Scholarships to Study in Canada for International Students

Scholarship Opportunities to Study at Canadian Universities

Studying in Canada is a dream for many high school students, especially in India. With prosperous career opportunities, great living conditions, scenic beauty and a variety of opportunities for growth, especially for international immigrants, Canada becomes a popular destination of study for international students across the globe. However, studying in the Canada, while inexpensive, can still be heavy on the pocket for many aspirants. Universities and the Federal and Provincial Governments have realised this and offer the students with a number of scholarship opportunities, especially for meritorious students.

Canada offers some excellent scholarship opportunities for students who want to pursue higher education in Canadian universities. The scholarship is available for students enrolled in courses be it an undergraduate, postgraduate or doctoral level of studies. Broadly the Scholarships are categorized into three i.e Canadian Government Based Scholarships, Non-Canadian Government Scholarships and Institute-specific Scholarships based on the source of funds. 

Check various types of scholarship awards available for international students in Canada:

Name of Scholarship  Type of Scholarship Application Deadline 2021/ 2022
Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Canadian Government  Based Scholarship October 1, 2021 
IDRC Research Awards Canadian Government  Based Scholarship September 16, 2021 
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Canadian Government  Based Scholarship November 3, 2021
Anne Vallee Ecological Fund  Non- Government scholarships 15 March 2022
Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship Program Non- Government scholarships Same as the deadline for the programme.
University British Columbia International Student Scholarship (UG) Institute Specific Scholarship  Same as the deadline for the programme 
York University International Student Scholarship Programme Institute Specific Scholarship  February 1, 2022
The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) programme  Institute Specific Scholarship  Varies Programme Wise 
University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship (UMGF) Institute Specific Scholarship  Each graduate unit sets its internal deadline f
Ontario Trillium Scholarships (OTS) Institute Specific Scholarship  yet to be announced
Pierre Elliott Trudeau Scholarship Institute Specific Scholarship  January 5, 2022 

Also Read: University of Windsor Allocates $700,000 to Support Int'l Students Amid COVID-19

Government Scholarships in Canada

Offering a variety of scholarships for students from different countries, backgrounds and ethnicities, the Canadian government offers the following government-based scholarships to the international students in Canada

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship is offered to international students enrolled in postgraduate study in natural or social sciences and health research in one of the Canadian Institutes. The scholarship is funded by the Government of Canada. Every year, 70 fellowships are awarded annually under this scholarship. 

The scholarship is jointly administered by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR),  Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council 


  • The Applicant must be enrolled in postgraduate studies in natural or social sciences and health research.

  • Must meet the minimum requirement to be enrolled in the programme under which the scholarship is offered. 

How to Apply? 

An applicant to the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program must complete their application in full collaboration with the proposed host institution. Applicants must be endorsed by the Canadian Institution's president or equivalent.

Selection of the appropriate candidate for endorsement may be completed on the deadlines outlined specifically by the institution in question. A relevant representative will go through the applications, that all applicants must ensure are submitted well within the deadline. To do so, applicants are advised to reach out to the person in charge of the postdoctoral affairs as soon as possible.

Applicants must coordinate with the institution with the application process for the scholarship.


The anticipated launch for the next competition, i.e. the 2021-22 competition is expected to begin at the end of April 2021. However, tentative dates for the competition may start anywhere between June 2021 to September 2021.

The last date to apply for Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships for the 2021 session was October 1, 2021 

IDRC Research Awards

IDRC Research Awards are funded by the Canadian government. It is the scholarship awarded to students from developing countries to undertake a master’s or doctoral-level research degree at a recognized Canadian university.


  • The applicant must be enrolled in a master's or doctoral-level research degree at a recognized Canadian university.

  • He/She must be an international student from one of the participating countries. Indian students are eligible for the scholarship.

  • The proposed research should be focused on at least one developing countries. Additionally, there may be research-theme specific eligibility criteria, which the candidates should satisfy at the individual level.

How to Apply? 

Applicants must complete the Application for an IDRC Research Grant kit. The online application form will be available on the official website of IRDC. Candidates will be asked to submit their applications by 4:00 pm EDT on the last date of submission. Incomplete and/or late submissions will not be entertained and therefore, the applications may be rejected thereafter.  


