Many Nigeria Students have seen Canada as the destination for their exciting educational journey, but people have warned: it is expensive to study abroad. Counting your pennies, it may seem like your dreams of studying in Canada are unobtainable, but there are other options.
Despite what it may seem, an education abroad is not reserved just for those with fat wallets. Canada, like many countries, wishes to welcome international students from all backgrounds so it offers many scholarships, both through the government and the institutions themselves.
Eligibility requirements tend to vary from application to application so where one scholarship may ask for a personal essay, another may just want references. Some scholarships are offered entirely on academic merit or sporting achievements or even creative pursuits so be mindful of your skills and match them to what’s out there.
And the best part? The scholarship money does not need to be repaid like a loan does.
Sounds good, right? Of course you would want your studies to be at least part-funded – every dollar counts – but you might not know what is out there, or where to begin.
How to get a Scholarship to Fund your Studies in Canada
Here are just a few of the best scholarships which just might be perfect for you:
Global Affairs International Scholarship for Non-Canadians
Canada is partnered with organizations all over the world that work to increase accessibility for international students, many of which work through research opportunities. There are numerous scholarships of this nature available.
The amount you will be awarded varies depending on your level of study and how long you will spend studying in Canada but typically these scholarships offer between CA$7,200 (US$5,600) and CA$14,700 (US$11,400) in scholarship money.
Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program (CGS-M)
Running at many universities across the country, the CGS-M is open to international students already enrolled and on permanent residence status in Canada. It is awarded to support students’ research in the fields of health, natural sciences and/or engineering, and social sciences and/or humanities.
If successful, you will receive CA$17,000 (US$13,100) for up to 12 months of your studies. Every year up to 2,000 students enrolled in Master’s courses at Canadian universities benefit from the scholarships.
To apply for the CGS-M there are a fair few requirements including being enrolled in – or have applied for an eligible full-time graduate program at Master’s or Doctoral level at a Canadian institution with a CGS-M allocation as well as averaging a first-class. You must also be a permanent resident of Canada so already studying and/or living there is a must.
Be sure to refer to the dedicated CGS-M webpage for further details.
Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)
If you wish to study in the Canadian province of Ontario, you may be in luck. The OGS is funded by Ontario’s provincial government together with the school you will attend. It awards graduate students with CA$10,000 (US$7,750) or CA$15,000 (US$11,650) depending on how many terms make up their study program.
Each year Ontario spends approximately CA$30 million (US$ 23 million) on supporting the program.
You will be assessed on your academic capabilities, research skills, and volunteering and leadership experience. You must be currently enrolled in a graduate program at Master’s or Doctoral level at a participating Ontario school on a valid permit and studying for at least two terms full-time.
And it’s not just the OGS available to Ontario students.
Ontario Trillium Scholarship (OTS)
In 2010, the Government of Ontario introduced the OTS to encourage the crème de la crème of Canada’s international student body to Ontario to undertake their PhD studies.
Successful students are awarded CA$40,000 (US$31,000) and are automatically eligible – so long as they retain their academic record – for renewal every three years following the first year.
Have a look at the website for further details and to check which Ontario universities participate in the scheme.
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship
The Vanier CGS program awards postgraduate students with CA$50,000 (US$39,000) each year for three years of doctoral studies. Every year the government chooses up to 167 new Vanier CGS recipients.
You must show academic excellence as well as strong leadership skills on your PhD-level program and be nominated by your institution.
Be sure to look at the government website for further details and deadlines.
Many universities and colleges across Canada offer various entrance scholarships to international students.
This list is only the tip of the iceberg for what is out there so search, search, search and don’t lose hope too quickly.
Keep in mind the deadlines and ensure you are eligible for the scholarship before applying – you don’t want to waste your energies if you aren’t even in with a chance.
And lastly, good luck!