Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship Program

Started by sparrow, Apr 10, 2010, 05:00 PM


The Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship Program is celebrating 50 years! Since the plan's inception in 1959, the Government of Canada has provided scholarships of excellence to all member countries of the Commonwealth. The CCSP goal is to promote Canadian values and identity around the world and to help meet the human capital needs of developing countries.

Canada also played a leadership role in the establishment of the international Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan and is the largest contributor to this program after the United Kingdom.

Graduate Students Exchanges (GSEP) are hosted by Canadian institutions for a period of five or six months and provide up to $10,000 to cover transportation, living and other related expenses during the students' stay in Canada.

Student application process:
Students interested in this scholarship program should contact their home institution to make their interest known, and to find out if there is an institutional collaboration or exchange agreement with a Canadian institution. The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) provides a database of international exchange agreements which, while not exhaustive, does provide a list of some existing agreements.

An institutional exchange agreement is desirable, however, where no agreement yet exists, research applications by students which may result in a new collaboration between professors from a Canadian and foreign university will be considered.

Application Deadline: April 30, 2010

Further Scholarship Information and Application: Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship Program



NEW information for the 2011-2012 Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship Program competition:

Scholarship Types: Scholarships are for student and research exchanges at the graduate level.

Scholarship Duration and Value:
•   $7,500 CAD for graduate students for a period of 4 months
•   $10,000 CAD for graduate students for a period of 5-6 months

Mandatory and Eligible Expenses:

Canadian institutions will receive cheques for the full amount of the scholarships stated in the signed agreements between their institution and CBIE. Canadian institutions will provide the amount to the recipient on a monthly basis or by lump sum. Canadian institutions can take up to $300 dollars to cover administration fees once the recipient arrives to Canada. Funds must be returned completely to CBIE if the recipient does not take up his/her scholarship.

The scholarship amount must cover:

•   Visa expenses
•   Economy, round-trip airfare
•   Monthly living allowance
•   Required books, supplies, and equipment – not computers

Once the above expenses are covered the remaining amount should be provided to the recipient to cover any additional costs such as: ground transportation to the airport, recipient services fees, telecommunications (long distance) for research purposes and any other related costs.

•   Financial reporting is NOT required from the institution or the recipient.
•   Tuition is NOT an allowable expense; as recipient are registered full time and paying tuition to their home institution
•   Scholarships are not renewable
•   Scholarships are not taxable for either the institution or the recipient

•   Competition launch: February 2011
•   Application submission deadline: April 29, 2011
•   Expected date of results notification to Canadian institutions: June 2011
•   Students must arrive between August, 2011 and March 1, 2012

Source: International Scholarships - Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship Program.