Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

CALDO Program

Western University is a member of CALDO consortium, an association of Canada’s leading research universities committed to international education. CALDO develops strategic partnerships with foreign governments, sponsoring agencies and groups of universities in order to enable students and researchers from Latin America to gain privileged access to the wide range of programs and state of the art research facilities of CALDO member universities.

Brazil - Science without Borders (CAPES and CNPq)

The main goal of the program is to promote the consolidation and expansion of science, technology and innovation in Brazil by means of international exchange and mobility. The strategy envisioned aims to (a) increase the presence of students, scientists and industry personnel from Brazil in international institutions of excellence, negotiating the existence of support from the private sector for the payment of the fees involved or the exemption of these fees with Universities or local governments, (b) encourage young talent and highly qualified researchers from abroad to work with local investigators in joint projects, contributing to the capacitation of human resources and promoting the return of Brazilian scientists working overseas, and (c) induce the internationalization of universities and research centers in Brazil by encouraging the establishment of international partnerships and a meaningful review of their internal procedures in order to make the interaction with foreign partners feasible.

Priority Areas

  • Engineering
  • Physical Sciences: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Geosciences
  • Clinical, Pre-clinical and Health Sciences
  • Computing and Information Technology
  • Aerospace Technology
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Sustainable Agricultural Production
  • Oil, Gas and Coal
  • Renewable Energy
  • Minerals Technology
  • Biotechnology
  • Nanotechnology and New Materials
  • Technologies for Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Disasters
  • Bioprospecting and Biodiversity
  • Marine Sciences
  • New Technologies Construction Engineering
  • Creative Industries (focused on technological development and innovation)
  • Training of Technologists

Eligible programs and duration

  • Full PhD: up to 48 months. If the student has been awarded scholarship once already enrolled in his/her PhD studies at a CALDO member university, the scholarship duration will be indicated in the award letter and the award will not be postdated to the onset of the student’s PhD program.
  • Sandwich PhD: 3 to 12 months abroad
  • Post Doc: 6 to 12 months, extendable up to 24 months
  • 100% STEM fields

Eligibility Requirements for students to apply:

Full PhD

  • Brazilian citizen or foreigner with permanent visa in Brazil;
  • Applicants who are current graduate students in Brazil and/or who already have a doctorate degree are not eligible;
  • Must meet required language proficiency scores outlined by the institution;
  • Cannot accumulate this scholarship with other scholarships with funds from the National Treasury;
  • Have been approved after consideration of merit in evaluation by advisory committees composed of experts in innovation and technology and, if necessary, in an interview for a specific committee;
  • Justify the option of studying the full doctorate abroad, the relevance of research topic for the development of the area within Science without Borders Program

Sandwich PhD

  • Have proficiency in the language required by the Institution of destination stated by co-supervisor abroad;
  • Have approval of the coordinator of graduate school and counselors in the country and abroad, for the effective period of the fellowship;
  • Being Brazilian or foreigner with permanent visa in Brazil;
  • Cannot exceed the total period of the doctorate program at the home institution and must spend at least the last 6 months of the program back in Brazil at the home institution for the final drafting and defense of thesis;
  • Must complete the required number of credits and program required courses at the home institution in Brazil within the limits of the doctoral program; 
  • Have been approved after consideration of merit in evaluation by Advisory Committees composed of experts in innovation and technology of the Science without Borders Program. The approval will depend on meeting the criteria of Priority Areas, valuing innovation aspects;
  • Do not accumulate this scholarship with other scholarships with funds from the National Treasury

Postdoctoral Scholars

  • Being Brazilian or foreigner with permanent visa in Brazil;
  • Have a doctoral degree, by the deadline of registration;
  • Have been approved after consideration of merit in evaluation by Advisory Committees composed of experts in innovation and technology;
  • Dedicate yourself fully to the scheduled activities at the host institution;
  • To former doctoral fellow abroad, observe the minimum stay in Brazil required by the institution that granted the scholarship;
  • Do not accumulate this scholarship with other scholarships with funds from the National Treasury

English as a Second Language (ESL) Support:

  • Not available

Financial assistance:

Full PhD

  • Airfare: $1604 CAD
  • Monthly living stipend: $1470 CAD + $452 CAD (if it is a high cost city)
  • Installation Assistance: $1470 CAD
  • Dependent: $270 CAD (for each dependent)
  • Health insurance: $1200 CAD (students are given this to pay themselves)
  • The sponsoring agency will pay for the cost of domestic tuition fees, including ancillary fees up to a maximum of 4 (four) years. The Registrar's Office will invoice the sponsoring agency each term.
  • The Western Graduate Program will provide students with a support package that offsets the differential tuition between international and domestic charges.

