Are you concerned that your international experience will add extra costs that you can’t afford? Don't let finances hold you back from the opportunity of a lifetime. There are many funding options to help offset the costs of your trip. If you are flexible on where you want to travel and study, you may be able to access funding of up to $7,000! Explore your options below.
What are my funding options?
Dalhousie financial support
Dalhousie has many different funding opportunities available for students who need financial support to make their exchange dreams a reality. Explore the different options available and apply for internal funding now!
Go Beyond Borders bursary
Through funding from the Provost & Vice-President Academic, the Office of International Relations has established a new student bursary. The Go Beyond Borders bursary ($1500) will be available as of January 2018. Apply below. Applications will be reviewed and bursaries will be awarded on a monthly basis.
To be eligible for the Go Beyond Borders bursary students must:
- Be Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents
- Demonstrate financial need (e.g. have a student loan)
- Are in good academic standing and have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.50
- Be participating in a short-term, for-credit international study programs (e.g. international field course, short-term summer program)
- Return to Dalhousie for full-time studies after study abroad (either continuing a term in progress or starting a new term when the study abroad program takes place between terms)
- Not have received this bursary in the past (students are eligible to receive this funding once)
- Priority will be given to applicants who self-identify as a member of a historically underrepresented population
- Priority will be given to students enrolled in direct-entry undergraduate programs, however, a proportion of funds can support graduate student mobility
George Burris Study in England Awards
This grant was established by a bequest from George Burris to support Dalhousie students wishing to study in England. Grants will be awarded on the basis of academic and extracurricular excellence, financial need, and international experience.
The grant supports:
- Study, work, or practicum placements of at least four weeks in duration
- Course work that a student will receive six credit hours for toward a Dalhousie degree
- Reduced level of support for placements with service or educational programs sponsored/recognized by the university
Criteria for selection:
- Strong academic achievement
- Applicants must be Canadian citizens
- Extracurricular achievement
- Financial need
- Currently registered as a Dalhousie student in good standing
We suggest applications be submitted at least four to six weeks prior to departure, to allow enough time to review the application and process the necessary paperwork.
Note: The grant does not provide retroactive funding. We recommend that you complete the funding application as soon as you are accepted into an international program.
Study/Work International Fund (SWIF)
Established as part of the Student Assistance Program, SWIF provides financial assistance to students who want to take part in an international placement. There is a maximum award of $2,000 CAD per applicant.
SWIF supports study, work, or practicum placements for which Dalhousie University will give a degree credit. It provides reduced levels of support for placements with service or educational programs sponsored or recognized by the university. In all cases, the placement must be a component of your degree.
You may be eligible for SWIF funding if you:
- Qualify for financial assistance on the basis of need
- Are in good academic standing and have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.50
- Will receive academic degree credit for the placement (funding is not available for individual travel, research, or data collection)
- Have completed five full academic credit courses at Dalhousie
- Are currently a full-time student
You must complete a pre-departure program prior to applying for any funding through the International Centre.
The committee meets on a regular basis. This means that there is no deadline for applications, but there are two critical things to note.
- Your application and supporting documentation must be fully complete and submitted prior to your departure.
- The chair of the committee will go through your application to ensure everything is complete only if the application is submitted one month prior to your departure. This will allow you enough time to rectify any omissions. If you don't provide enough time in advance of your departure, we can't guarantee this check will be done, and you risk having your application rejected on the basis of being incomplete.
We recommend that you complete the funding application as soon as you are accepted into an international program.
Emily Bevan Harrington Award
The Women’s Division of the Dalhousie Alumni Association established an award from the Emily Bevan Harrington Fund. Emily Bevan Harrington was one of the first women to come to Dalhousie, beginning her studies in 1888. As an important part of the Dalhousie community, a scholarship was started in her name, for women who wanted to further their studies abroad.
Who is it for?
- Undergraduate or graduate student who will be participating in a study abroad or exchange program for a minimum of one semester.
- Preference will be given to a female student and one who lives in or has lived in Shirreff Hall Residence.
- Students who have a minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.5.
- Students who demonstrate financial need.
How much is awarded?
One award annually in the amount of $2000
Howard C. Clark International Study Award
This fund was set up in honour of Dalhousie’s 9th president, Dr. Howard C. Clark on the occasion of his retirement. This award is intended to supplement the funding available from SWIF.
Who is it for?
- Students undertaking a program of study or placement in an international setting related to their academic program at Dalhousie.
- Students must demonstrate financial need as assessed in the SWIF application.
- Students who demonstrate academic merit in combination with higher program costs.
- Students whose programs of study require them to live in a non-western culture.
How much is awarded?
One award annually, in the amount of $1500
Other partially funded programs
Bader International Study Centre Grant
The Bader International Study Centre at Herstmonceux Castle is in East Sussex, England. Students can expect a rich culture and historical environment in a quiet country setting.
The program offers field trips in England and to the continent to complement classroom study. During your international experience at the BISC, you will attend classes in the castle for Monday through Thursday. Friday, and potentially into the weekend, students travel with a professor to sites related to their studies, where they will engage in experiential learning for each course.
