Canada has a first-rate education system and is building a world-class research capacity by attracting top-tier doctoral students, both at home and abroad, who will contribute positively to its economic, social and research-based growth.
Canada spends more on education as a percentage of GDP than the average Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) country and its spending on education is the second highest among the G7 countries. Canada offers a stimulating environment for graduate studies thanks to the contribution of many bright and talented scientists and researchers. The country is an international leader in computer and information technologies and has a reputation for excellence in such sectors as telecommunications, transportation and engineering.
The Government of Canada, Canadian schools, universities and research centres, as well as other institutions offer numerous scholarships to international graduate students. The list below provides information on some of the main programs and key sources of information available.
It is recommended that students contact the Chinese Ministry of Education and the China Scholarship Council www.csc.edu.cn for information on scholarship programs to study in Canada.
Canada-China Scholars' Exchange Program (CCSEP)
Chinese Ministry of Education and Agriculture and Agri-food Canada Joint Training Program for PhD Students
Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program
Description: The purpose of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships is to build world-class research capacity by recruiting top-tier Canadian and international post-doctoral researchers at an internationally competitive level of funding. These prestigious two year fellowships, worth $70,000 a year, are open to both Canadian and international researchers who have recently completed a PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree. Seventy fellowships are awarded each year.
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program
Industrial Postgraduate Scholarships Program
Visiting Fellowships in Canadian Government Laboratories
International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Awards
For more information: https://www.idrc.ca/en/funding/graduate-student-awards
Ontario Trillium Scholarships
Announced in November 2010, the Ontario Trillium Scholarships program will help the best doctoral students from around the world to study in Ontario.
Each Ontario Trillium Scholarship is worth $40,000 annually, renewable for a maximum of four years. 75 scholarships will be awarded each year, with the first students being offered scholarships to begin their studies in Ontario in September 2011.
Ontario universities will be responsible for selecting and awarding the Ontario Trillium Scholarships to international PhD students based on merit and program criteria.
Students interested in learning more should contact the graduate studies office of the Ontario university they wish to attend.
Alberta Doctoral Awards for Chinese Students (ADACS) * NEW *
The Alberta Doctoral Awards for Chinese Students (ADACS) support top Chinese students to undertake PhD studies at one of Alberta’s premier research universities. Research and studies need to be focused on the areas of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Nanotechnology, Genomics, Proteomics, Metabolomics, Transcriptomics or Regulomics, or research related to how these areas support the topics of Health, Bio-industries, Energy or the Environment.
The ADACS program is offered in partnership with Alberta Innovates Technology Futures, the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary, the University of Lethbridge, and Alberta Advanced Education and Technology.
Canadian Universities: A number of Canadian institutions offer scholarships to international students. Information can be obtained directly through the universities’ financial aid offices. A list of institutions providing awards and scholarships to international students can be found at www.studycanada.ca/english/index.htm
The University of Alberta offers more than $25 million in undergraduate scholarships annually, including six specific programs for Chinese students. Information about these scholarships can be found at http://www.studyincanada.ualberta.ca/en/TuitionAndScholarships/ScholarshipsAwardsAndFunding.aspx
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