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August 3, 2015
 
 
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Going abroad can be expensive. If cost is a concern, have a look at some of the available scholarships and awards provided by Laurier as well as by external sources.


Laurier Scholarships and Awards

There are a variety of awards offered to Laurier students participating in study abroad opportunities.

Please visit student awards and the LORIS Student Awards Search Engine for more information. Also see: Global Engagement Fund for WLUSU and WLUGSA.

*Information is subject to change. Laurier International cannot be held responsible if the information provided is not current or wholly accurate.

Awards through LORIS

Student accepted into the Laurier exchange program can apply for the following Laurier Scholarships and awards through Student Awards on LORIS. The application is usually open in June. Student Awards will email all students participating in the exchange program when the application is open.

Al & Linda Hecht International Exchange Award

Full-time graduate or undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts; minimum cumulative GPA of 8.0 (B); registered to study abroad through Laurier International.

Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident (landed immigrant) or Protected Person; long-term resident of Ontario; proven financial need.

This endowed award was established by Dr Al and Mrs Linda Hecht to assist students who wish to study at a foreign institution as part of an exchange program

Award Value: up to $1,000

Beverly Harris Study Abroad Award

Full time undergraduate students who have been accepted to study at one of Laurier's international exchange partner universities (not including schools in the United States), acceptable academic achievement (minimum cumulative GPA of 6.0).

Preference will go to a student with demonstrated leadership skills.

Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident (landed immigrant) or Protected Person; long term resident of Ontario; proven financial need.

Recipients are selected by the Student Awards Office and Laurier International, based on which applicants will most likely benefit from and contribute to the exchange experience.

This endowed award was created by Beverly Harris, former Chair of the Board of Governors, and alumnus Tim Seegmiller ('82) to help deserving students study overseas.

Estimated Award Value: $750

Dr Rowland Smith Award for International Student Exchange

Full-time undergraduate students who have been accepted to study at one of the Laurier's international exchange partner universities; minimum cumulative GPA of 8.0 (B).

Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident (landed immigrant) or Protected Person; long-term resident of Ontario; proven financial need.

This special fund (endowed) was established by friends and colleagues of Dr Rowland Smith to honour the time he spent at Wilfrid Laurier University as vice president.

Estimated Award Value: $1200

Hans Viesmann International Scholarship Fund

Graduate and undergraduate students; good academic standing; admitted to a foreign academic institution; proven financial need.

This special fund (endowed) was established to assist Laurier students who want to study at an institution abroad as part of an exchange program or as an independent study and is intended to assist students wanting to study in Germany at Laurier's partner universities, but other destinations in continental Europe will be considered if funds are available.

Selection is done by committee, consisting of the director of Student Awards, director of Laurier International and one faculty member involved with a German exchange program

Award Value: up to $1,000

Scotiabank International Student Exchange Award

Full time undergraduate students who have been accepted to study at one of Laurier's international exchange partner universities; minimum cumulative GPA of 8.0 (B).

Preference will be granted to applicants who will be studying in Latin America.

Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident (landed immigrant) or Protected Person; long term resident of Ontario; demonstrate financial need.

Award Value: up to $1,100

Marc and Joan Kilgour Study Abroad Award

Full time undergraduate students registered in any faculty in Years 2, 3, or 4 who has been accepted to undertake an academic term at one of Laurier's international exchange partner universities (not in the USA). Eligible students will have a minimum cumulative GPA of 8.0 (B). Applicants must demonstrate financial need, be a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident (landed immigrant) or Protected Person, and be a long term resident of Ontario. The applicant will be judged most likely to benefit from, and contribute to, the exchange experience. It should also be the intention of the recipient to return to Wilfrid Laurier University for one academic term following their Laurier International exchange opportunity.

Award Value: up to $1,000

Viessman-Marburg Travel Scholarship

Undergraduate and graduate students on exchange in Marburg Germany for a one year period. The selection based on academic excellence and personal engagement as determined by the Laurier faculty exchange selection committee; scholarship is paid to the student on arrival in Germany

Award Value, paid directly to the student in euro

Dr W J Villaume Scholarship

Students with outstanding academic achievement who have participated in an international program or have come to Laurier from another country.

