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Canada might be one of the most coveted destinations for international students, but unfortunately studying here doesn’t come cheap. For those keen to study in Canada but in need of financial support, we’ve rounded up a selection of scholarships for international students, provided by the Canadian government, individual Canadian universities, and other organizations.

Canadian government scholarships

  •  – Canadian government scholarships and fellowships offered to international students undertaking postgraduate study within the natural and social sciences or health research.
  •  – Scholarships for Canadian students enrolled on a master’s degree or PhD at a (CGS-M allocated) university in Canada. 
  • IDRC Research Awards – Canadian government scholarships for students from developing countries to undertake a master’s or doctoral-level research degree at a recognized Canadian university.
  •  – Various Canadian government scholarships, grants and awards available to outstanding students undertaking study in the natural sciences or engineering at an accredited Canadian university. Funded by the .
  •  – Canadian government scholarships from the Organization of American States (OAS), open to graduate students from any  (including selected countries in Latin America and the Caribbean islands).
  •  – Canadian government scholarships available to doctoral students internationally, to study in Canada at a participating university.

For more information on Canadian government scholarships and for more external funding opportunities, visit the  or contact the Canadian Ministry of Education in your home country.

Non-governmental scholarships to study in Canada

  •  – Scholarships for international students undertaking animal research at doctoral level at an accredited Canadian university in Québec or British Columbia.
  •  – The Trudeau Foundation offers a number of scholarships,  and mentorships to international students at doctoral level undertaking study in Canada at selected institutions.

University-specific scholarships to study in Canada

  •  – Scholarships to study in Canada at Carleton University, open to all graduate students, who are automatically considered for the awards upon application.
  •  – Various scholarships for international students to study in Canada at Concordia University in Montréal, open to international students at undergraduate level.
  •  – Scholarships for current and prospective international/domestic students of all levels studying at Dalhousie University in Halifax. 
  •  – Scholarships for international students of all levels undertaking study in Canada at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Vancouver.
  •  – Various merit- and need-based Canadian scholarships for international students at HEC Montréal, including mobility scholarships for international students.
  •  – A range of Canadian scholarships for international students at undergraduate level to study in Canada at Humber College in Toronto.
  •  – Various funding opportunities, including the  and the , for international students enrolled in graduate and postdoctoral studies. 
  •  – A number of scholarships for international students to study in Canada at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Some awards solely open to students from India, Pakistan and the US.
  • – Scholarships are available ranging from CA$2,000 to full tuition to study at Quest University Canada, which all international students are eligible for.
  •  – Merit-based Canadian scholarships to study at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, open to undergraduate students who demonstrate leadership skills and exceptional academic achievement.
  •  – A searchable database of scholarships for master's and PhD students at the University of British Columbia, including the university's four-year doctoral fellowships and Graduate Support Initiative.
  •  – A range of scholarship options for international students to study at undergraduate/graduate level at the University of Alberta. 
  •  – A selection of scholarships for international students to study in Canada at the University of Calgary. Awards range from CA$500 to CA$60,000.
  •  – Scholarships to study in Canada at the University of Manitoba, open to international undergraduates. The university’s Faculty of Graduate Studies lists for international graduate students.
  •  – Merit-based ‘excellence’ scholarships to study in Canada, for undergraduate international students at the University of Saskatchewan.
  •  – Scholarships for domestic and international students to study at the University of Toronto’s School of Graduate Studies.
  •  – A variety of Canadian scholarships on offer to international students undertaking a master’s degree or doctoral program at the University of Waterloo.
  •  – A range of scholarships and other funding opportunities for domestic and international students currently studying or planning to study at Simon Fraser University.
  •  – Various Canadian scholarships offered to international students undertaking study at the University of Western Ontario.
  •  – York University offers a number of international scholarships for undergraduate students to study in Toronto.

For more information regarding funding opportunities to study in Canada, contact your local . For more general information about studying in Canada, visit our complete guide to studying abroad in Canada. You may also be interested in our list of the top universities in Canada.

This article was originally published in September 2014. It is updated regularly, most recently in April 2018.

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Laura is a former staff writer for, providing advice and guidance for students on a range of topics helping them to choose where to study, get admitted and find funding and scholarships. A graduate of Queen Mary University of London, Laura also blogs about student life.

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