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Funding Resources for Students

For Students from Abroad

Funding for degree-seeking international students

Queen’s Student Awards Office:

Jobs on Campus:

Queen's School of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (SGSPA):

  • Queen's has entrance scholarships and fellowships available to international students who demonstrate academic excellence.
  • For students from China: China Scholarship Council
  • For students from Saudi Arabia: King Abdullah Scholarship
  • For students from Brazil and Latin America: CALDO partner funding, including the Brazil-Canada Science Without Borders Doctoral Scholarship Program

Find more award and scholarship information on the SGSPA site…

Queen's Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS): Bursaries and grants

U.S. Veterans Affairs: Queen’s University is a VA-approved institution

For Queen's Students Going Abroad

Funding for exchanges

Please note: All domestic students (Canadian citizens and permanent residents) are required to apply for government student financial assistance in order to be considered for exchange or Bader College bursary assistance. Generally, a student will be expected to have qualified for at least $5,000 of government student assistance. Please ensure that you are aware of any impact studying abroad may have on pre-existing bursaries or scholarships.

Funding for graduate students

Other education-abroad experiences

External Awards and Funding Resources

Government of Canada International Scholarships

We recommend that you begin your search by visiting the Global Affairs Canada (Government of Canada) website – featuring funding opportunities for undergraduate students, graduate students, researchers and faculty.

The Undergraduate Awards

The Undergraduate Awards, the world’s largest academic awards program, is a pan-discipline opportunity, identifying leading creative thinkers through their undergraduate coursework. The Undergraduate Awards provides top performing students with the support, network and opportunities they require to raise their profiles and further their career paths, as well as travel to Dublin, Ireland, for an all-expenses-paid trip to receive their medal. Queen's students are encouraged to apply!


Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit organization in Canada that works with 60 universities, thousands of companies, and federal and provincial governments to build partnerships that support industrial and social innovation in Canada.

Mitacs Globalink: The Globalink Research Award offers senior undergraduate and graduate students at Mitacs full and associate partner universities the opportunity to participate in 12- to 24-week research projects supervised by professors at accredited universities in the following Mitacs partner countries: Brazil, mainland China, India, Mexico, Turkey and Vietnam. Queen's V-P Research Office manages the Mitacs Globalink Research Award applications. These awards are for senior undergrads and graduate students to go abroad.

Mitacs Globalink Research Internships: Queen’s faculty members can apply directly to Mitacs to host a student, and then Mitacs matches international undergraduate students to supervisors.

Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland

Ireland Canada University Foundation: The Dobbin Atlantic Scholarship Programme builds on shared heritage between Ireland and Atlantic Canada, with a view to developing a new generation of academic, artistic, cultural and economic links between these two regions.

Dobbin Atlantic Scholars will receive scholarship awards to support research which seeks to find new ways to work in partnership, in order to face common challenges and to explore shared opportunities.

Fundraising for Study/Work/Travel Abroad:
Fundraising for experiences abroad requires energy and creativity as well as time, but it can be fruitful if you organize yourself at least four to six months or more ahead of time, depending on the dollars you want to raise. There are many ways to raise money, from writing letters to governmental, non-governmental and private institutions requesting financial contributions, to organizing activities or presentations. It may also be possible to get donations of equipment or supplies.

For undergraduate and graduate study or research abroad

  • Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU): These awards target study in the Commonwealth countries. Numerous scholarships, fellowships and awards administered by the Commonwealth Awards Division, as well as other specific award schemes for study in the Commonwealth, are listed on this site.

  • Universities Canada administers more than 130 scholarship programs on behalf of the federal government, domestic and foreign agencies, and private sector companies. This site will interest Canadian students and researchers interested in studying, doing research or working in Canada or abroad.

  • Austrian Exchange Service: The biggest service institution in the field of international academic mobility in Austria, providing a useful grants database for undergraduate and graduate study in Austria.

  • British Council: The British Council’s site offers a search engine for various study and research funding opportunities in the U.K.

  • Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE): CBIE administers a range of awards on behalf of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. In addition, funding is available to international students interested in coming to Canada to study or conduct research, and to Canadian learners looking for key resources.

  • Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program: A number of short-term non-degree-seeking awards are offered to Canadian academics, students and professionals who wish to study and/or do research in subject areas related to China at participating Chinese institutions.

  • Canada-Taiwan Scholarship Program: The Canada-Taiwan Scholarship Program has been established in an effort to increase the amount of university level contact between Canada and Taiwan. Normally, up to 10 scholarships are awarded to students wishing to undergo Mandarin language training and degree studies in Taiwan. Applicants must be Canadian citizens and currently enrolled as full-time students at Canadian universities. The study period normally lasts from six to 12 months with the possibility of renewal. Scholarship recipients receive the cost of return airfare to Taiwan, plus a monthly living stipend, as well as the cost of tuition and health insurance while in Taiwan.

  • Canadian-Scandinavian Foundation: The Canadian-Scandinavian Foundation offers a limited number of study grants for Canadian students who wish to undertake short term study or a research visit in Scandinavian countries.

  • China Scholarship Council (CSC): The council is a non-profit institution under the Chinese Ministry of Education. The council administers financial support for foreign citizens coming to study in China.

  • Commonwealth Scholarship Plan – India: The Indian Council for Cultural Relations offers scholarships for study in India at the master’s or PhD level and offers scholarships to conduct research toward a doctoral program.

  • DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service):

    • DAAD undergraduate opportunities – DAAD offers a variety of scholarships for undergraduates to study and research in Germany.

    • DAAD University Summer Course Grants – This program provides scholarships to attend a broad range of three- to four-week summer courses at German universities that focus mainly on literary, cultural, political and economic aspects of modern and contemporary Germany. Extensive extracurricular programs complement and reinforce the core material.

  • Government of Canada International Scholarship Programs: Various programs are offered throughout the year, including the Commonwealth Scholarships Plan, the Canada-China Scholar’s Exchange Program, and the Foreign Government Awards Program.

  • LIVFund Scholarships are available for individuals looking to intern or volunteer in Latin America. Around 24 scholarships are set to be given out in 2012. Currently there are scholarships in Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua.

  • Netherlands University Foundation for International Cooperation (NUFFIC): Offers various scholarships and fellowship programs for study and research in the Netherlands. The site also connects you to the Grantfinder search engine, specifically designed to bring together all sources of funding available to international undergraduate and postgraduate students looking to study in the Netherlands.

  • Ontario Graduate Scholarships: Foreign students who are studying in Ontario under a temporary resident visa - student study permit, under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) are eligible for the allotted visa student awards.

  • Organization of American States (OAS) Fellowships Programs: Fellowships are available to Canadians for study/research in another OAS Member State. The Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and Development (IACD) of the Organization of American States (OAS) administers one of the hemisphere’s largest multinational fellowships and training program. Every year, the agency provides several hundred fellowships for graduate studies and research, fellowships for undergraduate studies at universities through the region and awards for specialized, short-term training at educational institutions and training centres in OAS Member and Observer States.

  • Rotary Foundation Rotary Peace Fellowship: The fellowship provides academic and practical training to prepare scholars for leadership roles in solving conflicts around the world. Up to 100 fellows are selected every year in a globally competitive process based on personal, academic and professional achievements. Fellows earn a master’s-level degree or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies at one of six Rotary Peace Centers at leading universities in Argentina, Australia, England, Japan, the United States and Thailand

  • Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute: The Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute builds knowledge and understanding between Canada and India by sponsoring academic activities in India Studies, Canadian Studies, International Internships, Student Prizes, and Applied Policy Research. Originally founded to promote studies in the arts, literature, culture, social sciences and the humanities, the institute’s mandate now incorporates a rich diversity of disciplines.

