Funding and Scholarships to Study Abroad
-One of the biggest concerns many students have in planning an international experience
The information listed here should put you on the right path to answering this question for yourself. Whether you are planning to participate in a volunteer project or to pursue studies abroad, there may be award programs and funding opportunities available to you. You may also find the tips on raising funds useful.
Fundraising for Study/Work/Travel Abroad
So you have a plan for going overseas and now you need to finance your project. The task of fundraising the necessary funds for your trip may seem daunting at first but can be quite painless if you organize yourself early enough. Early enough means four to six months or more ahead of time, depending on the amount of money you have to raise. Fundraising will require some energy and creativity as well as time.
How to Start
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 to raise money. It may also be possible to get donations of equipment or supplies from donors who can’t offer financial support.
For more details including sources of funding and fundraising tips read the QUIC Information Sheet for Study/Work/Travel Abroad.
Funding for Study/Research/Volunteer Abroad
Looking for financial support to study abroad is not easy. It will require research and patience!
We recommend that you begin your search by visiting the Government of Canada’s website featuring funding opportunities for students, researchers and faculty.
External Awards and Funding Opportunities for Both Undergraduate and Graduate Study or Research Abroad
Association of Commonwealth Universities – Awards These awards are targeting 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.
Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) Scholarships and Fellowships The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada administers more than 150 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. The Students for Development program allows senior-level university students (third and fourth-year undergraduates through to PhD students) from Canadian universities to work together with partners in the developing world to promote good governance by participating in three-month internships within a partner organization in a developing country.
Austrian Exchange Service The biggest service institution in the field of international academic mobility in Austria, providing 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 UK.
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 ten scholarships will be 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 will normally last from six to twelve months with the possibility of renewal. Scholarship recipients will receive the cost of return air fare 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 offers a variety of grants and scholarships for study and research in Germany.
- Undergraduate Scholarships may be granted for a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 10 months for study, senior thesis research and/or internships in Germany.
- University Summer Course Grants: This program provides scholarships to attend a broad range of three- to four-week summer courses at German universities which 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.
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 centers in OAS Member and Observer States.
Piramal Fellowship Program The Piramal Fellowship for Sustainable Business is a two-year paid program in India that enables aspiring leaders with an opportunity to explore the power of business to do good, develop the tools to innovate business models, and participate in a community dedicated to the pursuit of social impact.
Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships Rotary International funds a variety of programs, including the Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships, Multi-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships, and Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarships.
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.
Funding for Undergraduate Study Abroad
The following links are to external awards and funding opportunities for undergraduate study abroad.
For Queen’s University funding assistance, including bursaries for exchanges and for the BISC, please visit the Student Awards Office.
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.
Funding for Graduate Study/Research Abroad
For information on Queen’s graduate funding, please visit the Queen’s University Office of Research Services, the School of Graduate Studies, the Society of Graduate and Professional Students, and the Student Awards Office.
The following links are to external awards and funding opportunities for graduate study abroad. We recommend that you begin your search by visiting the Government of Canada’s website featuring funding opportunities for graduate students, researchers and faculty.
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 will be placed with organizations working in various aspects of development, such as health, education, rural development, microfinance microenterprise development.
Association of Rhodes Scholars in Australia Scholarship The Association of Rhodes Scholars in Australia (ARSA) has established a Scholarship Fund for the purpose of bringing an overseas Commonwealth student to Australia to consult with leading scholars in their research area and undertake research in Australia relevant to their thesis project. The Scholarship will enable the successful applicant to spend a period of between six and twelve months as a visiting postgraduate scholar at an Australian university to undertake research towards the fulfillment of the requirements of the research higher degree for which he or she is currently enrolled. The Scholarship will provide a grant-in-aid to a maximum of $20,000, inclusive of the contribution to the Scholarship holder’s traveling expenses to and from Australia. The successful Scholarship holder will normally be in receipt of a stipend from their home university for pursuit of their studies.
Australia Endeavour Executive Awards The Endeavour Executive Award provides up to AUS$18,500 for international applicants in business, industry, education or government to undertake 1-4 months of professional development in Australia. The Awards focus on building skills and knowledge through a host work environment rather than through formal enrolment in a study program at a host organization and are not intended to fund direct academic research (if your activity will result in you receiving, or contributes to, a formal academic qualification, you will not be eligible to apply for an Executive Award).
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.
CIDA Awards Program for Canadians The program funds projects initiated by Canadian citizens who wish to participate in volunteer international development work and, through the experience, gain valuable knowledge and skills. The development activity may be the fieldwork component of a masters degree program (PhD research is not funded), or a professional work/research project. The international development project is to be carried out in a country eligible under Canada’s Official Development Assistance framework (ODA) and must address a specific field of endeavour within the framework of CIDA’s Aid Policy.
France Canada Research Fund cotutelle scholarship 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 allowence).
Awarded for the best thesis completed by a PhC 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:
- Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program A number of awards are offered to Canadian scholars and graduate students studying any approved areas of subjects in a Chinese university. Preference is given to those candidates whose research is related to the study of China. Applicants should have a certain level of Chinese language proficiency.
- Commonwealth Scholarship Plan Awards are available to Canadians for graduate study in other Commonwealth countries. The Commonwealth Scholarship Plan is administered in Canada by the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) on behalf of Foreign Affairs Canada. Scholarships are offered by many various countries.
- Scholarships of the Embassy of France The competition is open to all disciplines. Scholarships will be awarded to appicants who reside outside of Quebec. The award includes airfare, a monthly allowance, health insurance, tuition fees and assistance with registration and finding accommodation.
- Foreign Government Awards Program The Foreign Government Awards are normally intended to assist Canadian students in furthering their studies or conducting research abroad at a master’s, doctoral or post-doctoral level, and normally cover a period of at least six months. Most countries offer a wide selection of disciplines to which awards may be applied, but not all countries offer awards for all disciplines. The Government of Russia Federation offers scholarships for language learning, culture and career advancement. The Government of Mexico offers scholarships for graduate study or research or for medical specialization and sub-specialization. Scholarships are also available from the Government of Korea for study or research at the graduate level.
- Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Funding for international doctoral students valued at $50,000 per annum for up to three years. Detailed descriptions of the eligibility requirements are available at Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
- Organization of American States (OAS) Fellowships Programs The OAS Fellowship Program awards academic scholarships to undertake graduate studies and/or graduate research at a university or higher learning institution in a Member State. Studies may be carried out by on-site or by distance education or a combination of both.
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 over 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 4 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.
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.
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.
Tony Blair Faith Foundation This foundation offers a program called the Faith Acts Fellowship which is a global movement of people of different faiths in over 75 countries, taking action together against preventable disease and extreme poverty. Faiths Act Fellows in the UK, US, Canada and India are leading the campaign. This program is a year-long, paid international Fellowship that brings together exceptional future leaders inspired by faith to serve as interfaith ambassadors for the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
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 and Additional Web Resources
Funding for Study/Research Abroad: Selected Directories Available at Queen’s Libraries
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 at QUIC International Resource Library)
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)
Additional Web Resources
The Queen’s University Student Awards Office also has bursaries available for students going on exchange and to the BISC.