Scholarships to study in Canada
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.
The primary criterion for most scholarships is a good academic score, however it also depends on factors such as your chosen institution, subject and level. In some scholarships, factors like extracurricular activities, and volunteering can also be used to advantage.
However, do note that the amount of money available and type of award varies between the various institutions. Getting a scholarship is competitive and so, you must apply well in time. We recommend you to start with the procedure about 8-12 months before the intake begins. If you get stuck anywhere, IDP counsellors will be more than happy to guide you through.
Here are some of the more popular scholarships.
1. Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan
- This program is designed to enable students pursue programs of advanced study and research at the Master and PhD level in Commonwealth countries other than their own.
- The award comprises travel, living allowance and all compulsory tuition fees.
2. 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.
3. Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program
- For graduate students in a wide variety of disciplines.
- Students must accept an offer from a university in Ontario and obtain a valid student permit (visa).
4. Quebec Provincial Government Scholarship
- For students studying in Quebec.
- Financial assistance is available to students studying master’s level or above.
- Each application is assessed on its own merit.
5. Ontario Trillium Scholarship
- First announced in November 2010 for the best doctoral students from around the world to study in Ontario.
- Each scholarship is worth $40,000 annually, renewable for a maximum of four years.
Remember, Ontario universities are known for selecting and awarding scholarships to international PhD students based on merit and program.
Do check if there are scholarships specifically available for Sri Lanka natives. Also, every university and college has its own list of scholarships for international students. Ask your IDP counsellor for guidance and they will help you with all the available scholarships during the application process.