Canada-ASEAN Scholarships
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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 aim to reduce poverty in the developing countries of ASEAN and to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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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 the 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.

The Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials maintains a directory of educational institutions in Canada that may also be consulted.

Eligible institutions include:

  • Any registered Canadian post-secondary institution listed in one of the sites noted above;
  • Not-for-profit organizations offering professional development programs; and
  • Private specialized institutes offering professional development programs.

On August 6, 2017, the Government of Canada announced the Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED) program to provide opportunities for students and mid-career professionals from ASEAN to conduct short-term study or research in Canadian post-secondary institutions in areas that contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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, 2020, and must end no later than March 1, 2021.




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).

The 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.


This scholarship program is open to 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).

A mid-career professional, for the extent of this scholarship program, is someone who:

  • has worked for at least 5 and up to 20 years;
  • 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.

To be eligible:

  • Candidates must be citizens of an ASEAN member state and must be currently working in an ASEAN member state;
  • Candidates from Brunei and Singapore must demonstrate how they would use the learning in Canada to help combat poverty in one of the other eight ASEAN countries;
  • Candidates must fulfill the requirements of the Canadian institution including academic requirements and language proficiency; and,
  • Candidates who have obtained Canadian citizenship or who have applied for permanent residency in Canada are not eligible.
Eligible Regions: ASEAN member states

Application Process

Applicants must:

  1. Download the application form to their computer;
  2. Fill out the application form and save on to their computer;
  3. Print and sign the completed application form;
  4. Scan the completed and signed application form and save it in a .pdf file format, if possible. Application forms in .jpg format will also be accepted;
  5. Upload all required documents on to the computer;
  6. Email the application form and all required documents to [email protected] 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.

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Application Deadline: February 6, 2020

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