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Through the Youth Education Program, EDC helps build the capacity of the next generation of business leaders by awarding scholarships to Canadian students with a demonstrated interest in international business.

International Business Scholarships

EDC created the International Business Scholarships because international trade is critical to Canada’s economic prosperity and we’re dedicated to helping students – the next generation of business leaders – to succeed.

We award up to 30 scholarships annually, 25 of which go to undergraduate university or college students interested in pursuing a career or furthering their studies in international business, with up to 5 additional scholarships for students in programs which combine business with environmental or sustainability studies. An EDC scholarship is worth a $4,000 cash award.

The application process starts in November and ends in early February. Scholarships are awarded in spring, and issued in autumn at the start of each academic year.

Check Your Eligibility

To qualify you must be:

  • A Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Enrolled in a full-time accredited bachelor’s degree at a Canadian university or college.
  • Studying business (international business, commerce, finance, economics, accounting, etc.) or business combined with environmental or sustainability courses.
  • Returning to full-time studies for the 2015-2016 academic year.
  • In excellent academic standing.

Assets: Study or work experience outside of Canada (or plans to go abroad) are considered assets.

Note: EDC employees and their dependents are not eligible.

Key Selection Criteria

Scholarships are awarded by a selection committee who evaluates applications based on the following:
  • Demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in international business
  • Academic achievement (as reflected in the transcripts and/or honours)
  • Experience in Canada and abroad (work, internships, volunteering, study exchanges) during the current program, or concrete plans for obtaining international experience during the 2015-16 academic year
  • Leadership potential (as reflected in extracurricular activities)
  • Strength of letters of reference
  • Language skills

What's the Process?

  1. Complete the online application by February 2, 2015 and make sure the required references are submitted no later than February 9, 2015. Please note that with the exception of references which are submitted directly by the referees, no documents are accepted by mail or email. Faxes are not accepted.
  2. Candidates will be notified of their eligibility by the end of February through email.
  3. Eligible applications will be reviewed during the month of March by CBIE and a selection committee comprised of academic and business representatives.
  4. Applicants will be notified of the selection committee’s decision by early April.
  5. The funds will be disbursed in the fall after successful applicants submit proof of enrolment.

Supporting documents

Some supporting documents are required while others are optional. With the exception of the reference letters, all documents must be submitted electronically using the online application.

The following supporting documents are required:

  1. Transcripts

    A clear, scanned copy of your official transcript(s) from all post-secondary institutions (e.g. university, college, cégep) attended, including the most recent academic term.

    Transcripts must include detailed information on the grading system specific to your institution. We reserve the right to request the original, hardcopy transcript.

    We strongly recommend applicants order a recent transcript from their institution well in advance of the application deadline.

  2. Citizenship

    A clear scanned copy of an official document demonstrating Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status in Canada.

    Examples of official documents include Canadian passport, birth certificate, citizenship or permanent resident card.

    The copy of your official document will not be provided to the selection committee, it is only used to determine eligibility.

  3. Academic reference

    An academic reference from a professor or instructor at your current educational institution.

    See further details about how to submit references below and in the FAQs section.

  4. The following supporting documents are optional, however please consider that including them could enhance your application:

  5. Employer reference for experience in Canada or abroad

    This reference applies to applicants who have paid/unpaid professional experience in Canada or abroad. Applicants who have national experience must ask their current or former employer to complete this form, while applicants who have completed at least three months of experience abroad while pursuing their current degree must ask their foreign employer to complete this form instead. References from a faculty member will be accepted if they refer to paid work.

    See further details about how to submit references below and in the FAQs section.

  6. Resume

    As part of the online application form, you will be asked if you would be interested in being considered for a potential internship at EDC or DFATD. If your response is “yes,” you will be asked to attach a recent version of your resume.

    Your resume will not be considered as part of the assessment for the scholarship. Therefore, please ensure that your online application form is as complete as possible.

  7. Confirmation of past or future experience abroad

    This step is only required if you have:

    • some experience abroad that is not already reflected in the employer letter (e.g. study exchange, volunteering, other paid/unpaid placements) which took place during your current program of studies, or
    • made concrete efforts to secure an international experience for a minimum of 3 months during the next academic year.

