Which Types of Scholarships Are Available to International Students in Canada?


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Even though studying in Canada is cheaper and more affordable than in several other countries, it could still be pretty expensive for international students especially in terms of affording tuition fees which costs international students very high and cause them to be on a tight budget.

But, there are many scholarship choices available to international students differ from those of the expensive ones.

For you, scholarships are great ways to reduce the cost of education, but how you can find and get them is a bit complicated. To help you make a sense of existing financial aids, ApplyBoard has classified different categories of scholarships available in Canada!

  1. Merit scholarships

This type of scholarship is awarded based on a student’s success level and h/her financial condition is not taken into account. Students with a high level of achievements and performance in academics, arts, exceptional community contributions, or athletics are typically granted merit scholarships.

  1. University/college scholarships

Most Canadian colleges and universities offer their own scholarships to international students with many of them being entrance scholarships for which students do not need to apply so as to be considered eligible for the award. To find about this, always check out your school’s or university website to know what kind of awards they offer.

  1. Financial scholarships

Also called bursaries, these scholarships are given to students in financial need to take higher education. Mostly, many of these scholarships are available to Canadian students, there are some for international students too. Again, check with your university/college to find out if you are qualified.

  1. Government-funded scholarships

These kinds of scholarships are designed for international students and funded by the Canadian government. The scholarships are awarded at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. For available scholarships, fellowship, or funding opportunities visit EduCanada.

  1. Country-based scholarships

This type of scholarship is awarded to students from particular developing countries or regions. Visit EduCanada for a full list of country-specific scholarships offered by Canada.

  1. Privately Funded Scholarships

These scholarships are mainly set up by a number of Canadian businesses or private donors. Almost, these are aimed at specific areas of study which international students might pursue. Check with your relevant faculty organization to see if there is any available at your school.

  1. Graduate scholarship

In addition to undergraduate scholarships, there are many scholarships awarded to international students at the graduate level. A few well-known ones in Canada are:

  1. a) Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

This is one of the recognized scholarships for Ph.D. students. It is valued at 50,000$ per year for three years which can be used to earn a doctoral or combined master’s and Ph.D. degree. It was introduced by the government of Canada to attract and keep doctoral students internationally and position Canada as a global leader in research and education fronts. Only 167 of these scholarships are given each year to students who excel in academic brilliance, research potential or leadership traits.

  1. b) Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships are awarded to international students studying in natural and social sciences or health sciences at the postgraduate level. The fellowship is valued at $70,000 per year, for two years maximum. 70 fellowships are awarded each year. To learn more about the application timetable, visit here.

c) NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships

NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships are GRANTED TO international students in postgraduate natural science or engineering programs. The award gives students $21,000 per year for three years. For further details, refer to NSERC’s official website.

d) Ontario Graduate Scholarship

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship is sponsored by the provincial government and is a merit-based scholarship given to all students – including international ones – in all fields of academic study. The award value is $10,000 for two consecutive study terms and $15,000 for three consecutive study terms.

To be deemed eligible, students must:

  • Be enrolled in graduate studies at the master’s or doctorate level.
  • Be enrolled in a full-time program for two or more terms (21 to 52 weeks in aggregate) for the academic year you’re applying for.
  • Join one of the following contributing Ontario schools:


  • Brock University
  • Carleton University
  • University of Guelph
  • Lakehead University
  • Laurentian University
  • Nipissing University
  • OCAD University
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • University of Ottawa
  • Queen’s University
  • Ryerson University
  • University of Toronto
  • Trent University
  • University of Waterloo
  • Western University
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • University of Windsor
  • York University

To learn more about how to apply for the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), check with your school’s Graduate Studies Office for more information.

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