Top Canadian Scholarships for Indian Students


Indian students can pursue their undergrad, graduate and postdoctoral studies and research in Canada with the help of several scholarships and funding options available from the Canadian government and individual universities.

If you are applying for overseas education in a Canadian University and are looking for financing options, you should research scholarships. There are many scholarships available for Indian students, offered by foreign universities, the Canadian government and some private bodies, at the postgraduate, doctoral, graduate and undergraduate levels.

Canadian Scholarships for Indian Students

Doctoral & Post-doctoral Scholarships


IDRC Research Awards/Doctoral Research Awards


These awards are offered by Canada's IDRC (International Development Research Centre). The fundings are awarded to Masters or doctoral students (pursuing or just completed) at recognized universities. Awards range from 3 months to 1 year paid research program in developing countries.
  • Application deadline: Typically in May
Applications are to be sent online along with research proposal. The funds are for Masters or PhD. scholars from developing countries (including India) at a Canadian university who want to pursue research in a developing nation. The awards typically include a salary of CA$39,797-CA$46,070 annually and some travel and research expenses, up to a maximum of CA$15,000.

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships

The fellowship is offered by the Canadian government to Canadian nationals & international postdoctoral applicants. A grant of CA $70,000 per year (taxable) is offered for 2 years to 70 candidates per year.
  • Application deadline: Applicants can begin applying to host institutions from April to September, and the deadline for completed submission of application is September 21, 2016. Some institutions may have internal deadlines.


You need to visit the websites of the participating institutions and seek endorsement. The application for the Banting fellowship must then be prepared and submitted to the institution by the deadline in September. Results are announced typically in early February.

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS)


A scholarship offered by the Canadian government to doctoral students in social sciences and/or humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health. Scholarship value is CA $50,000 per year. The scholarship is offered for a period of three years at participating Canadian universities.
  • Application deadline: Application process is between July and November. Deadlines are internal.

Anne Vallee Ecological Fund (AVEF)

This private fund offers two CA $1,500 scholarships in support of international and Canadian students registered for a Masters or doctoral course on animal research in a Québec or British Columbia University. The application form is available online, to be filled and sent by post to a given address. The AVEF focuses on supporting field research in animal ecology and human impact.
  • Application deadline: March

Trudeau Doctoral Scholarship Program


Awarded by the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation each year for doctoral research, fellowships, mentorships and scholarships in humanities and social sciences at select Canadian institutions. The fundings are awarded to candidates applying to the first year of a doctoral program. Outstanding applicants from developing countries, with an interest in public policy, are preferred. The application must be sent to the home university, and forms can be obtained from the university's scholarship officer.
  • Application deadline: Applications open at the start of the year and interviews are held in Montreal offices in spring.

Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships


Fairleigh Dickinson University Scholarships for International Students


International students are offered to full-time students of FDU in Vancouver, at various levels from undergraduate to graduates. Scholarships offered at the time of admission, and renewable based on continued full-time enrollment and good GPA. Award amounts range from CA$1,000 to CA$15,000 per year at undergrad levels to CA$1,000 to CA$10,000 at Masters levels.
  • Application deadline: Typically July 1 or December 1.

HEC Montreal BBA Entrance Scholarships


Offered by HEC Montreal, a French-language university where international BBA students are offered merit-based scholarships. Scholarship values range between CA$7,000 and CA$14,000 for one or two terms, with which differential fees are paid for the candidate. Awards are given based on results on the national exams. There is no separate application required.

International Student Scholarships at Humber College, Toronto


Indians can apply for undergrad scholarships that are available at Humber College for international students. Undergraduate entrance scholarships awarded per semester based on academics, references, community involvement and statement of interest. The scholarship amounts range from full tuition to CA$5000 and CA$1000. Application and the renewal date vary, depending on the semester you are applying for.

International Scholarships and Awards by Queen's University Ontario


These scholarships are offered to students entering the first year of any first entry undergraduate program of study at the university. The Principal's International Scholarship is available for Indian students, at a value of CA$20,000. This award applies to all programs of study, and can be renewed after a year as long as 3.50 GPA is maintained. This is a merit-based scholarship where no application is required.

Other scholarships that Indian students can also apply for include University of British Columbia International Leader of Tomorrow Award, University of Calgary scholarships, and those offered by the universities of Manitoba and Carleton.


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