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Canada- the 10th largest economy in the world, has one of the best education systems that attract a number of international students every year. There are around 600,000 international students in the country at all levels of education, in a given year. To provide students with quality education, the country has a host of esteemed world-leading institutions such as the University of Toronto, McGill University, University of York, University British Columbia, etc.

Canada tops the list of countries to study abroad because of its Advanced Quality Education and an affordable cost of living. In fact, the cost of living here is very affordable compared to most other top destinations for international study such as the USA, Australia and even the UK. Also, Canada’s high academic standards helps students in building a successful future.

Apart from this, availability of several scholarships in the country makes this country more cost effective.

The Canadian Government along with many universities offer both domestic and international students several scholarships, awards, grants and bursaries to finance their education.

Also, unlike a loan, money received via scholarship does not need to be repaid.

Types of Scholarships:


There are several Scholarships in Canada both that are funded by the state and those that are University-specific.

Government Scholarships-

  1. IDRC Research Awards: The International Development Research Centre (IDRSC) offers grants, funding, and awards to researchers and institutions to find solutions for global development challenges.
  2. NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships– NSERC offers multiple scholarships, grants, and awards to outstanding students undertaking study in the natural sciences or engineering at a Canadian university.

University Specific Scholarships-

Almost all universities in Canada offers scholarships to students enrolled in their universities for a particular program. For example: McGill University, UBC, University of Waterloo, University of Manitoba, HEC Montreal, Queen’s University and many more.

Scholarships in Canada, Eligibility and Process:

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Students planning to Study in Canada need to separately apply for certain scholarships while for some they are automatically considered. Some of the scholarships are explained in detail below:

1. Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)-

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship program encourages excellence in graduate studies at public-affiliated universities in Ontario. It is a merit-based scholarship program for students in all disciplines of academic study.

The scholarship is valued at a maximum of $15,000 per year or $5,000 per term. Recipients can take up this scholarship for a minimum of two terms (receiving $10,000 total) or three terms (receiving $15,000 total). This scholarship is non-renewable.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be an international student studying in Ontario with a student study permit under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada).
  • Be registered full-time in a graduate degree program; students who can only register part-time because of permanent disabilities may still be eligible.
  • Have achieved a first-class average equivalent to Waterloo’s (minimum of A-/80%), in each of the last two full-time academic years.

Application Process:

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship is not portable and therefore the candidate must submit separate applications for each institution in which they wish to be considered for.

Each institution has their own application processes and timelines but the general process includes:

  • Complete an OGS transcript request webform
  • Select and Contact 2 referees- A complete application includes two academic references. Applicants must complete sections 1-3 of the OGS and forward it to their referees for completion and submission to the applicant’s “proposed” department graduate co-ordinator.
  • Referees must use the space provided on the form for their reference letter; Separate letters must not be attached.
  • Applicants should provide the referees with a package of information that will assist them with writing the appraisal. This package should contain:
  1. current curriculum vitae
  2. transcripts
  3. a copy of the research proposal/program of study
  4. a list of community involvement or other extracurricular activities that demonstrate leadership qualities

Note: The same scholarship application form is also used to evaluate a candidate for Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST), which is also valued at $15,000 per year.

Evaluation Criteria:

Academic Excellence
  • Academic transcripts
  • List of competitive scholarships, awards and honours


30- 50%
Research Ability and Potential in Program of Study
  • Publications
  • Conferences
  • Presentations
  • Originality, artistic performance and creations broadly defined


30- 50%
Communication and Leadership Abilities
  • Relevant volunteer ship
  • Leadership
  • Aacademic work experience
0-    20%

2. University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship (UMGF)

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The University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship is open to full time graduate students (Master’s and Ph.D.) to recognize academic excellence. It is a merit-based scholarship awarded to students from any nationality. UMGF Master’s awards are valued at $14,000 per year for 12 or 24 months, up to a total of $28,000 while UMGF Doctoral awards are valued at $18,000 per year for 12, 24, 36 or 48 months, up to a total of $72,000.

The maximum support given to any student under UMGF is for five years. For example: If a student has received a UMGF for 2 years in their Master’s program, they will only be eligible for 3 years of UMGF funding at the Doctoral level.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must have a minimum admission GPA of 3.0
  • Must have been admitted as a full-time student without provision or have cleared provisional admission as a Master’s or Ph.D. student in a graduate program at the University of Manitoba

Application Process:

For the exact application process and deadlines, the candidate must consult their Department or Unit. Once the Department/Unit determines their selection, students are recommended to the Faculty of Graduate Studies which will further notify the award recipients with an official letter via email.

