• Country of origin: Canada
  • Funded by: University of Ottawa
  • Type: Fully/Partially funded
  • Education level: Undergraduate level
  • Deadline: 1st April 2024 ( Varies depending on admission cycle)

Annually, the University of Ottawa provides over 1000 awards to international students across various academic levels, including scholarships, bursaries, and other forms of financial aid. The financial assistance can reach up to 50,000 CAD to support studies at the University.

Types of Financial Aid

The University of Ottawa offers different kinds of financial assistance to international students:

  • Admission scholarships and bursaries: CAD 6,500 to CAD 7,500
  • Faculty scholarships: CAD 1,000 to CAD 10,000
  • Merit Scholarship: CAD 1,000 per term
  • Mobility Scholarship: CAD 1,000 or CAD 2,000
  • Private Donor Scholarships: CAD 1,000 or more
  • Personal Contribution: Part-time job or other programs offering variable amounts
  • Co-operative Education Programs – Paid placement (per 4-month work term): CAD 10,000

Please note, while some financial assistance types are granted automatically, others require applications via the Online Scholarships and Bursaries search engine.

How to Apply for Scholarships?

While many scholarships are granted based on admission, some require a separate application. The process for application-based scholarships is as follows:

  1. After applying for admission to the University of Ottawa, students receive an email with their uoAccess ID and password, which allows them to access the university’s student portal, uoZone.
  2. Students log into uoZone to access the Online Scholarships and Bursaries search engine, found under ‘Finances and Jobs’.
  3. Students must create their profile and search for suitable scholarships and bursaries, applications for which open on December 1.
  4. Finally, click on ‘APPLY’ to submit the application.

Scholarships for Undergraduate Programs

The University provides around 42 Million CAD annually in scholarships and bursaries to undergraduate students. The primary source of funding to international students is the Automatic Excellence Scholarships.

Students with excellent high school grades can receive an Admission Scholarship for their first year. The amount is determined by their admission average:

  • 95% to 100%: CAD 4,000
  • 90% to 94.9%: CAD 3,000
  • 85% to 89.9%: CAD 2,000
  • 80% to 84.9%: CAD 1,000

Further, recipients receive a Merit Scholarship of CAD 1,000 per term if they maintain a minimum term grade point average (TGPA) of 8.5 or approximately 82.5%.

The University also offers approximately 15 prestigious Admission Scholarships providing financial aid to over 100 international students. Some include the President’s Scholarship for International Students, the Chancellor’s Scholarship for International Students, and the Dean of the Faculty of Arts’ Merit Scholarship. These scholarships have varying benefits, eligibility criteria, and application deadlines.

The University of Ottawa is committed to supporting international students in achieving their academic goals through a wide range of scholarships and financial aid opportunities.

  • Eligible students for this scholarship receive it automatically when they register and it goes towards reducing their tuition fees directly.

Conditions for Outstanding Scholarships

  • Outstanding Scholarships are granted through a competitive process to the best applicants who have a 90% or above admission average.
  • The application cutoff is April 1, 2024, and the admission must be concluded by April 15, 2024.
  • Favoritism will be given to applicants who choose the University of Ottawa as their primary choice.
  • Scholarship awardees must start their program in September.
  • To encourage diversity, each faculty aims to dispense an equal number of scholarships.

Scholarship Eligibility and Requirements:

  • All suitable students are evaluated for this award and will be informed during their admission.
  • Although no application is needed for this award, awardees must provide verification of citizenship of a country or region in Africa before they receive their first payments.

The applicant should:

  • Be an international student with a legitimate study permit.
  • Possess citizenship from an African country, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Vietnam or India, .
  • Be enrolled full-time.
  • For the Entrance scholarship: Have an admission average of 89.99% or lower once calibrated on our grading scale.
  • For the Outstanding scholarship: Have a minimum admission average of 90% once calibrated on our grading scale.

Official Website

For more information about the Entrance & Excellence Scholarships, contact [email protected]