Canada is one of the top study destinations for international students, including Nigerian students. With a reputation for quality education, cultural diversity, and high standard of living, Canada offers a wide range of academic opportunities for Nigerian students. However, studying in Canada can be quite expensive, which is why scholarships are essential for many students.
Pursuing a Canadian education is globally competitive and a degree from one of the Canadian universities is recognized globally. The Canadian educational system also encourages students to pursue multidisciplinary studies, while providing the best technological means to pursue a world-class education.
In this article, we will explore some of the Canadian scholarships available for Nigerian students.
1. Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships
This scholarship was named after Major-General Georges P. Vanier, the first francophone Governor General of Canada. The scholarship program helps Canadian institutions attract highly qualified doctoral students and is valued at $50,000 per year for up to three years during the doctoral program.
The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) is a prestigious scholarship program that is awarded to highly qualified doctoral students. The scholarship is open to both Canadian and international students, including Nigerian students. The scholarship is covers the years of doctoral studies and covers tuition fees, living expenses, and other costs associated with pursuing a PhD in Canada.
- Ontario Graduate Scholarship
The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) is a merit-based scholarship that is available to international students who are pursuing graduate studies (Masters and PhD) in Ontario. The scholarship is worth up to $15,000 per year and is renewable for up to three years. Nigerian students who are pursuing a master’s or PhD program in Ontario are eligible to apply for this scholarship.
Awards are available to graduate students in all disciplines of academic study at participating schools in Ontario. Each award is jointly funded by the Province of Ontario (two thirds) and the school offering the award (one third).
- Trudeau Foundation Scholars Program
The Trudeau Foundation Scholarship is a highly competitive scholarship program that is open to both Canadian and international students, including Nigerian students. The scholarship is awarded to outstanding doctoral students who are pursuing research in areas related to social sciences and humanities. The scholarship is worth up to $60,000 per year for up to four years.
- Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship Program
These are scholarships that are tenable at recognized public Canadian institutions of higher learning and affiliated research institutes designed to provide opportunities for students of other Commonwealth countries to pursue research and studies in Canada.
The Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship Program is a scholarship program that is funded by the Canadian government and is available to citizens of Commonwealth countries, including Nigeria. The scholarship is open to students who are pursuing a master’s or PhD program in Canada. The scholarship covers tuition fees, living expenses, and other costs associated with studying in Canada.
- Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships
The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships’ objectives include to attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally as well as to develop their leadership potential and position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow. It is a fellowship program that is awarded to highly qualified postdoctoral researchers. The fellowship is open to both Canadian and international students, including Nigerian students. The fellowship is worth $70,000 per year for up to two years and covers living expenses, research costs, and other costs associated with pursuing research in Canada.
This fellowship program supports research who will positively contribute to the country’s economic, social, and research-based growth in the areas of health, natural sciences and/or engineering, social sciences and/or humanities. About 70 fellowships are awarded annually and approximately 140 awards are active at any time.
- Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship
The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship is a scholarship program that is awarded to outstanding doctoral students who are pursuing research in areas related to social sciences and humanities. The scholarship is worth up to $60,000 per year for up to four years and is open to both Canadian and international students, including Nigerian students.
- Canadian Government Scholarships
There are several scholarship opportunities provided by the Government of Canada for Nigerians students interested in gaining post-secondary education in their country. Some of these scholarships are fully funded providing visa or study/work permit fees, airfare, health insurance, living expenses, books and supplies required for the recipient’s study or research. Eligible candidates are only required to apply to their designated learning institution (DLI) of their choice and provide the required information and documents.
Finally, Canadian scholarships are essential for Nigerian students who wish to pursue their academic dreams in Canada. These scholarships cover tuition fees, living expenses, and other costs associated with studying in Canada, making it easier for Nigerian students to achieve their goals. Nigerian students are encouraged to explore these scholarships and apply for those that are relevant to their academic pursuits.