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Canada - CARICOM Faculty Leadership Program

The Canada-CARICOM Faculty Leadership Program provides faculty or international liaison officers/managers from post-secondary institutions located in the CARICOM member and associate member states with short-term exchange opportunities for professional development, graduate study or research at Canadian post-secondary institutions.

Internal deadline: To be announced for 2022-2023 academic year

Candidate Eligibility

  • Candidates must be citizens of one of the CARICOM member and associate member states: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turks and Caicos.
  • Candidates must be employed full-time as faculty or international liaison officers/managers at a post-secondary institution in the eligible countries/territories at the time of application and for the entire duration of their stay in Canada.
  • Candidates who hold Canadian citizenship or permanent residency, or who have a pending application for permanent residency in Canada are not eligible; already participating in an exchange scholarship program funded by the Government of Canada are not eligible; already enrolled in a program at a Canadian post-secondary institution are not eligible.

Value: 

  • CAD 2,700 for faculty members for two to three weeks of course work or research as part of their professional development;
  • CAD 2,700 for international directors, managers or administrators for two to three weeks of course work or practicum in the area of internationalization or student mobility as part of their professional development; or
  • CAD 9,700 for faculty members for five to six months of study or research at the graduate level.

Eligible Expenses:

  • visa or study/work permit fees;
  • airfare, for the scholarship recipient only, to travel to Canada by the most direct and economical route and return airfare upon completion of the scholarship;
  • health insurance;
  • living expenses, such as accommodation, utilities and food;
  • ground public transportation, including a public transportation pass; and
  • books and supplies required for the recipient’s study or research, excluding computers and other equipment.

More information about eligibility and eligible countries the grant is available on the Government of Canada website.

The following documents should be submitted to SFU International (research_mobility@sfu.ca):

  1. Application form
  2. Proof of citizenship: a copy of the candidate's passport or national identity card with valid dates and photo. Note: a driver’s license, permanent residence card, work permit, student card, health card, birth certificate or baptism certificate are not accepted as proofs of citizenship. Candidates from countries/territories that do not issue national identity cards must provide copies of their valid passports. The country/territory of citizenship selected in the online application form must be the same as the country/territory of the proof of citizenship.
  3. Letter of intent from the candidate: a letter in English or French from the candidate explaining the nature of research, study, or practicum to be undertaken; the rationale for choosing Canada, and for the choice of institution, program and supervisor; and how the proposed activities relate to their career (maximum one page).
  4. Letter of support from the home institution: a letter in English or French from the candidate's supervisor on the institution’s official letterhead explaining the nature of studies, research or practicum to be undertaken in Canada and how the candidate and the home institution will benefit from this scholarship program. The letter must confirm that the candidate is employed full-time as a faculty member or international manager/administrator (maximum one page).
  5. Letter of invitation from the Canadian supervisor: a letter from the Canadian supervisor indicating their willingness to mentor the candidate and confirming that tuition fees, if any, will be waived by the Canadian institution. This letter must be on institutional letterhead, be in English or French, and be signed. It must describe the support that the recipient will receive during the exchange period and how the Canadian institution, supervisor and peers will benefit from the exchange (maximum one page).
  6. Privacy Notice Statement: a copy of the Privacy Notice Statement for non-Canadian participants dated and signed by the candidate.

If you are interested in submitting an application but have concerns about submitting all the required documents by March 24, please contact Zhaoying Hu at research_mobility@sfu.ca as soon as possible.