The International Scholarships Program (ISP) of Global Affairs Canada has announced deadlines for two competitive scholarships available to students who wish to pursue higher education in Canada. The Mitacs Globalink Research Award and African Leaders of Tomorrow (ALT) Scholarship are geared towards graduate and undergraduate level students from overseas who wish to conduct research projects in a Canadian research-based academic institution.
Globalink Research Award, internships and fellowships
Globalink offers a variety of research awards, internships, and fellowships that give international students the opportunity to conduct research in participating Canadian universities. The current call for proposals is for the Globalink Research Award, which is focused on graduate students from universities and Inria Research Centres in France. The deadline to submit an application for the $5,000 – $7,000 award is November 8, 2017.
Here is a list of other Globalink scholarships that are currently open for international students:
- Globalink Research Internship: This is a 12-week research internship under the guidance of Canadian university faculty members in a variety of academic disciplines including science, mathematics, engineering, humanities, and social sciences.
- Globalink Graduate Fellowship: This fellowship provides $15,000 in financial support to former Globalink interns who decide to return to Canada for research-based graduate studies.
- Globalink Partnership Award: This partnership award supports research partnerships between graduate students at international universities and industry partners in Canada.
- Globalink Research Award- Special Opportunity: This award is available to graduate students in a foreign institution who are interested in a research partnership at a Canadian university. The special opportunity award allows students with uncertain immigration status in their current location.
African Leaders of Tomorrow (ALT) Scholarship
The second scholarship announced by ISP is geared towards students interested in completing a Master’s degree in Public Administration, Public Policy, or Public Finance at a Canadian university in English or French. The ALT program grants full scholarships to individuals from sub-Saharan Africa who meet the eligibility requirements to pursue a graduate degree in a designated university.
The ALT scholarship program celebrates the late Nelson Mandela’s commitment to social justice and equality issues. As part of the scholarship, potential recipients are able to develop professional skills through participation in an internship and mentorship program.
- Be a citizen and resident of sub-Saharan Africa;
- Be 22-35 years old;
- Have 2-5 years of full-time work experience in the public sector, civil society, or in a research institute in Africa;
- Have an undergraduate degree with a minimum average of B (75%);
- Be fluent in English or French; and
- Meet the academic requirements of the study program of choice.
The ALT Scholarship program covers the cost of travel, study permit fees, tuition fees, living and settlement allowance, course materials and conference allowance, and health insurance coverage.
Toyin Christiana Onabola, who moved from Nigeria to British Columbia to complete an ALT internship, wrote in the ALT student blog, “My ALT internship as a Sustainability Scholar was with the Energy and Sustainability unit of BC Fraser Health Authority, evaluating and improving the environmental performance of pharmacy operations within a hospital setting…The internship has given me a deeper understanding of how the terms ‘sustainability’ and ‘climate change’ connect with health and health care. I now see opportunities to connect the terms to my professional and background experiences in the field.”
Once a student is studying in Canada, other scholarship opportunities, such as the Scholarship Contest offered in the CanadaVisa Study Hub, may also become available.
With the CanadaVisa Study Hub, international students and graduates have a chance to win a $500 scholarship. Members also get access to exclusive notifications, tools and resources to help maximize their time in Canada and pursue a pathway to permanent residence.
If you want to discover your options for studying in Canada, complete the free CanadaVisa Study Pathway Assessment Form today.
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