Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED)
program provides students, from member states of the Association of Southeast
Asian Nations (ASEAN), with short-term exchange opportunities for study or
research in Canadian post-secondary institutions at the college, undergraduate
and graduate levels.
Only Canadian institutions can submit applications on behalf of candidates. They may choose to set their own internal deadline to receive supporting documentation.
Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED)
program aims to reduce poverty in the developing countries of ASEAN and to
achieve the 2030 Agenda for
and educational exchanges will contribute towards all Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs), including Goal 5 (Achieve gender
equality and empower all women and girls) through, for example, women’s
studies, political science, anthropology, and economics; and Goal 13 (Take
urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts) through, for example,
environmental sciences/policy examining climate change mitigation and
adaptation, energy, peatlands and other land use effects and strategies, and
scholarships are facilitated through institutional collaborations and student
exchange agreements between Canadian and ASEAN institutions. These agreements
are created between colleges, technical or vocational institutions and
universities. Students, hereby referred to as “candidates”, must
be registered as full-time students in their home institution at the time
of application and during the entire duration of their study or research
stay in Canada.
Canadian post-secondary institutions
for submitting applications on behalf of eligible candidates from
post-secondary institutions in ASEAN; and
· encouraged to
promote this scholarship opportunity to faculty and staff members, as well as
to partner institutions in ASEAN.
institutions with successful candidates:
identify a single person responsible for the administration of the contribution
agreement and another person with delegated signing authority; and
· will receive
contribution funding from Global Affairs Canada (legally referred to as
the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, or DFATD) to disburse
as scholarships to recipients.
Southeast Asian candidates
interested in this scholarship program should contact their home institution
· make their
· find out if
there is an existing institutional collaboration and student exchange agreement
with a Canadian institution; and
information about the application process and selection criteria specific to
the Canadian institution and provide any additional information, such as
transcripts, language test results, a research project and a registration form
for an exchange program.
candidates are encouraged to:
· ensure that
they fulfill the requirements of the Canadian institution including academic
requirements, language proficiency and, if applicable, institutional student
exchange program requirements;
· submit their
visa application as early as possible and follow the procedures as outlined by
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (generally a study permit is
required for course work and a work permit is required for research);
· initiate the
process for the transfer of credits to their home institution as soon as their
Canadian courses have been identified; and
· contact alumni
of the program through their home institution for advice and a local
perspective on the scholarship experience.
Post-secondary institutions in ASEAN countries
institutions in ASEAN countries are encouraged to:
with post-secondary institutions they are partnered with in Canada to confirm
or explore institutional collaborations and student exchange agreements;
· promote this
scholarship opportunity through their international offices;
strong academic candidates who meet the admission requirements for the Canadian
· provide the
candidates’ documents to the Canadian partner institution, which is responsible
for submitting the scholarship applications; and
· propose to
selected candidates to gain additional linguistic training, academic upgrading
and cultural preparedness before their departure.
- should first contact their home institution;
- must submit a letter of intent that explains how their studies/research in Canada will enable them to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in their future career to help combat poverty and narrow the development gap in the ASEAN region; and
- do not apply on their own behalf.
- are responsible for identifying strong academic candidates who meet the admission requirements for the Canadian partner institution and providing the candidates' documents to the Canadian partner institution.
- must apply on behalf of the candidate(s) by submitting the online application form and uploading all supporting documents prior to the deadline;
- may submit multiple applications and may be asked to rank their applications, based on their strategic priorities;
- should identify a single person responsible for the administration of the program; and
- should instruct Canadian faculty or staff members who are submitting an application to notify the person responsible for the administration of the program at their respective institution as the institution may be requested to rank multiple applications.
Canadian institutions are encouraged to carefully read the instructions below before beginning the online application. Further information is available on the Apply for Scholarships with Momentum webpage.
If institutions experience difficulty filling out or submitting the form, they should send an email to [email protected].
Canadian institutions must:
- Complete an online application for each candidate.
- Institutions which do not have an account first need to Register an account.
- Under “For Non-Canadians” section, scroll down to the Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development and click on Apply Now.
- Enter data in the fields marked mandatory, following instructions for each item, or copy and paste it from another source. Note that the name of the candidate must be exactly the same as it is on their passport.
- Upload all required supporting documents.
- Upon completion, verify the data prior to submission.
- Print the form for their records using the print function in the browser; and
- Click SUBMIT to provide their form electronically to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD). The institution will receive a confirmation message and reference number once their form is submitted.