Mid September, 2021 (Tentative Dates)

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships are funded by the Canadian Government. It is awarded to attract international students to join doctoral programmes at Canadian institutions in the field of Health Research, Natural Sciences, Engineering Research or Social Sciences and Humanities Research. A total of 166 scholarships are awarded each year, with 500 scholarships being active at any given time. 


  • The applicant must be enrolled for studies in the field of Health Research, Natural Sciences, Engineering Research or Social sciences and Humanities Research. 

  • The candidate must be nominated by a Canadian institution with a quota.

How to Apply? 

The candidates must seek a nomination from the institution at which they want to study. The applicants will be required to submit their applications to the nominating institution before the deadline. The nominating institutions will then be required to submit the respective applications. Those who are nominated by the Canadian institution are directly considered for the scholarship. 


The value of the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship is $50,000 per year for three years during doctoral studies.


Students who are interested in applying for the scholarship must submit their applications, tentatively by November 2021.

The last date for the 2021-22 academic year is November 3, 2021

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Non- Government Scholarships- Canada

Check the list of scholarships funded by non-government based organisations to study in Canada 

Anne Vallee Ecological Fund

The Anne Vallee Ecological Fund is offered to students enrolled at Quebec or University of British Columbia in animal research at the master or doctoral level. The funds are awarded to support field research work in animal ecology and the impact of human activities like forestry, industry, agriculture, and fishing on ecology. 


The candidate must be enrolled in a master or doctoral level programme for research work in animal ecology that includes the study of the impact of human activities such as forestry, industry, agriculture, and fishing on ecosystems. 

How to Apply?

The applicants can download the application form of Anne Vallee Ecological Fund available on the official website of Graduate School and UBC and send it at the following address before the deadline:

Anne Vallee Ecological Fund,

706 rue Routhier,

Quebec, QC G1X 3J9


To Be Announced for 2021.


The value of scholarship is  $1,500 per year.

Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship Program

The Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship is offered to outstanding students enrolled at the University of Toronto. It is one of the most prestigious and competitive scholarships awarded at U of T, covering the tuition fees, book expenses, incidental fee as well as providing full residence support to the students for a period of 4 years. Every year, a  total of 37 students are offered this scholarship. 


  • Students must demonstrate exceptional academic achievements and creativity  

  • He must prove to have leadership qualities. 

  • Must be an enthusiastic learner and intellectually strong. 

How to Apply? 

  • Students must be nominated for the scholarship by their high school and should also pply to a programme at the University of Toronto. For assistance, reach out to the school guidance counsellor with reference to being nominated for the scholarship.

  • Subsequently, each nominated candidate will receive a personalised and secure link to the Lester B Pearson International Scholarship.

  • It should be noted that the scholarship will be awarded to the first choice of programme of the candidate. In other words, the first programme that the candidate chooses as their course of study at the institution will be considered for the scholarships. The scholarship will not be applicable for subsequent programme choices.

  • Students will be asked to complete the online application form for the Lester B Pearson International Scholarship once the nomination has been received and the interested candidate has applied to the university.

Application Deadline 

Same as the deadline for the programme.

Deadline for School Nomination: November - December 2021

Deadline for Programme Application at U of T: December 2021

Deadline for Scholarship Application: January 2022

Value: Variable

Also Read: International Students Who Complete Entire Course Online Will be Eligible for PGWP: IRCC

Institute Specific Scholarship

A number of higher education institutes offers scholarships to international students. Certain scholarships are offered by a specific department. Following is the list of some famous institutes in Canada that awards scholarships: 

University British Columbia International Student Scholarship (UG)

International Students enrolled in undergraduate studies at the University of British Columbia can apply for scholarships offered by the university. UBC awards scholarships to outstanding international students. Around $30 million is spent every year by the university on scholarship and financial support for international students enrolled in undergraduate studies.


  • The student must be enrolled at UBC for undergraduate studies

  • Scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic excellence demonstration and involvement in extracurricular activities. 

How to Apply? 

Students who apply for admissions at UBC are automatically considered for scholarship on a merit basis. There is no need to fill in a separate application form.


Same as the deadline for the programme 


Varies. Total $30 million is spent on scholarships. 

York University International Student Scholarship Programme

York University International Student Scholarship Programme is offered to international students who are enrolled at the York University for undergraduate studies. The scholarship is awarded to encourage and support outstanding students to study at the university. It is a merit-based scholarship and students must apply for it before the deadline to be considered for award.