 Sandwich PhD

  • Monthly living stipend: $1470 CAD + $452 CAD (if it is a high cost city)
  • Airfare: $1604 CAD
  • Installation assistance: $1470 CAD
  • Health insurance: $1200 CAD
  • Institution fees (if applicable);
  • Foreign bench fees (when justified in the project and informed on the submission form)
  • No dependent benefit

Postdoctoral Scholar

  • Airfare: $1604 CAD
  • Monthly living stipend: $2660 CAD + $452 CAD (if it is a high cost city)
  • Scholarship (Note: student requires to request funds for courses/activities that he/she wish to attend)
  • Installation assistance: $2660 CAD
  • Health insurance: $1200 CAD
  • No dependent benefit
  • There is no provision for payment of bench fees.

Scholarship required documents from Universities:

  • Letter from the supervisor in regards to the implementation of the proposed project
  • CV of the supervisor
  • Formal consent of the host institution (Admission Letter) issued by the body responsible for the candidate's admission, including information on the language and minimum level of proficiency required for the admitted program (this info can go in a separate letter)

 Link to External Websites

Chile (CONICYT)

This scholarship aims to train human capital in all areas of knowledge in any country outside Chile. The hope is that graduates, upon their return to Chile, apply the acquired knowledge and contribute to the country’s scientific, academic, economic, social and cultural development.

Eligible programs and duration

  • PhD: up to 4 years of study
  • Master’s: up to 2 years of study in a course based or thesis based Master’s program
Requirements to apply
  • Be a Chilean citizen or a foreign national with permanent residency status in Chile.
  • Have a Bachelor’s Degree (in the case of programs whose minimum duration is eight semesters) and/or Professional Qualification (in the case of programs whose minimum duration is ten semesters). The duration shall be mentioned in an official document of the university you have attended studies.
  • Possess academic excellence proving at least one of the following two requirements:
    • Have obtained a final grade point average equal to or greater than five (5.0) of a maximum of seven (7.0) or its equivalent, in his/her Bachelor's and/or professional qualifications
    • Be in the top 30% of their graduating class
  • Be accepted in a program abroad.
English as a Second Language (ESL) Support
  • Up to 6 months
Financial assistance (may vary from call to call):
  • Airfare: round trip
  • Installation assistance: US $500 
  • Tuition and fees required by institution – CONICyT will pay domestic tuition for PhD (Western program/department will cover the differential tuition fee) and international tuition for Master’s (CONICyT will cover full international tuition fees for all Master programs); however the program/supervisor may also choose to cover the differential tuition fee for thesis Master programs according to the agreement
  • Monthly living allowance: US $1567 + US $161 (partner) + US $80 (dependents)
  • Health insurance: US $800
  • Max cost of ESL course: US $4500 
  • Annual amount for books and supplies: US $300 
  • Return assistance: US $500
  • The sponsoring agency will pay for the cost of domestic tuition fees, including ancillary fees up to a maximum of 4 (four) years for PhD students and international tuition fees, including ancillary fees up to 2 (two) years for Master’s students.  The Registrar's Office will invoice the sponsoring agency each term.
  • Western Graduate Program will provide students with a support package that offsets the differential tuition between international and domestic fees for PhD programs only. For Master programs CONICyT will pay full international tuition fees.
Scholarship required documents from Universities
  • Official Letter of Admission (conditional only to receiving CONICYT scholarship)
Link to External Websites Approximate CONICYT call dates for PhD scholarships in institutions abroad:

 

Colombia (COLCIENCIAS)

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide forgivable student loans up to 100%, to encourage Colombians to pursue doctoral studies in the top universities abroad. The hope is that graduates upon their return to Colombia will contribute to research and innovation of the institutions that make up the National System of Science, Technology and Innovation.