NOTE: Institutions will have the ability to save applications and complete them at a later time. Both saved and submitted applications will appear on the institution’s profile homepage.
The following documents must be uploaded and attached to the online application form in one of the following formats: .pdf, .jpg, .doc, .docx, .txt or .gif. Each document must be smaller than 5 MB in order for the application to upload successfully.
- Proof of citizenship: a copy of the candidate's passport or national identity document with valid dates. If the identity document is in a language other than English or French, an English or French translation of the identity document approved by the partner international institution must be provided. Note: a driver's licence, permanent resident card, student card, birth certificate or baptism certificate is not accepted as proof of citizenship. The country of citizenship selected in the online application form must be the same as the country of the proof of citizenship.
- Proof of full-time enrolment: a letter in English or French from the home institution, on official letterhead, dated within the last six months, confirming that the candidate is currently enrolled in a full-time program and will continue to be enrolled upon their return and providing the expected completion date of the degree. The letter must clearly state:
Note: copies of transcripts, a student card or letter of admission are not acceptable (maximum one page).
- The type of program and the level of study of the candidate at the home institution;
- The full-time enrolment status at the home institution; and
- The anticipated completion date of the degree at the home institution.
- Letter of intent from the candidate: a letter in English or French explaining how undertaking the study/research in Canada will empower the student to apply the learning to address the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and how they intend to use this learning to help combat poverty and narrow the development gap in the ASEAN region in their future career. In the letter of intent, candidates must identify the Sustainable Development Goal that their proposed study or research in Canada would contribute to (maximum one page). The Letter of intent must include the following:
- A brief description of the chosen field of study or research;
- A brief explanation of how the chosen field of study or research is aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;
- An identification of which Sustainable Development Goal(s) the chosen field of study or research is aligned with;
- For candidates from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam: please provide a brief explanation of how you plan to use the learning in Canada to help combat poverty in your home country;
- For candidates from Brunei and Singapore: please provide a brief explanation of how you plan to use the learning in Canada to help combat poverty in one of the other eight ASEAN countries listed under item 4 above.
- Letter of support from the home institution: a letter in English or French from the candidate's instructor, professor or international director on the institution's official letterhead explaining the nature of study or research, how the candidate and the home institution will benefit from this scholarship program, and the institution’s assessment of the candidate’s commitment and capacity to use the program of study or research in Canada to help combat poverty and narrow the development gap in the ASEAN region (maximum one page).
- Letter of invitation from the Canadian supervisor: applications for graduate students must include a letter from the Canadian supervisor indicating their willingness to support and mentor the candidate. This letter must be on institutional letterhead, be in English or French, be signed and demonstrate the support for the candidate during the exchange period and demonstrate how the Canadian institution, supervisor and peers will benefit (maximum one page).
- Signed copy of Memorandum of Understanding or Agreement with the partner institution: a written agreement or understanding, in English or in French, signed by both institutions indicating that tuition fees will not be charged and containing any other clauses of mutual interest. The specific clause in which the tuition fees are waived must be clearly indicated in the agreement submitted in the application or must be confirmed in writing in a letter appended to the agreement signed by both institutions. Note: a signed copy of this document is mandatory for undergraduate and college applications. For graduate applications, if the exchange is made under a signed agreement, it is strongly suggested that it be included with the application.
- Privacy Notice Statement: a copy of the Privacy Notice Statement for non-Canadian participants dated and signed by the candidate.
The following guidelines are followed for the review, assessment and selection of applications:
- All online applications received by the deadline will be pre-screened to ensure they meet eligibility requirements established for the program.
- Eligible and complete applications, including the supporting documents, will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
- the linkage of the proposed research or study that the student will undertake in Canada to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;
- the candidate’s commitment to use his/her research or studies in Canada to help combat poverty and narrow the development gap in the ASEAN region;
- benefit to the home institution, supervisor and peers;
- benefit to the Canadian institution, supervisor and peers; and
- strength of the linkages to be created through the proposed exchange.
- Should there be a larger number of applications than funding available, the Canadian institution will be asked to rank its eligible applications based on its institutional strategic priorities.
Only applications submitted directly by Canadian institutions will be considered.
Only fields of study or research that are aligned with, and contribute to, the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are eligible under SEED. Only candidates who demonstrate a commitment and capacity to use their research or studies in Canada to help combat poverty and narrow the development gap in the ASEAN region will be considered.
The scholarship administrator is not able to provide feedback for unsuccessful candidates.
These scholarships are subject to the availability of funding from the Government of Canada.