In 2009, the Government of Canada announced the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) to support the development of human capital and the next generation of leaders in the Americas while strengthening the linkages between post-secondary institutions in Canada and Latin America and the Caribbean.
The scholarships also advance Canada’s objectives for the Americas: democratic and accountable governance, human rights, the environment, diversity and Indigenous peoples.
The Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) scholarships are facilitated through institutional collaborations and student exchange agreements between post-secondary institutions in Canada and their partners in eligible countries/territories.
Roles and responsibilities
Canadian post-secondary institutions
- submit applications on behalf of eligible candidates;
- promote this scholarship opportunity to their faculty and staff members, as well as to partner institutions from the eligible countries/territories;
- rank applications based on the institution’s strategic priorities;
- identify a single person responsible for the submission of applications;
- sign a Contribution Agreement with DFATD and disburse scholarship funds to successful candidates; and
- submit qualitative and quantitative reports during the scholarship period.
Candidates interested in this scholarship program should:
- make their interest known to their home institution;
- find out if there is an existing institutional collaboration or exchange agreement between their home institution and a Canadian institution;
- request information from their home institution about the application process and selection criteria specific to the Canadian partner institution: and
- ensure they meet the eligibility requirements.
Post-secondary institutions from eligible countries/territories
Post-secondary institutions from eligible countries/territories should:
- 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 candidates who meet the eligibility and admission requirements for the Canadian partner institution;
- provide supporting documents for their candidates to the Canadian partner institution, which is responsible for submitting the scholarship applications; and
- advise selected candidates to gain additional linguistic training and intercultural skills before their departure.
Scholarship recipients agree to:
- engage in full-time studies or research as defined by the Canadian institution;
- arrive in Canada for the uptake of their award between August 1, 2022 but no later than February 1, 2023. Failure to arrive during this time may result in the cancellation of the scholarship.
- abstain from clinical training or clinically-oriented research involving direct patient-care;
- focus primarily on full-time studies or research during their stay in Canada; and
- return to their home institutions after the scholarship period to complete their studies.
- The scholarship administrator will not provide feedback to unsuccessful candidates.
- Scholarships cannot be deferred and are not renewable.
- Scholarships are subject to availability of funding from the Government of Canada.
- Scholarships are not taxable for either the Canadian institution or the scholarship recipient.