Study in Canada Scholarships

Competition: Closed for the 2020-2021 academic year

Who applies: Canadian post-secondary institutions on behalf of admitted candidates.

Canadian post-secondary institutions who wish to apply for the scholarship on behalf of a candidate may choose to set their own internal deadlines to receive supporting documentation.

NOTE:  Candidates must first apply and be admitted to a full-time academic program at a Canadian post-secondary institution to be eligible for the scholarship.

Description: Following the launch of the new International Education Strategy, Global Affairs Canada is pleased to present the Study in Canada Scholarships program. This program will offer academic scholarships for up to two years of study at the post-secondary level that leads to a diploma, post-secondary or post-graduate certificate, or Master’s degree at a college, technical or vocational school, or university in Canada. The Study in Canada Scholarships program is open to students from all disciplines.

Guidelines

The Study in Canada Scholarships program aims to increase opportunities for post-secondary institutions across Canada to welcome international students from around the world. The academic placement must be carried out on a full-time basis at a Canadian post-secondary institution located in Canada.

The Study in Canada Scholarships program is open to students from all academic disciplines, for programs of up to two academic years in duration at the post-secondary level leading to a diploma, post-secondary or post-graduate certificate, or Master’s degree at a college, technical or vocational school or university in Canada.

To be considered for a scholarship, candidates must first apply and be admitted to an academic program at a Canadian post-secondary institution. The Canadian post-secondary institution is responsible for applying for the scholarship on behalf of the candidate.

Canadian post-secondary institutions whose applications are successful will receive a contribution agreement for the administration and disbursement of scholarships to the recipients (i.e., the students).

Scholarship value

Funding for the Study in Canada Scholarships program is made available by Global Affairs Canada through its legal title: the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD).

The Canadian post-secondary institution will receive funding from DFATD for all successful candidates in the form of a contribution agreement and will be responsible for disbursing the funds as scholarships to the recipients.

The scholarship value varies depending on the duration, level and program of study.

  • Up to CAD 60,000 for one academic year of minimum 8 months and maximum 12 months in duration
  • Up to CAD 120,000 for two academic years of maximum 24 months in duration

Terms or semesters (e.g. summer) during which no full-time study or other academic activity required for program completion take place, are not covered by the scholarship.

In addition to the funds allocated to the recipients by DFATD, the Canadian host institution may also claim a one-time fee of CAD 500 per scholarship recipient to assist with administrative costs once the scholarship recipient arrives in Canada.

Eligible expenses under the scholarship value:

  • visa and/or study/work permit fees and/or travel expenses related to the collection of biometrics;
  • economy-class airfare, for the scholarship recipient only, to Canada by the most direct and economical route and return airfare upon completion of the scholarship.  For two-year academic programs with an intervening spring/summer term/semester during which no full-time study or other academic activity required for program completion take place, an additional round-trip economy-class airfare between Canada and the student’s country/territory may be covered;
  • health insurance;
  • tuition and other mandatory fees for the full-time, on-campus diploma, post-secondary or post-graduate certificate, or Master’s degree;
  • living expenses, for the scholarship recipient only, such as accommodation, utilities and food;
  • ground public transportation, including a public transportation pass; and
  • books and supplies required for the recipient’s study or research, excluding computer equipment.

The benefits will vary according to the Terms and Conditions as well as the length of the scholarship.

Scholarship duration

Scholarships are tenable for a minimum of one academic year (8 months) and up to a maximum of two academic years (24 months total), which must begin between August 2020 and February 2021.

Eligibility

Candidate students:

To be considered for a scholarship, candidate students:

  • must be citizens of one of the following eligible countries: Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Comoros, Djibouti, Fiji, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Liberia, Mauritania, Micronesia, Palau, Tonga, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Vanuatu. Palestinians from the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem are also eligible.
  • must not hold Canadian citizenship or permanent residency and must not have a pending application for permanent residency in Canada;
  • must apply and be admitted to a full-time academic program at a Canadian post-secondary institution;
  • should indicate their interest in being considered for the Study in Canada Scholarships program when applying for admission at a Canadian institution; and
  • must possess the linguistic competencies necessary to undertake studies in the language of instruction at the Canadian post-secondary institution (English or French).