  • Must be an international student and have a valid Study Permit to study in Canada.

  • Must have applied to an undergraduate degree program at York for Fall session.

  • Must have an excellent academic record

  • Must have demonstrated leadership qualities and engagement in extracurricular 

How to Apply? 

Students must apply electronically to receive the York University Scholarship. They must submit a Student Financial Profile (SFP), a multipurpose online application form used to apply for many of York’s scholarships and awards.

The online application is available on the official website of York University. 


Scholarship values are subject to change.


 The International Student Scholarship & Award Application form will open in mid-December.

The application deadline is February 1

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) Programme

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) is offered to students who are enrolled in publicly-assisted universities in Ontario. It is a merit-based scholarship and offered to the best student enrolled in the graduate programme in any academic discipline. 

There are over 19 participating universities in Canada that accept OGS scholarships. These universities are located in the Ontario province of Canada. The scholarship program at U of T is funded jointly by the Province of Ontario and the University of Toronto.


The general eligibility criteria to apply for the Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program (OGS) are as follows: 

  • Applicants must be enrolled in full-time graduate studies in one of the participating universities.

  • International students must have a temporary resident visa (student study permit) to receive the OGS Scholarships.

How to Apply? 

Applicants can submit the OGS application using the U of T School of Graduate Studies centralized online OGS application. They must go through the instructions thoroughly before submitting the application

The applicant has to submit the following documents along with the OGS application form:

  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions.

  • Awards or research experience (if any)

  • Plan of study 

  • Two academic references 


Each graduate unit sets its internal deadline for the submission of the application. Once the complete application is submitted online, it is reviewed and considered by the proposed graduate unit.


The value of the OGS is $5,000 per session. $10,000 is received for two consecutive sessions or $15,000 for three consecutive sessions. One-third of the total amount is offered by the graduate unit.

University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship (UMGF)

University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship (UMGF) is offered to students who are enrolled in full-time Masters or PhD programmes at the University of Manitoba. Every year, more than $2 million dollars is spent by the university to provide the $2 million dollars University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship to students to attract outstanding students at the university.


To receive the  University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship, students must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • He/ She must be enrolled in a Master's or PhD degree programme at the University of Manitoba.

  • Must demonstrate superior intellectual abilities and academic accomplishment.


The value of UMGF for the Master’s Programme is $14,000 per year and for Doctoral Programme the value is $18,000 per year.

How to Apply?

The application process and deadlines vary department wise. The candidate must directly contact the concerned department for the application process and deadlines for specific academic sessions. 

Ontario Trillium Scholarships (OTS)

The Ontario Trillium Scholarships (OTS) is offered to interested students enrolled in PhD degree programmes at one of the universities in Ontario. Only those students who express their interest in the competition to the graduate program chair are considered for Ontario Trillium Scholarships (OTS). The applicant is then nominated by the Graduate Chair of the admitting program to be considered for a scholarship. 


  • The applicant must have received a minimum of 80% marks in the last years of full-time studies.

  • He/ She must be an international student.

  • Must be enrolled in on-campus full-time PhD studies in any discipline for Summer Term or Fall Term.

  • Must not be already registered in a university degree program at an Ontario university.

  • Must have outstanding university academic record and exceptional research experience and potential. 


The value of OTS Scholarship is $40,000 per year renewable for up to 4 years

Pierre Elliott Trudeau Scholarship

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation funds the scholarship to empower scholars and encourage them to contribute to society. Any student who has been accepted in one to three years of the full-time programme at a Canadian university in the social sciences or humanities can apply for the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Scholarship.


  • The applicant must be enrolled full-time in a doctoral programme.

  • He/ She must demonstrate strong academic performance and intellectual abilities.

How to Apply?

Candidates can directly apply online by visiting the official website of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.  The online application along with the transcript and referrals must be submitted before the deadline.


The total value of the scholarship is $60,000. $40,000 per year for three years covers tuition and living expenses. 

Rest $20,000 is used to as research, networking, and travel allowance per year for three years/


The final deadline to submit applications to the Pierre Elliott Foundation is  January 5. 

