EduCanada Study in Canada Scholarships

Deadline

Applicants: check with graduate program; Graduate program nomination deadline: 4:00 pm, Friday, 21 February 2020 (to be confirmed)

Annual Value

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

Citizenship

International

Degree Level

Masters
 

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).

 

Eligibility

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 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 (such as other scholarships offered by Global Affairs 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).

Additional important information:

  • Scholarships cannot be deferred.
  • 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.
  • 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 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

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

Steps:

  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;
  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 all eligible and complete nominations. Complete nomination packages must be received by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies by 4:00 pm on Friday, 21 February 2020 (to be confirmed)*.

*UBC is awaiting confirmation from EduCanada on the necessity of a university-wide ranking for this competition.  If the university-wide ranking is not required, the nomination deadline may be delayed to a later date.

For each nomination package, the following components must be included. Instructions on preparing items #2-8 are included below but may change. Please verify on the EduCanada website (in the "Application" tab).

  1. Nomination form (provided by graduate program)
  2. 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 applications for eligible Palestinian students, the option “other” should be selected from the pull-down menu. A copy of the Palestinian candidate’s official identity document and/or official travel document with valid dates should be provided. 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.
  3. 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 ranking in the letter, include the ranking in a separate cover memo instead (see below).
  4. Conditional letter of acceptance (provided by graduate program): A letter from the graduate program confirming the candidate has received conditional admission to their program.
  5. Academic plan of the proposed candidate (created by graduate program) 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.
  6. CV of the proposed candidate (provided by applicant): A curriculum vitae of the candidate outlining the individual’s qualifications.
  7. 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, healthcare)
  8. 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
  9. Cover memo: 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.

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 (#1-9).

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 website provides a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section.  The contact for this award competition is Natalie Thorson (natalie.thorson@ubc.ca).