The Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship Programme  (CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)

The Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship Programme provides short-term exchange opportunities for candidates from Commonwealth countries for study or research in Canada at the master’s or doctoral level. The program is open to all disciplines including interdisciplinary programs. Studies or research in science and technology will be prioritized.

Scholarship Value and Duration

The scholarship value varies depending on the duration and level of study. The scholarship value is: 

  • $7,500 CAN for graduate students for a period of four months of study or research; or
  • $10,000 CAN for graduate students for a period of five or six months of study or research.

The Canadian partner institutions will submit the online application on the students' behalf but the student will need to provide the following supporting documents to the partner institution:
  • Letter of intent: a short letter in English or in 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, program and supervisor. The candidate must also indicate how the proposed program of study or research will relate to their future career (maximum one page).
  • Privacy Notice Statement: a copy of the document signed by the candidate ( 
  • Proof of citizenship: a copy of the candidate’s passport or national identity document with valid dates; a baptism certificate is not accepted as proof of citizenship.
  • Proof of full-time enrolment: a short letter in English or French from the home institution, on official letterhead, dated within the last six months. This letter must confirm that the candidate is currently enrolled in a full-time program and will continue to be enrolled upon their return. Copies of transcripts, a student card or letter of admission are not acceptable (maximum one page).
  • Letter of support from the home institution: a short letter in English or in French from the candidate’s professor or international director at the home institution explaining the nature of study and how the candidate and the home institution will benefit from this scholarship program (maximum one page).
  • Memorandum of Understanding or agreement between the Canadian and the student’s home institution: a signed copy of this document should be included with the application if the exchange is made under a signed agreement.
  • Letter of invitation: a short letter from the Canadian supervisor indicating their willingness to support and mentor the candidate (maximum one page).
Postgraduate students will also need to find a professor at the partner institution who agrees to supervise and mentor the student during their exchange.
Students from the following list of African countries can apply:
  • Botswana
  • Cameroon
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Mauritius
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Africa
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
Students can apply to the following Canadian institutions:
  • Huron College
  • University of Guelph
  • University of Trent
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • University of Victoria
  • Carleton University 
  • Saint Mary’s University
  • Nippissing University 
  • University of Calgary
  • Concordia University 

For more information on the Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship, please visit:

The closing date is 2 April 2012
For further information please contact:
Ms P Reddy
Student Exchange/Study Abroad Coordinator
International Relations
Rick Turner Student Union Building, Room 409
Howard College
Tel: 031 260 2870

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