International Funding Opportunities

Research applications must be submitted to the Office of Research Services at least two weeks before the due date of an international funding competition to allow the Research Grants Officer to review the application and provide feedback in a timely manner.

Below is a selected list of opportunities sorted by location of the sponsor or research. For opportunities with set deadlines, consult our Current Funding Opportunities (pdf) newsletter.

Opportunities by region:

Latin America and Caribbean
United States


Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada - Post-Graduate Research Fellowships
Application deadline: February 28, 2019 

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada is committed to fostering the next generation of Asia Pacific researchers and analysts. It offers up to four, one-year Post-Graduate Research Scholarships (PGRS). Successful scholars will have a background in Asia-related research in any field. The selection will be based on abilities, academic excellence, and fit with the Foundation’s research priorities.

The Scholars are expected to work from the Vancouver office and to divide their time between working on a personal project and participating in day-to-day activities. Scholarships amount: $42,000 for Master’s graduates / $45,000 for PhD graduates.

Eligibility: Canadian citizens / permanent residents who have graduated from a Master’s or doctoral program within 18 months

International Centre contact:
Kennis Fung 
International Partnership Officer (Asia and Oceania)

Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED)
Alienation deadline:February 19, 2019

The Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED) program aims to reduce poverty in the developing countries of ASEAN and to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Scholarships and educational exchanges will contribute towards all Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including Goal 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls) through, for example, women’s studies, political science, anthropology, and economics; and Goal 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts) through, for example, environmental sciences/policy examining climate change mitigation and adaptation, energy, peatlands and other land use effects and strategies, and forestry.

The University of Manitoba is responsible for submitting applications on behalf of eligible candidates from post-secondary institutions in ASEAN, and interested applicants should send all relevant information to the International Partnership Officer at the University of Manitoba on / before February 19, 2019. 

Eligibility: Candidates must be citizens of an ASEAN member state (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos (Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR)), Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, or Vietnam).  They must be registered as full-time students in their home institutions at the time of application and during the entire duration of their study or research stay in Canada. This program is NOT open to those who have obtained Canadian citizenship or who have applied for permanent residency in Canada, or who have already enrolled in a degree or diploma program at a Canadian university or college.

For college and undergraduate applications, a written institutional collaboration and student exchange agreement between the Canadian institution and the candidate’s home institution is mandatory.

For graduate applications, an inter-institutional agreement is desirable but not mandatory if the applicant intends to conduct research only (an agreement is required if the applicant intends to attend classes).

The scholarship value varies depending on the duration and level of study. The scholarship value for students is:

  • CAD 10,200 for college, undergraduate or graduate students (Master's and PhD) for a minimum of four months or one academic term of study or research;
  • CAD 12,700 for graduate students (Master's and PhD) for a period of five to six months of study or research; or
  • CAD 15,900 for undergraduate and college students for a period of eight months or two academic terms of study or research.

International Centre contact:
Kennis Fung
International Partnership Officer (Asia and Oceania)

Canada-China Scholars' Exchange Program
Application deadline: Friday, March 1, 2019

The Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program (CCSEP) is based on reciprocal agreements between the Government of Canada and the Government of the People’s Republic of China.

Scholarships are available for studies and research, for a combination of studies and language studies, or for language studies only. Scholarships are tenable at Chinese institutions that admit scholarship recipients of the Chinese Government Scholarship.

For students, each award is tenable for a period of no more than 12 months and no less than four months. For mid-career professionals and faculty members, awards are tenable for a period of no more than 12 months and no less than eight weeks. The scholarship is tenable between September 2019 and August 2020.

The award component provided by the Chinese Government Scholarship includes:

- tuition fees at participating Chinese institutions;
- a monthly stipend appropriate to the recipient’s status (approximate values):
    • 2,500 Yuan for undergraduate and language students;
    • 3,000 Yuan for Master’s degree students; and
    • 3,500 Yuan for PhD students and senior scholars.
- on-campus accommodation or a subsidy for off-campus accommodation (if permitted); and
- comprehensive medical insurance.