Dalhousie University students study here through the Canadian University Study Abroad Program (CUSAP). CUSAP students come to the Castle primarily from Canadian universities as well as from other countries.
The Bader International Study Centre (BISC) offers an upper-year program for students in their 2nd or higher year of an undergraduate degree.
Upper-year Dalhousie students may attend the BISC for one of the following academic terms:
- Fall Term: September–December (5 courses = 15 credit hours)
- Winter Term: January–April (5 courses = 15 credit hours)
- Summer Term: Early May–mid-June (2-3 courses = 6-9 credit hours)
This amazing academic experience is also the most highly funded! You may not realize it, but depending on your level of financial need, participating in the BISC program can cost the same or less than staying at Dalhousie for a term! If finances are your primary concern, this program is an excellent choice!
Students who apply for nomination to this program through the International Centre will automatically be considered for a scholarship of approximately $7,000 CAD from Dalhousie's Bader International Study Centre Grant.
To be considered for this grant, it is critical that you apply for nomination be the following deadlines:
- January 1 – Deadline for Summer BISC Nominations
- February 1– Deadline for Fall BISC Nominations
- October 1 – Deadline for Winter BISC Nominations
Note: Students who demonstrate financial need are given priority for this award. Please submit the funding application (link to funding page) in addition to your application for nomination to the BISC program.
Should your demonstrated financial need exceed what the BISC grant can provide, we will also consider you for Dalhousie’s George Burris Study in England Award. You may also qualify for funding through Queen's University.
Fees are set annually by the BISC and are paid directly to Dalhousie. The amount owing to Dalhousie will reflect any scholarship that is applied to your account.
For more information on these fees visit the BISC website.
The Killam Fellowships Program
The Killam Fellowships Program offers awards to exceptional undergraduate Canadian students to spend one semester or a full year as an exchange student in the United States.
Value of the program
- $5,000 USD per semester
- Health insurance allowance
- Up to $800 USD for in-country travel
- Killam orientation in Ottawa, ON
- Spring seminar in Washington, DC
- Canadian citizen
- Full-time undergraduate student in good academic standing
Find more information on the Killam Fellowships website.
To be considered for nomination to this program, the Killam electronic application form must be completed and submitted online by Monday January 20th, 2020.
Dalhousie will select three students to nominate to the Killam program. The Killam Foundation will then select one to two students to participate in an exchange to the United States.
Funding is also available through many private, corporate, and government organizations and associations.
For Dalhousie graduate students
- Canada-China Scholars Exchange Program
- Endeavour Research Fellowships (Australia)
- Foreign Government Awards (Mexico)
- German Studies Research Grant (Graduate)
- German Studies Research Grant (PhD)
- James M Flaherty Research Scholarships (Ireland)
- Mitacs Globalink Research Awards (many countries)
- Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) (New Zealand)
- Shastri Research Student Fellowship (India)
- Shastri Student Internship Project (India)
Review more external funding sources on the database maintained by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
Databases and individual funding opportunities to assist you with your search
- Association of Commonwealth Universities
- British Council
- Canada-US Fulbright Program
- Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation
- Canada Student Grants Program
- External Scholarships and Bursaries
- Foreign Affairs Canada - Canadian and International Scholarship Programs
- International Educators and Financial Aid
- International Scholarships and Courses
- International Student Loan
- Mensa Canada Scholarship Programme
- Tylenol Scholarships
- Universities Canada
Check with your faculty or department for additional funding opportunities specific to your studies. Some options include:
Dal Med Class of 72 Bursaries
|Description||The MD Class of 1972 have established an Endowment Fund with the Global Health Office to provide bursaries to fourth-year medical student to pursue an international education experience.|
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In order to qualify for the bursary, students must meet the following requirements:
Nursing New Ventures Fund
|Description||The School of Nursing’s Alumni Fund for New Ventures Development supports current faculty or student led relevant and rigorous projects that advance the mission and goals of the School of Nursing’s Academic Plan.|
Deadlines for applications are typically February 1 and October 1 of each year.
Dalhousie Pharmacy Endowment Fund (DPEF)
The Dalhousie Pharmacy Endowment Fund (DPEF) supports programs of mutual interest and benefit to both the profession and the Dalhousie College of Pharmacy. Since its establishment in September 1988, the fund has worked to meet the following objectives:
Faculty of Computer Science Exchange Scholarships
The Faculty of Computer Science provides several scholarships of $1000 each for the outgoing exchange students who participate in FCS exchange programs. These scholarships are merit based, and can be held in addition to any other awards. No application is required for FCS Exchange Scholarships. They will be awarded based on the information in exchange applications.
Student loan funding
Student loan agencies only fund students for study abroad/exchange if they fall under one of two categories:
- Dalhousie has a written exchange/study abroad agreement with another institution.
- The other institution has been approved through the Canada Loans Program.
For more information contact the Registrar's Office.