10 Scholarships for International Graduate Students in Canada



1. MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program


This program is for students with a track record of academic excellence and impact in the lives of others who intend to pursue a graduate program in Canada. It is hosted in these Canadian universities: University of British Columbia, University of Toronto, and McGill University.

Type of degree funded: Master’s

Covers: Tuition fees, accommodation costs, books and other training materials.


For more details: Becoming a Mastercard Foundation Scholar - Mastercard Foundation (mastercardfdn.org)


2. Mitacs Accelerate Fellowship

This is a program available to full-time graduate students enrolled in any discipline within participating universities and partner organisations in Canada, to partake in internships and access longer-term funding.


Type of degree funded: Master’s, PhD


Amount: Up to $40,000 for 2 years (Master’s); up to $80,000 for 4 years (PhD)


For more details: Mitacs Accelerate Fellowship | Mitacs


3. Margaret McNamara Education Grant (MMEG)

This grant is available to only women from developing countries. The candidate must be at least 25 years at the time of application deadline, and is required to provide proof of enrolment in the institution.


Type of degree funded: Master’s, PhD


Amount: Up to $15,000 (USD); awarded once to successful recipients.


For more details: Eligibility Criteria and Grant Programs — . (mmeg.org)



4. Ontario Graduate Scholarship

This is a merit-based scholarship awarded to eligible graduate students undertaking their studies in a university within the Ontario province.

Type of degree funded: Master’s, PhD

Amount: $5,000 per term for a single academic year.

For more details: Contact the specific university in Ontario.


5. Ontario Trillium Scholarship

This is another merit-based scholarship awarded by the province of Ontario to exceptional doctorate degree students.

Type of degree funded: PhD

Amount: $40,000 per year, renewable for up to 4 years.

For more details: Contact the specific university in Ontario for nomination.


6. Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS)

The Vanier CGS prioritises academic excellence, research potential and leadership ability as its main selection criteria.

Scholars are selected from 3 broad areas of research: health, natural sciences and/or engineering, and social sciences and humanities, after being nominated by their institution.

Type of degree funded: PhD

Amount: $50,000 per year, for 3 years.

For more details: Nomination process: eligibility - Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships


7. Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarship Program


This program is open to candidates in the Social Sciences and Humanities already enrolled in their institutions, who show intellectual capacity and leadership engagement. There is no age limit.


Applicants are to show the link between their research and the 4 main themes of the Foundation, namely Human Rights and Dignity, Responsible Citizenship, Canada and the World, and People in their Natural Environment. Applications are made directly by candidates to the Foundation via the online portal.

Type of degree funded: PhD

Amount: Up to $40,000 to cover tuition and living expenses and $20,000 in allowances to cover travel, networking and research per year for 3 years.

For more details: Scholarship | Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation


8. Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship

This is a project-based scholarship where scholars are recruited by participating universities. Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact the international office of the Canadian institution they are interested in working with.

For more details: Contact (queenelizabethscholars.ca)


9. Jeanne Suavé Foundation Public Leadership Program

For this program, applicants are required to have full-time work experience for 3 years, be within the ages of 25 and 30, and possess strong public leadership skills.

Participants can enrol formally in a university in their second (residency) and third (field) years of tenure in the Leadership program.

Provides: Monthly allowance, accommodation, and inbound visa and travel costs for the first year.

For more details: Jeanne Sauvé Foundation | Foire aux questions (jeannesauve.org)


10. Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship

This fellowship is available to outstanding postdoctoral candidates in Canada.


Amount: $70,000 per year (taxable) for 2 years (non-renewable).

For more details: Fellowship overview – Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships (fellowships-bourses.gc.ca)


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