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 visiting graduate research 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 to check your eligibility and application process. 

Undergraduate students from ASEAN member states are also eligible but they must be nominated as exchange students to SFU by their home institutions and must be attending one of SFU’s partner universities. Students are advised to contact their own exchange offices for more information. 

The application intake for the 2022-23 academic year has now closed.


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).  


Graduate students (Master's and PhD) who meet the scholarship eligibility requirements. Undergraduate students are considered on a case-by-case basis. 

Scholarship Value and Duration:

  • CAD 10,700 for graduate students (Master's and PhD) for a minimum of four months or one academic term of study or research
  • CAD 13,200 for graduate students (Master's and PhD) for a period of five to six months of study or research


Eligible and complete applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • the linkage of the proposed research that the student will undertake in Canada to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;
  • the candidate’s commitment to use their proposed research in Canada to help combat poverty and narrow the development gap in the ASEAN region;
  • merit of the research to be undertaken in Canada;
  • benefit to the home institution and peers;
  • benefit to the Canadian institution, supervisor and peers;
  • strength of the linkages to be created through the proposed exchange; and
  • rankings submitted by the Canadian institution.


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

Required supporting documents:

  1. SFU's Graduate Visiting Research Student Form: signed by student, supervisor and graduate 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): All candidates must:
    • explain the nature of research to be undertaken;
    • explain how undertaking research in Canada will empower the student to apply their learning to address the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;
    • explain how they intend to use their learning to help combat poverty and narrow the development gap in the ASEAN region in their future career; and
    • identify the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) their proposed study or research in Canada is aligned with and will contribute to.
      • Candidates from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand or Vietnam must provide an explanation of how their learning in Canada will help to combat poverty in their home country.
      • Candidates from Brunei or Singapore must provide an explanation of how their learning in Canada will help combat poverty in one of the other eight ASEAN countries.
  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 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