Study in Canada Scholarship

Study in Canada Scholarships aim to increase opportunities for Canadian post-secondary institutions to welcome international students from a wide range of countries and territories on short-term exchanges for study or research.

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. 

Undergraduate students interested in studying at SFU as an exchange student, please contact to check your eligibility and application process


Note: Scholarship recipients must begin their research at SFU between August 1, 2023 and February 1, 2024. Please note that expected start dates will be impacted by immigration processing timelines and it is recommended that final project start dates are confirmed at the time of application approval, if applicable.

Eligible Countries:

Candidates must be citizens of one of the following eligible countries/territories:

  • Asia: Bangladesh, Nepal, Taiwan
  • Europe: Turkey, Ukraine
  • Middle East and North Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia  
  • Sub-Saharan Africa: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda

Candidate Eligibility:

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

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 research
  • CAD 13,200 for graduate students (Master's and PhD) for a period of five to six months of research

Application Process:

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

Required supporting documents:

  1. Privacy Notice Statement: a copy of the document signed by the candidate within the last six months.
  2. Proof of citizenship: a copy of the candidate’s passport or national identity card with valid dates. Documents not accepted as proof of citizenship are: driver’s license, permanent residence card, work permit, student card, health card, birth certificate or baptism certificate. The national identity card must contain all of the information in either English or French, in addition to the national language of the country/territory. Otherwise, a copy of the valid passport must be provided. Candidates from countries/territories that do not issue national identity cards must provide copies of their valid passports. For candidates from Taiwan, a copy of the candidate’s travel document or official identity card and proof of household registration in Taiwan must be provided. The country/territory of citizenship/identity selected in the online application form must be the same as the country/territory of the proof of citizenship/identity.
  3. Letter of intent from the applicant: a letter in English or French from the candidate explaining the nature of research to be undertaken; the rationale for study in Canada and for the choice of institution, program and supervisor; and how the proposed research will relate to their future career (maximum one page).
  4. 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).
  5. 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 to be undertaken in Canada and how the candidate and the home institution will benefit from this scholarship program (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 (maximum one page).
  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