Applications are finally opened for the Canadian Francophonie Scholarship Program (CFSP). This scholarship program to study in Canada was created with the aim of strengthening institutional capacity by training nationals of 37 developing countries that are members of La Francophonie and eligible for official development assistance.
The Francophonie scholarship allows qualified candidates who demonstrate the most aptitude to contribute to building the institution’s capacities upon their return home, to undertake studies in Canada at the technical and professional levels, and university level (Master, PhD and Postdoctoral).
Founded in 1970, the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) is an international organization of more than 85 countries around the world. The OIF is an organization of legal person and public international law whose mission is to promote the French language, cultural and linguistic diversity. It also aims to promote democracy and human rights, support education, research, development and cooperation.
- Host institution: Higher education institutions in Canada.
- Area: Priority areas defined by the beneficiary country.
- Duration: 1 to 4 years depending on the candidate’s program.
- Number of Scholarships: Varies by country.
- Target Group: The 2021 selection campaign is open to nationals of the following countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Comoros, Congo (Brazzaville), DR Congo, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Dominica, Egypt, Gabon, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haïti, Mauritius, Laos, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, Central African Republic, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, São-Tomé-et-Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Chad, Togo, Tunisia, Vanuatu, Vietnam.
Canadian Francophonie Scholarship Program Benefits
The Canadian Francophonie Scholarship Program offers the followings:
- Airline tickets (arrival and final return) + Travel allowances.
- Installation allowance on arrival. (*)
- Allowance for winter clothing purchase during the first semester of the arrival.
- Monthly living allowance (housing, meals and personal expenses).
- Allowance for books per session.
- Possibility of acquiring a computer once during the academic stay.
- Tuition fees (program courses only). (*)
- Travel Allowance for Conferences Attendance (for Master of Research or PhD only)
- Health coverage for the duration of the training program.
- Available Budget to support research the activities (only for masters, PhD).
- Shipping of personal effects upon final return. (*)
(*) Except for postdoctoral internships.
Canadian Francophonie Scholarship Program Eligibility
Candidates for the Canadian Francophonie Scholarship Program must satisfy the following criteria:
- Must be a citizen of an eligible country (Check list above).
- The programme must correspond to at least one of priorities area that has been defined by the beneficiary country.
- The candidate must be employed
- Occupy a key position (exception for female candidates if her employer agrees to reinstate her in a key position after her return)
- The candidate’s institution must be in the category of eligible institutions to receive awards in order of priority
- The institution must commit to reintegrate the candidate at the end of his programme. The institute must define its institutional reinforcement needs
- Fluency in spoken and written French: Since studies must be done on a continuous basis in French and in a French-language institution in Canada, fluency in French is an essential condition for admission. Nationals from Cambodia, Cape Verde, Dominica, Egypt, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Laos, Lebanon, Mauritania, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, St Lucia, Seychelles, Vanuatu and Vietnam are required to demonstrate success of the TFI exam.
- Applicants selected for a program in Public Administration must pass the SEL (Service d’évaluation linguistique)exam;
- Mastery of basic computer tools: WORD, Excel, PowerPoint and internet research. A TOSA Skills Testwill be administered to verify skill level.
- Studies in medicine, pharmacy and dentistry for clinical training are excluded, except for postdoctoral research.
- Persons who have applied for immigration to Canada or who have resident status or whose spouse has this status are not eligible.
- Ontario Graduate Scholarship at Carleton University in Canada;
- University of Windsor Entrance Scholarships To Study in Canada;
- Dalhousie University Scholarships;
- Usask Graduate Students Scholarships To Study in Canada;
- Mastercard Foundation Scholarships at McGill University in Canada;
- Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships to Canada;
- University of Toronto International Students Scholarship.
To apply, applicants must contact the management committee of the scholarship in their respective countries (available here) for information regarding the method of submission and submission deadlines. Then submit their applications before the deadline for receipt of applications from their respective countries.
- Local Selection Committees will select the candidates according to the academic record; the level of French; the presentation of the studies and professional development project; as well as the prospects for institutional development
- The Canadian partner (Canadian Bureau for International Education / World University Service of Canada) will review and approve the list of candidates recommended by the Local Selection Committee.
- The selected candidates will be informed to take contact with Canadian academic institutions to obtain an admission offer from these institutions.
Deadlines vary by country. Applicants are therefore invited to contact the scholarship commission in their country for the precise deadlines. For more details on the Canadian Francophonie Scholarship Program, please consult the official page. Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.