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

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 AwardsNAApplicants from developing countries can applyUp to 15, 000 CAD for travel and researchSeptember 16
Vanier Graduate Scholarships3 yearsMust know how to conduct research and should hone leadership skills50,000 CADNovember 3
Canada- ASEAN SeedIt is non-renewableAny mid-career professional from ASEAN country can applyIt offers 10,000 CAD for the said program, 5000 CAD for flight and visa and 1600 CAD as weekly insurance.March 3
Post-Doctoral FellowshipNon-renewableThose who have completed their thesis in five years and has not been employed it is eligible for thisApplicants are awarded 2500 CAD per month and airfare up to 10,000 CAD.November 25
Ontario Trillium ScholarshipFour yearsThis is for PhD students for Ontario40,000 CADNA
Partnership Grants by Social Science and Humanities Research Council in Canada4-7 yearsFor PhD students20,000 CADFebruary 10
Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship2 years and is non-renewableApplicants must have enrolled in natural and social sciences postgraduate programs70,000 CADSeptember 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 ScholarshipOffered to international studentsUniversity of TorontoTuition fees are covered
Western University International President’s Entrance ScholarshipApplicants extracurricular and academic performance is taken into considerationWestern University50,000 CAD
University of Waterloo International FundingThose pursuing masters and doctoral are eligible for thisUniversity of Waterloo$2045 for every term for two years- Masters and $4090 for three years- PhD
York University Automatic Entrance ScholarshipStudents must be able to score 80-90% on an averageYork University1000 to 4000 CAD
SFU Financial AwardsInternational students at SFUSimon Fraser UniversityIt varies
University of Calgary International ScholarshipsThis is offered to international graduate studentsUCalgary500 to 60,000 CAD
Quest University International ScholarshipsApplicants must be enrolled in BASc or BSC programsQuest University2000-8000 CAD
University of Manitoba ScholarshipsFor postgraduate studentsUniversity of Manitoba5000- 14,000 CAD
UBC International Leader for Tomorrow AwardFor undergraduate students. However, you will be required to demonstrate financial need.UBCIt varies
University of Alberta International ScholarshipsNAUAlbertaIt 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 FellowshipsFor international students pursuing doctoral studies60,000 CAD
Canada Memorial ScholarshipThis is for students from the UK who are pursuing postgraduation in CanadaTuition, accommodation fees and airfare is covered
Anne Vallee Ecological FundApplicants pursuing animal research in the University of Quebec or University of British Columbia15000 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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