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Canada- Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED) – for career professionals

Canada- Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED) – for career professionals

AMOUNT AWARDED

CAD 30 million

AVAILABLE AWARD

10000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

March 1, 2022.

About Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED)

Global Affairs Canada is offering short-term scholarships to mid-career professionals from member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for professional development through short-term courses in Canada.

The Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED) program aims to reduce poverty in the developing countries of ASEAN and to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The mid-career component of the SEED program offers opportunities for professional development through short-term courses in Canada, aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, that could include (but not limited to) the following priority sectors:

  • Gender Based Analysis;
  • Performance management/deliverology/results based management/performance audit;
  • Financial management/comptrollership/project management;
  • Financial technologies; and,
  • Climate change adaptation/environmental sustainability/environmental impact assessment.

It is the responsibility of the applicants to identify the Canadian institution and the short-term course of their choice in their applications. DFATD will not provide any assistance to match potential candidates and Canadian institutions. Applications will be assessed on their respective merits regarding the criteria established below.

Information on Canadian institutions and the short-term programs they offer is widely available through EduCanada and other associations. EduCanada offers information on study and research institutions in Canada including a three step search tool for postsecondary programs, visa and study permit information and a study cost estimate.

Scholarship Criteria:

  1. Career professionals from an UN member state;
  2. mid-career professionals from academia, civil society, the private sector (with a focus on micro, small and medium-sized businesses, and on social enterprises), and the public sector (including ministries, parastatals, state-owned enterprises, legislative and judicial bodies);
  3. for the extent of this scholarship program, is someone who:
    • is in a managerial, policy development or in a decision-making position; OR is a mid-career academic in a post-secondary academic institution, research institution or think tank;
    • has at least two years of experience within the position; and,
    • is not supervising more than 30 employees and/or a CAD 30 million budget per year.

Application Deadlines:

The deadline to submit all required documentation with the application to scholarships-bourses@cbie.ca is noon February 27, 2022 EST.

Applications received late or incomplete will not be considered.

Only applications sent by email, directed at the email address included in the application form will be considered. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all documents required are received by the deadline. Supporting documents, other than the ones requested, will not be accepted.

Arrival in Canada

Scholarship recipients may commence their studies as early as June 1, 2022 and must complete their studies no later than March 1, 2022.

Notification

Applicants must ensure that a permanent email address is included in their application to receive notifications.

Final selection

Applicants will be informed of the results by the end of April 2022.

Successful candidates will receive a Selection Notice from the SEED program manager, along with other material related to the funding agreement and information regarding visa application process to travel to Canada.

Selection of the scholarship recipients is subject to the signature of the Letter of Agreement by the recipient and DFATD and to the confirmation of registration in the selected short-term course.

Scholarship value

Funding for SEED scholarships, including for its mid-career component, is made available by Global Affairs Canada through its official name: the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD).

Successful candidate(s) will receive funding from DFATD in the form of a Letter of Agreement.

The scholarship value varies depending on the duration. The scholarship value for recipients is:

  • Up to CAD 10,000 for the cost of the program/course;
  • Up to CAD 5,000 for flight, visa, health insurance; and,
  • Up to CAD 1,600 weekly allowance for living expenses.

Eligible expenses

The Canadian Government Scholarship will contribute towards the following costs:

  • program/course fee;
  • visa and/or study/work permit fees;
  • economy airfare, for the scholarship recipient only, to Canada by the most direct and economical route and return airfare upon completion of the scholarship;
  • health insurance;
  • modest living expenses, such as accommodation, utilities and food; and,
  • ground transportation expenses.

Scholarship duration

Scholarships are awarded for professional development courses, executive programs, and certification programs linked to the Sustainable Development Goals and Canadian expertise in sustainable development from one (1) to four (4) weeks.

Scholarships can begin as of June 1, 2021 and must end no later than March 1, 2022.

Application process

Instructions

Applicants must:

  • Fill out the application form and save on to their computer;
  • Print and sign the completed application form;
  • Scan the completed and signed application form and save in a .pdf file format, if possible. Application forms in .jpg format will also be accepted;
  • Upload all required documents on to the computer;
  • Email the application form and all required documents to: scholarships-bourses@cbie.ca. Documents and email subject lines must clearly identify the name of the scholarship program and the name of the applicant (e.g., Subject: SEED-Mid-Career Application-full name of the candidate). Applicants should ensure that they meet the allowable size limits for the transmission of the documents by email. A maximum of 15 MB of attachments per email is usually permitted but this may vary depending on the email provider.

To be considered for the SEED mid-career component, the applicant must complete and submit the application form and provide the supporting documents as requested.

Information required in the application form

Candidates must fill out the following information in English or in French in the application form:

  • Course Description that includes the following information:
    • Name of the program/course;
    • Name of the Canadian institution delivering the program/course;
    • Duration of the program, including the dates of the program;
    • Total cost of the program; and
    • A short description of the program/course.
  • Letter of Intent written in one of the official languages of Canada (French or English), outlining how the chosen short-term program is aligned with the candidate’s current work/career, and how the candidate will apply the learning in Canada to help implement at least one Sustainable Development Goal and combat poverty or narrow the development gap in the ASEAN region. Candidates’ letter of intent must be filled out in the application form and must include the following:
    • a brief rationale for choosing the short-term program, and how it is linked to the candidate’s work/career;
    • a brief explanation of how the chosen short-term program is aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and an identification of which Sustainable Development Goal the program is aligned with;
    • For candidates from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam: please provide a brief explanation of how you plan to use the learning in Canada to help combat poverty in your home country;
    • For candidates from Brunei and Singapore: please provide a brief explanation of how you plan to use the learning in Canada to help combat poverty in one of the other eight ASEAN countries listed above.

Candidates must check the Privacy Notice Statement box in the application form to acknowledge that they have read the statement and that they agree to its conditions.

IMPORTANT: Candidates are required to sign and date the application form.

Supporting documents

All supporting documentation must be submitted in English or in French. Candidates will be required to provide translations in the official language of their choice.

Supporting documents that must be submitted in the application package include:

  • Letter of support from the employer in ASEAN confirming that the applicant can be considered as a mid-career professional, and outlining the anticipated benefits from the candidate learning in Canada.
  • A résumé, outlining candidate’s academic qualifications and relevant work experience;
  • Proof of citizenship: copy of passport (valid for the duration of the scholarship) or valid national identity document. If the identity document is in a language other than English or French, an English or French translation of the identity document. Note: a driver’s licence, permanent resident card, student card or baptism certificate is not accepted as proof of citizenship. The country of citizenship in the application form must be the same as the country of the proof of citizenship.

Important information

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Applicants are required to submit the documentation and complete the application form.

All supporting documentation must be submitted in English or in French. Candidates will be required to provide translations in the official language of their choice.

Conditions

All recommendations of the scholarship selection committee and decisions made are final. There is no appeal process.

The selection committee does not provide feedback to unsuccessful candidates. Submitted applications and documents are not returned.

These scholarships are subject to the availability of funds.

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