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Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED) – for students

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The 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.

Who applies

Canadian post-secondary institutions



The Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED) program was introduced by the Canadian government on August 6, 2017, and it gives students from ASEAN countries the chance to conduct short-term study or research in Canadian postsecondary institutions in fields that support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED) program between Canada and ASEAN seeks to eradicate poverty in ASEAN’s developing nations and carry out the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. All Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be attained thanks to scholarships and educational exchanges .

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

Roles and responsibilities

Canadian post-secondary institutions

Canadian institutions:

  • submit applications on behalf of eligible candidates;
  • promote this scholarship opportunity to faculty and staff members, as well as to partner institutions in ASEAN countries;
  • rank applications based on the institution’s strategic priorities;
  • identify a single person responsible for the submission of applications;
  • sign a Contribution Agreement with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) and disburse scholarship funds to successful candidates; and
  • submit qualitative and quantitative reports during the scholarship period.

Scholarship candidates

Candidates, interested in this scholarship program should:

  • make their interest known to their home institution;
  • find out if there is an existing institutional collaboration or exchange agreement between their home institution and a Canadian institution;
  • request information from their home institution about the application process and selection criteria specific to the Canadian partner institution; and
  • ensure they meet the eligibility requirements.

Post-secondary institutions in ASEAN countries

Post-secondary institutions in ASEAN countries should:

  • communicate with partner institutions in Canada to confirm or explore institutional collaborations and student exchange agreements;
  • promote this scholarship opportunity through their international offices;
  • identify candidates who meet the eligibility and admission requirements for the Canadian partner institution;
  • provide supporting documents for their candidates to the Canadian partner institution, which is responsible for submitting the scholarship applications; and
  • advise selected candidates to gain additional linguistic training and intercultural skills before their departure.

Successful applicants

Scholarship recipients agree to:

  • engage in full-time studies or research as defined by the Canadian institution;
  • arrive in Canada for the uptake of their award between August 1, 2022 but no later than February 1, 2023. Failure to arrive during this time may result in the cancellation of the scholarship.
  • abstain from clinical training or clinically-oriented research involving direct patient-care;
  • focus primarily on full-time studies or research during their stay in Canada; and
  • return to their home institutions after the scholarship period to complete their studies.

Additional information

  • The scholarship administrator will not provide feedback to unsuccessful candidates.
  • Scholarships cannot be deferred and are not renewable.
  • Scholarships are subject to availability of funding from the Government of Canada.
  • Scholarships are not taxable for either the Canadian institution or the scholarship recipient.

Value and Duration

Funding for SEED scholarships is made available by Global Affairs Canada through its legal title: the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD).

Scholarship value and duration

All successful applicants will receive financing from DFATD in the form of a contribution agreement from the Canadian institution, which will then be in charge of giving the money to scholarship beneficiaries.

Scholarship values vary depending on the duration and level of study:

  • CAD 10,200 for college, undergraduate or graduate students (Master’s and PhD) for a minimum of four months or one academic term of study or research;
  • CAD 12,700 for graduate students (Master’s and PhD) for a period of five to six months of study or research; or
  • CAD 15,900 for undergraduate and college students for a period of eight months or two academic terms of study or research.

The Canadian host institutions will receive CAD 500 per scholarship recipient to help with administrative expenditures after the scholarship recipient arrives in Canada, in addition to the cash granted to the grantees by DFATD.

The additional employer compliance fees that Canadian institutions have paid to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada may be refunded in some circumstances.

Eligible expenses

Scholarship funds should be used towards:

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

By way of a contribution agreement, the Canadian institution will receive financing from DFATD and distribute it to scholarship recipients in accordance with its internal procedures.

Should a recipient not take up the scholarship, Canadian institutions must return all funds, including the administrative fee, to DFATD.


Candidate eligibility

Candidates must:

  • be citizens 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);
  • be enrolled as a full-time student at a post-secondary institution in an eligible country and paying tuition fees to that institution at the time of application and for the full duration of the exchange.

Candidates are not eligible:

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

Canadian post-secondary institution eligibility

The Canadian post-secondary institution must:

  • be a Designated Learning Institution;
  • have a valid student exchange agreement with the candidate’s home institution that waives tuition fees for scholarship recipients. For college and undergraduate research applications with no agreement, a letter issued by the Canadian institution’s international office or equivalent will be accepted; and
  • inform both the candidate and the home institution of any mandatory fees that, in exceptional cases, cannot be waived, prior to applying for a scholarship on the candidate’s behalf.

Any questions?

Any questions about the eligibility requirements should be sent to or 613-237-4820.

Selection criteria

Eligible and complete applications 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 their proposed research or studies in Canada to help combat poverty and narrow the development gap in the ASEAN region;
  • merit of the research or study to be undertaken in Canada;
  • benefit to the home institution and peers;
  • benefit to the Canadian institution, supervisor and peers;
  • strength of the linkages to be created through the proposed exchange; and
  • rankings submitted by the Canadian institution.


The Canadian institution submits each application on the candidates’ behalf. Before starting the online application, Canadian universities are advised to thoroughly read the instructions. The assistance page for the International Scholarships Canada Application Tool has more details.

Instructions for Canadian institutions

Institutions with issues completing or submitting the form should contact by email.

Canadian institutions must:

1.Complete an online application for each candidate.

*Institutions that do not have an account will first need to Register an account.

*Once the institution has logged into their account, they should select the Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development in the “For Non-Canadians” section and, and click on Apply Now.

*Institutions can save applications and complete them at a later time. Both saved and submitted applications will appear on the institution’s profile homepage.

2.Enter data in the fields marked mandatory and follow instructions for each item.

*The name of the candidate must be the same as it appears on their passport.

3.Upload all required supporting documents.

4.Verify the data prior to submission.

5.Click SUBMIT. The institution will receive a confirmation message and reference number once their form is submitted.

6.Print the form for their records using the print function in the browser.

Supporting documents.

The application cannot upload any files larger than 5 MB in size or in the.pdf,.jpg,.doc,.docx,.txt, or.gif formats.

Institutions are required to make sure that documents follow instructions and are accurate and full. Documents not written in English or French must be accompanied by a translation in that language.

  • Proof of citizenship
  • Privacy Notice Statement
  • Letter of intent (maximum one page)
  • Letter of proof of full-time enrolment from the home institution (maximum one page)
  • Letter of support from the home institution (maximum one page)
  • Graduate students only – Letter of invitation from the Canadian supervisor (maximum one page)
  • Signed copy of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) or agreement with the partner institution

NB: Scholarship recipients must begin their studies or research between August 1, 2022 and February 1, 2023.

Source: Infoghmedia


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