Scholarships and awards

External Awards: Students from Latin America, the Caribbean and ASEAN member states

March 20, 2018

If you're a graduate student in Latin America, the Caribbean or a member state of the of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) who would like to conduct research in Canada, there are three Canadian scholarships now open for applications.

These awards are available to international graduate students to undertake research in Canada for a period of 4 to 6 months. Awards are valued at $7,200 ($8,700 for SEED) for 4 months and $9,700 ($11,200 for SEED) for 5-6 months of research.

Scholarship recipients may commence their research at SFU as early as June 1, 2018 but no later than February 1, 2019.

SFU’s Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies nominates visiting graduate students coming to undertake research and takes care of processing the awards for the recipients. Applications submitted directly to the programs will not be accepted.

All documents and supporting documentation must be submitted to by April 12, 2018.

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)

  • Students must be citizens of eligible countries (and cannot be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada).
  • 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.
  • Graduate students coming to undertake research should be from institutions with which SFU has established research activity. If no inter-institutional agreement already exists, new or established collaboration between professors will be accepted.
  • 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 Graduate Students and Supervisors

1. Students must: 

  • Ensure they meet all eligibility requirements;
  • Establish a research agreement with a faculty member at SFU;
  • Complete the “Exchange Awards Nomination Form”;
  • Complete the “Visiting Research Student Form”;
  • Review and sign the “Privacy Notice Statement”;
  • Submit all documents and supporting documentation to by April 12, 2018.

Note: If accepted to SFU, all international graduate students must purchase adequate medical insurance for the duration of their stay in Canada. Proof of medical insurance is required on arrival in Canada.

2. SFU supervisors must:

  • Provide students with the information about the history of collaboration between the two institutions (max. 1000 characters)
  • Provide students with a letter of invitation

Please note:  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. 


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