International Centre contact:
Kennis Fung
International Partnership Officer (Asia and Oceania)

Center for Chinese Studies (CCS) – Research Grant Program
This research grant program is aimed at foreign professors, associate professors, assistant professors, post-doctoral researchers, and doctoral candidates in Chinese studies-related departments at foreign universities. CCS will provide a round-trip ticket to and from Taipei, monthly subsidies ranging from $1,333–$2,000 CDN, insurance coverage, assistance with research expenses, research materials, liaison with universities and research institutions, and the use of CCS facilities.

Matsumae International Foundation Fellowship
Offering young researchers in the fields of natural science, engineering, or medicine to carry out their research in a Japanese host institution (university research laboratory, national research institution, or corresponding facility in private industry) of their choice between 3-6 months.


Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
The National Research Flagships initiative funded by the Australian government was launched to reinforce the development of collaborative research partnerships reflecting national research priorities.


Grand Challenges Canada
Supports projects with bold ideas and that can have a big impact in global health.

International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
Grants supporting research, knowledge-building, and knowledge-sharing projects in four broad areas: 1) agriculture and the environment; 2) global health policy; 3) social and economic policy; and 4) science and innovation.

Universities Canada
Offers international research opportunities.


AgreenSkills – Incoming and Outgoing Fellowships in France
Offering fellowships to develop challenging basic or targeted research projects in the areas of agriculture, environment, food and nutrition, and animal health.

Alexander von Humbolt Foundation
Offers several competitions for top experts at different stages of their careers to share their knowledge in Germany.

DAAD – Research Visit Grant and Arts Study Visit for Faculty
Offering grants for 1-3 months in all academic disciplines to pursue research at universities, libraries, archives, institutes, or laboratories in Germany.

European Space Agency
Canadian institutions are eligible to apply for tenders either as a lead or a collaborator.

European Union – Horizon 2020
From 2014 to 2020, the European Union will provide €80 billion for research in all sectors, from the most fundamental research, training and infrastructure, to the most experimental emerging technologies, advanced scientific developments, demonstration projects and valorization of results.

Gerda Henkel Stiftung – Research Scholarships and Research Projects 
Supports historical humanities projects in the field of archaeology, art history, historical Islamic studies, history, history of law, history of science, and prehistory and early history. Research can take place anywhere in the world. 

NATO – Science for Peace and Security Programme (SPS)
Supports collaborative R&D projects that: 1) facilitate mutually beneficial cooperation on issues of common interest, including international efforts to meet emerging security challenges in counter-terrorism, energy security, cyber defence, defence against CBRN agents, or environmental security; 2) enhance and support for NATO-led operations and missions; 3) enhance awareness on security developments including through early warning, with a view to preventing crises; or 4) human and social aspects of security related to NATO’s strategic objectives.

Swiss National Science Foundation – International Short Visits
Grants awarded to initiate international collaborations.


Competition open for Latin American and Caribbean citizens: Student Exchange Program, 2019-2020

Information Sessions 
Thursday, February 21 – 210 Helen Glass Centre, 2:30-3:30 pm
Friday, February 22 – 128 Apotex Centre, 1:30-2:30 pm
International Centre Deadline: March 12

Global Affairs Canada launches its 2019-2020 Student Exchange Program for Latin American and Caribbean citizens wishing to study, to conduct research or to undertake professional development in Canada.

The 650 short-term exchange scholarships being offered will promote partnerships, student mobility and research collaborations between Canadian and Latin American and Caribbean post-secondary institutions.
Canadian post-secondary academic institutions can now submit scholarship applications on behalf of students, faculty and international liaison officers/managers from eligible countries. Only applications submitted directly by Canadian post-secondary institutions will be considered.
For full program and application details, visit each scholarship program’s guidelines page.

