6 Full Tuition Scholarships for International Students in Canada

Throughout the years, Canada has become more and more popular as one of the best study destinations in the world. With the opportunity to experience what it’s like to live in the northern part of earth, students from all around the world are provided with Canada’s excellent education system. What makes this country so attractive to students is not only the high-quality of its higher educations, but also its warm and welcoming people, and its relatively low cost of living. A number of various scholarships to study in Canada are also one of the attractive things about this country. The many scholarship programs offered by the Canadian government and foundations help both Canadian and foreign students ease their financial difficulties.

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Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS) program was launched by the Canadian Government to help Canadian institutions attract highly qualified doctoral students. Valued at $50,000 per year for three years during doctoral studies, the scholarships will be given considering three equally weighted section criteria: academic excellence, research potential, and leadership. These scholarships are aimed at Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, and foreign students who wish to study in doctoral level with one of the following areas of research:

  • Health research
  • Natural sciences and/or engineering research
  • Social sciences and humanities research

Up to 166 scholarships are awarded annually, although the numbers are subject to change depending on the available amount of funds. Should more funds become more available, additional scholarships may be awarded.

Candidates must be nominated by a Canadian institution with a quota (i.e., a predetermined number of applications that can be put forward to the national competition) to host Vanier scholars. Candidates should only seek a nomination from the institution at which they want to study.

For more information, visit the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships’ website.

Ontario Trillium Scholarship (OTS)

The Ontario Trillium Scholarship program was announced by the Ontario government as a significant initiative to attract more of the best qualified international students to Ontario for PhD studies. The OTS are to be awarded to international PhD recipients for a maximum of four years. Each OTS is valued at $40,000 annually (about $26,000 from the Ontario Government and about $13,000 from the University / Faculty / department / supervisor). These scholarships are to be automatically awarded to the student for each of the three years following the first year provided the student maintains good academic standing and continues to meet recipient eligibility requirements.

Each Faculty will nominate up to 5 students in the Winter term for admission in the following Spring, Fall or Winter terms. Funding for this program is contingent upon annual confirmation of support from the provincial government.

Recipients of the OTS must be international students, who hold a valid Canadian study permit and must be intending to pursue full-time graduate studies at the doctoral level in a degree granting program.

Further details can be found on the OTS’ website.

Trudeau Foundation Scholarships

The Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Scholarship Program was established to help shape researchers into engaged leaders who are conscious of the impact of their research, connected to the realities of the communities in which they work, and open to non-conventional forms of knowledge. The Foundation is seeking candidates who are audacious, original, and forward thinking.

The program will last for three years and will also provide generous support for Scholars’ doctoral work in the form of a stipend and a research and travel allowance.

Scholars will receive the following benefits from the Trudeau Foundation Scholarship program:

  • Membership in a community of other Scholars, Mentors, and Fellows, all of whom are leaders and change-makers in their respective disciplines and sectors
  • Leadership training from Mentors and Fellows
  • $40,000 per year for three years to cover tuition and reasonable living expenses, and
  • Up to $20,000 per year for three years, as a research and travel allowance.

Students who are chosen as a Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Scholar must:

  • Attend a community retreat and two Institutes of Engaged Leadership during the first year of their term
  • Collaboratively plan and participate in a conference event during the second year of their term
  • Work with other Scholars, Mentors, and Fellows on a creative knowledge sharing and dissemination project during the third year of their term
  • Work towards fluency in English and French with support from the Foundation
  • Actively engage and collaborate with the Foundation’s community of Scholars, Mentors, and Fellows, and
  • Submit one research progress report per year.

For further details, visit the Trudeau Foundation Scholarship’s website.

University of Toronto – Nelson Mandela Award

The Nelson Mandela Award is aimed at undergraduate students at the University of Toronto, who are finishing their third year. It is awarded on the basis of academic excellence, demonstrated leadership and community involvement. The Nelson Mandela Award has been established to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela, and eligible candidates must demonstrate, through their studies and community involvement, a commitment to promoting peace, justice, citizenship and human rights. The award are open to all nationalities.

For more information, visit the Nelson Mandela Award’s web page.

F.A. Davis Nursing Scholarships

F.A. Davis is dedicated to developing teaching and learning solutions that meet the needs of nursing and health science students, educators, and practitioners. To stay committed to its goal of shaping the future of nursing and health science education, F.A. Davis offers annual scholarships to support those aspiring to work in healthcare. These include nursing scholarships for international students in Canada.

In order to be eligible for the scholarship, a student must:

  • be currently pursuing one of the following degrees or certifications: LPN/LVN, RN, BSN, or RN-BSN, MSN, DNP, OT, OTA, PT, PTA, MLS, MLT, AT, MA, PA, CST, or comparable health science specialty
  • be enrolled for the Spring semester
  • be in a good standing with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • be in the U.S. or Canada (must be a citizen, legal resident, or holder of a valid student visa).

There will be three awards granted annually. For more information, visit the F.A. Davis Nursing Scholarships’ website, at www.fadavis.com/scholarship.

University of Toronto Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing – Dean’s Global Award of Excellence

A number of  awards are available to newly admitted students at the University of Toronto. Presently, the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing offers over 75 undergraduate awards and 100 graduate fellowships. The number of these awards and fellowships are increasing each year. Awards and fellowships are given to students based on academic merit and/or financial need.

The Dean’s Global Award of Excellence is an international student admission award provided at the University of Toronto Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing. Through this award program, all full-time international students in the BScN and MN programs are eligible for a $20,000 annual award to cover tuition fees. The awards are only available to students paying the international fee.

For further details, visit the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing’s Fellowships & Awards web page.