Why Canadian Universities still remain one of the best for Graduate studies
While it can be argued that other universities around the world offer scholarships to Masters and PhD students furthering their education in specialized areas, Canadian universities have been known to be consistent in seeking for top notch students in different academic disciplines. Students that meet the requirements are easily accepted in to the graduate programs in Canadian universities irrespective of your country of origin or race.
For example, the University of Saskatchewan Canada offers a range of scholarship and fellowship programs aimed at attracting the best and brightest students around the world:
Here is an excerpt from the University of Saskatchewan website:
Teacher-Scholar Doctoral Fellowships
Are awarded through a university wide competition to twenty Ph.D. students, who are within the first 5 years of their program with a grade point average of 80% or higher. Preference is given to students who have completed their course work and comprehensive exam. Teacher-Scholar Doctoral Fellows receive up to $20,000 for one year, during which they will receive training in university teaching, and, will deliver an undergraduate course under the guidance of a faculty mentor. You and your faculty teaching mentor must make a joint application for the Fellowship on the application form.
University of Saskatchewan Graduate Scholarships (UGS)
Ph.D. students with a UGS receive $20,000 per year for up to 3 years subject to maintaining acceptable academic standing. Master’s students with a UGS receive $16,000 per year for up to 2 years subject to maintaining acceptable academic standing.
University of Saskatchewan Graduate Teaching Fellowships
Provides students with $17,100 per year for up to five years. You are required to work 12 hours per week for the September to April period.
University of Saskatchewan Graduate Teaching Assistantships
Are available in most departments. New and continuing students should write to the Graduate Chair of the department to indicate their interest in being considered for a GTA. The graduate student rate of pay at the University of Saskatchewan is $18.51 per hour.
University of Saskatchewan Graduate Research Assistantships
Are offered to University of Saskatchewan graduate students by faculty members holding research grants and contracts. New and continuing students should contact faculty members doing research in their area of interest to ask about possible GRA opportunities. Be prepared to provide full information on your experience in the field. The graduate student rate of pay at the University of Saskatchewan is $18.51 per hour.
University of Saskatchewan Graduate Service Fellowships
Pays students $5,200 for a 4-month term. The student is expected to provide 12 hours of work per week on projects or initiatives that will enhance services and the quality of graduate programs for a broad base of graduate students. Graduate students will receive valuable work experience and learn skills related to project organization, delivery, and reporting. Contact the College of Graduate Studies and Research Awards Office for more detailed information.
To get any of these scholarships, the tactical approach is to find a supervisor conducting research in your area of interest.