Université Montréal International Student Scholarship Programme

In a bid to support international students in studying in one of the finest francophone research institutions in the world, the Université Montréal International Student Scholarship Programme also diversifies the educational mission of the institutions by enriching the cultural diversity of the community.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Candidates interested in availing the scholarship must apply for an undergraduate, postgraduate or doctoral programme offered by the University of Montreal. Once applied, the application forms and the subsequent documents submitted to the university will help the university in considering you for the scholarship.
  • Eligible candidates will receive a notice of award for the scholarship along with the admission offer letter.


The value of the scholarships will depend on the programme and degree chosen by the candidates. For undergraduate, students may receive scholarships ranging anywhere between $2,000 - $11,000. Meanwhile, for postgraduate programme, students may receive scholarships amounting to $9,420 per year, while for doctoral programmes, students may receive scholarships amounting to $20,248.20 per year.

Application Process:

Candidate are not required to apply for this scholarship, the university will select the eligible candidates based on the information provided by the candidates regarding their past academic records and overall achievments and qualities.

University of Saskatchewan Graduate Scholarship

Offered to students enrolled under the different graduate programmes offered by the University of Saskatchewan, scholarships worth $20,000 for doctoral students and $16,000 for Masters students are available for international students. However, it should be noted, that the scholarships are also available for domestic students as well. Students enrolled within the following disciplines are eligible for the scholarships:

  • Marketing
  • Philosophy
  • Art and Art History
  • Anthropology
  • Education
  • Large Animal Clinical Sciences
  • Music
  • Curriculum Studies
  • Indigenious Studies
  • Small Animal Clinical Studies
  • Veterinary Pathology
  • Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Linguistics and Religious Studies
  • Languages, Literature and Cultural Studies

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Candidates applying for the scholarships must be enrolled in a full-time programmes and must be fully qualified.
  • Students who are currently in the process of enrolling under a graduate programme as well as those who are currently enrolled in the programme are eligible to apply for the programme.
  • For masters, students must be in the first 36 months of their programmes to apply for the scholarship.
  • For doctoral programmes, the students must be in the first 48 months of their respective programmes.
  • Applicants should have secured a minimum score of 80% in the previous academic years.

Value: Variable

Application Process:

  • All interested candidates will be required to complete their application process online through the link provided on the official website.
  • Candidates are required to submit the photocopies of the official transcripts from the previous post-secondary institutions attended.
  • Along with the photocopies, candidates will also be required to submit two reference letters, structured as per the instructions provided by the institution.

Also Read: 16% Increase in International Enrolments in Canada in 2018-19


Q. What are my chances of getting a scholarship to study in Canada?

A. Getting a scholarship, especially a merit-based scholarship, is quite competitive. Every year thousands of students look for scholarships and opportunities to manage their funds while studying in Canada. While an outstanding academic background is a basic requirement to get a scholarship in Canada, your application form must stand outperformed other applications submitted. Rest depends on the availability of funds by the funding organization. 

Q. Can I apply for a scholarship, before my admission is confirmed at a Canadian institute?

A. If you are looking for a scholarship from an external agency or organization, you can apply for a scholarship even before your admission is confirmed at an institute in Canada. For merit-based scholarships offered by the institute, the application form is usually considered for shortlisting candidates. There is no need to fill in a separate application form. In case, a separate scholarship application form is needed for institute-based scholarships then you must fill it after applying for admissions. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is pre-defined and you must fill in the application form before the defined date. 

Q. How to increase my chances of getting a scholarship to study in Canada?

A. Make sure your application form is impressive. The essay submitted with the application must include your passion, interest, and extraordinary achievements. You can mention things related to the course and how your higher education from a specific institute will help you in the future. 

Q. How to know if I am eligible for a scholarship to study in Canada?

A. Generally, there is no specific requirement to apply for a scholarship. Based on your previous academic qualifications, achievements, and your application form you are shortlisted for a specific scholarship. However, if the scholarship is offered based on your test scores in GRE, GMAT, IELTS, TOEFL, etc. then you must confirm the minimum score that is needed to be considered for a scholarship. Also, you can check the scholarship page for any minimum requirements. 

Q. Can I get a scholarship that covers my entire education in Canada?

A. Full scholarship is exceptionally offered to students who have rare talents and abilities. In most cases, the scholarship covers a partial tuition fee for the course. You can check the benefits on the scholarship website and apply.

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