The Government of Canada offers Emerging Leaders in Americas Program (ELAP) scholarships for the academic year 2019-2020. ELAP scholarships are open for the applicants of Caribbean and North/South/Central America.
Scholarships are available for study or research at the college, undergraduate and graduate levels. The scholarship value varies depending on the duration and level of study.
In 2009, the Government of Canada announced the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) 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 Latin America and the Caribbean.
- Application Deadline: March 21, 2019
- Course Level: Scholarships are available for study or research at the college, undergraduate and graduate levels.
- Study Subject: Scholarships are awarded to learn any of the courses offered by Universities.
- Scholarship Award: The scholarship value varies depending on the duration and level of study. The scholarship value for students is:
- $7,200 CAN 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
- $9,700 CAN for graduate students (Master’s and PhD) for a period of five to six months of study or research.
- Number of Scholarships: Over 400 scholarships are awarded every year.
- Nationality: Caribbean, Central America, North America or South America
- Scholarship can be taken in Canada
Eligibility for the Scholarship:
- Eligible Countries: Candidates must be citizens of one of the following 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; or
- South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela.
- Entrance Requirements: Candidates:
- who have obtained Canadian citizenship or who have applied for permanent residency in Canada are not eligible;
- already participating in an exchange scholarship program funded by the Government of Canada are not eligible;
- already enrolled in a degree or diploma program at a Canadian university or college are not eligible; and
- must be enrolled full-time at a post-secondary institution in an eligible country and paying any tuition fees regulated by that institution at the time of application and for the full duration of the exchange.
- English Language Requirements: Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.
How to Apply: The Canadian institution must apply on behalf of the candidate(s) by submitting the online application form and uploading all supporting documents prior to the deadline. Institutions may submit multiple applications and may be asked to rank their applications, based on their strategic priorities. A single person should be responsible for the administration of the program. Canadian faculty or staff members who are submitting an application must notify the person responsible for the administration of the program at their respective institution as the institution may be requested to rank multiple applications.
Canadian institutions are encouraged to carefully read the instructions below before beginning the online application. Further information is available on the International Scholarships Canada Application Tool Help webpages.
If institutions experience difficulty filling out or submitting the form, they should send an email to admin-scholarships-bourses-at-cbie.ca.
Canadian institutions must:
- Complete an online application for each candidate.
- Institutions which do not have an account first need to Register an account.
- Under “For Non-Canadians” section, scroll down to the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program and click on Apply Now.
- Enter data in the fields marked mandatory, following instructions for each item, or copy and paste it from another source. Note that:
- the name of the candidate must be exactly the same as it is on their passport; and
- the official name of the candidate’s home institution must be provided in their national language.
- Upload all required supporting documents.
- Upon completion, verify the data prior to submission.
- Print the form for their records using the print function in the browser.
- Click SUBMIT to provide their form electronically to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD). The institution will receive a confirmation message and reference number once their form is submitted.
NOTE: Institutions will have the ability to save applications and complete them at a later time. Both saved and submitted applications will appear on the institution’s profile homepage.
The following documents must be uploaded and attached to the online application form in one of the following formats: .pdf, .jpg, .doc, .docx, .txt or .gif. Each document must be smaller than 5 MB in order for the application to upload successfully.
- Proof of citizenship: a copy of the candidate’s passport 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. The country of citizenship selected in the online application form must be the same as the country of the 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 and providing the expected completion date of the degree. 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).
- Letter of invitation from the Canadian supervisor: applications for graduate students must include a letter from the Canadian supervisor indicating their willingness to support and mentor the candidate. This letter must be on institutional letterhead, be in English or in French, be signed and demonstrate the support for the candidate during the exchange period and demonstrate how the Canadian institution, supervisor and peers will benefit (maximum one page).
- Signed copy of Memorandum of Understanding or Agreement with the partner institution: a written agreement or understanding, in English or in French, signed by both institutions indicating that tuition fees will not be charged and containing any other clauses of mutual interest. Note: a signed copy of this document is mandatory for undergraduate and college applications. For graduate applications, if the exchange is made under a signed agreement, it is strongly suggested that it be included with the application.
- Privacy Notice Statement: a copy of the Privacy Notice Statement for non-Canadian participants dated and signed by the candidate.