Canada-ASEAN and Educational Exchanges for Development and Scholarships

On August 6, 2017, the Government of Canada announced the Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED) program to provide opportunities for students from ASEAN member states to conduct short-term study or research in Canadian post-secondary institutions in areas that contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development .

The Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development program aims to reduce poverty in the developing countries of ASEAN and to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development . Scholarships and educational exchanges will contribute towards the achievement of all Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SEED contributes to strengthening people-to-people ties between Canada and the Indo-Pacific region.

SEED scholarships are facilitated through institutional collaborations and student exchange agreements between post-secondary institutions in Canada and their partner institutions in ASEAN countries.

The Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development Program is a Short-term Exchange Program under Global Affairs Canada’s International Scholarships Program.

To be eligible, you must be:

  • a citizen of an ASEAN member state Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos (Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR)), Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, or Vietnam
  • a student enrolled full-time at a post-secondary institution in an ASEAN member state
  • paying tuition fees to that institution at the time of application and for the full duration of your exchange

Students are not eligible for this scholarship if:

you hold or have a pending application for Canadian citizenship or permanent residency
you are already participating in a scholarship program funded by the Government of Canada
you are already enrolled in a degree, diploma or certificate program at a Canadian post-secondary institution
you have previously received a scholarship under the Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development Program

Canadian post-secondary institutions interested in hosting students must:

  • be a Designated Learning Institution (DLI)
  • have a valid student exchange agreement with the student’s home institution that waives tuition fees for scholarship recipients (required for college/undergraduate study only)

Eligible expenses
Selected students may use scholarship funds towards:

  • visa or study/work permit fees
  • airfare via the most direct and economical route
  • health insurance
  • living expenses, such as accommodation, utilities and food
  • ground transportation, including a public transportation pass
  • books and supplies required for their study or research, excluding computers and other equipment

Canadian institutions are eligible to receive:

  • $500 per scholarship recipient to aid with administrative costs once the student arrives in Canada
  • reimbursement of additional employer compliance fees paid to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada in some cases

How funding works
Canadian institutions will receive funding from Global Affairs Canada, through its legal name, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) in the form of a non-negotiable contribution agreement and will be responsible for providing the funds to successful students according to its internal processes. Should a student not take up the scholarship, Canadian institutions must return all funds, including the administrative fee, to DFATD.

Application process
Canadian institutions must apply on behalf of eligible students before the deadline.

Before 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
  • ask your international office if your school has an exchange agreement with a Canadian post-secondary institution
  • contact your international office to learn more about the application process and any admission requirements for the Canadian institution.

Application instructions

Application instructions for Canadian institutions applying on behalf of eligible students

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