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Canadian Scholarships for Latin American and Caribbean citizens in Canada

Every year students Choose Canada as their study or research destination and explore the scholarship opportunities offered by Canada and other organisations to support the best and brightest to achieve their goals and dreams Canada. One of such programs is the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) scholarships program which provide students from Latin America and the Caribbean with short-term exchange opportunities for study or research, in Canada, at the college, undergraduate and graduate levels.

The Global Affairs Canada, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) is proud to announce the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) for Latin America and the Caribbean for the year 2020. Only Canadian institutions can submit applications on behalf of candidates. They may choose to set their own internal deadline to receive supporting documentation.

As a requirement for this program, Canadian institutions are:

  • responsible for submitting applications on behalf of eligible candidates from institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean; and
  • encouraged to promote this scholarship opportunity to faculty and staff members, as well as to partner institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean.


depending on the duration and level of study, the scholarship benefits are arranged as below

  • CAD 7,200 for college, undergraduate or graduate students (Master’s and PhD) for a minimum of four months or one academic term of study or research; or
  • CAD 9,700 for graduate students (Master’s and PhD) for a period of five to six months of study or research.
  • The Canadian host institution may also claim CAD 500 per scholarship recipient to assist with administrative costs once the scholarship recipient arrives in Canada.
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The scholarship funds will be allocated and directed towards:

  • living expenses, such as accommodation, utilities and food;
  • ground transportation expenses, including a public transportation pass; and
  • visa and/or study/work permit fees;
  • airfare, for the scholarship recipient only, to Canada by the most direct and economical route and return airfare upon completion of the scholarship;
  • health insurance;
  • books and supplies required for the recipient’s study or research, excluding computers and other equipment.


Below is the list of  eligible countries:

  • 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 Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama;
  • North America: Mexico
  • South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela.

Candidates selected for the scholarship:

  • must engage in full-time studies or research as defined by the Canadian institution;
  • must be proficient in the language of instruction at the Canadian institution (English or French) before their arrival in Canada, as the scholarship does not cover language training. Language requirements are set by each Canadian institution;
  • pharmacy, medicine, dentistry or other health fields are excluded from clinical training or clinically-oriented research involving direct patient-care;
  • may not hold any other scholarship granted by the Government of Canada;
  • enrolled in courses must arrive in Canada by September for the fall semester or by January for the winter semester;
  • conducting research must arrive in Canada for the uptake of their award between June 1, 2020 but no later than February 1, 2021. Failure to arrive during this time may result in the cancellation of the scholarship. In exceptional cases, and with prior approval from DFATD, the arrival deadline may be extended to March 1, 2021;
  • are expected to return to complete their studies at their home institutions upon completion of the scholarship period;
  • must ensure that they have appropriate health insurance for the full duration of the scholarship, as per the policies of the Canadian institution; and
  • must focus primarily on full-time studies or research during their stay in Canada.
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  • Candidates interested in this scholarship program should first contact their home institution;
  • They must provide a letter of intent that describes the nature of their research or studies to be undertaken, that explains the rationale for study in Canada and for the choice of institution, program and supervisor, and that indicates how the proposed program of study or research will relate to their future career
To apply Click here

For more information, visit Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program

Deadline : March 30, 2021 .  

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