Best 5 Scholarships for Indians to Study in Canada

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Best 5 Scholarships for Indians to Study in Canada

With 642,000 international students, Canada has been ranked #3 in terms of the international student population after the USA and Australia. Notably, the international student population of Canada has increased by three folds in the past ten years and a surge of 13% was witnessed in the year 2019 when compared to 2018.

It seems that as of 2019, a total of 404,000 international students qualified for study permits to pursue higher education in Canada. And impressively, India accounts for 30% of the total international population in Canada, which is higher than any other country.

Country-wise percentage of international students in Canada

Over the years, Canada’s education system has attained global recognition for offering comprehensive programs that not only enhance the overall learning experience of students but also make them industry-ready. In view of this, Canada seems to be one of the favourite study destinations when it comes to pursuing education abroad.

However, a high cost of study stands as a roadblock for many high-caliber students who dream of world-class education in a country like Canada. In such situations, scholarships seem to be the only solution to make study abroad affordable. Considering a high influx of international students to Canada especially Indians, we have come up with five exciting scholarships focusing primarily on Indian students intending to study in Canada.

  1. Shastri Research Student Fellowship for Doctoral Students

    About

    • This scholarship scheme is sponsored by Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute supporting Indian students willing to take a doctoral degree in recognized Canadian institutes.
    • Students from almost all disciplines like Social Sciences and Humanities, Arts, Commerce & Management, and STEM subjects are eligible to apply for this scholarship.

    Value and Duration

    Under this scholarship scheme, students are offered an amount of $560 per week for a duration of 6 months.

    Eligibility

    • The student applying for scholarship must be a citizen of India and should be enrolled in a Ph.D. program (full-time) in any of the participating institutions.
    • It is essential for applicants to get their research synopsis approved by the university before making an application for the scholarship.

    The participating institutes include Athabasca University, Cape Breton University, Carleton University, Concordia University, Dalhousie University, Huron at Western University, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Lakehead University, Laurentian University, McGill University, McMaster University, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Mount Saint Vincent University, NSCAD University, Queen’s University, Ryerson University, Saint Mary’s University, St. Francis Xavier University, St. Thomas University, the University of British Columbia, Université de Montréal, Université du Québec à Montréal, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Université Laval Québec, the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary, the University of Guelph, the University of Lethbridge, the University of Manitoba, the University of New Brunswick, the University of Ottawa, the University of Regina, the University of Saskatchewan, the University of the Fraser Valley, the University of Toronto, the University of Victoria, the University of Waterloo, the University of Windsor, and Western University

    Application Requirements

    • Completed application form along with the prerequisites at the GMS portal.
    • Authorization from supervisor or guide
    • Two reference letters including one from the supervisor
    • Offer letter from the host institution
    • English proficiency
    • Ethical approval certificate
    • Copy of passport

    Key Dates

    Online applications should be completed by December 17, 2020 by 5 pm as per IST.

    Application

    Applications for the scholarship can be made online at the GMS portal.

  2. Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan

    About

    • The scholarship is sponsored by the External Scholarship Division of the Ministry of Human Resource and Development, Govt. of India to financially support top Indian students willing to take up a Master’s degree or a doctoral degree in Canada.
    • This scholarship scheme is applicable to the study areas of Political Science, International Relations with specific emphasis on Canada-India relations, Education, Architecture, Computer Science, Health Science, Law, Environmental Studies, Electronics, Biotechnology, Economic Planning, Sociology, Geography.

    Value and Duration

    The value of the scholarship varies for students and is offered for the entire course duration, i.e., for up to 2 years for masters and 4 years for a doctoral degree.

    Eligibility Criteria

    • Indian nationality is a must to avail of the scholarship and should not be older than 40 years of age as of September 30.
    • Additionally, the applicant should be proficient in English.
    • Students enrolled in a Master’s degree program must hold a 1st class bachelor’s degree while doctoral students must have at least 2nd class in the master’s degree in a relevant field of study to be eligible for the scholarship.

    Application Requirement

    • Completed application form along with the prerequisites
    • Two reference letters
    • An offer of placement from the host institution
    • English proficiency
    • Copy of passport

    Key Dates

    The application usually starts in December.

    Application

    Duly completed application along with the supporting documents should be posted to the Director (scholarship), Ministry of Human Resource Development.

  3. Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program

    About

    • With the help of the Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program, international students at master’s and doctoral levels will be able to avail merit-based scholarships.
    • Students from any discipline can avail of the benefits of this scholarship program.
    • The scholarship amount is offered in a joint collaboration between the province of Ontario which accounts for two-thirds of the total value and the participating institute covering the remaining one-third.

