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Internal and External Bursaries and Awards

The below information reflects funding opportunities that are currently open.

Internal Bursaries and Awards

Note that applications for the IIMF have officially closed. Please stay tuned for the announcement of this year’s winners!

Attention McMaster Researchers: The IIMF is intended to provide small investments in first-time international research contacts or initiatives, typically originated by individual faculty members. It is meant to reduce the threshold to international research activities and serve as seed funding, ideally leading to joint projects and international partnerships.

  • Each project is eligible to receive up to $5000 in funding and we expect to make up to 10 such investments in each round
  • Applicants should submit a one-page (PDF format) description of the project and the intended use of the funds, accompanied by a CV (NSERC Form 100, or equivalent)
  • Applications must also include an endorsement/signature from your Dean or appropriate supervisor

Applications open: January 8th, 2024

Application deadline: February 5th, 2024

For more information or to submit your application, please visit this page or contact Bonny Ibhawoh at vpi@mcmaster.ca.

External Bursaries and Awards

Submission deadline: March 11, 2024

McMaster University belongs to the Academics Without Borders (AWB) Network of Canadian universities and colleges. AWB is not a funding agency but a nonprofit organization that mounts capacity-building projects in partnership with post-secondary institutions in low and middle-income countries.Its fundamental operating principle is that partners in the developing world must themselves identify the areas in which assistance is needed and they take the lead in project design and implementation. AWB assists its partners by providing the expert volunteers necessary for these projects. After the volunteers have completed their assignments, it is these institutions, themselves, which sustain the projects’ activities.McMaster faculty is invited to submit a proposal to AWB introducing a capacity-building project in an institution of higher education in low or middle-income countries.For environmental reasons, AWB has revised its emphasis on projects and travel as “international travel when necessary but not necessarily international travel.” Thus, they encourage the submission of projects that can be implemented in whole or in part via online methods. They will also consider projects requiring on-site activity but consideration should be given to maximizing work that can be done remotely in preparation for on-site visits.Your proposal must conform with AWB’s mission and operating principles and be in countries in which AWB works (see the full proposal application details).NOTE: It is important to understand that even though these proposals arise through this call for project proposals the resulting projects are partnerships between AWB and the developing world institution. Should you act as a volunteer on the project you propose, you would do so under the auspices of AWB. Although the AWB Network institution has no formal role in the project, benefit often accrues to the institution by virtue of the volunteer’s participation and through unanticipated relationships that are formed during the course of the activities.

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The University of Birmingham and McMaster University are delighted to launch the BIRMAC Project and Ideas Fund.

In October 2021, the University of Birmingham and McMaster University signed a formal agreement to create a framework for collaboration and partnership between the two institutions. McMaster University and the University of Birmingham have historical similarities and shared interests, and recognize that to achieve exceptional research outcomes and the best possible student experience, constant nurturing and support are necessary and cannot be done in isolation.

To help support academic collaboration between our two globally-leading universities, we have established the Projects and Ideas Fund: a seed fund created with matching funding from each university designed to identify, establish and develop first-rate research projects and student outcomes.

Fund Overview

The fund’s objective is to support new initiatives by providing bridge funding between ideas and the first grant, or academic initiative. The funding is designed to enable individuals to identify complementary strengths, leverage synergy, and design new outstanding research and education projects and opportunities for academic excellence across all disciplines.

The funding will seed and enable the development of deep partnerships through joint initiatives, which for example could include (but are not limited to):

  • Intensive academic research and/or education workshops leading to future long-term collaborations.
  • Short-term visits for both young and established academics or senior staff, enabling new and innovative long-term collaborations.
  • Research-oriented teaching opportunities, such as the development of new experiential seminars, bringing together PhD Candidates and Post-Doctoral Fellows

Application Process

Academics and professional services staff wishing to access funding must submit an application using the online BIRMAC Project and Ideas Fund Application Form.

Full details can be found in the BIRMAC Project and Ideas Fund Application Guidance Document.

The closing date for this call is March 29, 2024. Application outcomes will be announced on or after April 30, 2024.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Helen Bartens
Research Administration Analyst, ROADS
bartensh@mcmaster.ca

Or

Van Nhan
Associate Director, ROADS
nhanvt@mcmaster.ca

The internal deadline for SEED applications is February 29, 2024. at 11:59 PM EST.

The Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED) program provides students, from member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), with short-term exchange opportunities for study or research in Canadian post-secondary institutions at the college, undergraduate and graduate levels. 

Overview 

On August 6, 2017, the Government of Canada announced the Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED) program to provide opportunities for students from ASEAN member states to conduct short-term study or research in Canadian post-secondary institutions in areas that contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

The Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED) program aims to reduce poverty in the developing countries of ASEAN and to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Scholarships and educational exchanges will contribute towards the achievement of all Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SEED contributes to strengthening people-to-people ties between Canada and the Indo-Pacific region.

SEED scholarships are facilitated through institutional collaborations and student exchange agreements between post-secondary institutions in Canada and their partner institutions in ASEAN countries.

The Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development Program is a Short-term Exchange Program under Global Affairs Canada’s International Scholarships Program.

Key Dates

McMaster Internal Deadline 

The McMaster deadline for applications is February 29, 2024.

Agency Deadline 

The agency deadline for applications is March 21, 2024.

Announcement of Results 

Canadian institutions will be informed of the final selection and results by the end of April 2024. 

Students interested in studying in Canada under this scholarship should: 

  • Review the eligibility requirements by going to the Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED) website 
  • Ask your international office if your school has an exchange agreement with a Canadian post-secondary institution 
  • Contact your international office to learn more about the application process and any admission requirements at McMaster University 
  • For graduate applications, an inter-institutional agreement is desirable but not mandatory. If there is no existing exchange agreement, graduate applications that involve a new or established collaboration between professors from a Canadian institution and the candidate’s home institution will be accepted. Graduate applicants must secure a supervisor at McMaster before they can apply for this scholarship. 
  • For undergraduate course-only applications, an inter-institutional agreement is required. For undergraduate research applications with no agreement, a letter issued by the Canadian institution’s international office or equivalent will be accepted. 

Scholarship Value and Duration 

Award component Value Duration Activities
College / undergraduate
(4 months)
$10,200 Four months or one academic term Study or research at the college or undergraduate level. A valid student exchange agreement that waives tuition fees is required.
College / undergraduate
(8 months)
$15,900 Eight months or two academic terms Study or research at the college or undergraduate level. A valid student exchange agreement that waives tuition fees is required.
Graduate
(4 months)
$10,200 Four months or one academic term Study or research at the graduate level (Masters and PhD). A student exchange agreement is not required.
Graduate
(5-6 months)
$12,700 Five to six months Study or research at the graduate level (Masters and PhD). A student exchange agreement is not required.

Eligible expenses 

Canadian institutions will disburse scholarship funds to the scholarship recipient to contribute to the following costs: 

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

Eligibility 

To be considered for a scholarship, candidates must: 

  • be citizens of an ASEAN member state (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos (Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR)), Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, or Vietnam); 
  • be enrolled as a full-time student at a post-secondary institution in an eligible country and paying tuition fees to that institution at the time of application and for the full duration of the exchange. 

Candidates are not eligible: 

  • if they hold or have a pending application for Canadian citizenship or permanent residency; 
  • if they are already participating in a scholarship program funded by the Government of Canada; 
  • if they are already enrolled in a degree or diploma program at a Canadian post-secondary institution; or 
  • if they have previously received a scholarship under the Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development. 

Selection process 

The following guidelines are followed for the review, assessment and selection of applications: 

  • All online applications received by the deadline will be pre-screened to ensure they meet eligibility requirements established for the program. 

Eligible and complete applications, including the supporting documents, will be evaluated based on the following criteria: 

  • the linkage of the proposed research or study that the student will undertake in Canada to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; 
  • the candidate’s commitment to use their proposed research or studies in Canada to help combat poverty and narrow the development gap in the ASEAN region; 
  • merit of the research or study to be undertaken in Canada; 
  • benefit to the home institution and peers; 
  • benefit to the Canadian institution, supervisor and peers; 
  • strength of the linkages to be created through the proposed exchange; and 
  • rankings submitted by the Canadian institution. 

McMaster will be required to rank its eligible applications based on its institutional strategic priorities. 

