding in Canada is limited and highly competitive.

Many Canadian universities and a few colleges have a limited number of scholarships or other forms of financial assistance for international students. These vary from institution to institution and many of these are administered only to incoming international students.

In some cases, international students are automatically considered for these entrance scholarships and awards when they apply to the university. In other cases, scholarships are competitive and students must apply by a specific deadline, or the award may only be open to students who have already received acceptance from the university.

Some Awards and Scholarships available to International Students:

  • Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship Program
  • Canada Asia-Pacific Awards
  • Professional Development Awards
  • The Pearson Fellowship
  • Conference Travel Assistance Program
  • Doctoral Student Research Award
  • International Research Linkages
  • Doctoral Research Award: Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships
  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program
  • Industrial Postgraduate Scholarships Program
  • Visiting Fellowships in Canadian Government Laboratories Program
  • Research Development Initiatives
  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship Program
  • Sauvé Scholars Program
  • Trudeau Fellowships
  • Trudeau Scholarships
  • Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research
  • CIHR Fellowship
  • Research Associate Program

Financial assistance for international students

Bursaries ranging from $500 to $1,000 are also sometimes available for undergraduate international students who demonstrate financial need and reasonable academic standing. Bursaries may be given out as emergency assistance for basic educational expenses if the student's original financial sources have fallen through.

International Undergraduate Scholarships in Canada

Humber College Scholarships for International Students

Humber offers two full tuition renewable scholarships (Approximate value CAD$12,800). Both of these scholarships are available for NEW international students beginning classes in September of each year. Applications will be considered based on academics, community involvement, referee/reference letters and statement of interest.

York University International Scholarships

International students admitted to York University are eligible to apply to full scholarships worth $60,000 – $100,000 for a four-year degree program.

University of British Columbia Scholarships for International Students

UBC recognizes the academic achievement of outstanding students from around the world by devoting more than $4 million Canadian annually to awards, scholarships and other forms of financial assistance for international undergraduate students. The four major scholarship programs offered are: International Leader of Tomorrow Award, International Student Humanitarian Award, Outstanding International Student Award, President’s Entrance Scholarships.

Vancouver Island University International Regional Scholarship

Vancouver Island University offers five (5) partial scholarships worth $5,000 for international students who will be pursuing their Bachelor’s Degree at the University.

Sheridan College Student Guard International Entrance Scholarships

Four (4) entrance scholarships of $2,000 each are available to international students who will be starting Sheridan College's 4-year degree programs in Fall 2012 (diploma, certificate, post-grad and joint degree programs are NOT eligible).

Concordia University Undergraduate Scholarships

Concordia University has about 159 scholarships and awards available for international students who will be pursuing their undergraduate degree at the University.

Carleton University Entrance Scholarships for International Students

Carleton offers partial scholarships worth $4,000 – $16,000 to exemplary students who meet the admission average criteria of 80% and above.

Fairleigh Dickinson University Scholarships for International Students

International Scholarships worth of up to $13,000 to $25,000 are available to qualified, first-time undergraduate international students admitted at the University.

Dalhouse University Entrance Scholarships

International High school students admitted to an Undergraduate Program at Dalhousie are eligible for various partial scholarships.

International Graduate Scholarships in Canada

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 centre of excellence in research and higher learning. The scholarships are towards a doctoral degree (or combined MA/PhD or MD/PhD).

Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship Program

The CCSP provides short-term exchange opportunities for candidates from Commonwealth countries for study or research in Canada at the master’s or doctoral level. The program is open to all disciplines including interdisciplinary programs. Studies or research in science and technology will be prioritized. Awards range from $7,000 to $10,000 depending on the duration and level of study/research.

University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships

The UMGF awards are also available for international students and are valued for a 12-month period at $16,000 for PhD students, or $12,000 for Master’s students.

University of Waterloo International Master’s and Doctoral Student Awards

Eligible full-time international students starting a research-based master’s program or PhD program will receive an International Student Award valued at $1,690 per term for 2 years (Master’s) and $3,380 per term for 3 years (PhD).

University of Calgary Graduate Studies Award

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