Application Deadline at Canadian Bureau for International Education: March 21, 2019
International Centre Contact:
Cameron Zywina 
International Partnership Officer

Emerging Leaders in the Americas (ELAP) Faculty Mobility Program 2019-20
International Centre Deadline: February 12, 2019

The Faculty Mobility Program aims to increase the number of institutional collaborations and student exchange agreements between Canadian and foreign institutions eligible under the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP). These agreements are created between colleges, technical or vocational institutions and universities in Canada, Latin Americas and the Caribbean.

The Program will award grants to teach or conduct research for a short-term in countries eligible to ELAP (CARICOM countries, Central America, Latin America, Mexico).

The Canadian institution will receive funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) for all successful candidates in the form of a grant and will be responsible for providing the funds to scholarship recipients.

The maximum grant value per faculty is CAD 7,000. Recipients may seek additional funding from other sources (private or public).

The duration of the scholarship is for three (3) weeks minimum and eight (8) maximum (participant can stay longer with funds from other sources)

For more information on developing a project proposal to respond to this call, click here:

Application Deadline at Global Affairs Canada: 11:59 p.m. EDT, February 19, 2019

International Centre Deadline: February 12, 2019

International Centre Contact:
Cameron Zywina
International Partnership Officer


Albert Renold Travel Fellowships for Diabetes Research
Fellowships for young scientists to travel and stay at European institutions in order to learn different scientific techniques in diabetes research

American Chemical Society – Petroleum Research Fund
Supports research directly related to petroleum or fossil fuels.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – Global Health Program
Grants for projects pertaining to global health issues.

Blue Moon Fund
Supports projects in Asia (China, Himalayans, Greater-Mekong subregion), Tropical Americas (Andes-Amazon, Eastern Amazon, Mesoamerica), and North America (Gulf Coast), that build human and natural resilience to a changing and warming world.

Broad Foundation
Supports research that can lead to improvements in the prevention, diagnosis or therapy of Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Supports research in the areas of biomedical sciences, diversity in science, infectious disease, interfaces in science, population and laboratory-based sciences, regulatory science, and reproductive sciences.

Department of Defense
Offering medical research grants in several areas including, but not limited to autism, cancer, multiple sclerosis, clinical and rehabilitative medicine, bone marrow failure, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and neurofibromatosis.

Google – Faculty Research Awards
Supports cutting-edge research in computer science, engineering, and related fields.

Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation – Research Grants
Supports research from the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence and aggression.

Human Frontiers Science Program 
Supports basic research on fundamental biological problems with emphasis placed on innovative and interdisciplinary approaches that involve scientific exchanges across national and disciplinary boundaries.

Offers grant opportunities focused on type 1 diabetes research, including fellowships, research grants, and conferences.

MacArthur Foundation
Accepting letters of inquiry in a wide range of areas.

March of Dimes
Supports a number of research grants aimed at improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

Muscular Dystrophy Association – Research Grants Program
Supports research aimed at developing treatments for the muscular dystrophies and related diseases of the neuromuscular system.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
The NIH is the primary US agency (comprised of 27 institutes and centers) focused on medical research on particular diseases and body systems. Researchers from Canadian universities are eligible to apply for many NIH funding opportunities.

National Science Foundation
Supports research in most fields of science and engineering.

Rockefeller Foundation
Supports projects that revalue ecosystems, secure livelihoods, transform cities, or advance health. Projects must be relevant to the Foundation’s current initiatives and affect people in one or more geographic areas where the Foundation currently works.

Thrasher Research Fund – Pediatric Medical Research
Supports a broad array of applications that foster creativity at finding solutions to children’s health problems.

Wenner-Gren Foundation – Anthropology
Supports significant and innovative anthropological research into humanity’s biological and cultural origins, development and variation through fellowships and grants for field work, research, and conferences. 


For more information on international research grants, or if you are in the process of applying for a funding opportunity involving international research, contact:

Jenna Silva (On leave)
Contact Michelle Chudd
Research Grants Officer (Institutional Programs)
(204) 474-7437 
Internal Grants (incl.start-ups)

Funding Databases 
National Institutes of Health
European Commission Horizon 2020 Programme