Scholarship opportunities are one way to help international students to finance their studies abroad. The scholarship is awarded to students with outstanding academic achievements, volunteer, and work experience. You need to apply for a scholarship. Though, Some scholarships are awarded automatically.

Scholarship funding is more available to international students studying at a postgraduate level than undergraduate level. Nonetheless, there are many ways you can do to find scholarship opportunities.

Find scholarship opportunities at home

To begin with, explore all scholarships and funding opportunities in your home country. Many countries offer scholarships to their citizens to pursue education abroad. Contact the department of education in your home country to find out all the scholarship and funding possibilities.

Find scholarship opportunities abroad

When you plan to study abroad, you need to plan ahead. Start searching and finding a university where you’d like to study. Contact the financial aid office of the university of your choice to get all the information about scholarship opportunities for international students. Not all countries offer many scholarship opportunities to international students such as Canada though Canadian universities usually offer scholarships to international students who demonstrate academic excellence. However, this type scholarship is usually given if you are already a student at the college or university in Canada.

Ask friends that study abroad

If you happen to know your friends are studying abroad, ask them about the scholarship opportunities at their university. You can also ask the international students at the international student communities or forum to get to know if there is any possibility to get a scholarship for international students.


Read information at the government website

A great way to learn about scholarship opportunities abroad is by visiting the government website of a country where you’d like to study. If you are looking for scholarship administered by the Canadian government, go to scholarships-bourses.gc.ca to learn more about the scholarship for international students.

Research additional opportunities

Many private foundations, companies, and not-for-profit organizations offer scholarships to international students, so it is worth to contact those institutions to find out about scholarship information. You can also browse around to find scholarship information on the internet.

Here are some resources to help you get started:

  1. Government of Canada International Scholarships Program
    The scholarship is offered by Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development Canada to foreign students who wish to study and research in Canada.
  2. Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships
    The scholarship opportunities are open to Canadian and international students studying at the graduate level in Canada.
  3. Quebec merit scholarship for foreign students
    The scholarship program is intended to provide foreign students adequate resources for doctoral studies, postdoctoral fellowship, short-term research and professional development.
  4. Trudeau Foundation Doctoral scholarships
    Trudeau Foundation offers doctoral scholarships in the humanities and social sciences to Canadian and foreign doctoral candidates.
  5. International Council for Canadian Studies
    The scholarships are awarded to students in the social sciences or humanities in the fields of Canadian Studies around the world.
  6. FINCAD Women in Finance Scholarship
    The scholarship is only open to women who are studying finance in an accredited graduate-level program.
  7. P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship (IPS)
    The International Peace Scholarship Fund provides scholarships for selected women from other countries for graduate study in the US and Canada. The scholarship is given based on student financial needs. The maximum amount awarded is $12,500.
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