    If applicable, please attach a letter confirming your previous or upcoming international experience from the corresponding educational institution or placement organization as part of your online application.

    If you have not yet received confirmation of an overseas exchange or placement but have taken concrete steps organize to one, please provide a detailed description of these efforts in the online application.

How to submit references:

References must be prepared and submitted confidentially. Referees must complete the official reference forms below and may attach an additional one-page letter of recommendation.

Academic reference form (PDF)

Employer reference form (PDF)

Referees must submit the completed forms (and accompanying letter when applicable) directly to the EDC International Business Scholarships Manager by email to EDC-Scholarships-Bourses@cbie.ca. The subject line should read "Reference for Student First Name Last Name". Acceptable formats are: .doc, .docx, .pdf, .jpg. References submitted by the student will not be accepted and additional references will not be considered.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I am a second (or third) year undergraduate university student in Natural Resources Management or Environmental Studies. Am I eligible to apply for one of the scholarships for business studies combined with environment or sustainability studies?

  2. If, in addition to natural resources or environmental studies courses, your program includes courses in business then you are eligible to apply.

  3. I am only taking one international business course. Am I eligible to apply?

  4. If you are in a business or economics program, and applying in the international business category, you must show evidence of interest in international business either through your curriculum (courses taken or that you are planning to take) or your extracurricular activities. However, if you are in a combined environment and business program, you do not need to be taking international business courses.

  5. I am a CEGEP graduate and I was admitted directly to the second year of a bachelor’s degree program. Am I eligible to apply?

  6. CEGEP and International Baccalaureate graduates sometimes enter their bachelor’s degree program in second year, and complete their degree requirements in three years. In this case, you are eligible to apply in your second and third year (which are in fact your first and second year at university). If in doubt, contact us.

  7. I am a college student in a university transfer program. Am I eligible to apply?

  8. If you are a college student in the second year of a four-year degree transfer program (that is, two years at college followed by two years at university to obtain a bachelor’s degree) and have already been accepted into the third year of the university program, you are eligible to apply.

  9. How do I know if my college has degree granting authority?

  10. Degree granting authority is regulated by provincial governments. To the best of our knowledge the following colleges are the ones with degree granting authority for business bachelor programs; if your college is not listed and has recently acquired this authority you would still be eligible. These colleges are:
    • Algonquin College
    • British Columbia Institute of Technology
    • Camosun College
    • College of the Rockies
    • Conestoga College
    • Douglas College
    • George Brown College
    • Georgian College
    • Humber College
    • Langara College
    • Niagara College
    • North Island College
    • Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
    • Okanagan College
    • Olds College
    • Red Deer College
    • Seneca College
    • Sheridan College
    • Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

    If your college is not listed and has recently acquired this authority you may still be eligible.

  11. I am a college student completing a diploma program, am I eligible to apply?

  12. No. The Scholarships Program is only available for students completing a bachelor’s degree program.

  13. I am currently in my second or third year of my second bachelor’s degree program. Am I eligible to apply?

  14. Applicants with previous degrees are eligible to apply as long as the previous studies were in a different area of study.

  15. I am an international student at a Canadian university or college completing a bachelor’s degree program. Am I eligible?

  16. The Scholarships Program is open only to Canadian students who are citizens or permanent residents of Canada.

  17. I am a Canadian bachelor’s degree student studying international trade at a university in Ottawa but I am currently on a co-op work term in Toronto. May I apply for the scholarship even though I am not taking courses at the moment?

  18. Yes, you are eligible to apply.

  19. I am a student in an MBA or other related graduate studies program. Am I eligible to apply?

  20. The Scholarships Program is only available for students completing bachelor’s degree programs. EDC does not offer any graduate scholarships. We recommend you consult the Government of Canada’s International Scholarships website.

  21. I already received an EDC International Business Scholarship. Can I apply again?

  22. Yes, you can apply provided you still meet the program’s eligibility requirements.

    Application Form & Supporting Documents

  23. I am currently on an exchange outside of Canada. Can I have an extension on the deadline for supporting documents?

  24. We must receive your online application, including all supporting documents, on or before the deadline. If you have extenuating circumstances, please contact us regarding an extension for supporting documents.

