If you have been dreaming of studying in Canada but cannot afford it, fully funded scholarships could provide the solution. They cover tuition fees, living costs, and travel costs – helping make studying in Canada possible!
Not only can scholarships offer financial advantages, they also present an amazing opportunity to experience different cultures and meet new people – plus many give valuable work or leadership experience!
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships
The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships program recognizes world-class doctoral studies at Canadian universities by awarding three annual $50,000 scholarships valued at $50,000 for three years to outstanding candidates pursuing doctoral studies there. Selection is based on academic excellence, research potential and leadership potential (both demonstrated and potential). Students are nominated by their host Canadian university to participate.
Students apply to this competition by submitting applications through their nominating institution’s ResearchNet portal by their internal deadline (which varies). Nominating institutions then conduct an internal candidate-selection process before sending recommended nominees directly to three federal research granting agencies (Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) by November 1, 2023.
Vanier candidates must follow both their nominating institution’s rules and the Vanier website in order to nominate and apply for this competition, including filling out ResearchNet applications and uploading transcripts.
Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships
The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship program provides international students with a fully funded scholarship designed to retain and develop leadership capabilities among postdoctoral researchers worldwide. It’s also an ideal chance to network with fellow scholars from around the globe while creating lifelong friendships; not to mention recognition and prestige that could open up future career opportunities.
Application processes are highly competitive, and candidates must prepare their applications carefully in order to be considered for admission. They must identify suitable referees, demonstrate academic qualifications and create a research proposal. Furthermore, applicants must secure endorsement from their proposed host institution as well as provide a support plan with detailed support plans; in addition all applicants must submit an Equity Diversity Inclusion (EDI) Statement.
Eligible institutions include Canadian and foreign universities, affiliated research hospitals, colleges, and not-for-profit organizations with an established research mandate and capacity. Host institutions must fulfill fellowship requirements by covering mandatory deductions and Health Spending Account expenses as well as offering the required training and work-life balance provisions.
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Canada Graduate Scholarships CGS
The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program helps Canadian institutions attract top doctoral students by providing financial support that allows them to focus solely on research. It recognizes outstanding researchers across disciplines who have shown exceptional accomplishment and leadership potential.
Vanier CGS is run at the national level by CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC, but there are also provincial- and territorial-based initiatives providing additional awards and funding for qualified candidates.
For you to qualify for a Vanier CGS award, your nomination must come from an institution with an institutional quota for hosting Vanier scholars in Canada. Your faculty graduate dean or the director of your research program must submit a nomination form by the deadline date on your behalf.
To determine whether your university has an institutional quota, please review the list of participating universities. If your institution isn’t on this list, complete and upload to your CGS application on Research Portal a completed Self-Declaration of No Institutional Quota form.
Trudeau Foundation Scholarships
The Foundation seeks out people with exceptional abilities to conduct cutting-edge research that contributes to solving real world problems. Their goal is to foster scholars into outstanding leaders who understand the impact of their research and can integrate it into everyday life. Their Scholarship provides comprehensive financial support – such as stipends and allowances for research expenses – as well as leadership training sessions as well as access to a network of mentors and fellow scholars.
Applying doctoral students must already be accepted or in years one through three of a full-time PhD program that focuses on one of four themes associated with the Foundation: Human Rights and Dignity; Responsible Citizenship; Canada in the World; or People and Their Natural Environment. Each year a small selection of Scholars is selected.
The Trudeau Foundation Scholarship selection process involves an intensive assessment of applicants’ academic excellence, leadership potential, and research proposals. Outstanding candidates are invited to take part in national interviews with a panel of selectors. This scholarship helps transform researchers into engaged leaders aware of how their research affects communities while remaining open to novel forms of knowledge.
University of Toronto Lester B. Pearson
This fully funded scholarship at one of the best universities worldwide covers tuition, books, incidental fees, and residence support for four years. Each year approximately 37 students from around the globe compete to win it; it is one of U of T’s most competitive scholarships named after Lester B. Pearson who won a Nobel Peace Prize.
Key criteria for this scholarship include not only your academic performance but also its impact on your school and community, leadership abilities and future potential – which you can showcase through extra-curricular activities or experiences.
Interested applicants should speak to their school counselor or headmaster regarding being nominated. Once nominated, your school will send you a personalized and secure link for applying. Before doing so, however, make sure that you submit an admissions application for undergraduate studies at UToronto as the Pearson Scholarship will only consider your first choice program at this university.