Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards in Canada


The Canadian government and many institutions of higher learning provide scholarships, grants, and awards to help international students finance their studies. In this article, we have compiled a list of full and partial scholarships available to international students for studying in Canada.

How do I get a scholarship in Canada?

Scholarships for international students in Canada are very competitive. And most of them are only available to applicants at the Master’s and Ph.D. levels. However, it is not impossible to get one, as long as you understand the request for process and meet all the requirements. Also, be sure to meet the deadlines set by the awarding agency.

When looking for a scholarship to fund studying in a foreign country, the first place to look is the Ministry of Education in your home country. Only then can you contact the financial aid office at your university in Canada to find out what aid is available. See also the instructions for the scholarship request for information.

Other sources of information you can consult to find scholarship opportunities are governmental and private organizations as well as non-profit organizations in Canada. Check your eligibility and other essential details and begin the request. In general, the requirements differ from one scholarship to another. Some may depend on the applicant’s academic or extracurricular achievements or creative abilities.

Here are the steps to follow when requesting a scholarship in Canada:

  • Fill out the request for scholarship form.
  • Write an essay, statement of intent, or research proposal.
  • Attach the required documents: transcripts, and language skills.
  • work experience and any other documents related to your personal success.
  • Attend an interview and/or take a test if necessary.
  • Follow changes in government requirements and regulations for the program.

Scholarships to study for a Bachelor’s degree in Canada

Lester B. International Scholarships Pearson International Scholarships

This international scholarship organization based at the University of Toronto is always looking for international students. Students selected will have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and leadership abilities in school.

Overall, this scholarship covers tuition, books, and housing for the full 4 years.

Learn more about the Lester B. Pearson Scholarships.

Humber College Scholarships

Second, Humber College offers fully and partially renewable scholarships to incoming international students. These scholarships are available to students who begin their studies in September and January of each year.

Learn more about Humber College scholarships.

Studying at York University

Third, if you are an international student with an outstanding academic record and have been accepted to York University, you are eligible for a scholarship worth $60,000 to $100,000 for four years.

Learn more about York University scholarships.

University of British Columbia Scholarships

Fourth, UBC honors distinguished students from around the world by awarding more than C$10 million in scholarships and other financial assistance to international students.

Learn more about UBC scholarships and awards.

Carleton University Scholarships

Last but not least, Carleton University awards partial scholarships, ranging from $4,000 to $16,000 to outstanding students who achieve an admission average above 80%.

Learn more about Carleton University scholarships.

Canadian Graduate Scholarships

Vanier Graduate Scholarships

The Vanier Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) attracts elite doctoral students and establishes Canada as an international center for advanced research and teaching. Clearly, this scholarship is intended for doctoral students (or a combination of master’s and doctoral degrees or MD). The scholarship is worth $50,000 per year for three years.

Learn more about the Vanier Scholarships.

University of Manitoba Graduate Scholarships

The UMGF offers merit-based scholarships. This scholarship is for full-time students (Master’s and Ph.D.) at the University of Manitoba, regardless of nationality. Last but not least, the award is valued at $18,000 CAD for Ph.D. students and $14,000 CAD for Masters students.

Learn more about the University of Manitoba’s scholarships and awards.

Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships

This program is for international doctoral students in the humanities or social sciences. Priority is given to applicants from developing countries. This award is also available to full-time students in their first or second year of study at a Canadian university.

The award is valued at up to $60,000 for each researcher for three years.

Read more about the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarships

University of Waterloo International Masters and Ph.D. Scholarships

Research-based international master’s and doctoral students are eligible for scholarships. As a master’s student, you will receive C$2,045 per semester for two years. Then, if you are a Ph.D. student, you will receive CAD $4,090 per semester for 3 years.

Learn more about the University of Waterloo scholarships

University of Calgary Graduate Scholarships

Last but not least, Calgary offers a wide range of full and partial scholarships for international students. These scholarships range from $1,000 to $40,000 CAD and cover many academic fields.

Learn more about the University of Calgary scholarships.