Becas para Canadá 2011-2012

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Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP)

NEW information for the 2011-2012 competition:

  • Competition launch: February 2011
  • Application submission deadline: April 18, 2011
  • Expected date of results notification to Canadian institutions: May 31, 2011
  • Graduate students must arrive between August, 2011 and March 15, 2012
  • College and Undergraduate students must arrive in September for the fall session or in January for the winter session


Scholarship Types

Scholarships are for student and research exchanges at the college, undergraduate and graduate levels.

In addition, study tours will be offered to selected graduate students to expose them to Canadian governance, business and civil society in key priority areas.

Scholarship Duration and Value

  • $7,500 CAD for undergraduate and college students for a period of 4 months
  • $7,500 CAD for graduate students for a period of 4 months
  • $10,000 CAD for graduate students for a period of 5-6 months

Mandatory and Eligible Expenses

Canadian institutions will receive cheques for the full amount of the scholarships stated in the signed agreements between their institution and CBIE. Canadian institutions will provide the amount to the recipient on a monthly basis or by lump sum. Canadian institutions can take up to $300 dollars to cover administration fees once the recipient arrives to Canada. Funds must be returned completely to CBIE if the recipient does not take up his/her scholarship. The scholarship amount must cover:

  • Visa expenses
  • Economy, round-trip airfare
  • Monthly living allowance
  • Required books, supplies, and equipment – not computers

Once the above expenses are covered the remaining amount should be provided to the recipient to cover any additional costs such as: ground transportation to the airport, recipient services fees, telecommunications (long distance) for research purposes and any other related costs.

  • Financial reporting is NOT required from the institution or the recipient.
  • Tuition is NOT an allowable expense; as recipient are registered full time and paying tuition to their home institution
  • Scholarships are not renewable
  • Scholarships are not taxable for either the institution or the recipient


The Government of Canada offers scholarships to Canadian publicly funded universities or colleges as part of the Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship Program (CCSP) and Government of Canada Awards (GCA).

The goal of the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) is to support the development of human capital and a next generation of Leaders in the Americas while strengthening the linkages between Canadian post-secondary institutions and the ones in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Who can apply?

Publicly funded Canadian institutions must submit applications on behalf of candidate. CBIE does not accept applications submitted directly by candidate or partner institutions (foreign institutions).

N.B. Canadian faculty members who are submitting applications should notify the international relations department of their respective institutions. By doing so, this will assist with central coordination by the institution in the event that multiple applications need to be prioritized.

Eligible Countries

Caribbean: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitt’s, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos

Central America: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama

North America: Mexico

South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela

Eligible Themes/Fields

Eligible themes of study or research are in disciplines that promote good governance, prosperity, peace and security and economic development.


  • Candidates must be citizens of one of the eligible countries. Anyone who has obtained Canadian citizenship, who has applied or is planning to apply for permanent residency in Canada is not eligible for this scholarship.
  • Candidates must be enrolled full-time at a foreign institution in an eligible country and paying tuition fees at their home institution for the full duration of the exchange.
  • Candidates already participating in an exchange program in Canada are not eligible.
  • Candidates already enrolled to a degree program at a Canadian university or college are not eligible.
  • Candidates should be proficient in either English or French.

Terms and Conditions

  • The publicly funded Canadian institution must apply on behalf of the international candidate.
  • An inter-institutional exchange agreement between the Canadian institution and the candidate’s home university or college MUST be in place at the time of application for an undergraduate student.
  • While not compulsory, an inter-institutional agreement is desirable when applying for a graduate student. However, if there is no existing graduate exchange, graduate research applications which involve a new or established collaboration between professors from a Canadian and foreign university will be considered.
  • More than one exchange program at a given university or college may apply.
  • Applications submitted directly by the applicant will not be accepted nor redirected.
  • A recipient cannot normally hold any other major scholarships granted by the government of Canada.
  • Priority will be given to candidates who have not previously studied in Canada under a Canadian government scholarship.
  • College and Undergraduate students must be in Canada by September for the fall session or by January for the winter session
  • Graduate students can arrive to Canada between August 2011 and March 15, 2012.
  • Failure to arrive by March 15, 2012 will result in the cancellation of the offer or agreement.

Role of the Canadian institution

Application process

  • Submit the on-line application form on behalf of the candidate. Upon completion, verify data prior to submitting. To obtain a hard copy, prior to submitting, use the print function on your browser.
  • Check the declaration and permission boxes.
  • Enter the information directly into the field or copy and paste it from another source. Do not use the tab keys when entering the information directly. Certain web-based special characters such as HTML tags may also cause unpredictable results in the text, or prevent from successfully applying. The information will appear as plain text.
  • Submit the supporting documents. The supporting documentation indicated below must be submitted as attached documents in a *.doc, *.jpeg or *.pdf format with the online form prior to the application deadline. Do not send these documents by regular mail:
    • Proof of citizenship (copy of passport or national identity document with valid dates)
    • A short letter in English or French from the department or university, on letterhead, dated in the last 6 months stating that the student is currently enrolled in a full-time degree program and will continue to be enrolled upon his/her return to his/her home country. Copy of transcripts, student card and letter of admission to the program are not acceptable.
    • Letter of intent from candidate explaining reasons for applying and how the scholarship program will contribute to the student’s study or research
    • Letter of support from student’s professor or the International Director at home institution explaining the nature of studies and how the student and the home institution will benefit from this scholarship program.
    • Letter of invitation from Canadian supervisor indicating willingness to support and mentor the visiting student. This document is required only for graduate-level students.
    • Copy of signed agreement with international institution. This document is mandatory for college and undergraduate-level students. For graduate-level students, if the exchange is made under a signed agreement, it is strongly suggested to submit it on the application form. Please also answer to application form’s history section.

The following document must be dowloaded, filled in and attached to the online application form:

IMPORTANT: Please provide the home institution official name in its national language. For example:

  • University of the West Indies at Mona (not Université des West Indies à Mona)
  • Universidad de Chile (not University of Chile or Université du Chili)
  • Universidade de São Paulo (not University of Sao Paulo or Université de Sao Paulo)

Illegible, incomplete or late applications will not be considered.


CBIE will notify Canadian institutions of their successful and unsuccessful candidates by email. For successful candidates, CBIE will send a Grant Agreement to the Canadian institution detailing the value and conditions of the scholarship. This document should be signed and returned to CBIE within 30 days.

CBIE expects to announce results by the end of May 2011.

Payment procedure

The scholarship will be paid by cheque in one installment to the Canadian institution, not to the recipient, following receipt of these supporting documents:

  • Signed grant agreement by the Canadian institution AND
  • Proof of entry into Canada (copy of passport page with entry stamp, study permit or work permit) AND
  • Proof of international or national medical coverage for the entire duration of the recipient’s stay in Canada.

These documents should be sent to and include the name of the program in the subject line.

The cheque will be sent to the contact person responsible for the scholarship program specified on the application form.

Please note that CBIE requires up to 2 weeks to process payments.

Please note: If you encounter any problems while submitting the application form or attachments, please contact CBIE and indicate in your email subject the name of the program you are submitting an application.

Telephone: (613) 237-4820
Facsimile: (613) 237-1073
Canadian Bureau for International Education
DFAIT Canadian and International Scholarship Programs
220 Laurier Ave West, Suite 1550
Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA K1P 5Z9

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