How to Get a Scholarship to Study in Canada

How to Get a Scholarship to Study in Canada


How to Get a Scholarship to Study in Canada – Do you know that it is studying in Canada is going to be a smart move for you as Canada is one of the best countries of the world to study in? Do you know why?

This is because Canada is the home for some of the best universities in Canada and most of the universities in Canada have high graduate employability meaning that there are high chances of getting a job in Canada.

According to statistics, Canada is ranked 3rd in the world when it comes to welcoming foreign students with about 642,000 students currently enrolled in some of the top universities in Canada.

In as much as studying in Canada is very good and can be a great advantage to your future, there are still some limitations when it comes to tuition fees and other expenses as an international student.

The cost of accommodation, textbooks and other expenses in addition to tuition fees could make studying in Canada difficult for some students and for this reason, the government of Canada have introduced a number of fully funded scholarships and reward programs under the Global Affairs Canada (GAC) program to help highly talented candidates get the top education that they have always wanted.


Some university in Canada also have their own scholarship programs for international students especially universities in Ontario and British Columbia.

So in this article, we will be showing you how you can get a scholarship to study in Canada.

So without much delay, let’s proceed…

How To Get Scholarship To Study In Canada

Like we mentioned earlier that Canada is one of the best countries to study in and some of the universities in Canada offer scholarships to international students to help them study and we will be listing some of the scholarship programs available in Canada from the government, non-government and international organizations.

Government Funded Scholarships

Global Affairs Canada

This program is managed by the government and it distributes funding for a number of scholarships and rewards programs for students from different countries of the world. The program covers expenses such as flight fee, tuition fee, monthly living expenses, accommodation, health insurance and many others.

Most of the programs are really difficult to qualify for as only top tier candidates are accepted into the program. Also, you would be required to proof that you would return to your country after you must have completed your study program.


Also, if you are a GAC student, you would not be eligible to apply for a work permit through the Post Graduate Work Permit Program after you must have completed your study program.

Let’s look at some of the scholarship programs that are funded under the GAC:

GAC Scholarship Programs
ProgramLength of StayLevel of Study
African Leaders of Tomorrow12-24 monthsGraduate (Master’s degree)
Canada-Brazil Awards (joint Research Projects)10 days; 4-6 monthsFaculty; Graduate (Master’s degree, PhD)
Canada-Chile Leadership Exchange Scholarship4 – 6 monthsCollege or vocational; undergraduate (Master’s degree, PhD)
Emerging Leaders in Americas Program4 – 12 monthsFaculty; scholars; mid-career; professionals
Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program4 – 6 monthsFaculty; scholars; mid-career; professionals
Canada-CARICOM Leadership Scholarships Program4 – 8 monthsCollege or vocational; undergraduate (Master’s degree, PhD)
Canada-CARICOM Faculty Scholarships Program2 – 3 weeks; 5 -6 monthsFaculty or international liaison officers or managers undertaking professional development; faculty undertaking graduate studies or research
Dobbin Scholarship2-4 weeksGraduate research
James M. Flaherty Program4-6 weeks; 2-3 monthsGraduate and postdoctoral research; visiting professorship
Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program2-6 weeks; 4-36 monthsScholars; professionals; graduate (Master’s degree, PhD); postdoctoral; faculty
Killam Fellowships Program4-10 monthsUndergraduate
Programme canadien de bourses de la Francophonie12-48 monthsCollege or vocational; graduate (Master’s degree, PhD); postdoctoral

Top GAC Scholarship Programs

  • Scholarships for LAC Citizens Program

The eligible applicants for the program are Latin American and Caribbean applicants that are already enrolled in a post-secondary institution in an eligible country.

The duration for the program is 4 months or 1 academic term and the value is $7,200 and another for 5 to 6 months and the value is $9,700.

  • Study in Canada Scholarship Program

The eligible applicants for the program are applicants from Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Djibouti, Fiji, Comoros, Liberia, Kiribati, Mauritania, Tonga, Micronesia, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu and Kazakhstan.

The duration of the program is around 1 to 2 years and the value is around $60,000 per year.

  • Study and Research Scholarship for Southeast Asian Students Program

The eligible applicants for this program are Latin American and Caribbean Applicants already enrolled in a post-secondary institution in an eligible country.

Provincial and Territorial Scholarships

There are some provinces in Canada that offer their own scholarship programs most especially Ontario and British Columbia.

The Ontario scholarship program is the Ontario Trillium Scholarship Program for international PhD students who want to study at a university in Ontario while the British Columbia scholarship program is the Canadian Bureau for International Education Vanier Canada Scholarship Program which is for international doctoral students with a duration and value of $50,000 per year for up to 3 years.

Universities That Offer Scholarships to Study in Canada

If you do not qualify for a fully funded government scholarship or you want to apply to a particular university, you can check if the university has a scholarship program that you can apply for.

Let look at some of the top universities offering scholarship programs and awards to international students.

  • University of Toronto
  • McGill University
  • University of Alberta
  • University of British Columbia
  • Saskatchewan University
  • Calgary University
  • York University
  • University of Waterloo
  • Dalhousie University
  • McMaster University
  • Regina University

One sweet thing about studying on a scholarship program that is acquired from your Designated Learning Institution is that you are eligible to apply to stay and work in Canada after you must have completed your study program unlike the GAC programs.


Gaining work experience in Canada is a step in the right direction towards gaining permanent residency in Canada in the future.

How to Apply to Study in Canada?

Whether you are getting a scholarship or not, you will still need a study visa and permit to study in Canada so after you must have chosen the place you would like to study in, you will have to make sure that you meet all the requirements and have everything you need to apply to study in Canada.

What Are The Requirements To Study In Canada?

For you to study in Canada, you will need a study permit and either a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). The Study permit and study visa are not the same as the former allows you to study in Canada while the latter allows you to enter Canada.

The requirements to apply are:

  • You must meet the admission requirements of your DLI
  • You must meet the general requirements to enter Canada
  • You must have a valid passport
  • You must have a letter of intent
  • You must have an updated CV
  • You must have a proof that shows you will leave Canada after your studies
  • You must have language results from an approved test
  • You must have medical certificate and police clearance.

If you are applying for Masters and PhD, you will need:

  • 2 letters of academic reference
  • Employment references
  • An Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) if you earned your first degree outside Canada

Final Note

Studying in Canada is a great choice as you are already one step ahead in preparing and securing a bright future for yourself and this is because most of the universities in Canada have a high tendency of graduate employability meaning that you could easily get a job in or outside Canada when you graduate from a Canadian university.

We have shown you some of the scholarship programs for the government, provinces and also universities in Canada and how you can apply for any of the scholarships if you are eligible.  

The visa application and immigration process can be daunting and overwhelming so it is advised that you go through a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) as they know everything about Canadian immigration and visa application and can help you will your application from start to finish.

The best time to start your application is now.



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