5 Canadian Scholarship Grants For Nigerian International Students

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Canada has been a haven for Nigerian and other international students in recent years, this is because it has established a reputation as one of the most respected educational systems in the world. Every year thousands of international students flock to the North American country with the aspirations of getting the best education possible as they forge ahead in their educational pursuit. Currently, there are over 300,000 international students in Canada and with new policies about to be implemented to help smooth the paths of more students who wish to study in the country, that number would increase considerably in coming years.

Here’s a list of scholarships open to Nigerian international students who wish to pursue their education in the beautiful country of Canada.

  1. Algonquin College Undergraduate Scholarship for International Students 

The Algonquin College Undergraduate Scholarship for International Students is an annual scholarship program designed for first year, first term post-secondary international students which, is wholly based on merit. To be awarded this scholarship, the student must be well above average and must be proficient in English Language.


To be eligible for the award of this scholarship, the candidate must:

  1. Be paying full international student fees absent of any other form of financial support in form of scholarship or bursaries.
  2. Be an international student
  3. Have completed all registration procedures for the upcoming semester after being accepted into the university
  4. Submitted a completed international student application package which must include; transcripts, a 500-word essay on the purpose for studying the chosen course, copies of academic transcript and scores for IELTS and TOEFL for students whose countries do not speak English as your official lingua franca.

To be selected, candidates would have better chances of being awarded if they have already been admitted and have met all conditions as per registration and travelling.

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  1. Vanier Canadian Graduate Scholarship

The Vanier Canadian Graduate Scholarship is an award designed to attract and retain world-class doctoral students who would contribute to the Canadian brand as an entity with global excellence in research and higher learning. The scholarship is awarded to students in the fields of natural science, engineering, social sciences and health. The scholarship is available to both Canadian and international PhD students.


To be eligible for the award of this scholarship, a candidate must:

  1. Be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident in Canada or an international student
  2. Have been nominated by one Canadian university with Vanier Canadian Graduate allocation
  3. Be pursuing first doctoral degree
  4. Have achieved a first-class average, as determined by your university, in each of the last two years of full-time study or equivalent

The selection criteria into the program are mostly based on:

  1. Academic excellence of the candidate.
  2. Leadership abilities
  3. Relevance of the proposed course of study to the development of their country or society
  4. Civic engagement
  5. Involvement of the candidate in educational life
  6. Personal achievement

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  1. Nelson Mandela Leader Of Tomorrow Scholarship

The Nelson Mandela Leaders Of Tomorrow scholarship named after the great former South African president is designed for young students who would become leaders in public policy and administration. The annual scholarship is awarded to students in public administration, public finances and public policy with two components; academic and professional.


To be eligible for this scholarship, the candidate must:

  1. Be a citizen of a sub-Saharan country, as well as must be a permanent resident in the country
  2. Be proficient in English or French
  3. Be between 22 and 35 years old during the duration of the program
  4. Have worked full-time for a minimum and maximum of two and five years respectively
  5. Have met all the requirements it takes to gain admission into a master’s degree programme in Canada

Selection Criteria

After completion of their academic files, candidates would be assessed based on:

  1. Academic excellence
  2. Potential contribution of the proposed course of study to the candidate’s country
  3. Professional experience
  4. Recommendation letters from notable entities
  5. Demonstrated leadership abilities
  6. Relevance and merit of the course of study

Application Procedure

  1. The candidate would have to complete the online application form
  2. The candidate would also submit an abstract for a case study
  3. The candidate would also have to write a 500 to 700 essay on why he/she intends to study their chosen courses and how it would contribute to the growth of public policy and public administration in their country
  4. The candidate would also submit three reference letters; two academic and one professional
  5. The candidate would provide a copy of valid passport and national identity card
  6. The candidate would also need to provide results of language tests if they have studied in English or French.

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  1. University of British Columbia International Leader of Tomorrow (ILOT) Undergraduate Scholarships

The University of British Columbia International Leader of Tomorrow is a scholarship awarded to international students who demonstrate superior academic achievement, leadership skills, involvement in student affairs and community service, recognized achievement in fields of endeavor such as the performing arts, sports, debating or creative writing, or external academic competitions and examinations.


To be eligible for the scholarship, a candidate must:

  1. The candidate must be nominated by their current school, the one they just graduated from or the university they are transferring from.
  2. Be applying for their first undergraduate degree
  3. Have an excellent academic graduate degree
  4. Have financial challenge that would have prevented them from achieving their academic pursuit
  5. An international student; not a citizen of Canada or a permanent resident of Canada
  1. Be admissible to the first choice program they are applying to, including meeting UBC’s English Language Admission Standard
  2. Be entering a UBC undergraduate degree program from a recognized secondary school, college or other university

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  1. McGill University Canada – MasterCard Foundation Scholarships for African Students

The McGill University Canada – MasterCard Foundation Scholarships for African students is a joint scholarship program (by McGill University Canada and MasterCard Foundation) designed to offer scholarships to undergraduate African students. The program would however run for 10 years from 2013 to 2023 courtesy of the 27 million dollars provided by MasterCard to empower excellent students from Sub-Saharan Africa who are socioeconomically challenged.

In addition to financial support, Scholars are provided with a comprehensive support network that includes an array of mentoring and support services to ensure each student’s academic success, community service engagement and transition to socially relevant employment opportunities, when they return to Africa at the conclusion of their studies.


For candidates to be eligible for the award of the scholarship they must:

  1. Have gained admission into the McGill University, Canada
  2. Be a first time applicant into tertiary education.
  3. A citizen of a Sub-Saharan country and must also be a permanent resident in the country
  4. Be an exceptional student with a proven track record
  5. Be severely socioeconomically challenged
  6. Have the potential to meaningfully impact their country after their studies

Selection Criteria

Selection into the scholarship is based on a number of factors such as:

  1. Excellent academic record and potential
  2. Excellent leadership qualities
  3. The candidate must be ready to return to his/her country upon completion of the programme to give back to their country
  4. The candidate must be severely financially challenged

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