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Scholarships and financial aid

Scholarships in Canada may be offered by institutions, organizations, governments, or individuals. Here are some of them:

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS)

The Government of Canada launched the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program in 2008 to strengthen Canada's ability to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning. Vanier Scholars demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and/or humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health.

Up to 167 scholarships are awarded annually with the value of 50,000 Canadian dollars per year.

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University of Waterloo International Master’s and Doctoral Awards

University of Waterloo has a variety of great funding opportunities available to international students. These include:

  • International Master's (IMSA) and International Doctoral Student Awards (IDSA)

  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)

  • Ontario Trillium Scholarship (OTS)

  • Trudeau Foundation Scholarships

  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

  • Bursaries

  • Graduate funding and awards database

For more information, click here.

Ontario Trillium Scholarship (OTS)

The Ontario Trillium Scholarships (OTS) program is an important initiative to attract top international students to Ontario for PhD studies. Students interested in the Ontario Trillium Scholarships are encouraged to express their interest in the competition to the graduate program chair when applying for admission to Western University. A qualified international applicant must be nominated for the scholarship by the Graduate Chair of the admitting program.

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Universities that offer partial scholarships to Filipino students:

Scholarships in Canada

School & Scholarship Name



Humber College International Student Scholarhsips 1,500$ to 4,000$ Awards degree scholarships automatically to graduating high school students based on academic achievement.
Kwantlen Polytechnic University International Entrance Financial Award 2000-4,000 CAD Financial awards are refunded back into the student’s KPU account every semester ($500 each semester). 
University Canada West Southeast Asia Regional Grant 9450-18,900 CAD Open to all international students from the Philippines


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