Canadian education is more expensive for international students than for Canadian students. Many students find it hard to pay the fees and either have to drop the idea or have to pay heavy loans. The only solution to it is financial aid or scholarships. Though there are number of scholarships available but it is not sufficient as the number of candidates is more than the scholarships available. So the scholarships are given on merit basis. There is number of criteria’s that needs to be fulfilled before you are granted scholarships. The criteria include good academic record throughout, good score in TOEFL, merits in different academic areas.
There are many organizations that grant you financial help and scholarship, even schools and private institutes and organization awards scholarships to the deserving ones. You can find out such awards on ScholarshipsCanada.com.
ScholarshipsCanada.com is free to use and your username and password for StudyinCanada.com will work on ScholarshipsCanada.com as well.
After logging in, perform an advanced search using "International or Visa Student" as your region of residence. If you find a scholarship you think you could apply for, you should contact that scholarship administrator for more information.
Other sources of funding
CIDA - The Canadian International Development Agency: This organization offers scholarships directly and through funding for students to come to Canada to study.
CIDA-SICI Project (CSP) - The Canadian International Development Agency and the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute offer several grants and internships to graduate students from India to study in Canada, including the Women and Development Fellowships, the Social Sciences & Humanities Fellowships and the Visiting Scholar Program.
Foreign Affairs Canada (FAC): FAC sponsors the Commonwealth Scholarship Plan. The program is designed to help students from Commonwealth countries take programs of advanced study and research at the graduate level in Canada.
Foreign Affairs Canada (FAC): FAC sponsors the Government of Canada Awards, available to graduate students who are citizens of Chile, Colombia, Cuba, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Philippines, Russia and Venezuela. Countries may be added at any time, so students should check the link below occasionally.
Organization of American States (OAS) Fellowship Programs (PRA): Awards available to students from other OAS member states for graduate study or research in Canada.
International Development Research Center (IDRC): This organization funds research activities designed to provide benefits to developing countries. Most of the funding they do is at a doctoral level.
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada: Sponsors the NATO Science Fellowships for post-doctoral studies and the Visiting Fellowships in Canadian Government Laboratories for post-doctoral studies or doctoral studies.
When your application is accepted by any of the school or colleges contact your financial aid officer who can truly guide you in getting financial help.