Supporting documents 

Departments/supervisors must email all the required documents as individual files to gacexpro@mcmaster.ca no later than Thursday, February 29, 2024, 11:59 PM EST.

Applicants are to provide the following documents to their department: 

Proof of citizenship: 

  • A copy of the candidate’s passport or national identity document with a photo and valid dates. 
  • Documents not accepted as proof of citizenship: driver’s licence, permanent resident card, work permit, student card, health card, birth certificate or baptismal certificate. 
  • Proof of citizenship must be from the same as the country of the citizenship selected in the online application form. 

Privacy Notice Statement: a copy of the Privacy Notice Statement for non-Canadian participants signed by the candidate and dated within the last six months. 

Letter of intent (maximum one page):

All candidates must: 

  • explain the nature of studies or research to be undertaken; 
  • explain how undertaking study or research in Canada will empower the student to apply their learning to address the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; 
  • explain how they intend to use their learning to help combat poverty and narrow the development gap in the ASEAN region in their future career; and 
  • identify the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) their proposed study or research in Canada is aligned with and will contribute to. 
  • Candidates from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand or Vietnam must provide an explanation of how their learning in Canada will help to combat poverty in their home country. 
  • from Brunei or Singapore must provide an explanation of how their learning in Canada will help combat poverty in one of the other eight ASEAN countries. 

Letter of proof of full-time enrolment from the home institution:

  • on official letterhead 
  • dated within the last six months 
  • confirms that the candidate is currently enrolled in a full-time program 
  • copies of transcripts, a student card or a letter of admission are not acceptable 

Letter of support from the home institution (maximum one page): 

  • on official letterhead 
  • dated within the last six months 
  • from the candidate’s instructor, professor or international director 
  • explains the nature of study or research to be undertaken in Canada and how the home institution will benefit from this scholarship program 
  • assesses the candidate’s commitment and capacity to use the program of study or research in Canada to help combat poverty and narrow the development gap in the ASEAN region 

Additional information: a document completed by the applicant that includes the following information: 

  • Candidate’s research project title 
  • A summary of the research project or courses to be undertaken at McMaster (maximum 1000 characters). 
  • History of Inter-Institutional Collaboration: Describe the nature of the agreement i.e., formal Memorandum of Understanding, informal agreement between post-secondary institutions or departments, research collaboration between professors, etc. (maximum 1000 characters). 
  • How long is the candidate planning on staying? You need to choose A or B. A) Four months (one academic term) or B) Between 5 and 6 months. 
  • Candidate’s expected arrival date to McMaster and departure date from McMaster. These dates are required for the application, but they can be changed at a later date. 
  • Candidate’s McMaster Supervisor details: name, title, department, phone number and email address. 
  • Name, job title, email address, name of institution and mailing address for the contact person responsible for the exchange program at the candidate’s home institution. 
  • Candidate’s email address 
  • Candidate’s current level of study. Undergraduate, Master’s or PhD? Current year? (1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th) 
  • Candidate’s field of study and program at home institution 
  • Candidate’s expected degree completion at their home institution 
  • Candidate’s Gender 
  • Candidate’s country of citizenship 

Only for Graduate Student applications – Departments to include the following document in the PDF: 

Letter of invitation from the Canadian supervisor (maximum one page): 

  • on official letterhead 
  • dated within the last six months 
  • signed by the Canadian supervisor 
  • describes the nature and scope of the research collaboration with the student’s home institution 
  • confirms their willingness to support and mentor the candidate during the exchange period 
  • explains how the Canadian institution, supervisor and peers will benefit from the exchange 

Student arrival in Canada

Selected students may arrive as early as August 1, 2024 for the fall semester and no later than February 1, 2025 for the winter/spring semester. Failure to arrive during this time may result in the cancellation of the scholarship.

Students should submit their visa or study/work permit application as early as possible to avoid delays.

Conditions for successful students

Students selected for the scholarship agree to:

  • engage in full-time studies or research as defined by the Canadian institution
  • abstain from clinical training or clinically-oriented research involving direct patient-care
  • focus primarily on full-time studies or research during their stay in Canada
  • return to their home institutions after the scholarship period to complete their studies

Failure to meet these conditions may result in the cancellation of the scholarship.

