Expanding access, diversity, and support for
SFU's international learning opportunities

The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion International Mobility Award (EDI IMA) is part of the Global Skills Opportunity, funded by the Government of Canada’s Outbound Student Mobility Pilot Program. The EDI IMA has been created to increase the participation of underrepresented Canadian students (including permanent residents and students with refugee status) in international learning opportunities. 

A key feature of this award is that students can apply before or after being approved for one of the eligible international programs. The award allows students to apply for funding up to four terms in advance of a proposed study/work term.

Value of award

Awards will be given to multiple undergraduate students in the following amounts in $CAD. 

  • Virtual programs (1+ weeks): $1,000.00 
  • Short term in-person programs (1-4 weeks): $1,000.00- $3,000.00 
  • Medium term in-person programs (5-16 weeks): up to $7,000.00 
  • Long term in-person programs (17+ weeks): up to $10,000.00


To be eligible for this award, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or have refugee status as defined by the Government of Canada; 
  • be enrolled full-time (at least 9 SFU units*) in an SFU Bachelor's (undergraduate) degree program in any faculty in the term of eligibility; ** 
  • be in good academic standing (a minimum 2.00 CGPA); 
  • be 18 years of age or older by the program departure date, as required by the Global Skills Opportunities program; and
  • self-identify as one of the following populations: low-income, student with disabilities, or Indigenous student.
  • be accepted and enrolled in an eligible international learning opportunity in the term of eligibility. **

Eligible International Learning Opportunities:  

  • an SFU Formal Exchange Program or Field School (virtual or in-person), outside of Canada, administered through International Services for Students; 
  • an International Co-operative Education term or an approved Work Integrated Learning Opportunity (virtual or in-person) administered by SFU Work Integrated Learning; 
  • an academic credit-bearing study abroad program approved by the Senate Committee on International Activities; or 
  • an SFU Virtual Global Learning activity in a credit bearing course at SFU.    

* Unless registered with the Center for Accessible Learning (CAL) for a reduced course load. Verification will be required in the term of eligibility for your international learning opportunity.

** In the term that you are accepted/enrolled at SFU for your international learning opportunity 

Selection Process

Award selection is based on meeting eligibility, needs and character-based criteria, and the demonstration of a high desire to learn, rather than your academic standing. See the application site for full details. After the deadline, submitted applications will be reviewed anonymously by the EDI IMA Review Committee. If successful, conditional award nominations will be sent four to six weeks after the deadline for your approved/proposed term and international learning opportunity (ILO). You must still meet eligibility and selection requirements for your specific ILO.

The number of awards funded for each deadline period will depend on the applicant pool.

How to Apply

Step 1: Create your profile for the EDI IMA with your SFU email address here
Please note this link will lead you to the SFU Study Abroad page, however is intended for all EDI IMA applicants. 
Step 2: Review eligibility and selection criteria and begin application
Step 3: Complete and upload a budget worksheet
Step 4: Respond to the application questions
Step 5: Submit application by deadline for earliest program term



Application now closed

Future Application Deadlines (TBC):

November 15, 2022, 11:59pm PT (for Spring 2023, Summer 2023, Fall 2023, Spring 2024)   

March 15, 2023, 11:59pm PT (for Summer 2023, Fall 2023, Spring 2024, Summer 2024) 


Please contact Nina Inaoka Lee at nina_inaoka_lee@sfu.ca for all questions regarding the EDI IMA.