Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development 2024

Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development

On August 6, 2017, the Government of Canada unveiled the Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED) program. This initiative aims to offer students from ASEAN member states opportunities for short-term study or research at Canadian post-secondary institutions. The focus areas align with the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The primary objective of the Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development program is to combat poverty in ASEAN’s developing nations while advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outlined in the 2030 Agenda. Additionally, these scholarships and educational exchanges foster stronger people-to-people connections between Canada and the Indo-Pacific region.

SEED scholarships are administered through partnerships and exchange agreements between Canadian post-secondary institutions and their counterparts in ASEAN countries. This program falls under Global Affairs Canada’s International Scholarships Program as a Short-term Exchange Program.

Eligibility Criteria:

To qualify for the program, applicants must:

– Be citizens of an ASEAN member state, including Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos (Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR)), Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, or Vietnam.

– Be enrolled full-time at a post-secondary institution within an ASEAN member state.

– Be paying tuition fees to their institution at the time of application and throughout the exchange period.

Students are ineligible if:

– They hold or have applied for Canadian citizenship or permanent residency.

– They are already beneficiaries of a Canadian government-funded scholarship program.

– They are currently enrolled in a degree, diploma, or certificate program at a Canadian post-secondary institution.

– They have previously received a scholarship under the Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development Program.

Canadian post-secondary institutions seeking to host students must:

– Be designated as Learning Institutions (DLIs).

– Have a valid student exchange agreement with the student’s home institution, which exempts scholarship recipients from tuition fees (required for college/undergraduate study only).

Canadian institutions are responsible for submitting applications on behalf of eligible students before the specified deadline.

Prior to the application period, Canadian institutions interested in hosting students should:

– Promote the scholarship to faculty and staff members.

– Promote the scholarship to eligible partner institutions.

– Explore student exchange agreements with eligible partner institutions.

Non-Canadian institutions interested in sending students to Canada should:

– Review eligibility requirements.

– Explore student exchange agreements with Canadian institutions.

– Promote this scholarship to students.

– Identify students who meet the eligibility and admission requirements for the Canadian partner institution.

Students interested in studying in Canada under this scholarship should:

– Review the eligibility requirements.

– Inquire at their international office if their school has an exchange agreement with a Canadian post-secondary institution.

– Contact their international office to learn more about the application process and any admission requirements for the Canadian institution.

Application Instructions:

For Canadian institutions applying on behalf of eligible students:

1. Designate a program coordinator to complete applications.

2. Log in or create a Momentum account to apply for the scholarship on behalf of students.

3. Once logged in, select the Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED) and click on “Apply Now”.

4. Enter data in the fields marked mandatory and follow instructions for each item.

5. Upload all required supporting documents. Each document must be smaller than 5 MB and in .pdf, .jpg, .doc, .docx, .txt, or .gif format.

6. Verify the data prior to submission.

7. Click “SUBMIT”. You will receive a confirmation message and a reference number for submitted applications.

8. Print the form for your records using the print function in the browser.

Applications are evaluated based on:

– The linkage of the proposed research or study that the student will undertake in Canada to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

– The candidate’s commitment to use their proposed research or studies in Canada to help combat poverty and narrow the development gap in the ASEAN region.

– Merit of the research or study to be undertaken in Canada.

– Benefit to the home institution and peers.

– Benefit to the Canadian institution, supervisor, and peers.

– Strength of the linkages to be created through the proposed exchange.

– Rankings submitted by the Canadian institution.

Application Deadline:

The deadline for Canadian institutions to submit online applications on behalf of candidates is 11:59 p.m. EDT, March 21, 2024. Canadian institutions should establish an earlier deadline with candidates and their home institutions to ensure timely receipt of supporting documents.

Student Arrival in Canada:

Selected students may arrive as early as August 1, 2024, for the fall semester and no later than February 1, 2025, for the winter/spring semester. Failure to arrive during this time may result in the cancellation of the scholarship. Students should submit their visa or study/work permit application as early as possible to avoid delays.

Conditions for Successful Students:

– Engage in full-time studies or research as defined by the Canadian institution.

– Abstain from clinical training or clinically-oriented research involving direct patient care.

– Focus primarily on full-time studies or research during their stay in Canada.

– Return to their home institutions after the scholarship period to complete their studies. Failure to meet these conditions may result in the cancellation of the scholarship.


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