Additional information 

  • The scholarship administrator will not provide feedback to unsuccessful candidates. 
  • Scholarships cannot be deferred and are not renewable. 
  • Scholarships are subject to availability of funding from the Government of Canada. 
  • Scholarships are not taxable for either the Canadian institution or the scholarship recipient

For more information, visit: Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED).

The Canadian Bureau for International Education is the scholarship administrator for the Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED) program of Global Affairs Canada. All inquiries regarding this program should be directed to: SEED-BPEED@cbie.ca or 613-237-4820.

NOTE: The internal deadline for ELAP applications is February 29, 2024 at 11:59 PM EST. 

The Government of Canada announced the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program in 2009 to support the development of human capital and the next generation of leaders in the Americas while strengthening the linkages between post-secondary institutions in Canada and the Americas. These scholarships provide students from post-secondary institutions located in Latin America and the Caribbean with short-term exchange opportunities for study or research at Canadian post-secondary institutions. 

The Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program is a Short-term Exchange Program under Global Affairs Canada’s International Scholarships Program. Canadian institutions will receive funding from Global Affairs Canada, through its legal name, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD). 

Key Dates 

McMaster Internal Deadline 

The internal deadline for applications is February 29, 2024.

Agency Deadline

The agency deadline for applications is March 19, 2024.

Announcement of Results 

Canadian institutions will be informed of the final selection sometime in the Spring of 2024. 

Students interested in studying in Canada under this scholarship should: 

  • review the eligibility requirements by going to the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program website 
  • ask your international office if your school has an exchange agreement with McMaster University 
  • contact your international office to learn more about the application process and any admission requirements at McMaster University 
  • For graduate applications, an inter-institutional agreement is desirable but not mandatory. If there is no existing exchange agreement, graduate applications which involve a new or established collaboration between professors from a Canadian institution and the candidate’s home institution will be accepted. Graduate applicants must secure a supervisor at McMaster before they can apply for this scholarship. 
  • For undergraduate course-only applications, an inter-institutional agreement is required. For undergraduate research applications with no agreement, a letter issued by McMaster’s Office of International Affairs will be accepted instead of an inter-institutional agreement.  

Scholarship Value and Duration 

Award component Value Duration Activities
College / undergraduate
(4 months)
$8,200 Four months or one academic term Study or research at the college or undergraduate level. A valid student exchange agreement that waives tuition fees is required.
Graduate
(4 months)
$8,200 Four months or one academic term Study or research at the graduate level (Masters and PhD). A student exchange agreement is not required.
Graduate
(5-6 months)
$11,100 Five to six months Study or research at the graduate level (Masters and PhD). A student exchange agreement is not required.

Eligible Expenses 

Selected students may use scholarship funds towards: 

  • visa or study/work permit fees 
  • airfare via the most direct and economical route 
  • health insurance 
  • living expenses, such as accommodation, utilities and food 
  • ground transportation, including a public transportation pass 
  • books and supplies required for their study or research, excluding computers and other equipment 

Eligibility 

To be eligible, candidates must be: 

  •  a citizen of an eligible country/territory 
  • 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 
  • a student enrolled full-time at post-secondary institution in an eligible country/territory 
  • paying tuition fees to that institution at the time of application and for the full duration of your exchange 

Candidates are not eligible for this scholarship if: 

  • you hold or have a pending application for Canadian citizenship or permanent residency 
  • you are already participating in a scholarship program funded by the Government of Canada 
  • you are already enrolled in a degree, diploma or certificate program at a Canadian post-secondary institution 

Selection process 

The following guidelines are followed for the review, assessment and selection of applications: 

All online applications received by the deadline will be pre-screened to ensure they meet the eligibility requirements established for the program. 

Eligible and complete applications will be evaluated based on the following selection criteria: 

  • merit of the research or study to be undertaken in Canada 
  • benefit to the home institution and peers 
  • benefit to McMaster University, supervisor and peers 
  • strength of linkages to be created through the proposed exchange 

McMaster will be required to rank the eligible applications based on the above selection criteria and then provide the rankings to Global Affairs Canada. 

Supporting documents 

Departments/supervisors must email all the required documents as individual files to gacexpro@mcmaster.ca no later than Thursday, February 29, 2024, 11:59 PM EST.

