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Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED)


The Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED) program provides students, from member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), with short-term exchange opportunities for study or research in Canadian post-secondary institutions at the college, undergraduate and graduate levels.

Faculty members interested in hosting a graduate student from eligible countries for a 4 to 6-month research visit, please direct your student to this website for information on application process. Students interested in studying at SFU as an exchange student, please contact exchange@sfu.ca to check your eligibility and application process. 

Application deadline: February 22, 2021
 

ELIGIBLE COUNTRIES:

Candidates must be citizens of an ASEAN member state (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos (Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, or Vietnam).  
 

CANDIDATE ELIGIBILITY:

Graduate students (Master's and PhD) who meet the scholarship eligibility requirements.

Schorlaship Value and Duration:

  • CAD 10,200 for graduate students (Master's and PhD) for a minimum of four months or one academic term of study or research
  • CAD 12,700 for graduate students (Master's and PhD) for a period of five to six months of study or research
     

APPLICATION PROCESS:

Please submit an application with all supporting documents online by the deadline.

Required supporting documents:

  1. SFU's Visiting Graduate Research Student Form: signed by student, supervisor andgraduate program chair
  2. Privacy Notice Statement: a copy of the document signed by the candidate
  3. Proof of citizenship: a copy of the candidate’s passport or national identity document with valid dates; a baptism certificate is not accepted as proof of citizenship
  4. Letter of intent from the applicant (max. 1 page):a short letter in English or French explaining how undertaking the research in Canada will empower the student to apply the learning to address the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and how they intend to use this learning to help combat poverty and narrow the development gap in the ASEAN region in their future career. In the letter of intent, candidates must identify the Sustainable Development Goal that their proposed research in Canada would contribute to. The letter must include the following:
    • A brief description of the chosen field of study or research
    • A brief explanation of how the chosen field of study or research is aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
    • An identification of which Sustainable Development Goal(s) the chosen field of study or research is aligned with
    • For candidates from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam: please provide a brief explanation of how you plan to use the learning in Canada to help combat poverty in your home country
    • For candidates from Brunei and Singapore: please provide a brief explanation of how you plan to use the learning in Canada to help combat poverty in one of the other eight ASEAN countries listed under item 4 above
  5. Proof of full-time enrolment: a short letter in English or in French from the home institution, on official letterhead, dated within the last six months. This letter must confirm that the candidate is currently enrolled in a full-time program and will continue to be enrolled upon their return. Copies of transcripts, a student card or letter of admission are not acceptable (maximum one page)
  6. Letter of support from the home institution: a letter in English or French from the candidate's instructor, professor or international director on the institution's official letterhead explaining the nature of study or research, how the candidate and the home institution will benefit from this scholarship program, and the institution’s assessment of the candidate’s commitment and capacity to use the program of study or research in Canada to help combat poverty and narrow the development gap in the ASEAN region (maximum one page)

Provided by SFU host supervisor:

  1. Letter of invitation from SFU Host Supervisor: This letter must be on institutional letterhead, be in English or French, be signed and demonstrate the support for the applicant during the exchange period and demonstrate how the Canadian institution, supervisor and peers will benefit
  2. History of collaboration: elaborate on the established collaboration between institutions. If no MOU exists, please describe the informal agreement between institutions or departments, research collaboration between professors, etc. This information will be taken into consideration in the rankings of the applications. (Max. 1000 characters)

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Zhaoying Hu at research_mobility@sfu.ca.