Canadian post-secondary institutions are:

  • responsible for submitting applications on behalf of eligible candidates; and
  • encouraged to promote this scholarship opportunity on their relevant institutional websites (e.g. Admissions, International Student Office and External Scholarships websites), through faculty and staff members, as well as to partner post-secondary institutions in eligible countries/territories.

Terms and conditions

The following terms and conditions must be met during the period of the scholarship.

The Canadian post-secondary institution must:

  • be listed on the Designated Learning Institutions list
  • enter into a binding agreement with the recipient stating that:
    • funding for the Study in Canada Scholarship is provided by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) (legal name: Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD));
    • the recipient must provide the Canadian post-secondary institution with records to account for major eligible expenses, including, but not limited to, travel and lodging;
    • the recipient agrees to have their contact information shared with Global Affairs Canada (GAC), for reasons such as: to be invited to join GAC alumni networks; to attend events organized by the Canadian Embassy, High Commission or mission in their home country/territory and by GAC in Canada; or for promotional and statistical purposes; and
    • the recipient understands that any studies completed beyond the end date of the scholarship will not be funded by GAC
  • ensure recipients have appropriate health insurance for the full duration of the scholarship, as per the policies of the Canadian post-secondary institution; and
  • provide qualitative and quantitative reports during the scholarship period.

Scholarship recipients:

  • must engage in full-time studies or research as defined by the Canadian post-secondary institution;
  • must maintain good academic standing as defined by the host institution in order to remain eligible for the scholarship;
  • must be proficient in the language of instruction at the Canadian post-secondary institution (English or French) before their arrival in Canada as the scholarship does not cover language training. Language requirements are set and evaluated by each Canadian post-secondary institution;
  • may not simultaneously hold any other scholarship funded by the Government of Canada;
  • who are enrolled in courses must arrive in Canada by September for the fall semester or by February for the winter semester; and
  • must have appropriate health insurance for the full duration of the scholarship, as per the policies of the Canadian post-secondary institution.

Additional important information:

  • Scholarships cannot be deferred.
  • Priority will be given to candidates who have not previously received a scholarship funded by the Government of Canada.
  • In instances where a selected student recipient is unable to participate in the program, post-secondary institutions may propose alternate candidates to take the place of the originally intended recipient, provided scholarship applications for these individuals have been submitted, accepted, and placed on a reserve list.
  • Scholarships are not taxable for either the Canadian post-secondary institution or the scholarship recipient.

Application period

The application period will be open from February 5 to April 21, 2020

Canadian post-secondary institutions will be able to apply on behalf of eligible candidates during that period.

It is the responsibility of the Canadian post-secondary institution to ensure that supporting documents are received by the deadline. Supporting documents, other than those requested, will not be accepted.

Canadian post-secondary institutions are advised to establish an earlier deadline with candidates to ensure timely receipt of supporting documents.

Arrival in Canada

Programs of study may commence as early as August 2020 for the fall semester but no later than February 2021 for the winter semester. Scholarship recipients may arrive in Canada up to 1 (one) month prior to the official commencement date of their program or on August 1st, whichever is later.

Notification

Canadian post-secondary institutions will be informed of the final selection and results by the end of May or at the beginning of June 2020 following approval from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD). The Canadian Bureau of International Education (Scholarship Administrator) will communicate all updates and results to the main contact at the Canadian post-secondary institution.

Candidate students are advised to contact the Canadian post-secondary institution regarding the status of their application.

Canadian post-secondary institutions with successful candidates will receive a contribution agreement for the administration and disbursement of funds as scholarships to the recipients.

Application process

Candidate students:

  • who wish to be considered for a Study in Canada Scholarship should apply for admission to a Canadian post-secondary institution and be accepted to the program of their choice;
  • are encouraged to indicate their interest in being nominated for a Study in Canada Scholarship when applying for admission; and
  • are responsible for providing all Study in Canada Scholarship application documents to the institution by the institution’s deadline.