Applicants are to provide the following documents to their department: 

Proof of citizenship 

  • A copy of the candidate’s passport or national identity card with a photo and valid dates 
  • Documents not accepted as proof of citizenship are: driver’s license, permanent residence card, work permit, student card, health card, birth certificate or baptismal certificate 
  • Proof of citizenship selected must be from the same country/territory as the citizenship selected in the online application form 

Signed Privacy Notice Statement 

Letter of intent from the candidate (maximum one page) 

  • Explains the nature of studies or research to be undertaken 
  • Provides rationale for study in Canada and for the choice of institution, program and supervisor and how the proposed program of study or research will relate to their future career 

Letter of proof of full-time enrolment from the home institution 

  • On official letterhead 
  • Dated within the last six months 
  • Confirms that the candidate is currently enrolled in a full-time program 
  • Copies of transcripts, a student card or a letter of admission are not acceptable 

Letter of support from the home institution (maximum one page) 

  • On official letterhead 
  • Dated within the last six months 
  • From the candidate’s instructor, professor or international director 
  • Explains the nature of study or research to be undertaken in Canada and how the candidate and the home institution will benefit from this scholarship program 

Additional application information: Word document completed by the applicant that includes all the following information. 

  • Candidate’s research project title 
  • A summary of the research project or courses to be undertaken at McMaster (maximum 1000 characters). 
  • History of Inter-Institutional Collaboration: Describe the nature of the agreement i.e., formal Memorandum of Understanding, informal agreement between post-secondary institutions or departments, research collaboration between professors, etc. (maximum 1000 characters). 
  • How long is the candidate planning on staying? You need to choose A or B. A) Four months (one academic term) or B) Between 5 and 6 months. 
  • Candidate’s expected arrival date to McMaster and departure date from McMaster. These dates are required for the application, but they can be changed at a later date. 
  • Candidate’s McMaster Supervisor details: name, title, department, phone number and email address. 
  • Name, job title, email address, name of institution and mailing address for the contact person responsible for the exchange program at the candidate’s home institution. 
  • Candidate’s email address 
  • Candidate’s current level of study. Undergraduate, Master’s or PhD? Current year? (1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th) 
  • Candidate’s field of study and program at home institution 
  • Candidate’s expected degree completion at their home institution 
  • Candidate’s Gender 
  • Candidate’s country of citizenship 

Only for Graduate Student applications – Departments to include the following document in the PDF: 

  • Letter of invitation from the Canadian supervisor (graduate students only, maximum one page) 
  • On official letterhead 
  • Dated within the last six months 
  • Signed by the Canadian supervisor 
  • Describes the nature and scope of the research collaboration with the student’s home institution 
  • Confirms their willingness to support and mentor the candidate during the exchange period 
  • Explains how the Canadian institution, supervisor and peers will benefit from the exchange 

Conditions for successful students 

Students selected for the scholarship agree to: 

  • Engage in full-time studies or research as defined by the Canadian institution 
  • Abstain from clinical training or clinically-oriented research involving direct patient-care 
  • Focus primarily on full-time studies or research during your stay in Canada 
  • Return to your home institutions after the scholarship period to complete their studies 

Failure to meet these conditions may result in the cancellation of your scholarship. 

Student arrival in Canada

Selected students may arrive as early as August 1, 2024 for the fall semester and no later than February 1, 2025 for the winter/spring semester. Failure to arrive during this time may result in the cancellation of the scholarship.

Students should submit their visa or study/work permit application as early as possible to avoid delays.

Additional information 

  • Scholarships cannot be deferred and are not renewable 
  • Scholarships are subject to availability of funding from the Government of Canada 
  • Scholarships are not taxable for either the Canadian institution or the scholarship recipient 

Read more at EduCanada.

NOTE: The internal deadline for SICS applications is February 29, 2024 at 11:59 PM EST.

Study in Canada Scholarships aim to increase opportunities for Canadian post-secondary institutions to welcome international students from a wide range of countries and territories on short-term exchanges for study or research. This will provide institutions the opportunity to strengthen and diversify their international linkages and promote their academic and research excellence in new markets. 

The new connections created through the program will diversify and enrich Canada’s education engagement with a diverse range of partners, strengthen bilateral ties, and complement the Government of Canada’s broader international trade diversification efforts. 

