Canadian institutions have announced a host of scholarships and other awards worth more than C$4 million, exclusively for Indian students.
The highlight of the initiatives is a Globalink Canada-India Graduate Fellowship Program, which would provide a total of more than C$3.5 million in graduate fellowships to Indians who wish to pursue masters and PhD programmes in Canada. With money committed by eight universities, it’s an expansion of the MITACS Globalink programme, started in 2009 to bring undergraduate Indian students to do summer research internships in that country. The Globalink Canada-India Graduate Fellowship Program is to provide up to 51 awards to Indian students who took up MITACS Globalink internships in 2010.
The MITACS strand means the fellows will be assisted in gaining relevant work experience in the Canadian industry. “This will be part of the programme,” explained Stephen J Toope, president and vice-chancellor, University of British Columbia (UBC), speaking on behalf of the largest ever Canadian universities delegation to India. “We’ll find the internship and ensure that the student is working on an issue which is important to his studies.” The internships can be in companies, government or private research institutions or non-governmental organisations, he added.
The full MITACS graduate fellowships — covering tuition, meals, lodging, and airfare — are going to be available for programmes across disciplines at eight universities (see box).
The other feature of the announcement was new scholarships — worth above C$500,000 — instituted by the universities individually.
Here are the details.
. 10 Outstanding International Student awards (valued at C$10,000 each) for top Indian undergraduate (UG) students for entry in September 2011.
. IIT Delhi Engineering Student Mobility programme — one C$5,000 stipend for a UG or graduate student of engineering going to study at UBC for six months to a year.
OCAD University: n One international entrance scholarship — valued at C$10,000 — for a top UG student to join the university’s master’s programmes:
. Interdisciplinary master’s in art, media and design
. MDesign in strategic foresight and innovation
. MFA in criticism and curatorial practice
. MA in contemporary art, design and new media art histories
. Four international entrance scholarships for top Indian UG students for entry into Queen’s programmes (valued at C$9,000 each).
. Five Principal’s International Scholarships for top Indian UG students enrolling in Queen’s programmes (worth C$20,000 over two years).
University of Regina:
. A hundred scholarships for Indians wishing to enter any UG programme (valued at C$1000 each).
Royal Roads University:
. Two scholarships for Indian students who will enrol in the masters of global management programme (valued at C$5,000 each).
. One scholarship for an Indian student enrolling in the Doctor of Social Sciences programme (valued at C$12,000).
Saint Mary’s University:
. One scholarship for an Indian taking up a master of science programme (tuition waiver plus C$5,000 a year for living expenses for
two years. Total value is C$30,000). The award is for the September 2011 session, said J Colin Dodds, president and vice chancellor, Saint Mary’s.
Vancouver Island University: n One scholarship for a qualified UG student for entry into any programme in the fall of 2011 (valued at C$5,000).
n C$5000 has been earmarked to facilitate new faculty exchanges with Indian institutions.
Wilfrid Laurier University: n One scholarship will be awarded to a qualified Indian UG student for entry into any programme in the fall of 2011 (valued at
Some in the delegation finalised institutional links, too.