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We’ve curated top 19 scholarships in Canada that you must apply, provided you meet their criteria.
We’ve covered everything that you need to know to successfully submit your scholarship applications.
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#1 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship
The Canadian Government has launched the Vanier Canada Graduate Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) to
- Improve Canada’s ability to attract and retain world-class and highly qualified PhD students, and
- Establish Canada as a global center of excellence in research and higher education.
To be considered for the Vanier Scholarship, you need to demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of academic achievement in Masters’ programs in Engineering, Natural Sciences, Health, Social Sciences or Humanities.
The Canadian Government awards up to 167 scholarships annually. At any time, there are a total of up to 500 students with Vanier scholarships for their PhD programs in various Canadian institutions.
Here are some other key points about this scholarship:
- You should first be enrolled in a PhD program at some Canadian university
- The scholarship is valued at $50,000 per year for three years during doctoral studies
- In order to be eligible, there are three equally weighted evaluation criteria: academic excellence, research potential, and leadership
- Candidates must be nominated by the Canadian Institution at which they want to study
- Around 200 students every year get this scholarship to study at the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia, the University of Waterloo, the University of Alberta and nearly 100 other institutions
You will be evaluated and selected based on the following three criteria:
#1 Academic excellence, as demonstrated by your past academic results, transcripts, scholarships, awards and distinctions.
#2 Research potential, as demonstrated by your research history, your interest in research, the proposed research and its potential to advance knowledge of the field and its expected outcomes. Your research experience and its impact indicates your potential as a research leader of tomorrow.
You should write about your personal characteristics such as critical thinking, application of knowledge, judgment, originality, initiative, autonomy and enthusiasm for research in your Personal Leadership Statement essay. You should have strong references to validate the same.
In addition, your achievements in terms of collaborations, team work and mentoring would also be counted towards your contributions to research and training of highly qualified personnel.
#3 Leadership, which includes both demonstrated and potential leadership ability. You can demonstrate your leadership ability through:
- Your personal achievement: This includes your involvement and achievements in entrepreneurship, business, science, sports, arts, foreign travel or study.
- Your involvement in academic life: This includes any of your achievements in mentoring/teaching or supervisory experience, involvement in student community, student committee, teams, senate, board etc., organization of conferences, events and seminars, your role in academic or professional societies and project management.
- Your experience as a volunteer for social projects with some NGOs.
- There could be other avenues where you could have demonstrated your leadership abilities.
Your will be evaluated on various leadership attributes including your ability to develop as personal vision for the future that defines a meaningful change for the community or group you work with, establishing clear goals and reaching those goals in an efficient, organized and innovative way, being accountable for consequences of your actions and decisions, curiosity, creativity, courage, dealing with complexity, persuasive, supporting peers, and mastery of presentation skills and public communications.
- July – November: Applicants seek a nominating institution, prepare and submit application package
- November 1, 2017: Deadline for institutions to submit nominations to the Vanier CGS program
- End of March 2018: Email notification to nominees
- May 1, 2018, September 1, 2018 or January 1, 2019: Payment begins
#2 University of Waterloo International Master’s and Doctoral Awards
The International Master’s and Doctoral Student Awards at the University of Waterloo are great funding opportunities for international students. Here are the key points of this scholarship:
- Eligible students must be enrolled full-time in research-based graduate degree programs at the University of Waterloo and hold a valid Canadian study permit
- Students must meet the academic progress requirements of their program, and not have outstanding probationary admission requirements, or be concurrently receiving external awards or sponsorships, or be self-funded
- Valued at $2,045 per term for 2 years (Master’s) or $4,090 per term for 3 years (PhD)
In addition, there are many more scholarships available for international students that you can search for over here. Most of these scholarships are given based on scholastic excellence and demonstrated interest in pursuing research in specific areas.
