Citizens of the World Scholarship

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 summer 2021, fall 2021 or winter 2022 semester. The objective of this scholarship is to promote academic excellence.

Bachelor’s degree and professional master’s programs – New

  • Scholarships vary between $10,000 and $15,000 (two payments)

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Research master’s with thesis and PhD programs

  • Research master’s programs with thesis: Total value of $20,000 ($5,000 per semester, up to four semesters)
  • PhD: Total value of $30,000 ($5,000 per semester, up to six semesters)

Additional information

Target audience and eligible programs

  • International students
  • All degrees

Contact your faculty to find out which programs are eligible.

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. Please refer to your faculty to learn about details of the scholarship.

How to apply for admission

 

Commitment scholarship

The Citizens of the World Commitment scholarship is intended for international students who have submitted a new application for admission for the Summer 2021 or Fall 2021 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 commitment and leadership, in various fields and who inspire their community.

  • Master’s: Total value up to $20,000 ($5,000 per semester)
  • PhD: Total value up to $30,000 ($5,000 per semester)

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 15th, 2021

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 summer or 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 transcript from Université Laval.

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 summer or fall term. A scholarship offer can be deferred up 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: Total value up to $20,000 ($5,000 per semester)
  • PhD: Total value up to $30,000 ($5,000 per semester)

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 & Mobility scholarships.

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

Yes, a payment will be issued to the students who are registered full-time during the summer semester, if of course they meet the other eligibilty critera.

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*.

*Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, if you study remotely, 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.

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, if you study remotely due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the scholarship will be applied to your tuition before this deadline.

To retain their scholarship, students must remain registered full-time (or deemed 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.

18. Are cotutelle students eligible?

Cotutelle students may be eligible to these scholarships, under certain conditions. Please contact us directly for further details at: engagement@bbaf.ulaval.ca

 

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 8 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)