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Canada-CARICOM Faculty Leadership Program

The application period is closed for the 2023-2024 academic year.

The Government of Canada announced the Canada-CARICOM Leadership Scholarships Program in 2007 to promote institutional linkages and provide scholarship opportunities for students from the CARICOM. The program now includes the Canada-CARICOM Faculty Leadership Program (CCFLP) to provide professional development opportunities for faculty wishing to upgrade their knowledge and skills in Canada, and for international managers/administrators who are responsible for promoting student mobility between their home country/territory and Canada.

The Canada-CARICOM Leadership Scholarships Program is a Short-term Exchange Program under Global Affairs Canada’s International Scholarships Program.


To be eligible, you must be:

  • ✔ a citizen of one of the CARICOM member and associate member states
    • Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turks and Caicos
  • ✔ employed full-time as a faculty or international liaison officer/manager at a post-secondary institution in an eligible country/territory at the time of application and for the entire duration of your stay in Canada

Candidates are not eligible for this scholarship if:

  • you hold or have a pending application for Canadian citizenship or permanent residency
  • you are already participating in a scholarship program funded by the Government of Canada
  • you are already enrolled in a degree, diploma or certificate program at a Canadian post-secondary institution

Canadian post-secondary institutions interested in hosting candidates must:

  • ✔ be a Designated Learning Institution (DLI)
  • ✔ waive tuition and/or administrative fees for scholarship recipients
  • ✔ inform both the candidate and their home institution of any mandatory fees that, in exceptional cases, cannot be waived, prior to applying for a scholarship on the candidate’s behalf
Scholarship value and duration
Award componentValueDurationActivities
Faculty$3,200Two to three weeksCourse work or research as part of their professional development.
International directors, managers or administrators$3,200Two to three weeksCourse work or practicum in the area of internationalization or student mobility as part of their professional development.
Faculty$11,100Five to six monthsStudy or research at the graduate level.

Eligible expenses

Scholarship funds should be used towards:

  • ✔ visa or study/work permit fees
  • ✔ airfare via the most direct and economical route
  • ✔ health insurance
  • ✔ living expenses, such as accommodation, utilities and food
  • ✔ ground transportation, including a public transportation pass
  • ✔ books and supplies required for their study or research, excluding computers and other equipment

Canadian institutions are eligible to receive:

  • ✔ $500 per scholarship recipient to aid with administrative costs once the scholarship recipient arrives in Canada
  • ✔ reimbursement of additional employer compliance fees paid to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada in some cases

How funding works

Canadian institutions will receive funding from Global Affairs Canada, through its legal name, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) in the form of a non-negotiable contribution agreement and will be responsible for providing the funds to successful candidates according to its internal processes. Should a recipient not take up the scholarship, Canadian institutions must return all funds, including the administrative fee, to DFATD.

Application process

Canadian institutions must apply for the scholarship on behalf of eligible candidates before the deadline.

Before the application period

Canadian institutions interested in hosting candidates should:

  • ✔ promote the scholarship to faculty and staff members
  • ✔ promote the scholarship to eligible partner institutions

Non-Canadian institutions interested in sending candidates to Canada should:

  • ✔ review eligibility requirements
  • ✔ explore institutional collaborations and exchange agreements with Canadian institutions
  • ✔ promote this scholarship through their international offices
  • ✔ identify candidates who meet the eligibility and admission requirements for the Canadian partner institution

Candidates interested in this scholarship program should:

  • ✔ review the eligibility requirements
  • ✔ ask your international office if there is an existing institutional collaboration or exchange agreement with a Canadian post-secondary institution
  • ✔ contact your international office to learn more about the application process and any selection criteria specific to the Canadian institution

Application instructions

Application instructions for Canadian institutions applying on behalf of eligible candidates

  1. Assign a program coordinator to complete applications.
  2. Login or Create an account on Momentum to apply for the scholarship on behalf of candidates.
  3. Once you have logged into your account, select the Canada-CARICOM Faculty Leadership Program in the “For Non Canadians” section and click on “Apply Now”
  4. Enter data in the fields marked mandatory and follow instructions for each item.
  5. Upload all required supporting documents. Each document must be smaller than 5 MB and in .pdf, .jpg, .doc, .docx, .txt or .gif format.
  6. Verify the data prior to submission.
  7. Click “SUMBIT”. You will receive a confirmation message and a reference number for submitted applications.
  8. Print the form for your records using the print function in the browser.

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Supporting documents

Institutions must ensure documents are complete and accurate as per the instructions. Revised documents will not be accepted after the deadline. Documents in a language other than English or French must be accompanied by a translation.

  • Proof of citizenship
    • A copy of the candidate's passport or national identity card with a photo and valid dates
    • Documents not accepted as proof of citizenship are: driver’s license, permanent residence card, work permit, student card, health card, birth certificate or baptismal certificate
    • Proof of citizenship selected must be from the same country/territory as the citizenship selected in the online application form
  • Letter of intent from the candidate (maximum one page)
    • Explains the nature of studies, research or practicum to be undertaken
    • Provides rationale for choosing Canada and for the choice of institution, program and supervisor and how the proposed program of study or research will relate to their career
  • Letter of support from the home institution (maximum one page)
    • On official letterhead
    • Dated within the last six months
    • From the candidate's instructor, professor or international director
    • Explains the nature of study, research or practicum to be undertaken in Canada and how the candidate and the home institution will benefit from this scholarship program
    • Confirms that the candidate is employed full-time as a faculty member or international manager/administrator
  • Letter of invitation from the Canadian supervisor (maximum one page)
    • On official letterhead
    • Dated within the last six months
    • Signed by the Canadian supervisor
    • Confirms their willingness to support and mentor the candidate during the exchange period
    • Confirms that tuition fees, if any, will be waived by the Canadian institution
    • Explains how the Canadian institution, supervisor and peers will benefit from the exchange
  • Signed copy of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) or Agreement with the partner institution (optional)
    • An inter-institutional agreement signed by both institutions is recommended

Scholarship selection criteria

We evaluate applications based on:

  • merit of the research or study to be undertaken in Canada
  • benefit to the home institution and peers
  • benefit to the Canadian institution, supervisor and peers
  • strength of the linkages to be created through the proposed exchange
  • rankings submitted by the Canadian institution

Note: We give priority to candidates who have not previously received a scholarship under a Global Affairs Canada Short-term Exchange Program.

Key dates

Application deadline

The deadline for Canadian institutions to submit online applications on behalf of candidates is 11:59 p.m. EDT, March 21, 2023.

Canadian institutions should establish an earlier deadline with candidates and their home institutions to ensure timely receipt of supporting documents.

Notification of results

The scholarship administrator will communicate successful results to Canadian institutions in the spring. The administrator will not provide feedback for unsuccessful applications.

Institutions are responsible for notifying candidates of successful results.

Candidates should contact their home institution or the Canadian institution regarding the status of their application.

Arrival in Canada

Scholarship recipients may arrive as early as August 1, 2023 for the fall semester and no later than February 1, 2024 for the winter/spring semester. Failure to arrive during this time may result in the cancellation of the scholarship.

Scholarship recipients should submit their visa or study/work permit application as early as possible to avoid delays.

Scholarship conditions

Conditions for successful candidates

Candidates selected for the scholarship agree to:

  • engage in full-time professional development, studies or research as defined by the Canadian institution
  • 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
  • return to their home institutions after the scholarship period

Failure to meet these conditions may result in the cancellation of the scholarship.

Additional information

  • 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
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