Many colleges and universities provide a wide range of scholarships to study in Canada for Indian students. Students who are keen to study in Canada and lack financial resources can opt for numerous scholarships provided by the Canadian government, individual Canadian universities and other organizations.

Criteria for applying to scholarships in Canada for Indian students

The main criteria for most scholarships is a good academic score. However, it also depends on factors such as your chosen college, subject and level. In some scholarships, factors like extracurricular activities and volunteering can be a plus point.

Here are some famous government-funded scholarships available for Indian students in Canada:

S.No. Name of the Scholarship Description
1. Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute
  • Offers various fellowships at different levels from graduate to post-doctorate and from research to training fellowships
  • Shastri Research Student Fellowship: For students enrolled in Bachelors, Masters, M.Phil degree programs in recognized Indian universities or institutions to undertake research in their interested areas/ fields in a Canadian university
  • Eligible students can also pursue an e-course (module/part of a course), or do an e-internship at Canadian universities, which falls under the SICI network
  • The value of this fellowship is CAD 500-1,000 (expenses that are not provided by the applicant’s home institution, and related to subscription of online meeting software, internet connection, telephone bills, affiliation fee or registration fee to access library or lab facility will be considered if any)
  • The duration is up to 8-12 weeks for students
2. Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan
  • This scheme identifies students with high intellect from Commonwealth countries applying to programs of advanced study and research at the Master and Ph.D. level
  • The award comprises travel, living allowance and the compulsory tuition fees
  • It includes Graduate Students Exchanges (GSEP), which provide $10,000 for transportation, living and other expenses in Canada for 5-6 months
3. Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program
  • As a pre-requisite to applying, students must accept an offer from a university in Ontario and obtain a valid study permit
  • The scholarship amount is $5,000 per session. So, you may receive $10,000 (two consecutive sessions); $15,000 (three consecutive sessions). In all, the unit will limit itself to one-third of the cost of the total award to be received by you
  • Each award is tenable for one year (two to three academic sessions). The value and duration are determined by the awarding graduate unit and details of which will be mentioned in your offer letter
  • Deadlines are set by the current or proposed graduate unit
4. Quebec Provincial Government Scholarship
  • For students studying in Quebec
  • Financial assistance to students at master’s level or above
  • Doctoral program: $25000 a year and duration is up to 3 years with a possible extension of 12 months
  • Postdoctoral scholarships: $35000 for one year and can’t be renewed
  • Short term research or professional development scholarships: $3000 each month for 4 months
5. Ontario Trillium Scholarship
  • First announced in November 2010 for doctoral students from around the world to study in Ontario
  • Each scholarship is worth $40,000 annually, renewable for a maximum of four years
  • 75 scholarships are awarded each year
  • Ontario universities are responsible for selecting and awarding the scholarship to international Ph.D. students based on merit and program criteria
6. Partnership Grants by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • For Ph.D. candidates
  • Supports new or existing research initiatives in social sciences and humanities
  • Worth up to CAD 20000
  • Duration 4 to 7 years
7. Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • Offered by the Canadian government to international students to pursue postgraduate program within the natural science, social sciences or healthcare research
  • This Postdoctoral Fellowship is worth $70,000 per year (taxable) for two years
8. Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships
  • This scholarship is awarded by the Government of Canada to meritorious students who aspire to pursue a doctoral degree at a Canadian institution
  • Duration is for 3 years (non-renewable) and the amount is 50,000 CAD per year

Some non-government scholarships are also available to study in Canada:

S.No. Name of the Scholarship Description
1. Anne Vallee Ecological Fund
  • These scholarships are designated for international students to support them undertake animal research at master or doctoral program in Québec or British Columbia University
  • This fund offers two $1,500 scholarship
2. Trudeau Scholarships and Fellowships
  • These are offered to international students at the doctorate level for some specific Canadian institutions
  • The amount is $40,000 each year for three years; and $20,000 each year for three years, as research and travel allowance

Many Canadian universities and colleges also have their own list of scholarships to study in Canada for Indian students. Start searching as soon as possible for all the available scholarships so that you get at least one scholarship to study in Canada.