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Graduate Studies

Emerging Leaders of the Americas Program (ELAP)

The Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) scholarships provide students from Latin America and the Caribbean with short-term exchange opportunities for study or research, in Canada, at the college, undergraduate and graduate levels.

The Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) scholarships are facilitated through institutional collaborations and student exchange agreements between Canadian and Latin American or Caribbean institutions. These agreements are created between colleges, technical or vocational institutions and universities. Students, hereby referred to as “candidates”, must be registered as full-time students at their home institution at the time of application and during the entire duration of their study or research stay in Canada.

Funding for ELAP scholarships is made available by Global Affairs Canada through its legal title: the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD).


Candidates must be citizens of one of the following eligible countries:

  • Caribbean: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos;
  • Central America: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama;
  • North America: Mexico; or
  • South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela.


  • must be enrolled full-time at a post-secondary institution in an eligible country and paying any tuition fees regulated by that institution at the time of application and for the full duration of the exchange;
  • who have obtained Canadian citizenship or who have applied for permanent residency in Canada are not eligible;
  • already participating in an exchange scholarship program funded by the Government of Canada are not eligible; and
  • already enrolled in a degree or diploma program at a Canadian university or college are not eligible.


The scholarship value varies depending on the duration and level of study. The scholarship value for students is:

  • CAD $7,200 for a minimum of four months or one academic term of study or research; or
  • CAD $9,700 for a period of five to six months of study or research.


The earliest start date of the scholarship is June 1 and the latest start date is February 1.

Instructions for McMaster supervisor

If you are interested in supporting an ELAP application for an incoming international graduate exchange student, you are required to register for an on-line account. When you are asked to Select an Account Type, click on the drop-down menu and choose Institution. (Don’t choose Student/Researcher/Faculty)

When completing your information chose Canadian Academic Supervisor under the drop-down menu under Role.

The potential supervisor is to work directly with the student to ensure the application is completed by the due date of March 21, 2019. There is no internal deadline through the School of Graduate Studies.  It is strictly the supervisor’s and graduate student’s responsibility to ensure the application is submitted by the deadline.