Eligible Programs and Duration

  • PhD: up to 4 years of study
  • 80% of total COLCIENCIAS financing for STEM field programs
  • 20% of total COLCIENCIAS financing for other programs
Requirements to Apply
  • Must be a Colombian citizen
  • Bachelor’s Degree and/or Master’s Degree (if already holds a PhD degree – cannot apply for scholarship)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the English Language
  • Having offer of admission to a PhD program or be already enrolled in a PhD degree

ESL (English as a Second Language) Support

  • None
Financial assistance

Funding is provided through forgivable student loans, which the beneficiary may be exempted up to 100% of total debt acquired.

  • Health Insurance: the cost of university insurance
  • Monthly living stipend: up to $4,000,000 (Colombian Pesos) monthly (approx. $1,600 CAD)
  • Onetime Airfare: $4,000,000 (Colombian Pesos)
  • The sponsoring agency will pay for the cost of domestic tuition fees, including ancillary fees up to a maximum of 4 (four) years for PhD students.  The Registrar's Office will invoice the sponsoring agency each term. Western Graduate Program will provide students with a support package that offsets the differential tuition between international and domestic fees.
  • Overall maximum of $800,000,000 (Colombian Peso) approx. $320,000 CAD
Scholarship required documents from Universities
  • Official Letter of Admission (conditional only to receiving Colciencias scholarship)
Link to External Websites

 

Colombia (ICETEX)

It is a financial and social instrument, to benefit students with academic merit, which do not have sufficient financial resources to enter or stay in higher education. It is the best investment for the student and his family, as it allows access to higher education, which is expected to have more and better employment opportunities, higher wages and higher social mobility and income.

Admissible programs

  • PhD, Master's, Specializations

Requirements to apply

  • Must be a Colombian citizen
  • Professional degree or vocational college, technical or technological certificate
  • Certificate of admission or tuition receipt issued by the educational institution in a program of international renown
  • Present studies program to conduct issued by the International Teaching Centre (translated into Spanish) indicating date of commencement and completion of the academic program and total costs and per period
  • If the applicant has already begun his studies, proof of admission and notes issued by the educational institution.
  • Having good credit and financial history.
  • Not be reported to any central negative rating in financial risk.
  • If the period of study to be performed is greater than two years, a letter of commitment signed by the student and his attorney, including address and phone number of who is responsible for cancel fees credit debt balance is required from two years of approved credit, while the beneficiary completes the curriculum.

ESL (English as a Second Language) Support

  • Not applicable

Financial assistance

  • It can be used without limit for every expense.
  • CALDO will pay for the cost of domestic tuition fees, including ancillary fees up to a maximum of 4 (four) years for PhD students.  The Registrar's Office will invoice CALDO each term.
  • The Western Graduate Program will provide students with a support package that offsets the differential tuition between international and domestic charges.

Link to External Websites

Mexico (CONACYT)

The objective of the agreement between CONACyT and CALDO is to promote, develop and strengthen the relationship between both countries and establish a collaborative relationship related to the education of highly qualified Mexican students. CONACyT and the CALDO Member Universities agree to establish a graduate co-funding program for Mexican students to study PhD and Master programs at CALDO Member Universities with funding provided jointly through CONACyT and CALDO Member University.

All support provided by CONACyT will have duration of up to 4 (four) years for PhD programs and 2 (two) years for Master's programs (thesis programs only) on condition that the student maintains their academic status.

Requirements to Apply:

  • Have Mexican citizenship
  • Have a qualifying degree at the time of application
English as a Second Language (ESL) Support:
  • None
On behalf of the host university, the Graduate Program will:
  • Provide payment for the tuition differential between international and domestic charges
  • Provide Laboratory space, library access, appropriate equipment and supplies to carry out the research project, on the same basis as is done for domestic students
CONACYT will cover:                                                          
  • The cost of domestic tuition fees, including ancillary fees for thesis Master’s (doesn’t include professional programs) and PhD programs
  • Appropriate monthly living allowance
  • The cost of the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP)
SGPS will:
  • Ensure the student is registered and record the CONACYT agreement with the approved dates provided by CONACYT in the Student Center
  • Report annually to CONACYT on the status and sources of income for these registered student
Western will:
  • Invoice CONACYT each term for domestic tuition and ancillary fees for each of these students

Note: CONACYT students enrolled at Western under a previous CONACYT and OCGS agreement will remain under the terms of this agreement until the end of their program.