  • Swedish Institute: The Swedish Institute each year funds approximately 150 scholarships for students and researchers coming to Sweden to pursue their objectives at a Swedish university or university college. The number of available scholarships varies from year to year, and competition is keen. There are several kinds of scholarship available. For more information, visit Studyinsweden.se.

  • Embassy of Switzerland in Canada – ThinkSwiss Scholarships: ThinkSwiss Scholarships support highly motivated and qualified Canadian undergraduate and graduate students to get research experience or to participate in a summer school course in Switzerland.

For undergraduate study abroad

  • BUTEX: BUTEX promotes mobility between universities and colleges in the United Kingdom and North America. Recently, BUTEX offered eight scholarships for undergraduate students currently registered at an institution in the USA or Canada. To be eligible to apply for the scholarship, you must have been offered a place as a study abroad or exchange student in a UK university which is a BUTEX member for the academic year.

  • Government of Canada International Scholarship Programs: An improved website featuring centralized information on all Canadian government scholarship/funding opportunities. Click on the country you're going to, and get a complete listing of all government support available. Various program run their competitions throughout the year. Check the site often for new postings!

  • Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship: The Japanese Government's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Monbukagakusho, MEXT) offers scholarships for academic study in Japan to foreign students interested in deepening their understanding of the Japanese language, Japanese affairs and culture. The MEXT scholarships for Canadians are administered by the Embassy of Japan in Ottawa. Scholarships are available for Undergraduate and Research Studies. Japanese language proficiency is required.

  • Killam Fellowships Program: Killam Fellowships offer exceptional undergraduate students at select Canadian universities the opportunity to spend either one semester or a full academic year in the United States. Canadian students may choose from among eight American universities, including: American University, Bridgewater State College, Harvard College, Ithaca College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Smith College, SUNY Plattsburgh, and Wellesley College.

  • McEuen Undergraduate Scholarship for Study at the University of St Andrews, Scotland: This scholarship was established specifically to support a Canadian student who has already applied to study at St Andrews for a first degree. Applicants must be: Canadian citizens, of Scottish ancestry or whose parents include St Andrews alumna/us; 21 years old or less on 1st January of the year of entry to St Andrews; eligible to attend a Canadian university, or in their first or second year of study at such an institution. The scholarship covers tuition fees and board and lodging in a university residence.

    Also offered: The Canadian Entrance Scholarship for students from Canada who will be studying at St Andrews for four years. These are awarded on the basis of financial need with a maximum award of 10,000 Canadian Dollars per year.

For graduate study and research abroad

  • Aga Khan Foundation Canada Fellowships: The Aga Khan Fellowship program is designed to provide intensive development management training in Canada and field experience in Asia to outstanding young Canadians who are committed to pursuing a career in international development. Up to 25 fellowships will be awarded per year. The program normally consists of a four-week, case study-based management seminar in Ottawa, followed by an eight-month work placement with a non-governmental organization in Asia or Africa. Participants are placed with organizations working in various aspects of development, such as health, education, rural development, microfinance microenterprise development.

  • Azrieli Fellows Program: The Azrieli Fellows Program promotes excellence in research and graduate studies at accredited institutions of higher learning in Israel. This prestigious and competitive program provides financial support to the best and brightest scholars from Israel and around the world. In the 2012/2013 academic year, the program will also welcome postdoctoral scholars who wish to undertake postdoctoral research at various universities in Israel (applications are due in early November 2011).

  • British Chevening Scholarships: These scholarships, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and administered by the British Council, are prestigious awards which enable overseas students to study in the United Kingdom. Scholarships are offered in over 150 countries and enable talented graduates and young professionals to become familiar with the UK and gain skills which will benefit their countries. Areas of Study: Political Science, Law and International Relations, Media, Economics, Environment, Human Rights and Development, Film, Design and the Creative Industries.

  • Canadian Japanese-Mennonite Scholarship: The scholarship is awarded to a graduate student who is a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant studying at a university in Canada who is engaged in research that will assist the protection of minority or human rights in Canada.

  • Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation International Scholarly Exchange: The foundation's principal work is to award grants to institutions and individuals conducting China-related research and academic projects. An annual budget of approximately four million US dollars is distributed under such grant categories as institutional enhancement, research, conference and seminar grants, subsidies for publication, and senior scholar grants. There are also fellowships available for graduate students, and post-doctoral researchers.

  • Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC): Commonwealth Scholarships for citizens of developed Commonwealth countries (Australia, The Bahamas, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cyprus, Malta, and New Zealand) are offered for PhD and split-site PhD study in the UK. These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Scottish Government, in conjunction with UK universities.

  • France Canada Research Fund Joint PhD Scholarship: Awarded for the best running thesis of a PhD student participating in the France-Canada joint PhD (cotutelle) program. The FCRF scholarship for thesis cotutelles finances academic study visits in France (one round-trip airfare and monthly allowance).

  • France Canada Research Fund Award for a Joint PhD: Awarded for the best thesis completed by a PhD student participating in the France-Canada joint PhD (cotutelle) program after a successful defence. The prize is valued at $1,500.

  • Government of Canada International Scholarship Programs: An improved website featuring centralized information on all Canadian government scholarship/funding opportunities. Click on the country you're going to, and get a complete listing of all government support available. Check the site often for new postings! Various program run their competitions throughout the year, including:

  • International Development Research Centre (IDRC): The IDRC is a Canadian public corporation that works in close collaboration with researchers from the developing world in their search for the means to build healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous societies. IDRC offers research funding and numerous fellowships, awards and special programs for master's level and doctoral level students.

  • Fulbright Grants for Educational and Cultural Exchange: The Fulbright Program supports educational exchanges that strengthen understanding and communication between the United States and more than 140 countries. Fulbright Scholarships and grants are for graduate and prospective graduate students, junior and tenured faculty members, professionals and independent researchers having already obtained an undergraduate degree.

  • Mackenzie King Open and Travelling Scholarships: These are two different scholarship opportunities for graduate students. The Open Scholarship is for a graduate from any Canadian university who engages in postgraduate study of any field (in Canada or internationally). One scholarship is awarded annually with a value of $10,000. The other scholarship -Travelling Scholarship, is awarded to four students who engage in postgraduate studies in the United States or UK. Their field of study must be in international or industrial relations and the potential value is up to $11,000.

  • Ontario Trillium Scholarships (PDF 24 KB): For highly qualified international Ph.D students and are valued at $40,000 per year for up to 4 years. Providing certain conditions are met five (5) OTS awards are granted each year.

  • Taiwan Fellowships and Scholarships program: A Republic of China (R.O.C.) government initiative aimed to promote relevant research, educational links and enduring friendships between Taiwan and the global community. This program is open to PhD students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty.

  • Trudeau Foundation: The annual Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships competition in the social sciences and humanities is open to Canadian citizens and landed immigrants pursuing full-time doctoral studies in Canada, and exceptionally to Canadians pursuing full-time doctoral studies at foreign institutions. Foreign nationals pursuing doctoral studies at Canadian institutions will also be supported, with a preference for candidates from the developing world.

Selected directories available at Queen's

Annual Register of Grant Support (Available at Queen's Stauffer Library.)

Graduate Scholarship Directory: The Complete Guide to Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants and Loans for Graduate and Professional Study (Available at Queen's Stauffer Library.)

The Grants Register: The Complete Guide to Postgraduate Funding Worldwide (Available in the QUIC Resource Centre.)

Guide to Canadian Scholarships: University/College Scholarships, Fellowships, Loans, Bursaries, Awards, Prizes, Research Grants. Volume II: In-Course Awards, Volume III: Graduate Awards (Available at Queen's Stauffer Library.)

The International Scholarship Book: The Complete Guide to Financial Aid for Study Abroad (Available at Queen's Education Library.)

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