Scholarship Opportunities For International Students

Scholarships are one way that an international student can help finance their studies in Canada.

Scholarships are non-repayable financial awards. They are generally allocated to students with outstanding academic achievements, although some also recognize volunteer and work experience.

You must apply for some scholarships, but others are awarded automatically. Scholarship funding for international students who wish to study in Canada is limited, highly competitive, and primarily available at the postgraduate level. Nevertheless, here are some tips and resources to help you identify possible scholarship opportunities.

Start at Home

Students should first explore scholarships and funding possibilities in their home country. Contact the Depart­ment of Education in your country of citizenship to determine if there are awards for which you may be eligible.

Contact your Chosen University

Contact the financial aid office of the university you wish to attend to request information about scholarship opportunities for international students and any applica­tion guidelines. Although Canadian universities do not typically award scholarships to foreign students, there are a growing number of institutions that offer entrance scholarships.

Plan Ahead

In accordance with Citizenship and Immigration Canada regulations, you must prove you have enough money to meet your financial needs while studying in Canada before beginning your studies. So, if you’re going to pursue a scholarship to help finance your education, start researching opportunities early.

Here are some sugges­tions and resources to help you get started

 The government of Canada International Scholarships Program

Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development Canada are responsible for the Government of Canada’s participa­tion in major international scholarship programs.

 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

Open to both Canadian and international Ph.D. students studying at Canadian universities, the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship is worth $50,000 per year for three years.

 Trudeau Foundation Doctoral scholarships

Each year, the Trudeau Foundation rewards up to 15 outstanding doctoral candidates who are enrolled or about to be enrolled in a social sciences and humanities program. The annual value is up to $60,000 per scholar for up to four years.

 International Council for Canadian Studies

Dedicated to the promotion and support of research, education, and publication in all fields of Canadian Studies around the world, this not-for-profit organization offers a series of scholarships and awards in support of Canadian Studies.


Axiom educational advisor will be on hand to provide you with funding resources and further scholarship information. You could also download our complete guide on how to find scholarships to study abroad. To meet your personal Axiom Education Advisor, Contact Axiom Dhaka Office or send an inquiry:


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