Award Value: approximately $1,100

 
Global Engagement Mobility Fund

Global Engagement Mobility Fund Awards for Student Exchange

Laurier International will be granting these awards to students with proven financial need and who are suitable for exchange institution course work.

Complete section E of the student exchange application form to be considered for this award.

Award Value: $1,000 each

Global Engagement Mobility Fund Award for non student exchange 

Laurier International will be granting these awards to undergraduate students with proven financial need and who are participating in field courses, international internships, and other international learning opportunities supported by their academic department.

Complete the form found here: http://www.wlu.ca/docsnpubs_detail.php?grp_id=151&doc_id=57214. You will need to print the application, fill it in, scan it, and send it as an e-mail attachment to globalengagement@wlu.ca by deadline: Friday, 27 February, 2015 for the 2015/16 academic year.

Award value: $500 each  

 
BBA Student Awards

All BBA students participating in the exchange program will be automatically eligible for the award. A list of students ranked by GPA (including summer marks) will be sent to the Student Awards office by the end of September.

BMO Financial Group Academic Exchange Scholarship

Eligible applicant will be full-time undergraduate students in the School of Business & Economics who are in the final two years of their program of registration.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 8.0 (B) and have been accepted to study at one of Laurier International's exchange partner universities outside of North America.

The scholarship will be granted annually to the 10 eligible candidates who present the highest cumulative GPAs. Laurier International will send list of candidates to the student awards office on your behalf.

Recipients are only eligible to receive this scholarship once during their program of registration.

Award value: $5000

Molycorp Technologies Academic Exchange Scholarships of Distinction

Full time undergraduate students in the School of Business and Economics who are in the final two years of their program of registration

Minimum cumulative GPA of 9.0 (B+) who have been accepted to study at one of Laurier's international exchange partner universities in China.

The scholarship will be granted annually to the 2 eligible candidates who present the highest cumulative GPA's and recipients are only eligible to receive this once during their program of registration.  Laurier International will send list of candidates to the student awards office on your behalf.

Award Value: $5,000

Toyota Academic Exchange

Eligible applicants will be full-time undergraduate students in the School of Business & Economics who are in the final two years of their program.

Applicants must be students in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 8.0 (B) who have been accepted to study at one of the Laurier International exchange partner universities.

The scholarships will be presented annually to the five eligible candidates who present the highest cumulative GPAs. Laurier International will send list of candidates to the student awards office on your behalf.

Award value: $10,000

 
Global Studies Education Abroad Fund

 

Global Studies Education Abroad Fund

Full or part time undergraduate students in the Global Studies program (single or combined honours) who are taking part in any of the following:

1. Global Studies Experience

2. Study Abroad - either a university exchange that qualifies for Laurier credit, or academic study worth a minimum of 0.5 credits at Laurier, which includes a component abroad that lasts a minimum of 2 weeks.

This course must be pre-approved by the Global Studies Department. To be considered, students must have a cumulative GPA of 7.0 (B-) 

To apply, please select Student Awards & Financial Aid on LORIS. Then, click the Apply for Student Funding link. Finally, select "Global Studies Education Abroad" on the drop-down menu.  

 
External Sources for Funding

External scholarships are available for students interested in studying abroad. While there are a number of options, below are a few search engines and suggestions on where to consider beginning your research into additional funding.

Killam Fellowships 

Student Awards

Scholarships Canada.com

Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE)

Canada-China Scholars Exchange Program

Foreign Government Awards - Korea 

Government of Canada International Scholarships Program

German Academic Exchange Service DAAD

ScholarshipPortal.eu - Europe

Japanese Student Services Organization (JASSO) Scholarships

Globalink Research Award

EDC Scholarship Program for students interested in International Business

Students for Social Impact 

Liberation Scholarship Program (for students going to Radboud University Nijmegen)

Some of our Laurier International Exchange partners also offer scholarships for incoming international students. While looking into this you can also do some more research into local service clubs and awards or bursaries they may offer. It doesn’t hurt to ask!