Scholarship required documents from Universities

  • Official Letter of Admission (conditional only to receiving CONACyT scholarship)
  • Admission letter should contain start and end date of program or start date and program duration; signature and university seal
  • Proposed research project with approval and signature by the supervisor
  • Supervisor’s CV, which includes the last 5 years of publications in the research field the candidate is applying
  • Academic program information: duration, language, curriculum, including course work; research statement (PhD students only)
  • Program tuition costs
Financial Assistance
  • $1,100 USD monthly stipend; if married $1,375 USD
  • $715 USD insurance cost
  • Up to 300,000 Mexican pesos per year (approx. $22,000 CAD) for the total duration of the PhD or MA program
  • For non-priority MA programs – up to 76,800 Mexican pesos (approx. $5,500 CAD)
Payment Summary:

CONACyT will pay domestic tuition fees, the monthly stipend and partial support for medical insurance. Western faculty/program covers the difference between the tuition fees for international and domestic students. The differential tuition fee is the different between international and domestic tuition fees. This amount is paid by the faculty and/or the program/supervisor – varies by faculty and is dependent on how the funding is allocated in each faculty.

Scholarship applications opens 17th of April 2017

Scholarship applications closes 16th of June 2017

Decisions are made end of July

Link: http://www.conacyt.mx/index.php/convocatorias-becas-extranjeros/convocatorias-becas-al-extranjero-1/convocatorias-abiertas-becas-al-extranjero/13557-convocatoria-becas-al-extranjero-2017/file

Note: CONACYT students enrolled at Western under a previous CONACYT and OCGS agreement will remain under the terms of this agreement until the end of their program.

Sponsored Students and University Funding

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Peru (PRONABEC)

The aim of the scholarship is to strengthen the development of human capital in Peru and improve the scope and quality of education, scientific and technological research and innovation; and thus strengthen the country's development from the perspective of social inclusion, with emphasis in the areas of science and technology to contribute to national, regional and local development.

Eligible programs and Duration

  • PhD: up to 4 years of study
  • Master’s: up to 2 years of study in a thesis or course based Master’s program
  • 80% of total financing for STEM field programs
    20% of total financing for other programs
Requirements to apply
  • Have Peruvian citizenship under the current law
  • Be permanent resident in the country during the call
  • Possess high academic performance during university
  • Being in good physical and mental health that would allow the student to complete the program of study.
  • No criminal record
  • Unconditional letter of admission for the graduate program, which indicates the start and end date of studies. (Letter may be conditional only to receiving the scholarship)
  • Having the level of language required by the relevant institution
For Master's
  • Up to 33 years old by December 31 of the year of application
  • Possessing a university degree or professional qualification issued by a university recognized by the National Assembly of Rectors (ARN)
For PhD
  • Up to 36 years old by December 31 of the year of application
  • Having a Master's degree from a recognized institution by the National Assembly of Rectors
ESL (English as a Second Language) Support
  • Strengthening English language for a period of ten weeks when it is indicated as a prerequisite for the realization of the graduate program and is given at the beginning of graduate study. Must be expressed in the letter of acceptance from the academic program; studies should be made on the same site as the university, i.e. on university campus. Students are required to show the minimum level of proficiency required by the university they are applying to.
Financial assistance (may vary from call to call)
  • 100% of international tuition fee (will cover full international tuition fee for PhD and Master’s thesis and course-based programs)
  • Airfare at the beginning and end of the program
  • Monthly allowance to cover accommodation, meals and local transportation approved by PRONABEC (around $1,177 US, however, being revised)
  • $500 per semester for the purchase of books and study material
  • 100% of the cost of health insurance; co-payments for medical care will be reimbursed by the insurance contract
  • Research and administrative costs for obtaining degree. In the case of Master’s degree it is $2,000 US and PhD - $3,000 US.
  • The grant is renewed every six months, based on favorable report from the program supervisor, advisor and/or university
Link to External Websites

Ecuador (SENESCYT)

The purpose of this Agreement is to promote long-term collaboration and exchange in higher education between Ecuador and CALDO Member Universities. SENESCYT and the CALDO Member Universities agree to facilitate the “SECRETARIAT" scholarship holders to follow postgraduate studies and research at a CALDO Member University with funding provided through The SECRETARIAT and CALDO Member Universities.

