Citizens of the World Excellence

This new program aims to attract the world’s top talent with international student scholarships, and to support Université Laval students with mobility scholarships to help them become the leaders of tomorrow.

For a new, globally-minded generation of students committed to transforming society and taking a hopeful approach to living better together

Excellence scholarship

The Citizens of the World Excellence scholarship is intended for international students who have submitted a new application for admission for the fall 2020 semester in a regular master’s or PhD program at Université Laval. The objective of this scholarship is to promote academic excellence.

  • Master’s: Total value of $20,000 ($10,000 per year)
  • PhD: Total value of $30,000 ($10,000 per year)

For eligibility requirements and selection criteria, refer to the fact sheet.

Additional information

Target audience and eligible programs

  • International students
  • Graduate: Master’s
  • Graduate: PhDs

List of eligible study programs

Application

There are no forms to fill out for Citizens of the World Excellence scholarships. Recipients are selected based on applications for admission submitted to Université Laval. Participating faculties establish their own criteria for excellence and select recipients from among the top admission packages. The number of scholarships is limited and varies by faculty.

To be considered, candidates must apply for full admission at Université Laval. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible (target date : February 1st, 2020). Please refer to your faculty to learn about details of the scholarship.

How to apply for admission

Frequently asked questions

1. How do candidates apply?

There are no forms to fill out for Citizens of the World Excellence scholarships. Recipients are selected based on applications for admission submitted to Université Laval.

2. How are scholarships awarded, and what are the eligibility criteria?

Recipients are selected based on academic performance. Scholarship offers are sent by the faculties along with the offer of admission.

3. Can students request that a scholarship offer be deferred?

The Citizens of the World Excellence scholarship is open to candidates applying for admission in the fall term only. The scholarship offer can be deferred for a maximum of one term (to the following winter term), provided that the application for admission is also deferred by the Registrar’s Office.

4. How much are the scholarships worth?

  • Master’s: Total value of $20,000 ($10,000 per year)
  • PhD: Total value of $30,000 ($10,000 per year)

Note that the scholarship does not cover the entire cost of living in Québec City. Please refer to the student budget table[RH1]  to properly plan your study program.

5. Can the Citizens of the World Excellence scholarship be combined with other scholarships?

Yes, the Citizens of the World Excellence scholarship can be combined with other scholarships, specifically with the Citizens of the World Commitment scholarship.

6. Upon renewal, can scholarships be paid out in the summer for students attending year-round?

No. Payments are made during the fall and winter semesters. No payments are made during the summer semester.

7. How is the program managed by faculties and the Student Awards and Financial Aid Office (BBAF)?

Faculties are responsible for sending scholarship offers to selected eligible students. Each faculty designates a contact person who works with BBAF to manage the program. BBAF makes scholarship payments and informs students in a timely manner.

8. How are scholarships paid?

The scholarship is paid by BBAF directly to the student in portions of $5,000 per term. Payments are made during the fall and winter semesters. No payments are made during the summer semester.

The scholarship is paid after the deadline for dropping courses with refund and before the deadline for paying tuition fees.

It is important to note that, in order to keep the scholarship, students must stay enrolled full-time in the study program for which the scholarship was awarded and continue to meet the faculty’s academic requirements.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, if you study remotely in fall 2020 the $5,000 will be paid directly into your student account to cover your tuition. You will receive the surplus, if any, when you arrive in Québec to study at Université Laval.

9. If a student becomes a permanent resident, is he or she still eligible for the scholarship?

Yes.

10. If qualifying courses are required, is the student eligible for scholarship payments?

Yes. However, the scholarship will not be increased and will be paid out for a maximum of two years for master’s students or three years for PhD students.

11. Are students admitted to a certificate, postdoctoral, advanced graduate diploma, or short program eligible?

No. Only students admitted to a regular master’s or PhD program are eligible for this scholarship.

12. Are students admitted to a certificate, postdoctoral, advanced graduate diploma, or short program eligible?

No. Only students admitted to a regular master’s or PhD program are eligible for this scholarship.

Commitment scholarship

The Citizens of the World Commitment scholarship is intended for international students who have submitted a new application for admission for the fall 2020 semester in a regular master’s or PhD program at Université Laval.

The objective of this scholarship is to support talented university students who demonstrate outstanding leadership and commitment in various fields.

  • Master’s: Total value of $20,000 ($10,000 per year)
  • PhD: Total value of $30,000 ($10,000 per year)

For eligibility requirements and selection criteria, refer to the fact sheet.

Additional information

Target audience and eligible programs

  • International students
  • Graduate: All master’s
  • Graduate: All PhDs

Note that for scholarships to be awarded, the applicant must have received a conditional or final offer of admission to Université Laval. Candidates who are on the waiting list will not be considered eligible.

Submit your application

You must complete the online form and submit a complete application by the required deadline. To access the application form, you must have previously applied for full admission to Université Laval, and this application must have been processed. Please allow a few days for your request to be processed.

Deadline: February 1, 2020

Submit your application

Frequently asked questions

1. Who can apply for this scholarship?

International students who submit a new application for admission to a regular graduate program at Université Laval in the fall term may apply for this scholarship.

2. Are students admitted to a certificate, postdoctoral, advanced graduate diploma, or short program eligible?

No. Only students admitted to a regular master’s or PhD program are eligible for this scholarship.