 
Viadrina International Program (VIP)

In close cooperation with the Department of International Affairs, the Viadrina Center for Graduate Studies (VCGS) of the European University Viadrina has raised the Viadrina International Program – for Graduates (VIP), promoted by the German Academic Exchange Service and funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The program aims to support the international networking of doctoral candidates and their stronger involvement in international research contexts and discourses. The program runs till October 2017 at the European University Viadrina and offers doctoral candidates a long-term perspective to create an international research and career profile.

International doctoral candidates may apply for research and acquaintance stays at the European University Viadrina to get familiarize with the research environment at the Viadrina. These fellowships allow international doctoral candidates to get in touch with Viadrina professors for research co-operations or potential doctoral opportunities (e.g. joint degrees and cotutelle agreements). International doctoral candidates may apply for the following fundings:

· Fellowships for research stays at the European University Viadrina (max. 3 month)

· Fellowships for acquaintance stays at the European University Viadrina (1 month)

The application deadline is May 17, 2015

 
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships

QUEEN ELIZABETH II DIAMOND JUBILEE SCHOLARSHIPS

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR CANADIAN STUDENTS TO STUDY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF GHANA

The purpose of the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships program is to activate a dynamic community of young global leaders across the Commonwealth to create lasting impacts both at home and abroad through cross-cultural exchanges encompassing international education, discovery and inquiry, and professional experiences.  The Laurier-Ghana Partnership for Human Rights and Social Justice is a project funded by the Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship program. 

Laurier graduate students interested in studying at the University of Ghana or in conducting research in Ghana for one semester are invited to send applications for a Queen Elizabeth II scholarship funding. Students selected for the program will be named “Queen Elizabeth Scholars”. They will engage with the students and faculty of the University of Ghana, the people in the community, learn about the culture, and create projects and engage in activities that impact the world during their stay in Ghana. 

Eligibility

  1. Scholars may pursue studies or research in African Studies, Sociology (including Criminology), History, Social Work or cognate disciplines at the University of Ghana.
  2. Scholars must be in good academic standing.
  3. Scholars must be 35 years of age or under at the time of the application.
  4. Scholars must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
Funding

  1. Selected scholars will be eligible to receive up to $6000 for the semester (four to five months) spent in Ghana
  2. Air-fare, ground transportation, accommodation, subsistence, books etc are all eligible expenses covered under this funding
Other Requirements

  1. Selected qualified graduate students must commit to participation in pre-departure programs and activities to be organized by Laurier International. 
  2. Scholars must commit to participation in orientation and other arrival programs organization by International Programs at the University of Ghana.
  3. Scholars must commit to participation in community engagement activities both in Ghana and in Canada.
  4. Scholars must submit two reports (one midway through their stay in Ghana and another upon their return to Laurier) on their scholarly activities in Ghana to their respective academic departments and international offices at both Laurier and the University of Ghana.
  5. Scholars must participate in Laurier’s Intercultural Effectiveness Certificate Programme.
  6. All scholars are expected to develop professional relationships with the established scholars who supervise them as well as with other emerging scholars in areas of shared interest related to human rights, social justice, and Africa.
  7. Scholars must abide by any other requirements set by Laurier International, the International Programs Office, and the QEII Scholarship Program. 
Application

Interested students should submit their applications to: Phyllis Power, Manager, Global Engagement, Laurier International, at ppower@wlu.ca by June 15, 2015 (for those interested in spending the Fall 2015 semester in Ghana and September 30, 2015 for those interested in spending the Winter 2016 at the University of Ghana. 

In their application, applicants must state:

  1. How they meet the above requirements;
  2. Their commitment to the above requirements;
  3. Their motivation and expectations for wanting to be part of this program;
  4. Their academic department, area of specialization, and thesis topic;
  5. Their current academic standing and GPA;
  6. Whether they intend to study or conduct research in Ghana; 
  7. The semester they intend to spend in Ghana; and, 
  8. Each applicant must also submit a current resume and two letters of reference, one of which should be from the student’s head of department. 
The selection committee will be guided by a requirement to achieve gender balance.



 

Related Information Title Type
2014 MAME Scholarship 2015 Document
2014 The Killam Fellowships Program Document