Eligible programs and duration

  • Programs that Western University is eligible for: Education (Open call); Arts (Excellency call); IT and Communication (Open call); Engineering, Industry & Construction (Open call); Health and Wellbeing (Open call)
  • PhD: up to 4 years of study
  • Master’s: up to 2 years of study in a thesis based Master’s program
  • Course-based Master’s programs, however the international tuition fee waiver will not apply (i.e. tuition differential does not apply to course-based Master’s programs and SENESCYT will have to cover international tuition fees)
Open call finances most of the program areas with exception of business, social sciences, law, design, psychology and tourism;

Excellency call does not finance programs in the area of business, design, psychology and tourism 

English as a Second Language (ESL) Support

  • Not provided
Requirements to apply
  • Be Ecuadorian citizen
  • For open call only: must be maximum of 35 years of age to be eligible to apply for master's programs; and 45 years of age for doctoral programs. For medical specialties there is no age limit.
  • Have professional title or qualifying degree at the time of application
  • Be in the process of application to a graduate program or medical specialty in a university or research centers abroad.
Scholarship required documents from Universities
  • Official Letter of Admission (conditional only to receiving SENESCYT scholarship)
  • Admission letter should contain start and end date of program or start date and program duration; signature and university seal
Financial Assistance (may vary from call to call)

SENESCYT will pay domestic tuition fees*, the monthly stipend and support for medical insurance. Western faculty/program will cover the difference between tuition fees for international and domestic students. The differential tuition fee is the different between international and domestic tuition fees. This amount is paid by the faculty and/or the program/supervisor – varies by faculty and is dependent on how the funding is allocated in each faculty.

*SENESCYT may not cover full scholarship (i.e. full coverage for domestic tuition fees, for example) to Ecuadorian students (student’s socio-economic evaluation is taken into consideration when given out scholarship).

  • Open Call finances up to:
    • Master's: USD $103,000 
    • PhD: USD $218,000 
    • Medical Specialties: USD $51,000/year from 1 to 5 years
  • Excellency Call finances up to:Master’s: USD $250,000
    • PhD: USD $250,000
    • Medical Specialties: USD $100,000/year from 1 to 5 years
    • Monthly Living Allowance up to USD $1,698/month
    • Bench fees: MA USD $2,000 /year; PhD USD $2,000 /year; Medical USD $2,000/year
    • Insurance: USD $1,200 / year
    • Airfare: up to USD $4,000 / year
Link to External Websites

Uruguay (ANII)

ANII and the CALDO Member Universities agree to establish a graduate co-funding program for Uruguayan students to study PhD and Master programs at CALDO Member Universities with funding provided jointly through ANII and CALDO Member University.

Eligible Programs

PhD – up to 4 years in fields including:

  • Energy, including Renewable Energy
  • Animal and Human Health (including Pharmacology)
  • Agriculture, Livestock and Agro-industrial production
  • Environment and Biodiversity
  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Audiovisual Production
  • Education and Social Development
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Tourism
  • Biotechnology
  • Nanotechnology

Master’s (thesis and course-based programs) – up to 2 years

Requirements to Apply:                

  • Must be Uruguayan citizen or foreigner residing in the country for at least 2 years
  • Have eligible university degree or the equivalent
  • Must be technicians, professors or researchers at a public institution or ones with relevant research experience
  • Demonstrate admissibility to the program
  • Provide official offer of admission
ESL (English as a Second Language) Support:
  • Not provided

Financial Assistance:

  • Maximum amount per program for PhD: $80,000 US
  • Tuition and fees required by institution – ANII will pay domestic tuition for PhD (Western program/department will cover the differential tuition fee) and international tuition for Master’s (ANII will cover full international tuition fees for all Master programs); however the program/supervisor may also choose to cover the differential tuition fee for thesis Master programs according to the agreement
  • Registrar's Office will invoice the sponsoring agency each term. Western Graduate Program will provide PhD students with a support package that offsets the differential tuition between international and domestic fees.

