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6 Easy Steps to Apply for Scholarships in Canada: A 2022 Guide

How to Apply for Scholarships in Canada in 2022 has been the buzz question for a lot of prospective international applicants.  Fully-funded scholarship opportunities in Canada, like many parts of the world, are very competitive and offered based on merit. That is, your performance from previous studies, and the overall strength of your application. This is a must-read complete application guide for all international students intending to study in Canada.

To be eligible for scholarships and funding opportunities in Canada, you must first be admitted into any Canadian school that offers scholarships for the 2022/2023 academic year. Funding and scholarships are awarded upon a successful admission into a Canadian university. That is, these are entrance scholarships that are awarded by the universities, departments or supervisors. There are other external scholarship opportunities that are available to international applicants. Note that these external scholarships have requirements that may be different from the university’s admission and scholarship requirements.

The process of completing an application to study in Canada with scholarship requires time, patience and commitment, with attention to particular details about the process. This article presents a complete application guide on how to apply for scholarships in Canada for the 2022/2023 academic year. 

6 Easy Steps to Apply for Scholarships in Canada: A 2022 Guide


Check: Schools in Canada you should consider applying for scholarships in 2022/2023


  • Make a list of schools in Canada that offer scholarships

Choosing the right school that offers adequate funding and scholarships for the defined length of your program is important. There are 100+ universities in Canada that offer over 15,000 programs at all educational levels and across all disciplines of study; both undergraduate and graduate levels. Not all universities offer funding for all programs. Hence, choosing the right institution that will guarantee admission and appropriate funding and scholarships is vital to your study abroad journey. 

To read more on how to select schools and the factors to consider, check our School Selection Guide.


  • Identify the program(s) you want to study and confirm whether there is funding available

There are over 15,000 programs at all educational levels and across all disciplines of study in Canada; both at undergraduate and graduate levels. As a prospective applicant, it is important to select a program with funding and scholarships. Aside from programs with adequate funding for their defined length, it is important to meet the minimum program requirements. Also, a significant factor you should consider is how your previous studies and professional experience make you suitable for a program. Don’t select a program simply because it has funding, but rather, it should be a program you want to do, you meet the requirements, and have previous background in any related discipline.

Also Check our Guide on Program Selection


  • Check university and program-specific requirements

Having identified the program and funding opportunities available, it is important to review the minimum university admission requirements and the program-specific requirements. These requirements are significant in the application process and admission decisions. An application that does not meet the minimum requirement will not be reviewed by the admission committee, and consequently lead to a decline of the application. It would be nerve-racking to pay for an application that will not be reviewed, especially given the very high application fees. 


  • Gather and prepare application documents

Application documents are crucial to the success of an application to study in Canada. These documents may vary depending on the institution and program. However, there are some general application documents that are required for a graduate school application. Here is a list of the major documents required: Statement of Purpose (SOP), Transcript, Diploma, Writing Sample, Curriculum Vitae, Academic References. It is important to check the specific university and required program documents before applying to the program.

For explanation of the required documents, please see our Guide on Required Documents.

Also see, How to Write a Strong Statement of Purpose. 


  • Identify and contact potential supervisor

If you are intending to apply to a research-base program, it is required that you identify, contact and secure a potential supervisor beforehand. Although the option for course-based comes with fewer challenges, these programs are not always funded. Note that funding and scholarships are awarded for research purposes. Hence, the rate of being offered a scholarship for a research-based program is higher. There are several benefits for contacting and securing a potential supervisor before submitting an application. You can reach out to faculty members through their emails or Social Media such as Twitter and LinkedIn. 

Check: Guide on How to Find Potential Supervisor

For a guide on how to contact and secure a potential supervisor, please check: Guide on Contacting a Potential Supervisor


  • Complete the online application form and submit

Once you have secured a potential supervisor and gathered all the required documents, you must begin the process of filling out the online application form. There will be a link on the school’s website, with instructions on how to fill out the online application form. Generally, an online account is required to access the application form. Complete the forms as accurately as you can, pay the application fees and submit your initial application. For some institutions, you will need to submit the application documents once your payment has been processed.

Check: Guide on Applying to Schools Abroad with Scholarships


6 Easy Steps to Apply for Scholarships in Canada: A 2022 Guide


Check: Why Consider Canada for Scholarships in 2022/2023


Useful Tips: 

  • Use Google to search for “Universities in Canada” or check our Scholarships Tab for Canadian Schools.
  • Search for program availability and funding by browsing the “programs and funding/scholarships” on the schools’ websites.
  • Review the Program Requirements and check the application deadline.
  • Ask about funding and scholarships if there is no clear information on the website. Send emails to the Program Secretary. 
  • Do not ask obvious questions; that is, do not ask about information that is already available on the website.
  • Ensure a good connection between your Statement of Purpose (SOP), Research Proposal and Curriculum Vitae. Your research interest (idea) should be clearly stated in your Statement of Purpose, Research Proposal and CV.


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