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Scholarships to study in Canada

Find scholarships for Canada to finance your studies. 

Canadian universities and colleges provide a wide range of scholarships to meritorious international students to help them fund their studies. Apart from this, many scholarships, grants and bursaries are also offered by the Canadian government, public and private establishments. Before you apply to any of these scholarships, do check the eligibility and criteria, along with the closing date.

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What is the criteria for applying to scholarships?

The primary criterion for most scholarships is a good academic score, however it also depends on factors such as your chosen destination, subject and level. In some scholarships, factors like extracurricular activities, and volunteering can also be used to advantage.

What amount of money is available through scholarships?

The amount of money available and type of award varies between various institutions. Getting a scholarship is competitive and so, it is important that you apply well ahead in time. We recommend you to start with the procedure about 8-12 months before the preferred intake begins.

Here’s an overview of some of the popular scholarships you can apply to as an Indian student.

S. No.

Name of the scholarship



Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute

  • Offers various fellowships at different levels from graduate to post-doctorate and from research to training fellowships



Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan

  • This scheme identifies students with high intellect from Commonwealth countries applying to programs of advanced study and research at the Master and PhD level
  • The award comprises travel, living allowance and the compulsory tuition fees



Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program

  • For graduate students in a wide variety of disciplines
  • As a pre-requisite to applying, students must accept an offer from a university in Ontario and obtain a valid study permit



National Research Council of Canada (NRCC)

  • Research associateship is offered to master degree holders in engineering and PhD holders in natural science or engineering disciplines


Quebec Provincial Government Scholarship

  • For students studying in Quebec
  • Financial assistance to students at master’s level or above
  • Each application is assessed on its own merit



Ontario Trillium Scholarship

  • First announced in November 2010 for  doctoral students from around the world to study in Ontario
  • Each scholarship is worth $40,000 annually, renewable for a maximum of four years
  • 75 scholarships are awarded each year
  • Ontario universities are responsible for selecting and awarding scholarship to international PhD students based on merit and program criteria



Partnership Grants by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

  • For PhD candidates
  • Supports new or existing research initiatives in social sciences and humanities
  • Worth up to CAD 20,000
  • Duration: 4 to 7 years

*This is an indicative list, please speak with your counsellor for details and best available options suited to your profile

Many Canadian universities and colleges also have their own list of scholarships for Indian students. Don’t worry if you get stuck anywhere, our counsellors will be more than happy to guide you through. Click here 

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