    The participating institutes are Brock University, Carleton University, University of Guelph, Lakehead University, Laurentian University, McMaster University, Nipissing University, OCAD University, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, University of Ottawa, Queen’s University, Ryerson University, University of Toronto, Trent University, University of Waterloo, Western University, Wilfrid Laurier University, University of Windsor and York University.

    Value and Duration

    • The Ontario Graduate Scholarship can be availed for a minimum duration of one year (2 or 3 consecutive terms) and a maximum of two years (up to 6 consecutive terms).
    • The maximum duration for the expiry of the award differs as per the study level:
      • Master degree students: 2 years
      • Doctoral students: 4 years
    • Within one academic year, students will receive an amount of $10,000 for two consecutive study terms and $15,000 for three consecutive study terms.

    Eligibility Criteria

    • In order to be eligible for the Ontario Graduate Scholarship, students should be enrolled in a full-time graduate-level program (masters or doctoral) that stretches up to a minimum of two terms or beyond.
    • Past records suggest that students with 85% average in the last two years of their recent academic years or those who have been actively participating in research works had a better chance of getting selected for the scholarship.

    Application Requirements

    • Ontario Graduate Scholarship Application
    • Academic transcripts
    • Admission application
    • Two academic references

    Evaluation Criteria

    All the applications are evaluated based on the following determining factors:

    • Academic excellence (30-50% weight):It is determined based on the academic transcripts and list of previously availed scholarships, grants, or awards.
    • Ability to research and potential in the program (30-50% weight):It is determined by looking at the number of publications, conferences attended, presentations, the authenticity of research work, and the number of citations.
    • Communication and leadership skills (0-20% weight):Applicants should have participated in activities where they could show their leadership and communication skills.

    Key Dates

    • Application Start Date:Usually in mid of October
    • Application Review Date:Varies by the institute

    Application

    • After confirming the eligibility, students need to select their department and submit the OGS application form available on the university website.
    • The application form should be accompanied by necessary documents.
  4. Ontario Trillium Scholarship

    About

    • The Ontario Trillium Scholarship is an initiative of the Ontario government to financially assist top international students seeking a doctoral degree at participating Ontario institutes.
    • This scholarship scheme is open to students of all disciplines and offered in partnership between the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (two-thirds) and the degree offering institution (one-third).

    Value and Duration

    • Eligible students will receive a scholarship amount of $40,000 ($26,666 from the Ontario Government and $13,333) per annum, which will start in concurrence with their doctoral studies.
    • The scholarship gets automatically renewed for the next three academic years if a student successfully maintains a good academic record and keeps meeting the eligibility criteria.

    Eligibility & Evaluation Criteria

    • Students must hold a valid Canadian student visa and must be enrolled in a full-time program scheduled to start in Spring, Fall, or Winter terms.
    • It’s a mandate to hold a first-class average (A- or 80%) in the previous two years of study.

    Application & Deadline

    • No separate application is required, students are automatically considered for the scholarship on fulfilling the eligibility criteria at the time of admission application.
    • In view of this, students need not provide any additional documents.
  5. Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

    About

    • This scholarship scheme has been introduced to attract high-caliber international students interested in pursuing doctoral studies in Canadian institutions.
    • The study areas for research include Health research, Natural sciences and/or engineering research, and Social sciences and humanities research.
    • It’s a non-renewable scholarship.

    Value and Duration

    Eligible students are offered $50,000 every year for a duration of three years.

    Eligibility

    • Students seeking this scholarship need to reach out to the host institution to nominate them for it.
    • Students enrolled in a full-time doctoral program with exceptional academic standing with no record of any previous scholarship will only be considered for the scholarship.
    • It’s essential to demonstrate satisfactory progress during the entire course of study to continue receiving the scholarship.

    Application Requirements

    • Transcripts
    • Education certificates
    • Passport copy
    • Two references
    • Proof of good research background and leadership skills

    Evaluation Criteria

    Students are evaluated based on academic excellence, ability to research, and leadership competency

    Key Dates

    Students need to follow the internal deadlines set by the degree-granting institution.

    Application

    • There’s no provision of sending direct applications for this scholarship.
    • Either the students can approach the department to nominate them for the scholarship, or else the department can reach eligible students.
    • Students need to submit applications to the faculty.
    • The faculty reviews all the applications and sends nominations to Vanier-Banting Secretariat by the set deadline, usually November 1st week.
    • Subsequently, the nominations are again reviewed and names of selected students are sent to the Tri-Agency Programs Steering Committee and the results are declared by April 2020.

We hope you will find these scholarships helpful in realising your dream of studying in Canada.