Study in Canada Scholarship

Award Overview


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 academic placement must be carried out on a full-time basis at a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution located in Canada. 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. To be considered for a scholarship, candidate students must first apply for admission to an academic program at a Canadian post-secondary institution.


Please refer applicants to the EduCanada website for complete eligibility requirements.

To be considered for a scholarship, candidate students:

  • 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. Palestinians from the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem are also eligible.
  • 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;
  • current students enrolled in 24-month full-time, on-campus Master’s programs are eligible to apply. However, they will only be able to receive funding for the portion of their study beginning in August/September 2020.
  • should indicate their interest in being considered for the Study in Canada Scholarships program when applying for admission at a Canadian institution;
  • must possess the linguistic competencies necessary to undertake studies in the language of instruction at the Canadian post-secondary institution (English or French);

Scholarship recipients:

  • must engage in full-time studies or research as defined by the Canadian post-secondary institution;
  • must maintain good academic standing as defined by the host institution in order to remain eligible for the scholarship;
  • must be proficient in the language of instruction at the Canadian post-secondary institution (English or French) before their arrival in Canada as the scholarship does not cover language training. Language requirements are set and evaluated by each Canadian post-secondary institution;
  • may not simultaneously hold any other scholarship funded by the Government of Canada;
  • who are enrolled in courses must arrive in Canada by September for the fall semester or by February for the winter semester; and
  • must have appropriate health insurance for the full duration of the scholarship, as per the policies of the Canadian post-secondary institution.

Nomination Process

Applicants to the University of Toronto must first apply for admission to a master’s program by the graduate unit’s deadline, or early enough to obtain an official offer of admission letter in order to be considered for nomination by the graduate unit at which they wish to study and hold the award. Applicants must be nominated by their graduate unit to the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) in order to complete the application process.

The School of Graduate Studies will apply on behalf of the nominated candidates by submitting the online application form and uploading all supporting documents by the institution deadline.  Applications submitted outside of the University selection process and therefore without the official endorsement of the School Graduate Studies will be deemed ineligible by EduCanada.

Nomination Package

Applicants selected for nomination by their graduate unit may then proceed to complete their nomination package. The final nomination package is to be submitted by the graduate unit to SGS.

A complete nomination package includes:

  1. Letter of Intent – written and signed by the Graduate Chair/Director (1 page max – template provided) describing: i) rationale for nominating the candidate(s), ii) how receiving the student(s) 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.
  2. Proof of citizenship/identity: a copy of the candidate’s passport or official identity document with valid dates. Note: a driver’s license, permanent resident card, student card or baptism certificate are not accepted as proof of citizenship. The country/territory of citizenship/identity 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, a copy of the candidate’s Palestinian Authority-issued travel document or identification demonstrating East Jerusalem residency with valid dates must be provided.
  3. Letter of acceptance: The Canadian institution must include a letter confirming the student has received admission to the program of study.
  4. Academic study plan: 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. Sample provided.
  5. CV: A curriculum vitae for the proposed candidate outlining the individual’s qualifications.
  6. Budget: The graduate unit must provide a clear and itemized budget indicating how the scholarship will be used to cover eligible expenses of the candidate (e.g., tuition, living expenses, health insurance). Sample provided.
  7. Privacy Notice Statement: a copy of the Privacy Notice Statement for non-Canadian participants dated and signed by the candidate.

Contacts & Resources

Questions regarding the Study in Canada competition can be directed to EduCanada at or the Graduate Awards Office at the School of Graduate Studies by emailing

For more information visit:

Study in Canada website