The Study in Canada Scholarships program is open to students from all disciplines.

Canadian post-secondary institutions may submit an application on behalf of an admitted student who meets the eligibility criteria and has indicated interest in the Study in Canada Scholarships program.

Canadian post-secondary institutions:

  • must apply on behalf of the candidate(s) by submitting the online application form and uploading all supporting documents prior to the deadline;
  • may submit multiple applications, but must rank them based on their strategic priorities; and
  • must identify a single person responsible for coordinating and ranking all applications submitted across the institution.

Canadian post-secondary institutions are encouraged to carefully read the instructions before beginning the online application. Further information is available on the International Scholarships Canada Application Tool Help web page.

If post-secondary institutions experience difficulty filling out or submitting the form, they should send an email to scholarships-bourses@cbie.ca.

Instructions

Canadian post-secondary institutions must:

  1. Complete an online application for each candidate.
    • Post-secondary institutions which do not have an account first need to Register an account.
    • Once the account is created and activated, log into it. Under “For Non-Canadians” section, scroll down to the option “Study in Canada Scholarships” and click on APPLY NOW.
  2. Enter data in the fields marked mandatory, following the instructions for each field, or copy and paste data from another source. Note that:
    • the name of the candidate must be exactly the same as it is on their passport or travel document.
  3. Upload all required supporting documents.
  4. Upon completion, verify the data and documents prior to submission.
  5. Print the form for their records using the print function in the browser.
  6. Click SUBMIT to transmit their form electronically to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD). A confirmation message and reference number will be generated automatically.

NOTE: Post-secondary institutions will have the ability to save applications and complete them at a later time. Both saved and submitted applications will appear on the post-secondary institution’s profile homepage.

Supporting documents

The following documents must be uploaded and attached to the online application form in one of the following formats: .pdf, .jpg, .doc, .docx, .txt or .gif. Each document must be smaller than 5 MB in order for the application to upload successfully.

  • Proof of citizenship/identity: a copy of the candidate's passport or official identity document with valid dates. Note: a driver's licence, permanent resident card, student card or baptism certificate are not accepted as proof of citizenship. The country/territory of citizenship/identity selected in the online application form must be the same as the country/territory of the proof of citizenship/identity. For Palestinian candidates from the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, the option “Other” should be selected from the drop-down menu. A copy of the candidate’s Palestinian Authority-issued travel document or identification demonstrating East Jerusalem residency with valid dates must be provided.
  • Letter of intent from the post-secondary institution: a letter in English or French from the Canadian post-secondary institution describing: i) its rationale for nominating the candidate(s), ii) how receiving the student(s) will contribute to the school’s international linkages and internationalization objectives, and iii) how the candidate’s studies will contribute to developing ties between the recipient’s country/territory and Canada (maximum one page). See “Selection Process” for more information on the criteria that will be used to assess applications.
  • Letter of acceptance: a letter confirming the candidate has received admission to the program of study.
  • Academic study plan: an outline of the candidate’s proposed program of study for the scholarship period, issued by the host institution. For two-year programs, the plan should specify whether full-time study or another academic activity required for the program completion will take place during the intervening spring/summer term/semester.
  • CV: a curriculum vitae of the proposed candidate outlining the individual’s qualifications.
  • Budget: a clear and itemized budget indicating how the scholarship will be used to cover eligible expenses of the candidate (e.g., tuition, living expenses, health insurance).
  • Privacy Notice Statement: a copy of the Privacy Notice Statement for non-Canadian participants dated and signed by the candidate.

Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.

All inquiries regarding the Study in Canada Scholarships program should be directed to: scholarships-bourses@cbie.ca.

Selection process

The following guidelines are followed for the review, assessment and selection of applications:

  • All online applications received by the deadline will be pre-screened to ensure they meet the eligibility requirements of the program.
  • Institutions submitting multiple applications must rank them based on their strategic priorities.
  • Eligible and complete applications, including the supporting documents, will be evaluated based on their potential to strengthen and diversify Canada’s international education engagement, with attention to criteria such as:
    • diversity of countries/territories of nominated candidates;
    • broad regional representation of participating Canadian post-secondary institutions; and
    • representation across the post-secondary education sector.

