Sponsorship and Partnership
A ‘sponsored student’ is an international student who has full or substantial funding provided by a third party of the student’s home country, to cover tuition and living expenses during the student’s studies at Western.
Desiring to promote, develop and strengthen the relationship between Western and other countries and recognizing the contribution international graduate students bring to the university, Western has entered into a number of partnership agreements with government organizations and programs around the world to bring in qualified international students to pursue their graduate degree at Western on scholarship and/or grant. Please refer to the list and links below for scholarship and sponsorships opportunities in your country.
If you are sponsored or potentially sponsored applicant please email Teri Hern, Manager, Graduate Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org so that she can guide you through the application process.
Below is a listing of our formalized partnerships:
- CALDO a consortium of nine leading Canadian research universities dedicated to the development of international education partnerships between Canada and Latin America. As a leading academic gateway for Latin American students, CALDO aims to position Canada as a destination of choice for sponsored students across Latin America.
CALDO has signed agreements in eight Latin American countries: Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru
andUruguay. Most agreements are signed with governments, government agencies, and university organizations, and their focus is on research collaboration and graduate student mobility.
- CGS-Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements
- China Scholarship Council
- Global Opportunities Awards
- Libya North-American Scholarship Program
- Egypt Cultural and Educational Bureau
- Mitacs Globalink Research Awards
- Organization of American States Program
- Rhodes Scholarships
- Russia - Global Education Program
- Saudi Arabia King Abdullah Scholarship Program
- Vietnam International Education Development Program
Frequently Asked Questions
I am a potential sponsored student and I am interested in a Western graduate program. Can you help me find a supervisor?
Yes, we would be very happy to guide you
Once you've identified one or two potential supervisors, you should contact them by email. Here are some items to consider to include in your initial email introduction to your potential supervisor:
- Your name
- Whether you are a sponsored student and your sponsoring agency
- Program you are applying to and the start date (Fall, Winter or Summer Term)
- Your academic background (your GPA must be over 3.0, or equivalent)
- TOEFL/IELTS scores (if applicable)
- Academic awards or highlights
- Research background, including publications if you have any
- Reasons for applying to graduate school
- How the faculty member's area of research will match with your research goals (cite the faculty member's publications if relevant)
- Make it known that you are familiar with their work and how their research interests align with your own
- A research proposal, if appropriate
- Ask them if they are accepting new graduate students for the coming academic year
- Mention to them that you are a sponsored student or planning to apply for sponsorship and include the Financial Guarantee letter from your sponsor, if available.
Advice for the First Contact Email
- Address your letter carefully. For example, if you are sending a letter to "John Smith,
PhD", address as "Dear Dr. Smith" or "Dear Professor Smith." (Salutations such as "Respected sir" or "Dear Mr. Smith" will demonstrate that you haven't done enough research to find out their gender or professorial rank)
- Try to keep it as brief as possible. For example, in your first contact, you probably don't need to include your
transcript,but do mention your GPA
- Make sure to proofread your letter and have someone else proofread it for you. Poor grammar and spelling errors will reveal quite a bit about your academic abilities and attention to detail.
Your relationship with your supervisor forms the foundation of your graduate school experience. It's best to start building it even before you begin the application process.
Most thesis-based graduate programs require a supervisor. However, to check whether your program requires securing of a supervisor prior to applying online for admission, visit the program’s website (a list of all graduate programs and program contact
Professional and course-based programs do not require a supervisor.
Is it important to mention to my potential supervisor that I am a sponsored or potential sponsored student?
In order to apply for sponsorship in my country, I need an official offer of admission from the University. What do I do in order to get the offer letter of admission from the University?
In order to apply for my sponsorship, in addition to the offer of admission from the University I am required to provide my future supervisor’s academic CV. How do I go about getting one?
My sponsor will be paying for my tuition and would like the university to invoice tuition directly. Is this possible?
You have an option to live on or off campus. For on-campus housing options please visit http://residenceatwestern.ca/exchange_international.cfm. Residence living at Western was rated #1 by students for the 2017 Maclean’s University Ranking.
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