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Scholarships to International Students in Canada

Canada consistently ranks among the top five countries for higher education, excelling in providing top-notch quality of

education, higher employability success with a high standard of living. Because of this, study in Canada is the dream of

many international students.

Let’s begin with the following list of skills you need to showcase while applying for a scholarship:

  • Consistently strong academic record

  • Leadership qualities demonstrated through teamwork, leading school or college in organising events, the acumen to work under high-pressure situations and time management skills

  • Excellent writing skills to communicate your strengths and stronghold in the subject articulately

  • Affinity towards volunteering work and community services

  • Strong letters of recommendation from teachers and supervisors

One of the most crucial parts of a scholarship application is the personal statement which introduces your personality, strengths, goals and inclinations to the admission committee. While it can be tedious to weigh and pick the right set of virtues from your background, our editors at Hello Study Global provide you the right direction in analysing, assessing and shaping an effective personal statement for you.

There are multiple types of scholarships available for international students in Canada such as- University scholarships, financial scholarships, Merit scholarships, Country-based scholarships, Government-funded scholarships and Privately-funded scholarships.

Most Prestigious Scholarships for International Students in Canada 


Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

These scholarships are ideal for students aspiring for a PhD in Canada as it offers CAD$50,000 (£31,000) per year for three years. Moreover, students pursuing a combined master’s and PhD can also apply for this scholarship.

These scholarships are distributed between the three federal granting agencies namely- Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

For these scholarships, you need to show academic excellence in Masters’ programs in Engineering, Natural Sciences, Health, Social Sciences or Humanities.

University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships
The University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships (UMGF) are merit-based awards that are open to students of any nationality who will be registered as full-time graduate students (Masters or Ph.D.) at the University of Manitoba.  The fellowships are valued at $18,000 for PhD students, or $14,000 for Master’s students for a 12-month period.

Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships
The scholarships are open to foreign nationals (with a preference for candidates from the developing world) who are applying to a doctoral program in the social sciences and humanities or registered full-time in the first or second year of such a program at a Canadian university.  Its annual value is up to $60,000 per scholar for a maximum of three years.


Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan

Facilitated through student exchange agreements between Canadian and regional institutions, these scholarships help students from Commonwealth countries applying for an MS in Canada and other programs for research at the Master’s and PhD levels. The Graduate Exchange Programs (GSEP) extends through a period of five or six months and provides up to $10,000 to cover transportation and other living expenses.

University of Waterloo International Master’s Students Awards (IMSA)

The IMSA awards have been discontinued effective May 1, 2019. Students pursuing Masters who are starting in spring 2019 or later should refer to the International Master’s Award of Excellence (IMAE)


NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships

These scholarships extend financial support to students engaged in the natural sciences or engineering doctoral programs.


IDRC Doctoral Research Awards

The International Development Research Centre provides multiple awards and fellowships to students from developing countries studying at a Canadian University. The field of research should contribute to the six development outcome areas which resonate with IDRC’s goals towards development. These development outcome areas are- Health Equity, Inclusive Governance, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth, Climate Resilience and Sustainable Food Systems, Inclusive Education, Strong Science and Innovation Systems.

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships 

Canadian government scholarships and fellowships offered to international students undertaking postgraduate study within the natural and social sciences or health research.

Canada Graduate Scholarships

Master’s Program – Scholarships for Canadian students enrolled on a master’s degree or PhD at a (CGS-M allocated) university in Canada. 

University-specific scholarships to study in Canada

Carleton University Awards for International Students – Scholarships to study in Canada at Carleton University, open to all graduate students, who are automatically considered for the awards upon application.

Concordia University International Undergraduate Awards – Various scholarships for international students to study in Canada at Concordia University in Montréal, open to international students at undergraduate level.

Dalhousie University Scholarships – Scholarships for current and prospective international/domestic students of all levels studying at Dalhousie University in Halifax. 

Fairleigh Dickinson Scholarships for International Students – Scholarships for international students of all levels undertaking study in Canada at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Vancouver.

HEC Montréal Scholarships – Various merit- and need-based Canadian scholarships for international students at HEC Montréal, including mobility scholarships for international students.

International Student Scholarships at Humber College Canada – A range of Canadian scholarships for international students at undergraduate level to study in Canada at Humber College in Toronto.

McGill University Scholarships and Student Aid – Various funding opportunities, including the McGill Entrance Scholarship Program and the PBEEE - Quebec Merit Scholarship for Foreign Students, for international students enrolled in graduate and postdoctoral studies. 

Queen’s University International Scholarships – A number of scholarships for international students to study in Canada at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Some awards solely open to students from India, Pakistan and the US.

Quest University Canada – Scholarships are available ranging from CA$2,000 to full tuition to study at Quest University Canada, which all international students are eligible for.

UBC International Leader of Tomorrow Award – Merit-based Canadian scholarships to study at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, open to undergraduate students who demonstrate leadership skills and exceptional academic achievement.

UBC Graduate Scholarships – A searchable database of scholarships for master's and PhD students at the University of British Columbia, including the university's four-year doctoral fellowships and Graduate Support Initiative.

University of Alberta International Scholarships – A range of scholarship options for international students to study at undergraduate/graduate level at the University of Alberta. 

University of Calgary International Scholarships – A selection of scholarships for international students to study in Canada at the University of Calgary. Awards range from CA$500 to CA$60,000.

University of Manitoba – Scholarships to study in Canada at the University of Manitoba, open to international undergraduates. The university’s Faculty of Graduate Studies lists scholarship options for international graduate students.

University of Saskatchewan International Student Awards – Merit-based ‘excellence’ scholarships to study in Canada, for undergraduate international students at the University of Saskatchewan.

University of Toronto Ontario Graduate Scholarship – Scholarships for domestic and international students to study at the University of Toronto’s School of Graduate Studies.

University of Waterloo International Funding – A variety of Canadian scholarships on offer to international students undertaking a master’s degree or doctoral program at the University of Waterloo.

Simon Fraser University Financial Aid and Awards – A range of scholarships and other funding opportunities for domestic and international students currently studying or planning to study at Simon Fraser University.

Western University International President's Entrance Scholarships – Various Canadian scholarships offered to international students undertaking study at Western University.

York University International Student Program – York University offers a number of international scholarships for undergraduate students to study in Toronto.


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