3. Are students who have already started their degree programs eligible?

No, because it is an admission scholarship.

4. Are part-time students eligible for the scholarship?

No. One of the eligibility criteria is that students must be registered full-time in all terms (fall and winter) for which their scholarship is awarded.

Students with “Deemed full-time” status at Université Laval are considered eligible.

5. Are Capsule transcripts accepted?

Capsule transcripts are accepted only for students who must provide a Université Laval transcript.

All official university transcripts must be scanned and combined into a single PDF file and submitted with the application form.

6. How do you apply?

You must complete the online form and submit a complete application by the deadline. Paper forms will not be accepted, and documents sent by email will not be considered.

To access the application form, you must have previously submitted a complete application for admission to Université Laval, and this application must have been processed. Allow a few days for processing.

7. What are the selection criteria?

Recipients are selected based on the following criteria: commitment and involvement, academic excellence, and leadership.

8. Can students request a deferral of a scholarship offer?

This scholarship is available only to students who apply for admission in the fall term. A scholarship offer can be deferred for a maximum of one term (to the following winter term), provided that the application for admission is officially deferred by the Registrar’s Office.

9. Does this scholarship cover the recipient’s tuition and living expenses?

No, the scholarship does not cover the full cost of a year of study in Québec City. Students are advised to consult the page on fees to properly plan their budget.

The value of each scholarship is as follows:

  • Master’s degree: Total value of $20,000 ($10,000 per year)
  • PhD: Total value of $30,000 ($10,000 per year)

10. Can the Citizens of the World Commitment Scholarship be combined with other scholarships?

Yes. This scholarship can be combined with other scholarships, specifically with the Citizens of the World Excellence Scholarship.

11. Can instalments be issued in the summer to students registered year-round?

No. Instalments are issued only in the fall and winter terms. No instalments are issued in the summer term.

12. How are scholarships paid out?

Scholarships are paid out directly to students after the deadline for withdrawing from courses with a refund, in instalments of $5,000 per term. They are not applied to the payment of tuition fees*. Instalments are issued in the fall and winter terms.

*Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, if you study remotely in fall 2020 the $5,000 will be paid directly into your student account to cover your tuition. You will receive the surplus, if any, when you arrive in Québec to study at Université Laval.

Scholarships may be conditional on recipients attending a scholarship ceremony. The first instalment may therefore be issued later in the term depending on the date of the event.

Scholarships are not paid out before the tuition fee payment deadline**. Recipients are therefore responsible for paying their tuition fees by the university’s deadline in order to avoid additional costs.

**This year only, the scholarship will be applied to your tuition before this deadline.

To retain their scholarship, students must remain registered full-time in the program for which their scholarship was awarded.

13. If a scholarship recipient becomes a permanent resident, are they still eligible to receive the scholarship?

Yes.

14. Is a student eligible for scholarship instalments if qualifying courses are required?

Yes. However, the scholarship will not be increased and will be paid out for a maximum of two years for a master’s degree or three years for a PhD, i.e., the expected length of the program.

15. Who can act as a sponsor for an applicant?

The sponsor may be a professor, employer, supervisor, coach, etc. They do not have to be a professor at Université Laval or reside in Québec. The applicant’s family members, friends, or roommates are not allowed to act as sponsor. The sponsor must not be related to the applicant.

The sponsor will need Internet access to complete an online form attesting to the applicant’s various leadership activities and involvement and explain how the applicant is a committed citizen of the world.

The sponsor has the option of completing the form in English or French.

16. When are the results announced?

The results are sent by email in March. All applicants receive a response.

17. What is the procedure for renewing a scholarship?

Each winter term, scholarship recipients who are eligible for renewal receive an email containing the necessary information. They must complete the online renewal form and submit it by the specified deadline.

Eligible applicants must demonstrate that they maintained their commitment throughout the past year. Renewal applications are reviewed by a committee, and the results are sent by email in late April.

Note: A scholarship cannot be renewed for any degree level. Students who change degree levels must reapply for the scholarship by the deadline after submitting a new application for admission to Université Laval.

Mobility scholarship

The Citizens of the World Mobility scholarship, offered by Fondation Famille-Choquette, is intended for Canadian citizens and permanent residents who plan to spend at least eight months studying or conducting research outside Canada or the United States, beginning in the summer of 2020, the fall of 2020, or the winter of 2021 as part of their PhD at Université Laval.

The objective of this scholarship is to support Université Laval students by providing mobility scholarships that immerse them in different cultures and help them become leaders with an open-minded approach to global citizenship.

  • PhD: Total value of $30,000 ($10,000 per year)

For eligibility requirements and selection criteria, refer to the fact sheet.

Additional information

Target audience and eligible programs

  • International students
  • Graduate: All master’s
  • Graduate: All PhDs

Submit your application

You must complete the online form and submit a complete application by the required deadline.

Deadline: March 9, 2020

Submit your application

The Excellence component of the Citizens of the World scholarship has replaced the Master’s merit scholarship for international students (BEM), the last of which will be awarded during the winter 2020 session.

The Commitment component of the Citizens of the World scholarship has replaced the international student portion of the Leadership and Sustainable Development Scholarship Program (PBLDD).

For more information on these now inactive programs, please visit the following pages:

Master’s merit scholarship for international students (BEM)

Leadership and Sustainable Development Scholarship Program (PBLDD)