Scholarships to study in Canada for Indian Students

Scholarships to study in Canada for Indian Students

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Know different types of scholarships to study in Canada and complete a guide to scholarships to studies in Canada for Indian students with tips on how to increase the odds of getting financial aid!

Yogender Panchal
Updated on:  12 Mar 2024  | Reviewed By: 
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Scholarships, grants, and bursaries can provide financial assistance enabling you to pursue your studies without the burden of high debt. Canadian Bureau of International Education survey report in 2022 stated that 24.4% of students rely on scholarships from universities, 11.5% on scholarships by the government of their home country, 6.8% on scholarships by the Canadian government and 1.4% on financial aid by organizations neither in the home country nor in Canada.


Types of scholarships for international students in Canada

Scholarships in Canada can be divided according to their funding authority. You can look up to three types of scholarships in Canada: 

Let’s see the scholarship details under each category. 

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Government-funded scholarships for Indian students in Canada

International students in Canada have access to numerous scholarships provided by the government to bear the costs of studying and living in Canada

Scholarship Details Amount Granted Deadline

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships

To doctoral students in the field of Health science, Natural sciences, Engineering, Social sciences, Humanities


70,000 CAD per year for up to 2 years

September 21, 2023 (tentative)

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

To doctoral students of health research, natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, and humanities

50,000 CAD per year for 3 years

November 01, 2023 (tentative)

Merit Scholarship Program by the Quebec government

To doctoral students studying in universities of the Quebec province

25,000 - 35,000 CAD per year


September 30, 2023

IDRC Research Awards

To doctoral students of various subjects.

42,033 - 48,659 CAD per year for 2 years

February 15, 2023 

Ontario Graduate Scholarships

For master’s or doctoral students at universities in the Ontario province

10,000 - 15,000 CAD

January - June 2023 (varies with universities). 

Ontario Trillium Scholarships

For doctoral students of universities in Ontario.

75 scholarships in a year

40,000 CAD

March,2023 (tentative)

Human Frontier Science Program

To doctoral students of biology

2,25,000 USD for 3 years

May 11, 2023

 Dick Martin Scholarship Award 

To students of Occupational Health and Safety courses

3000 CAD per year

January 31, 2023


These are just a few examples of the many government-funded scholarships available for Indian students who wish to study in Canada. It is advisable to use Gyan Dhan’s scholarship assistance portal for free to research and apply for scholarships that are most relevant to your field of study and academic goals.

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Non - government funded scholarships in Canada

If you could not secure a government scholarship in Canada, you can look at scholarships by various organizations in Canada, some of which are listed below:

Scholarship Details Amount Granted Deadline

Trudeau Scholarships and Fellowships

For doctoral students

Theme of the scholarship program for 2023-2026 Scientific Cycle is Canada in the World

40,000 CAD per year for 3 years

December 2023 (tentative)

BMO Capital Markets Lime Connect Equity Through Education Scholarship

For students with disabilities studying financial services

5000 CAD per year

April 09, 2023

Google PhD Fellowship Program

For students in AI and IT

Full tuition and other fees covered + a monthly stipend

April 18, 2023

Education Future International Scholarship

For Indian students of UG/PG courses in top institutions abroad

3,319 - 16,594 CAD

Rolling deadlines

J.N. Tata Endowment for the Higher Education of Indians(loan scholarship)

A merit-based education loan scholarship for education abroad

1659 - 16,594 CAD

March 07, 2023

 K.C. Mahindra Scholarships for Post - Graduate Studies Abroad 

Students pursuing any first - class degree or diploma at a recognized foreign institution

8,298 - 16,594 CAD

March 31, 2023

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University-specific scholarships in Canada

There are several university-specific scholarships available in Canada for international students. Here are some examples:

Scholarship Details Amount granted Deadline

University of British Columbia Outstanding International Student Award

One time merit and need based to outstanding students after they gain admission at UBC

25,000 CAD

January 15, 2023

Entrance Scholarships - Carleton University

To undergraduates students with 80% scores and a demonstrated financial need

500 - 2000 CAD per year

June 30, 2023

University of Calgary International Entrance Scholarship 

Two scholarships every year for undergraduate students with a minimum GPA of 2.64 or a score of 24.00 units