Conditions

Scholarships are subject to the availability of funding provided by Global Affairs Canada.

Selection decisions are final and are not open to appeal. The Department is not able to provide feedback for unsuccessful candidates.

Frequently Asked Questions

General

Q. Which countries/territories are eligible for the new Program?

A. Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Comoros, Djibouti, Fiji, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Liberia, Mauritania, Micronesia, Palau, Tonga, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Vanuatu. Palestinians from the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem are also eligible.

Q. What is the objective of the new Program?

 A. The Study in Canada Scholarships program aims to increase opportunities for Canadian post-secondary institutions to attract international students from a diverse range of countries/territories and regions, to a broad range of study destinations across Canada and to various programs of study.

The new people-to-people contacts, networks, and partnerships created through the program will diversify and enrich Canada’s education engagement with a wide range of partners, strengthen bilateral ties, and complement the Government of Canada’s broader international trade diversification efforts.

Q. What does the scholarship include?

A. The scholarship provides funding for programs designed to be completed in one to two academic years and leading to a diploma, post-secondary or post-graduate certificate, or Master’s degree at a college, technical or vocational school, or university in Canada.

Eligible expenses under the scholarship value are:

  • visa and/or study/work permit fees and/or travel expenses related to the collection of biometrics;
  • economy-class airfare, for the scholarship recipient only, to Canada by the most direct and economical route and return airfare upon completion of the scholarship.  For two-year academic programs with an intervening spring/summer term/semester during which no full-time study or other academic activity required for program completion take place, an additional round-trip economy-class airfare  between Canada and the student’s country/territory may be covered;
  • health insurance;
  • tuition and other mandatory fees for the full-time, on-campus diploma, post-secondary or postgraduate certificate, or Master’s degree;
  • living expenses, for the scholarship recipient only, such as accommodation, utilities and food;
  • ground public transportation, e.g. a public transportation pass; and
  • books and supplies required for the recipient’s study or research, excluding computer equipment.

Q. Will students need to bring money with them when they come to Canada or will they receive scholarship funds prior to travelling to the Canadian postsecondary institution?

Students are advised to travel to Canada with sufficient funds to cover their initial living expenses. Institutions have until the end of September 2020 to request scholarship funding for the first academic year, meaning that students may not receive the funds until later in the Fall. Eligible costs incurred by the students prior to the scholarship disbursement will be reimbursed. 

Q.  Where can I find information on Canadian institutions (such as universities and colleges) and the programs they offer?

A.  Information on Canadian institutions and the programs they offer is available through many sources:

Q. I was admitted into an eligible post-secondary program at a Canadian institution, which applied for the Study in Canada Scholarships program on my behalf. Am I guaranteed a scholarship?

A.  No. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. Admission into a program and nomination by a Canadian institution do not guarantee the scholarship.

Eligible Expenses

Q. Does the Study in Canada Scholarships program cover academic application fees?

A. No. Please refer to the eligible expenses in the “Value and duration” tab of the program guidelines.

Q. Are tuition deposits an eligible expense?

A. Yes, provided that these expenses are applied toward the cost of tuition in the first term of studies funded by the Study in Canada Scholarship.

Q. Is there a suggested monthly stipend amount?

A. It is up to the participating Canadian postsecondary institutions to determine the exact monthly stipend amount.  For guidance, they can refer to the monthly stipends per city on the Global Affairs Canada website and to the cost of living estimates developed by their own International Student Offices.

Q. Will all successful applicants receive 60,000 CAD of funding per year?

A. No, funding is based on the actual cost of tuition and other projected eligible expenses incurred by the scholarship recipient.

Q. Are there caps for each of eligible expense?

A. No. However, the maximum Study in Canada Scholarship value is $60,000 per year.  If the cost of study exceeds this amount, students will need to seek alternative sources of funding to supplement the scholarship.

Candidate Eligibility

Q. Can I participate in the program if I am a Permanent Resident of one of the eligible recipient countries/territories?

A.  No. Only citizens of Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Comoros, Djibouti, Fiji, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Liberia, Mauritania, Micronesia, Palau, Tonga, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Vanuatu are eligible for the scholarship, as are Palestinians from the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem.

