Financial Assistance for Postsecondary Education

Scholarships, grants, and bursaries are available to both international students and Canadian students, often at the postgraduate level. They provide funds to students that do not need to be paid back. Scholarship funding in Canada is limited and highly competitive.

There are also various academic and student exchange programs that provide opportunities for international students to study in Canada, or for Canadians to study abroad.

Student loans, which do have to be repaid after graduation, are available to students who are Canadian citizens, landed immigrants, and protected persons.

Many Canadian universities and a few colleges have a limited number of scholarships or other forms of financial assistance. These vary from institution to institution. When you know what school you will be attending in Canada, contact their international education or financial aid offices for more information.

Comprehensive Scholarship Databases

  • International Scholarships: Canada is committed to participation in international study and research partnerships that build understanding among peoples, develop global citizens and leaders, and contribute to the development of nations. Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) provides support to international scholars in Canada, which is often reciprocated by foreign governments which support Canadian scholars in their countries.
  • Databases of funded projects: Canadian Health related agencies

toc / tdm Resources for International Students

  1. Scholarships, Grants, and Bursaries
    • Opportunities for non-Canadians: awards available from the Government of Canada for international students (study and research), faculty (research), and academic institutions
    • Programs in Support of Canadian Studies: programs of the International Council for Canadian Studies (ICCS) to promote a better knowledge and understanding of Canada by providing support for the development of teaching, research and publication about Canada abroad
  2. Exchange Programs
  4. Student Loans
    Financial Assistance for Protected Persons is available from both the Canadian government and the provincial/territorial governments.

toc / tdm Resources for Canadian Students

  1. Scholarships, Grants, and Bursaries
  3. Exchange Programs
  5. Student Loans
  7. General ‘Study in Canada' websites

Privately Run Canadian Scholarship Web Sites

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