- Alan Plumtree Graduate Scholarship in Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering ($20,000)
- Conrad Family Scholarships for Master’s in Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) program ($10,000 to $20,000)
- Devani Charities Graduate Engineering Entrance Scholarship ($1,500)
- Emergency Loan – Interest-free emergency loans are available to full-time graduate students who are experiencing short-term financial difficulty
- Hira and Kamal Ahuja International Graduate Scholarship ($20,000)
- Jensen Hughes Graduate Fire Safety Award ($4,000)
- Kevin Kimsa MBET Graduate Scholarship ($10,000)
- Neelanjana Pal Memorial Scholarship ($3,250)
- Norman Esch Graduate Scholarship ($10,000)
- Roman Baldur Memorial Engineering Award ($2,250)
- SNC-Lavalin Graduate Scholarship in Engineering ($5,000)
- Stantec Graduate Scholarship in Civil Engineering ($3,000)
- Robbert Hartog Graduate Scholarship
- Richard and Elizabeth Madter Graduate Award in Electrical and Computer Engineering
#3 Ontario Graduate Scholarship
The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) program is funded by the provincial government to encourage excellence in graduate studies at the master’s and doctoral levels. It is a merit-based scholarship and awards are available to students, including international students, in all disciplines of academic study. Key points of this scholarship include:
- It is valued at $15,000 per year
- The minimum duration the scholarship may be held for is two consecutive terms
- Be an international student studying in Ontario with a student study permit to be eligible for this award
- A candidate should have achieved a first-class average, (minimum of A-/80%)*, in EACH of the last two full-time academic years (eligibility averages are based on grades up to August 31, 2017).
- Transcripts are required from all post-secondary institutions attended, whether a degree was received or not; graduate transcripts are required even if fall 2017 is the first term in the program.
- 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.
- Students have the option to take up the OGS or QEII-GSST award for a minimum of two terms (receiving $10,000 total) or three terms (receiving $15,000 total). The awards are non-renewable.
- An international student should submit his application by October 4, 2017.
Selection is based on the following three criteria:
#1 Academic Excellence, with a weight of 30-50% and as demonstrated by academic transcripts, list of competitive scholarships, awards and honors
#2 Research Ability and Potential in Program Study, with a weight of 30-50% and as demonstrated by publications, conferences, presentations and originality
#3 Communication and Leadership Ability, with a weight of 0-20%, and as demonstrated by a list of relevant volunteer, leadership and academic work experience
#4 Ontario Trillium Scholarship
Ontario Trillium Scholarship program aims to attract more of the best qualified international students to Ontario for their PhD studies. Here are the key points of this scholarship:
- Each OTS is valued at $40,000 annually and is automatically renewable for an additional three years
- Six new awardees are selected every year at Waterloo
- Recipients must be international students, who hold a valid Canadian study permit and must be intending to pursue full-time graduate studies at the doctoral level in a degree granting program
#5 University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships
The University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships (UMGF) are merit-based awards that are open to students of any nationality who will be registered as full-time graduate students (Masters or PhD) at the University of Manitoba.
- The scholarship is valued at $18,000 (PhD) and $14,000 (Master’s) for a 12-month period
- Students are eligible to receive fellowships for the first 24 months of their Master’s program and the first 48 months of their PhD program
- Students with a minimum GPA of 3.75 (above B+) in each of the last two years of study at a recognized university based on a Bachelor, Master’s Graduate Diploma or a Doctoral Degree
- Students in all fields of graduate study with the exception of those in the College of Medicine and in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program are eligible to apply
#6 University of Calgary Graduate Awards
International students are eligible to apply for many of the awards administered through the University of Calgary Graduate Scholarship Office. Here are the key points of this scholarship:
- You may apply for awards after you have submitted an application for admission and receive a University of Calgary student number.
- You must apply for graduate awards; you are not automatically considered.
- Scholarship value ranges from $1,000 to $40,000 and covers different fields of study
- For students conducting research in the area of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Nanotechnology, Genomics, Proteomics, Metabolomics, Transcriptomics or Regulomics
- Award value:$26,500 for master’s, up to two years and $31,500 for doctoral, up to four years
- Open for international students
- Learn more – http://grad.ucalgary.ca/awards/opportunities/alberta_innovates
Graduate Award Competition
The following scholarships are offered at a value as high as $36,000, and are awarded through the annual Graduate Award Competition:
- Izaak Walton Killam Doctoral Scholarships
- Open Doctoral Scholarships
- Special Awards
To be eligible, students must have achieved a first-class average, as determined by the university issuing the transcripts, in the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent). Only one application needs to be submitted by February 1. Results are announced between April and June for various awards.