Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

CALDO Program

CALDO, a consortium of Canada’s leading research universities committed to international education, 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 its 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 talents 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

Admissible programs and duration

  • Full PhD- up to 48 months. If the student has already started the PhD prior to the award of the scholarship shall be deducted the period attended.
  • Sandwich PhD- 3 (three) to 12 (twelve) months abroad
  • Post Doc- 6 to 12 months, extendable up to 24 months
  • 100% STEM fields

Requirements to apply

Full PhD

  • Being Brazilian or foreigner with permanent visa in Brazil;
    • It is forbidden to grant full doctoral scholarship overseas to the applicant who is a regular student of graduate school in Brazil or who already have a doctorate.
  • Have formal language proficiency required for the course, with the score required by the foreign institution, if applicable;
  • Do not 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 making the full doctorate abroad, the relevance of research topic for the development of the area within the 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;
  • Do not exceed the total period of the doctorate, according to the statutory deadline for the ongoing defense of the thesis, and the residence time abroad is expected to remain at least 6 months in Brazil for the final drafting and defense of thesis;
  • Have completed a number of credits for the doctoral program that is compatible with the prospect of completing the course in a timely manner after the completion of the internship abroad;
  • 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.

Post Doctoral 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.

ESL (English as a Second Language) Support

  • Not Applicable

Financial assistance

Full PhD

  • Air tickets: $1604
  • Monthly living stipend: $1470 + $452 (if it is a high cost city)
  • Installation Assistance: $1470 
  • Dependent: $270 (for each dependent)
  • Assistance to purchase health insurance: $1200 (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 + $452 (if it is a high cost city)
  • Aid to buy air tickets: $1604
  • Scholarship;
  • Installation assistance: $1470 
  • Aid for the purchase of health insurance: $1200 
  • School fee (if applicable);
  • Foreign bench (when justified in the project and informed on the submission form)
  • NO benefit dependents

Post Doctoral Scholar

  • Aid to buy tickets: $1604 
  • Monthly living stipend: $2660 + $452 (if it is a high cost city)
  • Scholarship (Note that student needs to request funds for paying courses/activities that they want to attend)
  • Installation assistance: $2660 
  • Assistance for purchase health insurance: $1200 
  • No benefits dependent
  • There is no provision for payment of bench fees.

Link to External Websites

Chile (CONICYT)

This scholarship aims to train human capital in all areas of knowledge and in any country except Chile. The aim is that graduates, on his return to Chile, apply the acquired knowledge and contribute to the scientific, academic, economic, social and cultural development.

Admissible programs and duration

  • Thesis based master's maximum 2 years
  • PhD maximum 4 years

Requirements to apply

  • Be Chilean or foreign with permanent residency in Chile.
  • Owning the degree of Bachelor (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, for obtaining his Bachelor's and / or professional title.
    • Be within the top 30% of his class graduation degree or undergraduate.
  • Be accepted in a program abroad.

ESL (English as a Second Language) Support

  • Up to 6 months

Financial assistance for ESL

  • Max cost of course ESL: $4500 
  • AirFaire round trip
  • Installation assistance: $500 
  • Monthly living allowance: $1567 + $178 (partner) + $78 (descendant)
  • Aid for the purchase of health insurance: $800

Financial assistance

  • AirFaire round trip
  • Installation assistance: $500
  • Annual amount for books and materials: $300 
  • Aid for the purchase of health insurance: $800 
  • Monthly living stipend: $1567 + $178 (partner) + $78 (descendant)
  • Return assistance: $500
  • 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

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 best universities abroad. The resulting high-level professionals will contribute to the research and innovation capacities of the institutions that make up the National System of Science, Technology and Innovation. For full details visit the COLCIENCIAS website.

Admissible programs

  • PhD for a maximum of 4 years
  • 80% of total COLCIENCIAS financing to STEM field Programs
  • 20% of total COLCIENCIAS financing to other Programs

Requirements to apply

  • Must be a Colombian citizen
  • A Master's degree (must not have a Doctoral degree)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the English Language
  • Approved for Doctoral studies abroad (for students already enrolled in a PhD)

ESL (English as a Second Language) Support

  • Not Applicable

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 sum established by the college or institution of insurance.
  • Monthly living stipend: up to $ 4,000,000 (Colombian Peso) monthly.
  • Air Ticket: $ 4,000,000 (Colombian Peso) once
  • 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.
  • The Western Graduate Program will provide students with a support package that offsets the differential tuition between international and domestic charges.
  • Overall maximum of $300,000,000 (Colombian Peso)

Contact Information

graduate.coordinator@caldo.ca

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

Peru (PRONABEC)

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.

