July 28, 2009

Canadian Scholarship Hunting

Attending school in Canada is about three times more expensive for international students than for Canadian students. Finding a scholarship supporting all abroad expenses becomes a very essential step for an international student. Not like to its counterpart, American, Canada offers less and smaller scholarships to international students and competition is very fierce. In order to get some-ten-%-scholarship of the total school fee for the first semester is quite a tough procedure to undertake.

Because of difficulties in finding scholarships, here comes to terms like “scholarship hunting” or “scholarship hunter”. However, nothing is impossible. If you keep trying and being persistent to your dreams, you are 50% of success already.

Below are some feasible sources to find Canadian scholarships for international students. Your hard work will be soon rewarded kindly if you keep looking for scholarships.

After logging in, perform an advanced search using "International or Visa Student" as your region of residence. If you find a scholarship you think you could apply for, you should contact that scholarship administrator for more information.

Here are some other resources you might be able to make use of.

CIDA - The Canadian International Development Agency: This organization offers scholarships directly and through funding for students to come to Canada to study.

CIDA-SICI Project (CSP) - The Canadian International Development Agency and the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute offer several grants and internships to graduate students from India to study in Canada, including the Women and Development Fellowships, the Social Sciences & Humanities Fellowships and the Visiting Scholar Program.

Foreign Affairs Canada (FAC): FAC sponsors the Commonwealth Scholarship Plan. The program is designed to help students from Commonwealth countries take programs of advanced study and research at the graduate level in Canada.

Foreign Affairs Canada (FAC): FACsponsors the Government of Canada Awards, available to graduate students who are citizens of Chile, Colombia, Cuba, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Philippines, Russia and Venezuela. Countries may be added at any time, so students should check the link below occasionally.

Organization of American States (OAS) Fellowship Programs (PRA): Awards available to students from other OAS member states for graduate study or research in Canada.

International Development Research Centre (IDRC): This organization funds research activities designed to provide benefits to developing countries. Most of the funding they do is at a doctoral level.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada: Sponsors the NATO Science Fellowships for post-doctoral studies and the Visiting Fellowships in Canadian Government Laboratories for post-doctoral studies or doctoral studies.

If you are accepted to a school, try contacting your school's financial aid office. There may be an award that your school's financial aid or registrar's office knows about. It never hurts to ask. You can find your school's contact information in their school profile.

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