The Study in Canada Scholarships is a Short-term Exchange Program under Global Affairs Canada’s International Scholarships Program. Canadian institutions will receive funding from Global Affairs Canada, through its legal name, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD). 

Key Dates

McMaster Internal Deadline 

The internal deadline is February 29, 2024.

Agency Deadline 

The agency deadline is March 19, 2024.

Announcement of Results 

Canadian institutions will be informed of the final selection sometime in the Spring of 2024. 

Students interested in studying in Canada under this scholarship should: 

  • review the eligibility requirements by going to the Study in Canada Scholarships website 
  • ask your international office if your school has an exchange agreement with McMaster University 
  • contact your international office to learn more about the application process and any admission requirements at McMaster University 
  • For graduate applications, an inter-institutional agreement is desirable but not mandatory. If there is no existing exchange agreement, graduate applications that involve a new or established collaboration between professors from a Canadian institution and the candidate’s home institution will be accepted. Graduate applicants must secure a supervisor at McMaster before they can apply for this scholarship. 
  • For undergraduate course-only applications, an inter-institutional agreement is required. For undergraduate research applications with no agreement, a letter issued by McMaster’s Office of International Affairs will be accepted instead of an inter-institutional agreement.  

Scholarship Value and Duration

Award component Value Duration Activities
College / undergraduate
(4 months)
$10,200 Four months or one academic term Study or research at the college or undergraduate level. A valid student exchange agreement that waives tuition fees is required.
Graduate
(4 months)
$10,200 Four months or one academic term Study or research at the graduate level (Masters and PhD). A student exchange agreement is not required.
Graduate
(5-6 months)
$12,700 Five to six months Study or research at the graduate level (Masters and PhD). A student exchange agreement is not required.

Eligible Expenses 

Selected students may use scholarship funds towards: 

  • visa or study/work permit fees 
  • airfare via the most direct and economical route 
  • health insurance 
  • living expenses, such as accommodation, utilities and food 
  • ground transportation, including a public transportation pass 
  • books and supplies required for their study or research, excluding computers and other equipment 

Eligibility 

To be considered for a scholarship, candidates must be: 

  • citizens of the following eligible countries/territories: 
  • Asia: Bangladesh, Nepal, Taiwan 
  • Europe: Turkey, Ukraine 
  • Middle East and North Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia 
  • Sub-Saharan Africa: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda 
  • a student enrolled full-time at a post-secondary institution in an eligible country/territory 
  • paying tuition fees to that institution at the time of application and for the full duration of your exchange 

Candidates are not eligible: 

  • if they hold or have a pending application for Canadian citizenship or permanent residency; 
  • if they are already participating in a scholarship program funded by the Government of Canada; and 
  • if they are already enrolled in a degree, diploma or certificate program at a Canadian post-secondary institution. 

Selection process 

The following guidelines are followed for the review, assessment and selection of applications: 

All online applications received by the deadline will be pre-screened to ensure they meet eligibility requirements established for the program. 

Eligible and complete applications will be evaluated based on the following selection criteria: 

  • merit of the research or study to be undertaken in Canada 
  • benefit to the home institution and peers 
  • benefit to McMaster University, supervisor and peers 
  • strength of linkages to be created through the proposed exchange 

McMaster will be required to rank the eligible applications based on the above selection criteria and then provide the rankings to Global Affairs Canada. 

Supporting documents  

Departments/supervisors must email all the required documents as individual files to gacexpro@mcmaster.ca no later than Thursday, February 29, 2024, 11:59 PM EST.

Applicants are to provide the following documents to their department: 

Proof of citizenship: 

  • a copy of the candidate’s passport or national identity card with a photo and valid dates 
  • candidates from Taiwan must also provide a proof of household registration in Taiwan 

Documents not accepted as proof of citizenship are: driver’s license, permanent residence card, work permit, student card, health card, birth certificate or baptismal certificate 

  • proof of citizenship must be from the same country/territory as the citizenship selected in the online application form 

Privacy Notice Statement: 

Letter of intent from the candidate (maximum one page): 

  • explains the nature of studies or research to be undertaken 
  • provides rationale for study in Canada and for the choice of institution, program and supervisor and how the proposed program of study or research will relate to their future career 