Q. Do I have to be living in my country of citizenship/territory in order to be eligible?

A.  No. 

Q. What proof of citizenship/identity do I need to provide in order to demonstrate my eligibility?

A. Citizens of Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Comoros, Djibouti, Fiji, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Liberia, Mauritania, Micronesia, Palau, Tonga, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Vanuatu must provide a copy of their passport or official identity document with valid dates.  Palestinians from the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem must provide a copy of their Palestinian Authority-issued travel document or identification demonstrating East Jerusalem residency with valid dates.

Q. Am I eligible to receive this scholarship if I have a pending application for permanent residency in Canada?

A. No.

Q. I am a citizen of one of the eligible countries/territories, but I have a dual citizenship. Am I eligible for the scholarship?

A. Yes, as long as you do not have a Canadian citizenship, Canadian permanent residency or a pending application for permanent residency in Canada.

Q. Am I eligible for the scholarship if I am already studying in Canada?

A. It depends on your exact circumstances. Please see the questions below.

Q. I am enrolled in a full-time 2-year program in Canada and I am completing the first year of this program. Am I eligible for the scholarship for the second year of my program?

A. Yes, but only if you are enrolled in an eligible degree, certificate or diploma program at a college, technical or vocational school, or university in Canada and you meet all the other eligibility requirements.  You should also indicate your interest in being nominated for the scholarship to the officer in charge of the Study in Canada Scholarships program at your institution.

Q. I am completing the final year of my undergraduate program in Canada and I am applying to a Master’s program in Canada that meets the scholarship eligibility requirements. Am I eligible for the scholarship?

A. Yes provided you meet all other eligibility criteria.

Q. Can I receive another scholarship at the same time as the Study in Canada Scholarship to fund my studies in Canada?

A. Yes, as long as the other scholarship is not funded by the Government of Canada.

Q. What are the language requirements to be eligible for the scholarship?

A. Candidates must be proficient in the language of instruction at the Canadian institution (English or French) before their arrival in Canada. Language requirements are set and evaluated by Canadian institutions. For specific admission requirements, please consult the Canadian institution to which you are applying.

Institution Eligibility

Q. Which institutions can apply for the scholarship on a candidate’s behalf?

A. The Canadian post-secondary institution must be on the list of Designated Learning Institutions. A Designated Learning Institution is a school approved by its provincial or territorial government to host international students.  Please visit Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada’s website.  At the bottom of the webpage, you will find a 3-step tool called “List of designated learning institutions by province/ territory”. Follow the instructions to determine an institution’s eligibility.

Q. I would like to study at a Canadian institution that has a campus in my country/territory/region. Can I receive a scholarship to study there?

A. No. The academic placement must be carried out on a full-time basis at a Canadian post-secondary institution located in Canada.

Program Eligibility

Q. I would like to apply for a program that is over two years in duration. Am I eligible for two years of scholarship funding?

A. No. Scholarships are only for programs of study that are designed to be completed in two academic years or less with full-time status.

Q. I am enrolled in a full-time program of three to four years and I have 2 years remaining at the time of application.  Am I eligible for the scholarship?

A. No. Scholarships are only for programs of study that are designed to be completed in two academic years or less with full-time status.

Q. My institution offers a 14-month academic program that it deems to be one academic year in length. Is this program eligible for funding?

A. Yes, as long as the program meets all other eligibility requirements.

Q. Are there any restrictions on academic disciplines covered by the scholarship?

A.  Programs in all disciplines and fields of study are eligible, as long as they are designed to be completed within two academic years or less with full-time status and meet all other eligibility requirements.

Q. Can I apply for a scholarship for a program offered online or part-time?

A. No. The academic placement must be carried out on a full-time basis at a Canadian post-secondary institution located in Canada.

Q. If a program has a mandatory study abroad component (e.g. two semesters at two different universities abroad), is it an eligible program?

