Dreaming About Studying in Canada: Here Are the Different Scholarships for International Students in Canada

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Canada is a preferred destination among Indian students due to its quality of education, living standard, and affordable tuition fees. However, students who wish to pursue higher education can turn towards scholarships for international students in Canada, which eases financial constraints.

This LeapScholar blog outlines the different types of scholarships that can be ideal for international students in Canada.

What Scholarships are Available for Indian Students?

Students can either choose to apply for government scholarships, those that are offered by trusts, foundations and organisations for students pursuing a specific discipline and to encourage more and more participation in the said field, and those scholarships that universities or colleges offer.

  1. Government Scholarships

The Government of Canada offers several prestigious scholarships for its international students. Underlined below is a list:

Scholarship Duration Eligibility Award Deadline
IDRC Research Awards NA Applicants from developing countries can apply Up to 15, 000 CAD for travel and research September 16
Vanier Graduate Scholarships 3 years Must know how to conduct research and should hone leadership skills 50,000 CAD November 3
Canada- ASEAN Seed It is non-renewable Any mid-career professional from ASEAN country can apply It offers 10,000 CAD for the said program, 5000 CAD for flight and visa and 1600 CAD as weekly insurance. March 3
Post-Doctoral Fellowship Non-renewable Those who have completed their thesis in five years and has not been employed it is eligible for this Applicants are awarded 2500 CAD per month and airfare up to 10,000 CAD. November 25
Ontario Trillium Scholarship Four years This is for PhD students for Ontario 40,000 CAD NA
Partnership Grants by Social Science and Humanities Research Council in Canada 4-7 years For PhD students 20,000 CAD February 10
Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship 2 years and is non-renewable Applicants must have enrolled in natural and social sciences postgraduate programs 70,000 CAD September 22 (Closed as of now)

Other than these mentioned above, there are other financial aids available:

  • Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship– This is offered to PhD and postgraduate students from Commonwealth countries. It covers tuition, accommodation fees and travel allowance.
  • Quebec Provincial Government Scholarship– Applicants who are pursuing Masters and postdoctoral are eligible for this. The former will be offered 25,000 CAD per annum and the latter 35,000 CAD every year.
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarships– Students are awarded 15,000 CAD every year for pursuing a masters or postdoctoral.
  1. Institutional Scholarship

Many universities in Canada, such as McGill, UBC, University of Toronto, Farleigh Dickson, and Quest University, offer international students many scholarships. Underlined below is a list of scholarships offered:

Scholarship Eligibility Institute Award
Lester B. Peterson Scholarship Offered to international students University of Toronto Tuition fees are covered
Western University International President’s Entrance Scholarship Applicants extracurricular and academic performance is taken into consideration Western University 50,000 CAD
University of Waterloo International Funding Those pursuing masters and doctoral are eligible for this University of Waterloo $2045 for every term for two years- Masters and $4090 for three years- PhD
York University Automatic Entrance Scholarship Students must be able to score 80-90% on an average York University 1000 to 4000 CAD
SFU Financial Awards International students at SFU Simon Fraser University It varies
University of Calgary International Scholarships This is offered to international graduate students UCalgary 500 to 60,000 CAD
Quest University International Scholarships Applicants must be enrolled in BASc or BSC programs Quest University 2000-8000 CAD
University of Manitoba Scholarships For postgraduate students University of Manitoba 5000- 14,000 CAD
UBC International Leader for Tomorrow Award For undergraduate students. However, you will be required to demonstrate financial need. UBC It varies
University of Alberta International Scholarships NA UAlberta It varies.
  1. Non-Governmental Scholarships

Many organisations, foundations and trusts offer scholarships for international students in Canada. Some of them have been listed below:

Scholarship Eligibility Award
Trudeau Scholarships and Fellowships For international students pursuing doctoral studies 60,000 CAD
Canada Memorial Scholarship This is for students from the UK who are pursuing postgraduation in Canada Tuition, accommodation fees and airfare is covered
Anne Vallee Ecological Fund Applicants pursuing animal research in the University of Quebec or University of British Columbia 15000 CAD

All of the above scholarships for international students demand that their applicants demonstrate English proficiency. Candidates can choose to apply for either IELTS, TOEFL or PTE. These are meant to help fulfil the dream of applicants who wish to pursue higher education in Canada. Therefore, it is best to remain updated with the dates of scholarships and apply for them beforehand.

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