Letter of proof of full-time enrolment from the home institution:

  • on official letterhead 
  • dated within the last six months 
  • confirms that the candidate is currently enrolled in a full-time program 
  • copies of transcripts, a student card or a letter of admission are not acceptable 

Letter of support from the home institution (maximum one page): 

  • on official letterhead 
  • dated within the last six months 
  • from the candidate’s instructor, professor or international director 
  • explains the nature of study or research to be undertaken in Canada and how the candidate and the home institution will benefit from this scholarship program 

Additional application information: Word document completed by the applicant that includes all the following information 

  • Candidate’s research project title 
  • A summary of the research project or courses to be undertaken at McMaster (maximum 1000 characters)

History of Inter-Institutional Collaboration: Describe the nature of the agreement i.e., formal Memorandum of Understanding, informal agreement between post-secondary institutions or departments, research collaboration between professors, etc. (maximum 1000 characters). 

  • How long is the candidate planning on staying? You need to choose A or B. A) Four months (one academic term) or B) Between 5 and 6 months. 
  • Candidate’s expected arrival date to McMaster and departure date from McMaster. These dates are required for the application, but they can be changed at a later date. 
  • Candidate’s McMaster Supervisor details: name, title, department, phone number and email address
  • Name, job title, email address, name of institution and mailing address for the contact person responsible for the exchange program at the candidate’s home institution. 
  • Candidate’s email address 
  • Candidate’s current level of study. Undergraduate, Master’s or PhD? Current year? (1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th) 
  • Candidate’s field of study and program at home institution 
  • Candidate’s expected degree completion at their home institution 
  • Candidate’s Gender 
  • Candidate’s country of citizenship 

Only for Graduate Student applications – Departments to include the following document in the PDF: 

Letter of invitation from the Canadian supervisor (maximum one page): 

  • On official letterhead 
  • Dated within the last six months 
  • Signed by the Canadian supervisor 
  • Describes the nature and scope of the research collaboration with the student’s home institution 
  • Confirms their willingness to support and mentor the candidate during the exchange period 
  • Explains how the Canadian institution, supervisor and peers will benefit from the exchange 

Successful applicants 

Students selected for a scholarship agree to: 

  • engage in full-time studies or research as defined by the Canadian institution; 
  • abstain from clinical training or clinically-oriented research involving direct patient-care; 
  • focus primarily on full-time studies or research during their stay in Canada; and 
  • return to their home institutions after the scholarship period to complete their studies. 

Student arrival in Canada

Selected students may arrive as early as August 1, 2024 for the fall semester and no later than February 1, 2025 for the winter/spring semester. Failure to arrive during this time may result in the cancellation of the scholarship.

Students should submit their visa or study/work permit application as early as possible to avoid delays.

Additional information 

  • Scholarships cannot be deferred and are not renewable 
  • Scholarships are subject to availability of funding from the Government of Canada 
  • Scholarships are not taxable for either the Canadian institution or the scholarship recipient 
  • Students must return to their home institutions after the scholarship period to complete their studies 

NEW DEADLINE: March 17, 2024

Register to attend an online Q&A session for the 100K CLIMA/IE North America Grant Competition.

The OIA would like to introduce the new 100K Strong North America CLIMA/IE competition funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and Amazon, in collaboration with the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the U.S. Department of State (WHA/DOS) and Partners of the Americas (POA).

The 100K Strong North America CLIMA/IE competition will support sustainable partnerships between Higher Education Institutions to create and implement climate-focused, inclusive educational exchange and training programs. The focus of this CfP is to:  

  1. Design and execute inclusive, climate-focused, student/faculty exchanges, both virtually and in-person; and
  2. Create opportunities for collaboration to support innovative, sustainable climate action projects (CAPs) that contribute solutions to regional climate challenges.

Partnership: Grant proposals must include a tripartite team of at least one higher education institution in the U.S., one higher education institution in Canada, and one higher education institution in Mexico. Proposals can involve new partnerships or build on existing ones.

