The Canadian Francophonie Scholarship Program 2024 is a scholarship program that aims to build institutional capacities by training nationals from developing countries of La Francophonie. The program is funded by the Government of Canada and managed by the consortium Canadian Bureau for International Education / World University Service of Canada. The program offers scholarships for university studies leading to a master’s, doctoral and post-doctoral degree, for technical and vocational training, or for short-term internships.
The program focuses on the following areas:
- Training of trainers, particularly in the field of technical and vocational education
- Improving the skills of college and university personnel in the field of education and research
- Increasing and strengthening the skills of specialists and managers in the public and private sectors
The program is open to candidates who hold a key position in their institution and who show the greatest aptitude for helping strengthen their institution’s capacities when they return to their country. Candidates must also be fluent in spoken and written French, as the program is offered in French-speaking institutions in Canada. The program uses a quota system for each recipient country, which allows the countries to define their own priorities for training and the level of training required. A local advisory committee formed by representatives of various ministries selects the candidates in each country, with the accredited Canadian diplomatic mission acting as an observer. The final admission to the educational institution is the sole responsibility of the relevant institution, and the scholarship becomes effective only when the candidate is admitted.
The scholarship covers the following expenses:
- Tuition fees
- Living expenses
- Round-trip airfare
- Health insurance
- Installation and travel allowances
- Books and supplies
The scholarship does not cover:
- Expenses related to accompanying dependents
- Expenses related to language training
- Expenses related to obtaining a study permit or visa
How to Apply:
- Before you apply, make sure you have done a lot of research on the specific CFSP category you want to apply for. Each thing may have its own differences and needs.
- Collect the necessary paperwork: This usually includes your grades, certificates showing your language skills, letters of recommendation, and possibly a statement explaining your goals.
- Using the internet to apply: Many applications are done online, but it’s important to keep an eye on deadlines to prevent any issues at the last minute.
- Interviews and Further Assessments: Certain parts of the CFSP might need you to have interviews or extra evaluations.
- Wait for Decision: After submitting your application, it will be carefully reviewed and if you are chosen, you will be notified.
The scholarship is renewable annually, subject to satisfactory academic performance and availability of funds. The duration of the scholarship varies depending on the level and type of training. For more information on the eligibility criteria, application process, deadlines, and exclusions, please visit the CFSP website1 (in French). You can also find some examples of successful candidates and their testimonials on the website1. The CFSP is a great opportunity for nationals from developing countries of La Francophonie to pursue their academic and professional goals in Canada, while contributing to the development of their own countries. If you are interested in applying for this scholarship, I encourage you to start preparing your application as soon as possible.