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Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED) – For Mid-career Professionals

Applications are invited for Fully Funded Canada ASEAN and SEED Scholarships 2020 for mid-career professionals at the Canadian institutions.

Details of Scholarship

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.

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
  • 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 applicants and Canadian institutions.

Information on Canadian institutions and the short-term programs they offer is widely available through EduCanada and other associations. Edu-Canada 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 under Canada ASEAN and SEED Scholarships 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.

Canada ASEAN and SEED 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.

Benefits of Scholarship

Funding for Canada ASEAN and 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 applicant(s) will receive funding from DFATD in the form of a Letter of Agreement under the Canada ASEAN and SEED Scholarships.

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 for Canada ASEAN and SEED Scholarships

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
  • ground transportation expenses
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Eligibility for Canada ASEAN and SEED Scholarships

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:

  • Applicants must be citizens of an ASEAN member state and must be currently working in an ASEAN member state
  • Applicants 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
  • Applicants must fulfill the requirements of the Canadian institution including academic requirements and language proficiency; and,
  • Applicants who have obtained Canadian citizenship or who have applied for permanent residency in Canada are not eligible

Application procedure

To apply for Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development, applicants are required to submit:

  • 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 applicant learning in Canada
  • A résumé, outlining applicant’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

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