Admissible programs

PhD – up to 4 years
Master's- up to 2 years
80% of total financing to STEM field programs
20% of total financing to other programs

PRONABEC specified programs to be included in the agreement.

Requirements to apply

  • Having Peruvian citizenship under the current law.
  • Be domiciled and resident in the country during the call,
  • Possess high academic performance during college
  • Being in good physical and mental health that will permit them to complete the program of study.
  • No police record, court and / or criminal record.
  • Unconditional letter for the master's or doctorate, it is necessary to indicate the start date and the date of completion of studies. (Conditional only to receiving the scholarship)
  • Having the level of language required by the relevant educational institution.
  • Accreditation through documentation that monthly income is insufficient to meet the cost of graduate studies.

For Master's:

  • Up to 33 years old by December 31 of the year of application, (ie 31 December 2014).
  • Possessing the university degree or professional qualification issued by a university recognized by the National Assembly of Rectors (ARN).

For PhD:

  • Having up to 36 years old by December 31 of the year of application, (ie December 31, 2014).
  • Having the Master's degree (from a recognized by the National Assembly of Rectors University) or evidence of having completed the studies.

ESL (English as a Second Language) Support

  • Strengthening foreign 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. This is expressed in the letter of acceptance from the academic program; studies should be made on the same site of the university.

Financial assistance

  • Air travel at the beginning and end of the program, in coach.
  • Monthly allowance to cover accommodation, meals and local mobility which is approved by the PRONABEC.
  • $500 per semester for the purchase of books and study materials.
  • 100 % of the cost of health insurance; paying co-payments for medical care, they will be reimbursed by the insurance contract.
  • Costs for obtaining degree (research and administrative procedures within the study period). In the case of master it is $ 2,000 and for the PhD it is $4,000.
  • CALDO 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 CALDO each term.
  • The Western Graduate Program will provide students with a support package that offsets the differential tuition between international and domestic charges.
  • The grant is renewed every six months, prior to the submission of letters approving, and favorable report of the advisor, tutor or university authority.

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Ecuador (SENESCYT)

The purpose of this Agreement is to promote long-term collaboration and exchange in higher education, 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.

Admissible programs

  • 4 years of study in a doctoral program,
  • 2 years of study in thesis based master´s program,
  • Course-based masters but the international fee waiver will not apply

Finances most of the areas with exception of business, social sciences and law.

Requirements to apply

  • Ecuadorian citizenship
  • Maximum of 35 years of age to master's programs; and 45 years 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 program of graduate studies; or medical specialty in an university or research centers abroad.

Financial Assistance

  • Maximum amount per
    • Master's: USD $103,000 
    • PhD: USD $218,000 
  • Medical Specialties: USD $51,000/year
  • Monthly Living Allowance up to CDN $1,698 month
  • Bench fees: MA USD $2,100 /year; PhD USD $4,325 /year; Medical USD $4,850 /yearly
  • Insurance: USD $1,200 / yearly
  • Air tickets: up to USD $4,000 / year

Link to External Websites

Research Collaboration Agreements

Colombia (CCYK)

Colombia Challenge Your Knowledge is a campaign of the network of accredited universities of 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 processes in all Colombian higher education institutions. CCYK promotes active collaboration between Colombian Universities, converting our 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)

Requirements to apply

  • A Proposal must include research team participants from FAPESP eligible institutions and at least one of the CALDO member universities.
  • Eligibility to be a Principal Investigator shall be determined in accordance with the policies and procedures of FAPESP and CALDO member universities.
  • Only Principal Investigators working within research institutions located in the State of São Paulo, Brazil are eligible to submit Proposals through FAPESP,
  • Only Principal Investigators working within CALDO member universities are eligible to submit Proposals.

Financial assistance

  • FAPESP will provide funding of up to the equivalent of $12,500, in Brazilian money (Real $), per two-year project and CALDO institutions will provide funding of up to $12,500 per two-year project, for the period established in the award, to cover mobility expenses and other research-related expenses
  • FAPESP will provide the selected proposals with funds for travel (air tickets), health insurance and living allowances for researchers from the State of São Paulo that will visit the CALDO member universities in Canada.
  • CALDO institutions will provide the selected projects with funds for travel (air tickets), health insurance, and living allowances for researchers from CALDO member universities visiting the State of São Paulo.