The Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) scholarships are facilitated through institutional collaborations and student exchange agreements between Canadian and Latin American or Caribbean institutions. These agreements are created between colleges, technical or vocational institutions and universities. Students, hereby referred to as "candidates", must be registered as full-time students in their home institution at the time of application and during the entire duration of their study or research stay in Canada.
Canadian post-secondary institutions
Canadian institutions are:
- responsible for submitting applications on behalf of eligible candidates from institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean; and
- encouraged to promote this scholarship opportunity to faculty and staff members, as well as to partner institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Canadian institutions with successful candidates:
- should identify a single person responsible for the administration of the contribution agreement and another person with delegated signing authority; and
- will receive contribution funding from Global Affairs Canada to disburse as scholarships to recipients.
Candidates interested in this scholarship program should contact their home institution to:
- make their interest known;
- find out if there is an existing institutional collaboration or exchange agreement with a Canadian institution; and
- request information about the application process and selection criteria specific to the Canadian institution and provide any additional information, such as transcripts, language test results, a research project and a registration form for an exchange program.
Selected candidates are encouraged to:
- ensure that they fulfill the requirements of the Canadian institution including academic requirements and language proficiency;
- submit their visa application as early as possible and follow the procedures of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada as outlined by the Canadian institution (generally a study permit is required for course work and a work permit is required for research);
- initiate the process for the transfer of credits to their home institution as soon as their Canadian courses have been identified; and
- contact alumni of the program through their home institution for advice and a local perspective on the scholarship experience.
Non-Canadian institutions are encouraged to:
- communicate with partner institutions in Canada to confirm or explore institutional collaborations and student exchange agreements;
- promote this scholarship opportunity through their international offices;
- identify strong academic candidates who meet the admission requirements for the Canadian partner institution;
- provide the candidates' documents to the Canadian partner institution, which is responsible for submitting the scholarship applications; and
- propose to selected candidates to gain additional linguistic training, academic upgrading and cultural preparedness before their departure.