The following Government of Canada scholarship programs support candidates from abroad who wish to study, conduct research or gain professional development in Canada on a short-term basis:
Note: Undergraduate or graduate students wishing to take UAlberta courses must be from an exchange partner institution with a current Student Exchange Agreement and must be nominated for exchange to the University of Alberta. Students from non-exchange partner institutions may only conduct research at UAlberta.
Candidates from a UAlberta exchange partner wishing to register in courses should contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Candidates wishing to do Research at UAlberta
The candidate (international student or faculty member/manager) finds a UAlberta Host Supervisor and works with the Host Supervisor to determine a mutually agreed upon research project and duration (up to 6 months in length).
The Candidate must submit the 5 required application documents listed below to the UAlberta Host Supervisor. Note that the University of Alberta International will submit a signed copy of a Memorandum of Understanding or Agreement with the partner institution if one exists. Neither the Candidate nor the Host Supervisor need to obtain or provide this document.
The University of Alberta International will submit the application to the Government of Canada of behalf of the Host Supervisor and Candidate and will notify the Candidate and Host Supervisor of the results via e-mail.
Five Application Documents to Be Submitted by the Candidate:
If accepted by a University of Alberta Host Supervisor, candidates must provide the Host Supervisor with the following documents in one of these formats .pdf, .jpg, .doc, .docx, .txt or .gif. Each document must be smaller than 5 MB.
- Proof of citizenship: a copy of the candidate's passport photo page or national identity document with valid dates. Note: a driver's licence, permanent resident card, student card or baptism certificate is not accepted as proof of citizenship.
- Proof of full-time enrolment: a letter in English or French from the home institution, on official letterhead, dated within the last six months, confirming that the candidate is currently enrolled in a full-time program and will continue to be enrolled upon their return. Note: copies of transcripts, a student card or letter of admission are not acceptable (maximum one page).
- Letter of intent from the candidate: a letter in English or French from the candidate describing the nature of their research or studies to be undertaken and explaining the rationale for study in Canada and for the choice of institution, the program and the supervisor. The candidate must also indicate how the proposed program of study or research will relate to their future career (maximum one page).
- Letter of support from the home institution: a letter in English or French from the candidate's instructor, professor or international director on the institution's official letterhead explaining the nature of study and how the candidate and the home institution will benefit from this scholarship program (maximum one page).
- Privacy Notice Statement: a copy of the Privacy Notice Statement for non-Canadian participants signed by the candidate.
UAlberta Host Supervisors have two options to apply for this funding:
If the Host Supervisor has already identified a candidate and a research project, the Host Supervisor should provide UAI with a letter of invitation indicating willingness to support and mentor the visiting candidate and how the project helps support Canada’s objectives for the Americas: democratic governance, peace and security and prosperity in the region. The letter needs to have Departmental and Faculty approval and must include the signatures of the Supervisor, the Department Chair, and the Dean or Associate/Assistant Dean International of the Faculty.
In addition to this letter, the supervisor should submit the 5 required application documents listed above to University of Alberta International.
The deadline to submit all documents to the University of Alberta International is April 18, 2017.
UAlberta faculty can contact Brendan Cavanagh, International Internship Coordinator (Inbound) at email@example.com or 780-248-1020 for more information.
Results, Invitation & Host Supervisor Responsibilities
UAI will notify Host Supervisors and Candidates of the results which are expected to be announced in June.
UAI will guide the host and the candidate through the invitation and immigration application process.
Candidates will normally be invited as Research Award Recipients and must obtain a work permit; see Academic Visitors Office. Exceptions: Students coming under an undergraduate or graduate exchange agreement will only be required to obtain a study permit.
The appropriate student category for invitation will be determined after nomination/application.
Candidate’s studies or research may commence as early as July 1, 2017 but no later than February 1, 2018.