Scholarships and Awards

External Awards: Students from Latin America and the Caribbean

March 18, 2016

If you're a graduate student in Latin America or the Caribbean who would like to conduct research in Canada for 5–6 months, there are three Canadian scholarships now open for applications.

Students must be nominated for this award by Simon Fraser University (see nomination process below).

The Dean of Graduate Studies office nominates visiting graduate studentscoming to undertake research and takes care of processing the awards for the recipients.

Undergraduate students and graduate students wishing to do coursework at SFU must be from an SFU exchange partner university in order to participate. These nominations are coordinated by SFU's International Services for Students. Please contact Kris Torno, Manager of International Mobility at for more details.

Applications submitted directly by the student or home institution will not be accepted by the Canadian Bureau of International Education.

SFU's nomination deadline is April 19, 2016

See also: How to apply to SFU as a visiting graduate research student

Nomination Process: Visiting Graduate Research Students

General Eligibility Criteria (see scholarship links above for full details)

  • These awards are available to international graduate students to undertake research in Canada for a period of 4 to 6 months.
  • Students must be citizens of eligible countries (and cannot be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada)
  • Graduate student awards are valued at $7,200 for four months and $9,700 for five to six months of research.
  • Graduate students coming to undertake research should be from institutions with which SFU has established research activity. If no inter-institutional agreement exists, new or established collaboration between professors will be accepted.
  • Selected students conducting research must arrive in Canada no earlier than July 2, 2016 and no later than February 1, 2017
  • Students must be enrolled full-time at a post-secondary institution in an eligible country and paying any tuition fees regulated by that institution for the full duration of the exchange.
  • Students already enrolled in a degree or diploma program at a Canadian university or college are not eligible
  • Should there be a larger number of applications than funding available, the Dean of Graduate Studies may be asked to rank its eligible applications based on SFU's institutional strategic priorities.

Scholarship Application Process for Students and Supervisors

  1. After confirming that they meet all the eligibility requirements and SFU's posted deadlines for the specific awards (April 19, 2016), eligible graduate students planning to undertake research at SFU must establish a research agreement with a faculty member at SFU.

  2. Once the student has received approval from an SFU supervisor,students must complete the 1) Visiting Research Form; 2) CBIE Student Info Form and 3) Privacy Notice Statement and submit them, along with all supporting documents, directly to their host research supervisor at SFU. (proof of medical insurance not required until arrival in Canada)

  3. SFU supervisors must complete and submit the 1) CBIE Host Supervisor Info Form (including a 1-page letter of invitation, as detailed in the CBIE Host Supervisor Info Form) and the student's completed 2) Visiting Research Form, 3) CBIE Student Info Form, 4) signed Privacy Notice Statement, along with all supporting documents, to by April 19, 2016.

Please note:  While results are expected to be announced by May 30, delays in confirmation of external funding can occur. (In recent years, results for this program have not been announced to academic institutions until the end of July).  Flexible start dates are a good idea as the visa process can be lengthy in some countries. 

Application Downloads

* VisitingResearchStudent.pdf
To be completed by student and emailed with all supporting documents to SFU host supervisor for appropriate signatures
* privacy-notice-statement-non-canadians-eng.pdf
To be signed by student and emailed with all supporting documents to SFU host supervisor

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