A. No. Programs with a mandatory study abroad component are not eligible. The academic placement must be carried out on a full-time basis for the entire duration of the scholarship at an eligible post-secondary institution located in Canada.

Q.  I am applying to a joint program, delivered collaboratively between a Canadian institution and a non-Canadian institution, requiring equal amount of study at both institutions. Is this program eligible for the scholarship?

A. No. The academic placement must be carried out on a full-time basis at an eligible Canadian post-secondary institution located in Canada.

Q. Is an academic program that is offered jointly by two or more Canadian postsecondary institutions eligible for the Study in Canada Scholarships program?

A. Yes, as long as all the collaborating Canadian institutions comply with the Study in Canada eligibility requirements and one institution acts for all when nominating a candidate.

Q. Are double degree programs eligible?

A. This depends on the structure of the program.  In order to be eligible, the program offered by the Canadian institution and leading to a Canadian qualification must be a full-fledged, alone-standing certificate, diploma or Master’s degree completed entirely in Canada, in addition to fulfilling all other eligibility criteria.  Institutions are encouraged to

Q.  Are Bachelor’s programs eligible for funding?

A. Only programs designed to be completed in up to two academic years (up to 24 months) of full time study are eligible. 

Q. Are hybrid programs eligible for the Study in Canada Scholarships program?

A. Online delivery methods are becoming an integral part of teaching and learning at post-secondary institutions and more and more programs feature videoconferencing or online modules. For the purpose of the Study in Canada Scholarship, no semester can take place entirely online and the student’s presence must be required on campus throughout the duration of the program, even if certain courses or parts thereof might take place online.  If the same course is offered online and in-person, the second option should be selected.

Q. My program start date is before August 2020.  Is this program eligible?

A. No. To be eligible, programs must not start before August 2020. Recipients who wish to arrive earlier than this date may do so; however, the scholarship will not be disbursed to the recipient before August 2020, nor will it cover eligible expenses incurred before this date, except for costs related to visa or airfare.

Q. My Program starts in September, but I would like to arrive earlier to acclimatize. Is this permitted?

A. Yes. Scholarship recipients may arrive in Canada up to 1 (one) month prior to the official commencement date of their program or on August 1st, whichever is later. However, funds will not be disbursed prior to August 2020 and the scholarship does not cover living expenses and other related eligible expenses incurred before August 2020, except for costs related to visa or airfare. NOTE: the scholarship will only cover eligible expenses for up to 24 months.

Application Process

Q. How do I apply for a Study in Canada Scholarship?

A. Candidates cannot apply directly for the scholarship.  They must first apply and be admitted into an eligible academic program at a Canadian institution.  Canadian institutions are responsible for submitting scholarship applications on the candidates’ behalf.  Candidates interested in the Study in Canada Scholarships program should indicate their interest directly to the Canadian institution in their application for admission or cover letter.

Q. Can several Canadian post-secondary institutions submit scholarship applications on a candidate’s behalf?

A. Yes. If a candidate meets the eligibility criteria for the scholarship and has applied and been admitted to several Canadian institutions, each of those institutions may apply for the scholarship on their behalf.  However, successful candidates will only received one scholarship.

Q. Can Canadian postsecondary institutions actively promote the Study in Canada Scholarships program to high-calibre students who have not expressed interest in the current competition cycle?

A. Yes, as long as the Canadian postsecondary institutions and the candidate students meet the eligibility requirements listed in the program guidelines.

Q. Can I apply to multiple programs at multiple Canadian post-secondary institutions?

A.  Yes. You can apply to as many programs and institutions as you like.  Once you are admitted, each Canadian institution will decide whether to nominate you for the scholarship. Eligible candidates wishing to be nominated for a scholarship must indicate their interest directly to the institution to which they have applied.

Q. In the case that a candidate is nominated for the Study in Canada Scholarship by more than one institution, if selected, can that candidate choose which institution they would like to attend and use the scholarship for?

A. No. Scholarships are awarded to Canadian institutions and then disbursed to student recipients. Global Affairs Canada will decide which Canadian institutions will be awarded scholarships.

