This scholarship program is open to mid-career professionals from academia, civil society, the private sector (with a focus on micro, small and medium-sized businesses, and on social enterprises), and the public sector (including ministries, parastatals, state-owned enterprises, legislative and judicial bodies).
A mid-career professional, for the extent of this scholarship program, is someone who:
- has worked for at least 5 and up to 20 years;
- is in a managerial, policy development or in a decision-making position OR is a mid-career academic in a post-secondary academic institution, research institution, or think tank;
- has at least two years of experience within the position; and,
- is not supervising more than 30 employees and/or a CAD 30 million budget per year.
To be eligible:
- Candidates must be citizens of an ASEAN member state and must be currently working in an ASEAN member state;
- Candidates from Brunei and Singapore must demonstrate how they would use the learning in Canada to help combat poverty in one of the other eight ASEAN countries;
- Candidates must fulfill the requirements of the Canadian institution including academic requirements and language proficiency; and,
- Candidates who have obtained Canadian citizenship or who have applied for permanent residency in Canada are not eligible.
Desired qualifications and application assessment criteria
To be qualified, candidates must:
- Choose a short-term program that is aligned with, and contribute to, the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Eligible programs include, but are not limited to, the following priority sectors:
- Gender Based Analysis;
- Performance management/deliverology/results based management/performance audit;
- Financial management/comptrollership/project management;
- Financial technologies; and,
- Climate change adaptation/environmental sustainability/environmental impact assessment.
- Provide a description of the chosen course/program. Please include the following information in the application form:
- Name of the program/course;
- Name of the Canadian institution delivering the program/course;
- Duration of the program, including the dates of the program;
- Total cost of the program; and
- A description of the program/course.
- Provide a letter of intent, written in one of the official languages of Canada (French or English), outlining how the chosen short-term program is aligned with the candidate’s current work/career, and how the candidate will apply the learning in Canada to help implement at least one Sustainable Development Goal and combat poverty or narrow the development gap in the ASEAN region. Candidates’ letter of intent must be filled out in the application form and must include the following:
- a brief rationale for choosing the short-term program, and how it is linked to the candidate’s work/career;
- a brief explanation of how the chosen short-term program is aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and an identification of which Sustainable Development Goal the program is aligned with;
- For candidates from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam: please provide a brief explanation of how you plan to use the learning in Canada to help combat poverty in your home country;
- For candidates from Brunei and Singapore: please provide a brief explanation of how you plan to use the learning in Canada to help combat poverty in one of the other eight ASEAN countries.
- Submit a letter of support from the applicant’s current employer, which must be located in an ASEAN member state, confirming that the applicant can be considered as a mid-career professional, and outlining the anticipated benefits from the candidate learning in Canada.
- Submit a résumé, outlining candidate’s academic qualifications and relevant work experience;
- Submit a Proof of citizenship: a copy of passport (valid for the duration of the scholarship) or valid national identity document. If the identity document is in a language other than English or French, an English or French translation of the identity document must be provided. Note: a driver's licence, permanent resident card, student card or baptism certificate is not accepted as proof of citizenship. The country of citizenship in the application form must be the same as the country of the proof of citizenship.
- Agree to the conditions stated in the Privacy Notice Statement by checking the relevant box in the application form, as well as dating and signing the application form.
Applications will be assessed by a selection committee on the compliance with the criteria listed above, and on their respective merits, including the strength of the links made by the candidate(s) between the learning in Canada and one of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Following Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy, a larger amount of scholarships will be awarded to women, and to candidates from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Vietnam than other ASEAN member states, in an effort to contribute to narrowing the development gap in ASEAN.
Applications for second language training will not be considered.
Terms and conditions
The following terms and conditions must be met during the period of the scholarship.
The Canadian institution must:
- be registered by its federal, provincial or territorial government as a Canadian post-secondary institution, a not-for-profit organization or a private specialized institute, or be a federal institution such as the Canada School of Public Service;
- inform the candidate(s) of all applicable fees for the short-term program; and,
- provide a registration proof and deliver a receipt to the applicant(s).
The scholarship recipients:
- must provide DFATD with the signed Letter of Agreement and the proof of acceptance in the short-term program before the first installment;
- must provide DFATD with the proof of payment for the program/course fee and proof of medical insurance before the second installment;
- must provide DFATD with records for major expenses such as travel and accommodation upon request;
- must be proficient in the language of instruction at the Canadian institution (English or French) before their arrival in Canada, as the scholarship does not cover language training. Language requirements are set by each Canadian institution;
- must submit a final report of how their studies will enable them to contribute towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the developing countries of ASEAN within 15 days upon completion of their short-term training in Canada (maximum 500 words);
- are excluded from clinical training or clinically-oriented research involving direct patient-care in pharmacy, medicine, dentistry or other health fields;
- may not currently hold any other scholarship granted by the Government of Canada;
- must arrive in Canada up to three days prior the starting date of the short-term program. Failure to arrive during this time will result in the cancellation of the scholarship. Scholarship recipients are expected to leave upon completion of the short-term program;
- must ensure that they have appropriate health insurance for the full duration of the scholarship and provide proof of medical insurance to DFATD before the second installment ;
- must take the responsibility for applying for any visa/study permit;
- must take the responsibility for all the logistical requirements, including applying to the short-term program, booking flights and accommodation in Canada etc.
- must focus only on the short-term training program during their stay in Canada;
- agree to have their contact information shared with DFATD, for reasons such as: to be invited to join the Government of Canada Scholars’ Alumni Association (GCSAA), to attend events organized by the Canadian Embassy or the High Commission in their home country and by DFATD in Canada, or for promotional and statistical purposes; and,
- agree to contribute to the evaluation process of the SEED mid-career component by providing some feedback to the project manager for quality improvement purpose.
- Recipients are responsible for completing registration procedures for the short-term program they have identified;
- Recipients are responsible for submitting their visa application as early as possible and follow the procedures as outlined by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada;
- Recipients are responsible for providing valid banking information to DFATD, in order to receive direct deposit;
- Recipients are responsible for coordinating their international flights, ground transportation in Canada, accommodation, health insurance, applying for applicable visas, and using the scholarship funds;
- Recipients also have to take the necessary steps to pay the short-term course fees to the Canadian institution by the required deadline, using the scholarship funds. The scholarship program will not cover late fees/penalties;
- Scholarships cannot be deferred and are not renewable; and
- Scholarships are not taxable by the Government of Canada for either the Canadian institution or the scholarship recipient.
Please direct all inquiries regarding the eligibility requirements to: Scholarships-Info-Bourses@international.gc.ca or 613-237-4820.