The Study in Canada Scholarships program is funded by the Government of Canada and aims to increase opportunities for post-secondary institutions across Canada to welcome international students from around the world. The academic placement must be carried out on a full-time basis at a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution located in Canada.
The Study in Canada Scholarships program is open to students from all academic disciplines, for programs of up to two years in duration at the post-secondary level leading to a diploma, post-secondary or post-graduate certificate, or Master’s degree at a college, technical or vocational institute or university in Canada.
The application period is expected to be from January to March 2020. We are waiting for Global Affairs Canada to confirm the exact dates.
McMaster Internal Deadline for applicants to submit required documents is Thursday, March 5, 2020. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. An application is deemed complete if all application materials have been submitted by the applicant and the department to McMaster’s International Graduate Student Coordinator by the internal deadline.
All eligible applications submitted by the internal deadline will be reviewed at the institutional level and only those deemed exceptional by McMaster University will be forwarded to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) for the federal competition.
Canadian institutions will be informed of the final selection and results by the end of May 2020.
Value and Duration
The scholarship value varies depending on the duration, level and program of study. The scholarship values are:
- Up to CAD 60,000 for programs of one academic year in duration (e.g., two academic terms of up to 4 months each)
- Up to CAD 120,000 for programs of two academic years in duration (e.g., up to 20 months, including four academic terms of up to 4 months each and one intervening spring/summer term of up to 4 months)
Scholarships are tenable for a minimum of one academic year and up to a maximum of two academic years (up to 20 months total, including one intervening spring/summer term of up to 4 months). Scholarship recipients may commence their studies or research as early as August 2020 for the fall semester but no later than February 2021 for the winter semester.
- visa and/or study/work permit fees and/or travel related to the collection of biometrics;
- economy-class airfare, for the scholarship recipient only, to Canada by the most direct and economical route and return airfare upon completion of the scholarship;
- health insurance;
- tuition fees and mandatory expenses for the academic program for up to 20 months, including four academic terms (up to 16 months) and one spring/summer term (up to 4 months) for those enrolled in two-year programs;
- living expenses, for the scholarship recipient only, such as accommodation, utilities and food;
- ground transportation expenses, including a public transportation pass; and
- books and supplies required for the recipient’s study or research, excluding computers and other equipment.
The benefits will vary according to the terms and conditions as well as the length of the scholarship.
To be considered for a scholarship, candidates:
- must be citizens of one of the following eligible countries:
- Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Comoros, Djibouti, Fiji, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Liberia, Mauritania, Micronesia, Palau, Tonga, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Vanuatu. Palestinian students from the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem are also eligible. NOTE: Palestinian candidate students residing in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem are eligible, and may be requested to provide supporting documentation demonstrating their Palestinian identity.
- must not hold Canadian citizenship and must not have applied for permanent residency in Canada;
- must apply for admission to a full time academic program at a Canadian post-secondary institution;
- should indicate their interest in being considered for the Study in Canada Scholarships program when applying;
- must not already be participating in a scholarship program funded by the Government of Canada;
- may already be enrolled in a degree or diploma program at a college, technical or vocational institute, or university in Canada;
- must meet the entrance requirements for the proposed program of study at the time of submitting an application; and
- must possess the linguistic competencies necessary to undertake studies in the language of instruction at the Canadian institution (English or French).
The following guidelines are followed for the review, assessment and selection of applications:
- All online applications received by the deadline will be pre-screened to ensure they meet eligibility requirements established for the program.
- Eligible and complete applications, including the supporting documents, will be evaluated based on their potential to strengthen and diversify Canada’s international education engagement, with attention to criteria such as:
- Diversity of recipient countries/territories of nominated candidate students
- Broad regional representation of participating Canadian institutions
- International linkages and internationalization objectives advanced by participating Canadian institutions
- Gender representation
- Students who wish to be considered for a Study in Canada Scholarship should submit an application to McMaster University for admission to the program of their choice;
- Students are encouraged to indicate their interest in being considered for the Study in Canada Scholarships program when applying;
- Students are responsible for ensuring they meet the admission requirements of the academic program; and
- Students are responsible for providing supporting documents requested, within the required timelines.
- Departments are responsible for providing supporting documents on behalf of the applicant.
Departments must email all the required documents as one PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Thursday, March 5, 2020. Please include: Study in Canada Scholarship in the email subject line.
Applicants to provide the following documents to their department:
(Please contact your department to confirm when they require your documents in order for them to meet the March 5th deadline)
- Proof of citizenship/identity: a copy of the applicants’ passport or official identity document with valid dates. Note: a driver’s licence, permanent resident card, student card or baptism certificate is not accepted as proof of citizenship. NOTE: Palestinian candidate students residing in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem are eligible, and may be requested to provide supporting documentation demonstrating their Palestinian identity.
- CV of the proposed candidate: A curriculum vitae outlining your qualifications.
- Privacy Notice Statement: a copy of the Privacy Notice Statement for non-Canadian participants dated and signed.
- Budget: A clear and itemized budget indicating how the scholarship will be used to cover eligible expenses (e.g., tuition, living expenses, healthcare).
Departments to include the following documents in the PDF:
- Letter of intent from the institution: Maximum 1 page
- A letter in English or French describing:
- its rationale for nominating the candidate(s),
- how receiving the student(s) will contribute to the school’s international linkages and internationalization objectives
- how the candidate’s studies will contribute to developing ties between the recipient’s country/territory and Canada.
- See Selection Process above for more information on the criteria that will be used to assess applications.
- A letter in English or French describing:
- Conditional letter of acceptance: A letter confirming the student has received conditional admission to the program of study. (copy of offer letter)
- Academic plan of the proposed candidate: An academic plan, outlining the candidate’s proposed program of study, including all semesters spent in Canada. For students intending to pursue a two-year program, the plan should include the proposed activities for the intervening spring/summer semester.
Terms and Conditions for scholarship recipients:
- must engage in full-time studies or research as defined by the Canadian institution;
- must be proficient in the language of instruction at the Canadian institution (English or French) before their arrival in Canada as the scholarship does not cover language training. Language requirements are set by each Canadian institution;
- may not hold any other scholarship granted by the Government of Canada;
- who are enrolled in courses must arrive in Canada by September for the fall semester or by February for the winter semester;
- must maintain good academic standing in order to remain eligible for the scholarship;
- must ensure that they have appropriate health insurance for the full duration of the scholarship, as per the policies of the Canadian institution; and
- must focus primarily on full-time studies or research during their stay in Canada.
For more information on this opportunity please visit Study in Canada Scholarship.