3. University of Waterloo Graduate Scholarship

The University of waterloo Graduate Scholarship is awarded mainly to students registered full-time in a Master’s or Doctoral program at the University of Waterloo in any field of academic study. The scholarship is valued at a minimum of $1,000 per term for up to three terms. However, the value and the duration may vary depending upon the other funding the student may be receiving.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must have a minimum first-class (80%) cumulative average in the current program or over the last two full-time academic years
  • Must be registered full-time in a Masters or Doctoral program

Application Process:

No application is required to receive this award. Graduate departments will nominate eligible students automatically based on their allocation of funds. 

4. The University of Winnipeg President’s Scholarship for World Leaders

This scholarship is provided only to international students entering any level of study (Undergraduate, Graduate, Collegiate, PACE or ELP) at the university. It is valued at $5000.


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be an international student.
  • Must have a minimum 80% admission average or equivalent.
  • Should demonstrate exceptional leadership qualities.
  • Should be entering first year or any program at the university.

Application Process:

  • The applicant must submit a completed duly filled application form.
  • One 250-500 word personal statement
  • A curriculum Vitae
  • Two references from people who can speak to your extracurricular and volunteer activities

Note: All applications must be sent via mail. Electronic applications are not accepted.


To be eligible for receiving the scholarship, the application should be submitted latest by June 1.

5. Canada Graduate Scholarship- Master’s Program (CGS M)

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The Canada Graduate Scholarship master’s program provides financial support to high-calibre students engaged in master’s or doctoral programs in Canada. The objective is to help develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies.

It supports up to 3,000 students annually in all disciplines and is valued at $17,500 for 12 months, non-renewable.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be registered full-time for an eligible master’s or doctoral level program at a Canadian institution with a CGS M allocation
  • Must have achieved a first-class average as determined by the host institution, in each of the last two completed years of study
  • Should not have previously held a CGS M.

Application Process:

  • The application form (it consists of three parts: Identification, Summary of Proposal, and Activity Details)
  • The outline of the proposed research (including the bibliography and citations) – applicant uploads as a PDF
  • All required undergraduate and graduate official transcripts (including studies undertaken but not completed, e.g., transfer / exchange terms) – applicant uploads as a PDF
  • Attach the following documents after duly filling in the details:
  1. Up-to-date official transcripts
  2. Canadian Common CV
  3. Two reference statements


Complete applications must be submitted latest by December 1, before 8:00 pm. If the deadline falls on a weekend, applications must be submitted by the following business day before 8:00 p.m. (ET).

Evaluation Criteria:


Academic Excellence

  • Academic scores
  • Scholarships and awards held previously
  • Type of program pursued


Research Potential

  • Quality and originality of contributions to research and development
  • Initiative and autonomy
  • Judgment and ability to think critically


Personal Characteristics and Interpersonal skills

  • Work experience
  • Leadership experience
  • Project management including organizing conferences and meetings
  • Volunteerism


6. Frank J. Richter Scholarship

The Frank J. Richter Scholarship is awarded annually to students enrolled at an accredited college or university in Canada. Although all applicants will be considered irrespective of their choice of field, preference will be given to those applicants enrolled in the transportation field in their academic study.

The scholarship is valued at $1000 and the reward is sent to the Financial Aid Office at each recipient’s institution at the beginning of the Fall and/or Spring Term.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be enrolled at the time of application as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited college or university.
  • Should demonstrate successful completion of the previous year’s study by maintaining at least a 2.75 accumulated grade point average on a scale of 1 to 4 with an “A” equal to 4.
  • Must accumulate enough credits from accredited school(s) in time for the Fall Semester to have obtained at least a sophomore level standing at the college or university of enrolment.

Application Process:

To apply for the Frank J. Richter scholarship the following materials must be completed and submitted to the President of the AARS:

  1. A completed Application for Undergraduate or Graduate Scholarship Program form
  2. An official transcript from the school attended, including work completed through May of the year application is made.
  3. Two letters of recommendation.


Applications for the scholarship are accepted between March 1 and July 1. Applications, transcripts, narrative and reference letters received later than July 1 will not be considered whatsoever.

Additional Scholarships:

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  • Wilfrid Laurier University Scholarships in Canada
  • Laval University Master’s Scholarship
  • York University Vista Masters Scholarship
  • Asia Top Talent Scholarships at UBC Sauder School of Business
  • RMLA Masters scholarship
  • Ontario Trillium Scholarship
  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

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