EduCanada Study in Canada Scholarships


Applicants: check with graduate program; Graduate program nomination deadline: 4:00 pm, Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Annual Value

Up to $60,000 for programs of one academic year, Up to $120,000 for programs of two academic years



Degree Level


The Study in Canada Scholarships program aims to increase opportunities for post-secondary institutions across Canada to welcome international students from around the world.

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.

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).  The scholarship values are up to $60,000 for programs of one academic year in duration (e.g., two academic terms of up to 4 months each) and up to $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).

Please note: 2020 is the first year of this scholarship.  EduCanada has indicated that the eligibility requirements (including the list of eligible countries) may change for the 2021 award competition year.



To be considered for a scholarship, candidate students:

  • can be in any academic discipline;
  • must engage in full-time studies or research leading to a diploma, post-secondary or post-graduate certificate, or Master’s degree;
    • Note: Doctoral programs, part-time programs and online programs are not eligible
  • must be entering a program that can be completed in two academic years or less with full-time status;
  • 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 or permanent residency and must not have a pending application for permanent residency in Canada;
  • must apply and be admitted 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 (such as other scholarships offered by Global Affairs 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).

Additional important information:

  • Scholarships cannot be deferred.
  • Scholarships are tenable for a minimum of one academic year (8 months) and up to a maximum of two academic years (24 months total), which must begin between August 2020 and February 2021
  • Priority will be given to candidates who have not previously received a scholarship funded by the Government of Canada.

Please see the EduCanada website for further details.

Evaluation Criteria

Eligible and complete applications, including the supporting documents, will be evaluated by EduCanada based on their potential to strengthen and diversify Canada’s international education engagement, with attention to criteria such as:

  • diversity of countries/territories of nominated candidates;
  • broad regional representation of participating Canadian post-secondary institutions; and
  • representation across the post-secondary education sector.

Please see the EduCanada website (under "Application") for further information.

Application Procedures

Interested applicants do not apply directly to this scholarship; they must apply for admission to The University of British Columbia (UBC) and then be selected to be nominated by UBC for this scholarship.

Applicants must apply for admission to an eligible program (e.g., a full-time Master’s program) by the program’s deadline. Please note that the deadlines for applications for admission vary among programs. Applicants are strongly advised to complete the application for admission early, in advance of the program’s deadline.

Applying to UBC Vancouver

Applying to UBC Okanagan


  1. Submit an application to UBC for admission to the program of your choice.
  2. Indicate your interest in being considered for the Study in Canada Scholarships program in your admission application.  You can also email your potential future UBC graduate program to inquire if they will consider nominating you.
  3. If selected by your program to be nominated for the scholarship, you will be contacted with next steps.

Nomination Procedures

Each graduate program or academic department may forward a maximum of 1 applicant per eligible country.  There are 16 eligible countries, so if a department has eligible candidates from each country, they could potentially submit up to 16 nominations.

Graduate programs are requested to submit their full nomination packages by 4:00 pm on Wednesday, 8 April 2020.

For each full nomination package, the following components must be included:

  • Cover memo (provided by graduate program): If submitting more than one nominee, please provide a cover memo listing your program’s nominees in rank order based on your program’s strategic priorities and describing in brief how each nominee’s studies align with your program’s priorities.
  • Nomination form (provided by graduate program)
  • Letter of intent from the institution (created by graduate program) describing: i) its rationale for nominating the candidate, ii) how receiving the student will contribute to the school’s international linkages and internationalization objectives, and iii) how the candidate’s studies will contribute to developing ties between the recipient’s country/territory and Canada (maximum 1 page); refer to “Evaluation Criteria” above.
    • If submitting more than one nominee, please do not include the nominee's ranking in the letter of intent.  Instead, include the ranking the cover memo (see above).
  • Proof of citizenship/identity (provided by applicant): a copy of the candidate's 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.
    • The country/territory of citizenship/residency selected in the online application form must be the same as the country/territory of the proof of citizenship/identity.
    • For Palestinian candidates from the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, the option “Other” should be selected from the drop-down menu. A copy of the candidate’s Palestinian Authority-issued travel document or identification demonstrating East Jerusalem residency with valid dates must be provided.
  • Letter of acceptance (provided by graduate program): A letter confirming the candidate has received admission to the program of study.
  • Academic plan of the proposed candidate (created by graduate program) an outline of the candidate’s proposed program of study for the scholarship period, issued by the host institution. For two-year programs, the plan should specify whether full-time study or another academic activity required for the program completion will take place during the intervening spring/summer term/semester.
    • Recommended to include in the academic plan: The academic plan should specify dates/months (start and end dates of terms), the total duration of the program, and indicate that the applicant will have full-time status.
  • CV of the proposed candidate (provided by applicant): A curriculum vitae of the candidate outlining the individual’s qualifications.
  • Budget (created by graduate program): The graduate program must provide a clear and itemized budget indicating how the scholarship will be used to cover eligible expenses (e.g., tuition, living expenses, health insurance)
  • Privacy Notice Statement (provided by applicant): a copy of the Privacy Notice Statement for non-Canadian participants must be dated and signed by the candidate

Presentation standards: All free-from documents (except letters), must be presented in portrait orientation; start on a new page; and use 12-point Times New Roman or comparable font.

Submitting Nominations

Nomination packages should be uploaded as a single PDF file to the graduate program’s UBC Workspace folder (named G+PS Awards - GradProgram; e.g., G+PS Awards - PSYC).  Please have the nomination documents arranged in the order they are listed above.  Note: If your unit does not have a G+PS folder in Workspace, please email to have a folder set up for your unit.

The naming convention to be used for electronic files is: EduCanada_[Department]_LastName_FirstName.pdf. For example, a nomination file for Jane Lee from EECE would be called EduCanada_EECE_Lee_Jane.pdf.

Further Information

For further information, please visit the EduCanada Study in Canada Scholarships webpage.  The webpage includes a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) tab.  The contact for this award competition is Natalie Thorson (