Q. I have indicated my interest in being nominated for the Study in Canada Scholarship, but the post-secondary institution has stated that it does not participate in this program. What should I do?

A. If the institution is a Designated Learning Institution, it is eligible to apply for the scholarship on behalf of a candidate. Contact the international liaison office or the admissions office to inform them of your eligibility, keeping in mind that nomination for the scholarship is at the sole discretion of the institution.  If one institution is not willing to nominate you for the scholarship, you may wish to consider other institutions.

Q. When should I apply to the Canadian institution to be considered for the scholarship nomination?

A.  Admission timelines vary among Canadian institutions and programs. Candidates wishing to be considered for the Study in Canada Scholarship nomination should apply to their school of choice well in advance of the competition deadline in order to allow sufficient time for the Canadian institution to prepare a scholarship application on their behalf.

Q. I will not receive an admission decision until after the scholarship application deadline.  Am I still eligible?

A. No. You must be admitted to a program before the institution can nominate you for a Study in Canada Scholarship. We recommend applying to a program that aligns with the competition timeline. 

Q. Do I need to achieve a certain score on a language test to be considered for the scholarship?

A. Language proficiency requirements and other admission criteria are set and evaluated by Canadian institutions.  You need to contact your school of choice or visit its website to find out if a language test is required for admission and what score you need to achieve. 

Q. Who should write the letter of intent at the Canadian postsecondary institution?

A. The Study in Canada Scholarships coordinator at the Canadian postsecondary institution should prepare the letter of intent after consulting with relevant academic departments and, if applicable, candidate selection and ranking committees.

Q. How detailed must the academic study plan be?

A. The academic study plan should outline the program’s coursework and other academic activities to be undertaken by the candidate during each term of the scholarship period. For two-year programs, the plan should specify whether full-time study or another academic activity required for the program completion will take place during the intervening spring/summer term/semester.

Q. How detailed must the budget be?

A. Budgets must be as detailed as possible. For a list of eligible expenses, please consult the “Value and duration” tab of the program webpage.

Q. In the event that Summer 2021 tuition fees’ amounts will not be available by April 21, 2020, may the institution submit a budget based on actual full-time, on-campus study costs for the period of May 2020 to April 2021?

A. The institution must submit an itemized budget for the full duration of the scholarship, based on projected costs.

Q. What must Canadian postsecondary institutions include in the candidate ranking?

A. The candidate’s full name, degree level, academic program, Momentum application number, and rank.

Q. If all nominated candidates are from the same country / territory, must the institution still rank them?

A. Yes.

Q. How should Canadian postsecondary institutions submit the candidate ranking?

A. Email the ranking to scholarships-bourses@cbie.ca by April 21, 2020 at 11:59pm EST.

Q. Can Canadian postsecondary institutions make changes to a student application on Momentum after submitting it?

A. No. Institutions are encouraged to email scholarships-bourses@cbie.ca as soon as possible to ask CBIE if it can correct the error of if a new application will be required.  No changes to the application will be possible after the competition deadline.

Q. Is the Privacy Notice Statement due at the time of application the same document as the Student Letter of Agreement? If not, what is the difference between these two documents?

A. The Privacy Notice Statement is a document indicating how a student’s information will be collected and shared by the Government of Canada for the purposes of operating and promoting the Study in Canada Scholarships program. It must be completed, signed and attached as a supporting document in the online application form. Please refer to the list of supporting documents in the “Application” section of the program webpage.  The Student Letter of Agreement is a binding document between the scholarship recipient and the host Canadian institution that states the rights and obligations of both parties in regards to the Study in Canada Scholarship.  For more details, please refer to the “Terms and conditions” and “Eligibility” sections of the program webpage.

Q.  Is the Contribution Agreement the same document as the Student Letter of Agreement? If not, how are they different?

A. The Contribution Agreement is a legal document that Global Affairs Canada signs with each Canadian postsecondary institution receiving a Study in Canada scholar in order to appropriately manage the scholarship funds.

