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

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

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

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The Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development program aims to reduce poverty in ASEAN’s developing countries and achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Scholarships and educational exchanges contribute to the achievement of all Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), while fostering stronger people-to-people ties between Canada and the Indo-Pacific region.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the program, you must meet the following criteria:

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

Note: You are not eligible for this scholarship if you hold or have a pending application for Canadian citizenship or permanent residency, already participate in a scholarship program funded by the Government of Canada, are already enrolled in a degree, diploma, or certificate program at a Canadian post-secondary institution, or have previously received a scholarship under the Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development Program.

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Hosting Institutions and Scholarship Value

Canadian post-secondary institutions interested in hosting students must meet the following requirements:

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  • Be a Designated Learning Institution (DLI).
  • Have a valid student exchange agreement with the student’s home institution, which waives tuition fees for scholarship recipients (required for college/undergraduate study only).

The scholarship values and durations vary based on the level of study:

Award Component Value Duration Activities
College/Undergraduate (4 months) $10,200 Four months or one academic term Study or research at the college or undergraduate level. A valid student exchange agreement that waives tuition fees is required.
College/Undergraduate (8 months) $15,900 Eight months or two academic terms Study or research at the college or undergraduate level. A valid student exchange agreement that waives tuition fees is required.
Graduate (4 months) $10,200 Four months or one academic term Study or research at the graduate level (Masters and PhD). A student exchange agreement is not required.
Graduate (5-6 months) $12,700 Five to six months Study or research at the graduate level (Masters and PhD). A student exchange agreement is not required.

Expenses Covered

Selected students may use the scholarship funds for the following expenses:

  • Visa or study/work permit fees
  • Airfare via the most direct and economical route
  • Health insurance
  • Living expenses, including accommodation, utilities, and food
  • Ground transportation, including a public transportation pass
  • Books and supplies required for study or research, excluding computers and other equipment

Canadian institutions hosting students will receive administrative support funding of $500 per scholarship recipient upon the student’s arrival in Canada. In some cases, reimbursement of additional employer compliance fees paid to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is also available.

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Application Process

Canadian institutions must apply on behalf of eligible students before the deadline. Here are the application instructions:

  1. Assign a program coordinator to complete the applications.
  2. Login or create an account on Momentum to apply for the scholarship on behalf of students.
  3. Once logged in, select the Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED) in the “For Non-Canadians” section and click on “Apply Now”.
  4. Enter data in the mandatory fields and follow the instructions for each item.
  5. Upload all required supporting documents. Each document must be smaller than 5 MB and in .pdf, .jpg, .doc, .docx, .txt, or .gif format.
  6. Verify the data before submission.
  7. Click “SUBMIT”. You will receive a confirmation message and a reference number for submitted applications.
  8. Print the form for your records using the print function in the browser.

For more information and assistance with the Momentum application system, visit the Help with Momentum section.

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