Eligible thematic and academic focuses:

  • Biodiversity Protection
  • Bio-Economy and Sustainable Value Chains
  • Climate Justice
  • Climate Technology
  • Community Conservation Practices
  • Conservation and Reforestation
  • Endangered/Threatened Species Management and Protection
  • Environmental Protection
  • Green/Climate Finance
  • Renewable Energy
  • Renewable Energy Engineering
  • Energy Economics
    • Solar/Wind/Hydro/Thermal Power
    • Generation and Strategies
    • Power Storage
    • Energy Efficiency
    • Sustainable Business
    • Technical Skills for the Renewable Energy Workforce
    • “Last Mile” Electrification with Renewables
    • Other topics related to renewable energy
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Protection and Restoration of Oceans and Corals
  • Public Health and Climate
  • STEM for Climate Purposes
  • Sustainable Design, Architecture, and Construction
  • Sustainable Land Use
  • Sustainable/Regenerative Agriculture and Food Security
  • Sustainable/Electric Transportation
  • Water Protection and Restoration 

Funds: This 100K Strong North America competition is to award up to nine (9) grants of up to $25,000.

Anticipated Timeline

ACTIVITY  TIME PERIOD* 
Launch of 100K Strong North America Competition November 16, 2023
Internal deadline to submit applications and the International Program Grant Application Approval form March 1, 2024
Close of 100K Strong North America Competition (Application Deadline) March 17, 2024
100K Grant Proposal Evaluation Process March 1 – April 30, 2024
Notification of Status of Proposal to HEIs April 30, 2024
Onboarding and Award Funds to 100K HEI Winners April – May 2024
Period of Performance of 100K HEI Grantees May 1, 2024 – March 31, 2025

*Dates are subject to change.

Link: https://www.educanada.ca/scholarships-bourses/news-nouvelles/2023/2023-11-21.aspx?lang=eng

Please note that this grant is only open to McMaster faculty.

Application components:

1. Proposal Narrative (PDF)

  1. Cover page (1 page)
  2. Table of contents (1 page)
  3. Technical narrative (15 page maximum)

2. Budget (5 page maximum)

  1. Summary in excel format (downloadable on their website)
  2. Narrative in Word/PDF format

3. Supporting Documents in PDF (no page limit)

  1. Letter(s) of Support*
  2. Resume/biographies of project team (1-2 pages per person)
  3. Additional materials

How can the OIA support?

  1. Partnership development: identify, reach out, and develop MOUs with potential partners in the US and Mexico
  2. Mobility Program Design (exchange, Virtual Global Learning (VGL)/ Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL), in-person mobility):
    1. Value of each mode of mobility
    2. How to incorporate mobility into an existing course (as per the grant, the mobility should be part of a credit-bearing course)
    3. How to best recruit and support students (special focus on diversification of student participants)
    4. Provide needed guidance for the application (e.g., travel risk management, student recruitment,  mobility pre-departure orientation, post-experience reflections, evaluation of mobility experiences, etc.)

The OIA is glad to provide letters of institutional support (as per the funder’s requirements) for proposals that are approved by the concerned Deans. Kindly forward your complete application along with the signed OIA International Program Grant Application form to slasors@mcmaster.ca by Friday, March 1st.

If you have questions about this grant, please view the FAQ here or consult the online form at https://www.100kstrongamericas.org/questions/.

The Norwegian Embassy in Washington D.C. is pleased to introduce a new call for UTFORSK funding program for joint projects between higher education institutions in Norway and the United States and seven other prioritized countries. The projects may engage in bilateral cooperation (Norway-US) or multilateral cooperation involving a partner in Norway and the US as well as one or more of the other eligible countries (Brazil, Canada, China, India, Japan, South Africa, and South Korea). The program is funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research.

A call to submit proposals for collaborative projects supporting one or more of the following:

  • development and implementation of joint educational activities
  • increased student mobility, including internships/work placements
  • integration of higher education and research
  • strengthened involvement of non-academic partners

Application deadline: April 15, 2024 at 12:00 CET/CEST

For further information, visit: UTFORSK 2024 – Call for applications | HK-dir (hkdir.no).

UTFORSK is a measure under the Panorama strategy (2021-2027). The purpose of the strategy is to increase quality and relevance in higher education, research, and innovation in Norway through internationalization, and is linked to the ambition that half of those graduating from an institution of higher education in Norway should study or train abroad during their studies.

In case of any further questions, please contact utforsk@hkdir.no.