Post-selection Process

Q. Can scholarship recipients switch academic programs in which they have enrolled?

A. Institutions must consult with CBIE as cases arise.

Q. How can scholars expect to receive their funds?

A. Canadian post-secondary institutions whose applications are successful will receive a Contribution Agreement for the administration of the scholarship.  Global Affairs Canada will use advance payments based on show of need (i.e. cash flow statements) to disburse the funds to the post-secondary institution.   Pending approval of the cash-flow statement, scholarship funds transferred to the post-secondary institution can be used towards eligible expenses, including tuition and living expenses. Periodically, the Canadian host institution will need to reconcile the actual expenses with the cash-flow statement, submitting receipts and other records of expenses incurred by the scholar.

Q. What happens if a student needs additional funding beyond the amount originally budgeted and included in the Contribution Agreement?

A. Such instances will be carefully examined by Global Affairs Canada in light of the original budget submitted by the Canadian institution.  Upon approval, a Contribution Agreement amendment might be required. 

Q. Is a Scholarship Letter of Agreement template available?  

A. This template will be provided to successful institutions alongside the Contribution Agreement.

Q. Is a cash flow statement template available?

A. This template will be provided to successful institutions with signed Contribution Agreements.

Q. What should be included in the qualitative and quantitative reports that are required of successful host institutions?

A. The specific details of these reports will be indicated in the Contribution Agreement.

Visas and Study Permits

Q. Where can I find information on visa, study permits and work permits to Canada?

A. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is responsible for visas, study permits and work permits for Canada. Please consult Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada’s website for more information.

Q. I was selected for the Study in Canada Scholarship, but my visa application was rejected. What should I do?

A. If your visa application is rejected, unfortunately you will not be eligible to study in Canada. Global Affairs Canada works closely with our colleagues to try to facilitate the visa application process, however the decision rests with IRCC.

Working in Canada

Q. Can I work while going to school if I receive the scholarship?

A. Your ability to work will depend on the terms and conditions of your study permit. Some candidates may be eligible to work part-time for up to 20 hours per week. Please consult Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada’s website for more information.

Q. Can I work in between the academic years during which I receive a scholarship (i.e., can I get a summer job)?

A. Your ability to work will depend on the terms and conditions of your study permit. Please consult Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada’s website for more information.

Staying in Canada

Q. Can I stay in Canada after completing my studies?

A. Your ability to stay in Canada after your studies will depend on the terms and conditions of your study permit. Please consult Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada’s website for more information.

Q. Will I be eligible to apply for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP) after the successful completion of my program?

A. Yes. Please consult Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada’s website for more information.

Spouses and Dependants

Q. I would like to bring my spouse or dependants with me. Am I still eligible to receive a scholarship?

A. The scholarship covers eligible expenses for the scholarship recipient only. Recipients wishing to bring a spouse or dependants with them to Canada will be required to apply for appropriate temporary residence permit(s) for any accompanying dependants and to cover all costs associated with their dependants’ travel to and from, and stay in, Canada. Please consult Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada’s website for more information.

Deferrals

Q. I was admitted to a Canadian institution and selected to receive the Study in Canada Scholarship, but I am no longer able to travel to Canada.  Can I defer the scholarship?

A. No, scholarships cannot be deferred.

Media

Q. How do I stay up to date with international scholarship competition launches?

A. To stay up to date with the launches of international scholarship competitions offered and promoted by Global Affairs Canada:

Background

The Study in Canada Scholarships program aims to increase opportunities for post-secondary institutions across Canada to welcome international students from around the world.

Successful candidates from eligible recipient countries/territories will receive scholarships to study in programs of up to two academic years in length leading to a diploma, post-secondary or post-graduate certificate, or Master’s degree at a college, technical or vocational school, or university in Canada.

Successful Canadian post-secondary institutions will have the opportunity to strengthen and diversify their international academic and people-to-people linkages, and to showcase the excellence of Canada’s post-secondary institutions across the country.

The new connections created through the program will diversify and enrich Canada’s education engagement with a diverse range of partners, strengthen bilateral ties, and complement the Government of Canada’s broader international trade diversification efforts.

Any questions?

All inquiries regarding the Study in Canada Scholarships program should be directed to: scholarships-bourses@cbie.ca.