In many ways, Canada offers the benefits of an international education that other destinations, such as the US and UK, do: Some of the best ranked universities in the world are in Canada; these schools are typically quite multicultural and the qualifications they provide are recognised around the world, which widens the career opportunities for its students.

Higher education in Canada however does have a few specific qualities that differentiates it from its foreign competitors: the cost of living and tuition fees for international students studying in Canada is generally lower than in American or British schools. Additionally, Canada offers a number of student work permit programs for international students, and a few of those with Canadian work experience can also apply for permanent residency in the country.

If you think however, that you may not be able to finance your own education in Canada, explore some of these scholarship options:

IDRC Research Awards: These Awards—offered by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Canada—are a one-year paid program for research carried out in one or more developing countries. Citizens of developing countries interested in pursuing or have completed postgraduate or doctoral studies are eligible to apply. Selected candidates are trained in research management through hands-on experience within their chosen program and also work under the mentorship of a program officer.

Anne Vallee Ecological Fund: The Anne Vallée Ecological Fund (AVEF) offers two 1,500 CAD scholarships to support students registered in animal research at the master’s or doctoral level in a Québec or British Columbia University. The AVEF is focused on supporting field research in animal ecology, in relation with the impact of human activities such as forestry, industry, agriculture, and fishing. International students are eligible to apply for this scholarship.

University-specific Undergraduate Scholarships

For undergraduate scholarships, several universities in Canada offer their own individual scholarships for international students. The University of British Columbia offers two merit-based scholarships for undergraduate studies: the International Major Entrance Scholarship (IMES) awarded to exceptional international students entering undergraduate programs at UBC. The scholarship is valued at 40,000 CAD and is payable up to 10,000 CAD per year for four years. The second is the Outstanding International Student Award (OIS) which is a one-time merit-based entrance scholarship awarded to qualified students when they are offered admission to UBC.

Other universities include, Humber College which offers full and partial tuition scholarships to new international students, York University which offers scholarships to international students who have an excellent academic record, and Carleton University offers partial scholarships worth 4,000 - 16,000 CAD to students who meet the admission average criteria of 80% and above.

University-specific Postgraduate Scholarships

Postgraduate scholarships awarded by individual universities include, University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships, which are merit-based awards for international students who are registered as full-time graduate students of the University. The fellowships are valued at 14,000 CAD for Master’s students for a 12-month period. University of Waterloo also offers to full time international students starting a research-based master’s program; its scholarship is valued at 1,880 CAD per term for 2 years (Master’s). The University of Calgary also offers a wide range of full and partial scholarships for international students. Scholarship value range from 1,000 to 40,000 CAD and covers different fields of study.

In spite of these options, don’t stop here, ask the universities you may be interested in, if they offer any scholarships as well.

*Coming Soon* Scholarship options for the UK.

If you are looking to study abroad, you may also want to read our piece on US Scholarships, as well as check out 5 (Fun) Reasons to Study Abroad and Is An MBA Right for You?

About the Author: Ambria Farid is a technical writer and researcher, working primarily in the field of education. She holds a bachelor’s in Management Science and also works as part of a consultancy team for NGOs.