Global Affairs Canada Canadian Bureau of International Education Scholarships (CBIE)

Program overview

Global Affairs Canada offers Student Exchange Programs for Latin American and Caribbean citizens wishing to study, conduct research or professional development in Canada. There are a number of funding initiatives handled by the Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE).   For more details about the eligibility criteria, duration, value and how to apply, visit:   Global Affairs Canada - Student Exchange Program

The following scholarships support the study, research, and professional development of international students attending Canadian institutions on short-term visits:

Emerging Leaders of the Americas Program (ELAP)

Citizens of the following countries are eligible:

  • Caribbean: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos;
  • Central America: Costa Rica, El SAvlador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama;
  • North America: Mexico; or
  • South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela

Level of study: available to undergraduate and graduate students.

Value and Duration: 

  • $7,200 CAD for college, undergraduate or graduate students (Masters and PhD) for a minimum of 4 months or one academic term of study or research; or
  • $9,700 CAD for graduate students (Master's and PhD) for a period of 5 to 6 months of study or research

Government of Canada webpage: Emerging Leaders in the American Program (ELAP)

Canada-Chile Leadership Exchange Scholarship

Citizens of the following countries are eligible: Chile

Level of study: available to undergraduate and graduate students.

Value and Duration:

  • $7,200 CAD for college, undergraduate or graduate students (Master's and PhD) for a minimum of 4 months or one academic term of study or research; or
  • $9,700 CAD for graduate students (Master's and PhD) for a period of 5 to 6 months of study or research

Government of Canada webpage: Canada-Chile Leadership Exchange Scholarship

Canada-CARICOM Leadership Scholarships Program

Citizens of the following countries are eligible: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos. 

Level of study: available to undergraduate and graduate students.

Value and Duration:

  • $7,200 CAD for college, undergraduate or graduate (Master's and PhD) students for a minimum of 4 months or one academic term of study or research;
  • $9,700 CAD for graduate students (Master's and PhD) for a period of 5 or 6 months of study or research; or
  • $14,700 CAD for undergraduate and college students for a period of 8 months of study or research

Government of Canada webpage: Canada-CARICOM Leadership Scholarships Program

Deadline

17 April 2017 - submission to GPS by McGill Supervisor

25 April 2017 - Submission to the Government of Canada by GPS

Candidate's studies or research may commence as early as July 1, 2017 but no later than February 1, 2018.

How to apply

Applications are submitted by GPS to CBIE on behalf of the applicant and supervisor. Supervisor is responsible for submitting all supporting documents to GPS by the indicated deadline.

Supporting Documents

  • Proof of citizenship: a copy of the candidate's passport or national identity document with valid dates. Note: a driver's licence, permanent resident card, student card or baptism certificate is not accepted as proof of citizenship.
  • Proof of full-time enrolment: a letter in English or French from the home institution, on official letterhead, dated within the last six months, confirming that the candidate is currently enrolled in a full-time program and will continue to be enrolled upon their return and providing the expected completion date of the degree. Note: copies of transcripts, a student card or letter of admission are not acceptable (maximum one page).
  • Letter of intent from the candidate: a letter in English or French from the candidate describing the nature of their research or studies to be undertaken and explaining the rationale for study in Canada and for the choice of institution, the program and the supervisor. The candidate must also indicate how the proposed program of study or research will relate to their future career (maximum one page).
  • 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 and how the candidate and the home institution will benefit from this scholarship program (maximum one page).
  • Letter of invitation from the Canadian supervisor: applications for graduate students must include a letter from the Canadian supervisor indicating their willingness to support and mentor the candidate. This letter must be on institutional letterhead, be signed and demonstrate the support for the candidate during the exchange period and demonstrate how the Canadian institution, supervisor and peers will benefit (maximum one page).
  • Signed copy of Memorandum of Understanding or Agreement with the partner institution: a written agreement or understanding, in English or in French, signed by both institutions indicating that tuition fees will not be charged and containing any other clauses of mutual interest. Note: a signed copy of this document is mandatory for undergraduate and college applications. For graduate applications, an inter-institutional agreement is desirable but not mandatory. If there is no existing exchange agreement, graduate applications which involve a new or established collaboration between professors from a Canadian institution and the candidate's home institution will be accepted.​​
  • Privacy Notice Statement: a copy of the Privacy Notice Statement for non-Canadian participants signed by the candidate.

Mandatory Information

Other mandatory information required by GPS to complete online application. Submitted by email to graduatefunding [dot] gps [at] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: CBIE-Student%20Application%20Information)

  • Candidate Information: email address, degree sought, and name of home institution.
  • Contact person responsible for program at candidate’s home institution: First and last name, Job title, name of institution, Department/Office, Address, email address
  • Field of study: Agriculture and Veterinary, Applied Sciences, Technology and Engineering, Education, Humanities and Arts. Life and health Sciences, Social Sciences, Business Law, Trades and Vocation
  • Discipline: e.g. chemistry, Health Sciences
  • - For health related fields the Host Institution supervisor must confirm that the applicant is excluded from clinical training or clinically-oriented research involving direct patient-care;

  • Title of Research Project
  • Summary of the research project to be undertaken (max 1000 CHARACTERS).
  • History of Inter-Institutional Collaboration: Please describe the nature of the agreement i.e., formal Memorandum of Understanding, informal agreement between post-secondary institutions or departments, research collaboration between professors, etc. (max 1000 CHARACTERS)