20,000 CAD

March 01, 2023

University of Alberta International Undergraduate Scholarships 

Admission-based and application-based scholarships

Vary for different scholarships bw 5000 - 29,000 CAD

January 11, 2023

University of Winnipeg President’s Scholarship for World Leaders

Master’s students with minimum 80% marks in undergraduate

5000 CAD per year

June 01, 2023

University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship

For master’s or doctoral students with a GPA of 3.0/4.0

14,000 - 18,000 CAD per year

January 16, 2023

Dalhousie University Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship - Doctoral 

To doctoral students of various subjects 

15,000 CAD per year

October 03, 2023 (tentative)

University of Waterloo Hira and Kamal Ahuja International Graduate Scholarship

For master’s or doctoral studies in engineering with 80% marks in the last qualifying exam from IITs – Delhi, Mumbai, Ropar, Roorkee, Kanpur, and Kharagpur 

10,000 CAD per year

No specific deadlines

University of Waterloo Arthur F. Church Entrance Scholarships 

Two scholarships each year for undergraduates, to a student of Mechatronics and Computer or Systems Design Engineering

10,000 CAD per year

February 17, 2023

University of Toronto Sherryl Kintu Scholarship 

Students of diploma courses in management and business with financial need

100% of the tuition fee

January 31, 2023 (tentative)

Hydro-Québec Admission Scholarship - Laval University

For master’s or doctoral students of humanities and STEM courses 

6,000 - 8,000 CAD per year for master’s and 100,000 - 120,000 for doctoral courses

February 15, 2023 (tentative)

Bursaries from Simon Fraser University

For graduate students with a CGPA of 3.0 (waived for first semester students) with a demonstrated financial need

Up to 60,000 CAD per year

January 13, 2023


College-specific scholarships in Canada

The table below presents a handpicked list of college specific scholarships in Canada:

Scholarship Details Amount granted Deadline

Seneca College Entrance Awards

Undergraduate students with a minimum of 80% marks in the last qualifying exam 

500 - 1000 CAD per year

October 31, 2023

Scotiabank International Partner Entrance Scholarship

Students of diploma, degree, or postgraduate certificate courses with a minimum of 3.0/4.0 GPA

5000 CAD per year

January 31, 2023 - Winter session

September 30, 2023 - Fall session

George Brown Scholarship Assist-on Scholarship

Students of diploma, degree, or postgraduate certificate courses with a minimum of 3.0/4.0 GPA

1000 CAD per year

January 31, 2023 - Winter session

September 30, 2023 - Fall session

Humber Entrance Scholarships

International students of a graduate certificate, diploma, and advanced diploma with a good GPA, statement of interest, and reference letters

2000 CAD per year 

May 31, 2023 - Summer session

September 30, 2023 - Fall session

Conestoga College Degree Entrance Scholarships

Full-time students are awarded the scholarships, based on their academic excellence 

3000 CAD per year

February 10, 2023 - Winter session

June 09, 2023 - Spring session

 Lambton college scholarships for international students 

Students with a minimum score of 6.5 in IELTS or 79 in TOEFL can apply

3000 CAD for two semesters

No specific dates

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How to apply for scholarships in Canada?

Here are a few essential steps you need to keep in mind when applying for scholarships in Canada: 


It's important to note that scholarship applications can be competitive, so make sure to apply to multiple scholarships and give yourself enough time to complete the application process. 

6 tips to increase your chances of getting scholarships

  • list items Start your research early, some scholarships are awarded as part of the admission process and some are to be applied for separately. 
  • list items Cast a wide net and apply for variety of scholarships, government, organizations, university specific 
  • list items Maintain a good academic record and prove your academic worth, get involved in extracurricular activities
  • list items Write a compelling scholarship essay and proofread before submission
  • list items Request strong letters of recommendation and attest your abilities and achievements
  • list items Submit your application early and avoid missing deadlines

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How to ensure your scholarship is not revoked in Canada?

You might lose a scholarship if:

  • list items The grade point average per semester is not as per the scholarship rules. 
  • list items The scholarship was for a specific major or subject, and the student switched to another field. 
  • list items The grant required a particular number of credit hours, and you didn't meet them. It can change your student status from full-time to part-time or half-time, which impacts the aid.
  • list items The scholarship fund is utilized for purposes other than the one mentioned in the terms. 


As a student, make sure you keep academic scores on track as required for the continuity of the scholarship. Stay up to date regarding scholarship eligibility, selection process and deadlines by being part of GyanDhan discussion forum!

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