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Top 5 Scholarship programs for international students in Canada

A recent survey has declared Canada as the number one most popular study abroad destination. As of December 2020 there are more than 530,000 international students in Canada possessing a Canadian study permit. Canada provides the best learning environment to its students with an education system that ranks as 8th in the world. This country is home to many top ranking universities of the world such as University of Toronto and McGill University.

Canada is also regarded as a relatively safe and economical destination for students to reside; yet, study fees in Canada are not particularly low or affordable. As a result, in order to assist outstanding students financially, Canada offers several government and non-government scholarship programmes to international students.

Scholarship Programs in Canada


  • York University International Student Scholarships

Two scholarships are offered under the York University International Student Scholarships and those are Global Leader of Tomorrow Scholarships and International Entrance Scholarships of Distinction. These scholarships are offered to students who are willing to study a Bachelor’s/ Undergraduate Degree starting from the fall term at York University.

Through Global Leader of Tomorrow Scholarship Program students are awarded $20,000 every year making it $80,000 for the four year undergraduate degree. Whereas under the International Entrance Scholarships of Distinction programs international students are provided $140,000, $35,000 every year.

In order to apply for this program you must apply for an undergraduate program in fall intake, and you also need to have applied to York directly from high school no more than two years after graduation, and have no previous university or college studies, and have a minimum of A grade in your previous studies.


  • Karen McKellin International Leader of Tomorrow Award at University of British Columbia

Karen McKellin International Leader of Tomorrow Award at University of British Columbia are awarded to those students who demonstrate superior academic achievement, leadership skills, involvement in student affairs and community service, and recognized achievement in other areas. These scholarships are awarded to students who are about to study an undergraduate degree at University of British Columbia. This programs covers majority of your tuition fee, and living costs.

In order to apply you must be an international student and have previously studied at a well-known educational institute of your home country be it a school, college or university, this should be your first undergraduate degree. And you must demonstrate above average academic results.


  • Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship Program at University of Toronto

The Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship Program at the University of Toronto recognizes students with exceptional academic achievements. Students who are enrolled in an undergraduate program at University of Toronto can apply for this scholarship program.

This scholarship program will cover your tuition, books, incidental fees, and full residence support will be provided to you until the completion of your undergraduate program. You must be an international student have graduated from high school in 2020 to apply for this program.


  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships are awarded to students pursuing a doctoral degree program. The main aim of this program is to attract top performing doctoral students and to establish Canada as a global center of excellence in research.

The fields of study for this scholarship program are natural sciences or engineering research and social sciences or humanities research. An eligible doctoral program must include a significant research component that leads to the completion of a thesis, major research project, dissertation, scholarly publication.

In order to apply for Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships you must be nominated by any one of Canadian higher educational institutes, you must be studying your first doctoral degree, and must not hold, or have held, a doctoral-level scholarship or fellowship from CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC to undertake or complete a doctoral degree.


In efforts to encourage women the PEO International Peace Scholarships for Women are offered to female students pursuing a Master’s or PhD degree from any accredited university of Canada.

This scholarship does not cover your entire tuition and study cost but only provides around $12,500 for one year of study. The PEO scholarships for Women is offered for a year only and can only be renewed once meaning that the maximum duration of this scholarship program is only 2 years.

To apply for PEO International Peace Scholarships for Women the applicant must be qualified for admission to full-time graduate study and working toward a graduate degree in an accredited college or university in Canada, furthermore if you’re a citizen of Canada you cannot apply for this scholarship program.

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