Canada Funds 500 New PhD Scholarships

February 29th, 2008 by Keith Clausen

The new Canadian federal budget announced this week includes ambitious new funding for international education to help Canadian universities compete for top talent from Canada and around the world. From Macleans.Ca online:

“The program will award 500 PhD students with $50,000 each year for up to three years of study. The program will cost the government $25-million over two years. It will be open to both Canadian and international students.

The new initiative is a response to universities’ complaints that they are unable to attract the world’s brightest students to Canada. The program, named after Governor General George Vanier, aims to compete with high profile scholarship programs like the Rhodes program.”

Click here to read the rest of the story on Macleans.ca Online.

The Canadian Federation of Biological Societies also reported on a new study abroad program for Canadian students:

“The Government will also provide $3 million over two years for Canada Graduate Scholarship recipients ($6,000/year to 250 students) to help Canadian students study abroad for one semester.” For more information, visit the CFBS story.

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Dartmouth Goes Need-Blind for International Students!

February 14th, 2008 by Keith Clausen

Dartmouth College, a member of the Ivy League and at the “forefront of US higher education since 1769,” has joined the elite group of US universities and colleges that offer need-blind admissions to international students.

From Dartmouth’s news release:

“Need-blind admissions for International Students

Starting immediately with the Class of 2012, the College will extend its need-blind admissions policy to all international students. Previously the College was need-blind for students from the U.S. as well as those from Canada and Mexico and provided financial aid to other international students up to a preset budget maximum. This cap will now be lifted and Dartmouth will join a very small group of schools that have a fully need-blind admissions process for international students.”

Under a need-blind admissions policy, a school reviews a students application for admission without considering the student’s ability to pay. Then if the student is admitted, the school must make the tuition affordable by meeting the student’s demonstrated financial need for all four years of their undergraduate study, through a combination of grants and loans. Dartmouth will become the 7th US school offering need-blind admission, joining MIT, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Williams College and Middlebury College.

Visit InternationalStudent.com’s Schools Awarding Aid page to see more on the US colleges and universities that offer aid to international students.

Read the entire press release on Dartmouth’s website.