The Canadian Francophonie Scholarship Program (CFSP) is a fellowship program designed to strengthen institutional capacity by training nationals of 37 developing countries members of La Francophonie and which are eligible for official development assistance. These scholarships allow qualified candidates who demonstrate the most ability to contribute to the capacity building of their institution upon their return home, to undertake studies in Canada at a technical and professional level, university (2nd and 3rd cycle) level and postdoctoral level.
- Host Institution: Higher Education Institutions in Canada.
- Area: Priority training areas defined by the country of interest.
- Duration: 1 to 4 years.
- Number of Awards: The number varies per country.
- Target Group: The 2020 selection campaign is restricted and only open to nationals of the following countries: Cambodia, Cape Verde, Congo (Brazzaville), Djibouti, Dominica, Egypt, Gabon, Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mauritius, Laos, Lebanon, Madagascar, Morocco , Mauritania, Niger, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Vanuatu.
The Canadian Francophonie Scholarship Program offers 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.
Candidates for the Canadian Francophonie Scholarship Program must satisfy following criteria:
- Must be a citizen of one of the following countries: Cambodia, Cape Verde, Congo (Brazzaville), Djibouti, Dominica, Egypt, Gabon, Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mauritius, Laos, Lebanon, Madagascar, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Vanuatu.
- The programme must correspond to at least one of the 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, Sao Tome and Principe, 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 Test will 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.
To apply, candidates must make contact with the stock market management committee of their respective countries (available here) to have information regarding the submission method. Then submit their applications by the deadline of their respective country’s deposit.
- 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.
For more details on Canadian Francophonie Scholarship Program, please visit the official page.