Towering mountains, fresh air, azure lakes, abundant wildlife, great universities...Canada attracts thousands of international students every year and for good reason.
However, what isn’t so great is the amount that it costs to study there. Tuition fees are fairly high and in some big cities the cost of living can be quite pricey too. High costs of living can often put international students off studying abroad.
That’s where this guide to scholarships in Canada for international students comes in. There are plenty of government-funded opportunities that students can apply for as well as scholarship funds from universities.
Here’s a broad selection of scholarships that are available to international students looking to study in Canada.
Types of scholarships
Most universities will offer some kind of financial aid for international students, so your institution of choice should be your first port of call when considering funding.
These scholarships are based on the financial need of the students. The majority of these are only available for US residents but some universities will give out needs-based scholarships to international students.
For students who are either academically gifted, were top sports players in high school or excelled in community or entrepreneurial work.
These scholarships are targeted at students from developing countries in particular.
The Canadian government offers many scholarship programmes for international students, some of which are listed below.
Privately funded scholarships
Sometimes private businesses or donors will fund scholarships for international students. These are also more likely to be targeted at developing countries and minority groups, or in specific areas of study.
These can range from a small one-off payment students can use towards their fees or a larger payment that is staggered to cover certain costs of going to university.
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships
These were created to attract and retain world-class doctoral students. The scholarship is worth CAD$50,000 (£31,000) per year for three years and can be used towards a doctoral degree or combined master’s and PhD.
Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships
These are offered to international students doing postgraduate study in natural and social sciences or health sciences.
IDRC Doctoral Research Awards
These are for students from developing countries that are already studying at a university in Canada.
NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships
There are a number of Canadian government scholarships for students choosing to study in natural sciences or engineering.
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Lester B. Pearson International Scholarships
These scholarships at the University of Toronto aim to recognise international students who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement. The scholarship will cover tuition, books, incidental fees and full residence support for four years.
Humber College International Entrance Scholarships
Humber College offers renewable full and partial tuition scholarships to new international students.
York University International Student Scholarship Programme
These scholarships are worth CAD$60,000-$100,000 for a four-year degree programme for international students who have displayed academic excellence.
University of British Columbia Scholarships for International Students
The university dedicates more than $10 million annually towards awards, scholarships and other forms of financial assistance for international undergraduate students.
Carleton University Entrance Scholarships for International Students
Carleton University offers partial scholarships worth $4,000 - $16,000 to students who meet the admission average criteria of 80 per cent and above.
University of Manitoba graduate fellowships
These awards are open to students of any nationality who have applied to be full-time graduate students at the University of Manitoba. They are valued at $18,000 for PhD students or $14,000 for master’s students.
Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships
These are open to foreign students applying to a doctoral programme in the social sciences and humanities. The annual value is up to $60,000 per scholar for a maximum of three years.
University of Waterloo Master’s Awards of Excellence
The master’s of excellence awards are open to international master’s students starting a research based graduate programme. Students will receive $2,500 per term for a maximum of five months.
University of Calgary Graduate awards
There are a number funding opportunities for international students of up to $40,000.
University of Winnipeg President’s Scholarships
Scholarships are given to international students from undergraduate level up to PhD. The award is a partial tuition fee waiver of $3,500.
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