Scholarship Required Documents from the University:

  • Official Offer of Admission (doesn’t need to be unconditional)

Link to External Websites

  • ANII

Paraguay (BECAL)

BECAL and the CALDO Member Universities agree to establish a graduate co-funding program for Paraguayan students to study PhD and Master programs at CALDO Member Universities with funding provided jointly through BECAL and CALDO Member University.

Eligible Programs and duration:

Priority goes to STEM field programs, however, other programs such as tourism and education are also funded. Does not finance MBA programs.

  • PhD: up to 4 years of study (must be ranked in the top 300 universities)
  • Master’s: up to 2 years of study in a Master’s program (including thesis and course-based master’s programs; however, according to the agreement CALDO member universities will not provide financial support for students enrolled in course-based master’s programs and international tuition will be covered by BECAL)

Requirements to apply

  • Be Paraguayan citizen
  • Have professional title or qualifying degree at the time of application
  • University must be in the top 350 or program of study must be in the top 100 according to rankings such as THE, QS, ARWU

English as a Second Language (ESL) Support

  • Not provided

Financial Assistance (may vary from call to call):

  • Airfare: round trip
  • 100% tuition and mandatory fees
  • Installation assistance: US $500 
  • Books and supplies: US $500
  • Monthly living allowance: US $1567 + US $157 (partner) + US $80 (dependents)
  • Health insurance, including for family members residing with the student (only PhD)
  • Annual amount for books and supplies: US $500 
  • Visa fees: US $100
  • Return assistance: US $500
  • Overall maximum for PhD is US $180,000 and for Master’s – US $77,000
  • Tuition and fees required by institution – BECAL will pay domestic tuition for PhD (Western program/department will cover the differential tuition fee) and international tuition for Master’s (BECAL will cover full international tuition fees for all Master programs, including course-based); however the program/supervisor may also choose to cover the differential tuition fee for thesis Master programs according to the agreement
  • Registrar's Office will invoice the sponsoring agency each term. Western Graduate Program will provide PhD students with a support package that offsets the differential tuition between international and domestic fees.

Scholarship required documents from Universities

  • Official Letter of Admission (conditional only to receiving scholarship)

Research Collaboration Agreements

Colombia (CCYK)

Colombia Challenge Your Knowledge (CCYK) is a campaign of the network of accredited universities in Colombia, the Ministry of Education, ICETEX, Proexport, Colciencias and other strategic national allies to promote Colombia as a destination for academic and scientific collaboration.

CCYK’s main objectives are to promote and disseminate Colombian research, academic and outreach programs abroad, strengthen the internationalization of the Accredited Universities of Colombia, study current trends in internationalization, and promote quality in all Colombian higher education institutions. CCYK promotes active collaboration between Colombian Universities, converting the country into a diverse and increasingly integrated campus for national and international students, as well as a relevant and reliable partner for international education programs.

Financial Assistance

Both CCYK and CALDO recognize that this memorandum does not imply any contribution of financial resources, each of the partners agrees on supporting any costs that may arise from the development of joint activities.

Brazil (FAPESP)

Umbrella agreement for which the Parties shall collaborate in:

  • Implementation of joint research projects, exchanging knowledge and results;
  • Organization of scientific and technological seminars, specialized workshops, symposia and other scientific meetings of mutual interest, to promote interaction between institutions and research groups relevant to both Parties, with the goal of identifying future areas of collaboration
  • Activities that promote scientific exchange that will help prepare the ground for the development of cooperative research projects between teams from the State of Sao Paulo and from the CADO Member Universities, including but not limited to, scientific exchange visits, workshops and bilateral scientific seminars
    • In the case of scientific exchanges, the Parties will consider proposals that contribute to the development of joint research proposals.

Financing will be defined in each work plan identified between universities.