  25. Can I submit supporting documents by mail?

  26. No. All supporting documents, with the exception of references which are submitted by email, must be submitted online as part of your application form.

  27. Are high school transcripts required?

  28. No, high school transcripts are not required.

  29. Are CEGEP transcripts required?

  30. Yes, CEGEP transcripts are required.

  31. I cannot obtain an official transcript (with the most recent semester) from my university or college before the deadline. What should I do?

  32. Please contact us regarding an extension for official transcripts.

  33. Can I submit the reference letter on behalf of my referee?

  34. References must be submitted confidentially. If the reference is submitted by email, then it must be submitted directly by the referee. If the reference is submitted by mail, then it can be submitted by the applicant provided it is in a sealed envelope with the referee’s signature across the flap.

  35. Can I submit more than two references? How will the committee view additional references?

  36. Only two references (one academic and one employer) will be sent to the selection committee.

  37. Can I ask a professor to be an employer reference?

  38. If you have completed paid work for the professor (research, teaching assistant, etc.) then a professor can provide an employer reference.

  39. Can I use a reference for volunteer work as my employer reference?

  40. Yes, the employer reference can be for either paid or volunteer work.

  41. Is the reference form mandatory? Can my referee also submit a reference letter?

  42. The reference form is mandatory. It can be accompanied by a one-page reference letter.

  43. I have completed work experience outside of Canada. How does the selection committee recognize this experience?

  44. Work experience outside of Canada (i.e. a paid/unpaid internship abroad or any type of paid employment overseas, within the timeframe of your current degree and for at least a minimum of three months) is valued by the selection committee. In order to demonstrate your experience abroad, you must have your foreign employer complete the employer reference form.

  45. I am planning an overseas placement in the upcoming academic year. How does the selection committee recognize this experience?

  46. The selection committee recognizes that some applicants may not yet have had the opportunity to complete an assignment abroad, but are planning to do so in the next academic year. Your plans for an overseas placement (study, work, volunteer or internship) for at least 3 months are valued during the selection process. Please indicate your intentions to go abroad in the online application form by providing a scanned confirmation letter from your current/future placement or your current school/future study abroad institution. If you have not yet received confirmation of an overseas placement, you will need to provide a detailed description of your efforts to organize one in your application and provide any relevant preliminary documentation.

  47. What is acceptable proof of citizenship?

  48. Acceptable proof of citizenship documents are a Canadian passport, citizenship or permanent resident card or birth certificate.

  49. What is considered strong academic standing for this program?

  50. Most applicants have a minimum B average.

  51. Are scholarship applicants considered for internships?

  52. Recruitment for internships is independent from the EDC Scholarships Program. To ensure you are considered for internship opportunities, you must apply separately for specific positions posted on EDC's Careers page or on the Careers in the federal Public Service website. Scholarship recipients (not applicants) will have their resume forwarded to Human Resources and may be contacted if they expressed an interest in internship opportunities on their application. However, they will still be expected to apply through the regular process in order to be considered.

Who to Contact

The EDC International Business Scholarship is administered on behalf of Export Development Canada by the Canadian Bureau for International Education. For inquiries and additional information, please contact:
EDC International Business Scholarships
Canadian Bureau for International Education
220 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 1550
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 5Z9
Tel: 613-237-4820 ext. 245

Hear from some of our past scholarship winners

Isabelle Bouchard, 2014

Isabelle BouchardUndergraduate Program: Baccalauréat, Administration des affaires, HEC Montréal

Isabelle completed an exchange in San Diego California where she took international entrepreneurship courses. She has been a member of the local AIESEC chapter and HEC’s management consulting club.

« Je suis passionnée d’international, l’analyse des marchés étrangers et des cultures et leur interprétation. Cette bourse me permettra de persévérer dans l’atteinte de mes objectifs, aussi bien ceux liés à ma performance scolaire et à mon implication au sein de ma communauté que ceux qui sont liés mon cheminement professionnel. »

Viktor Holicek, 2014

Viktor HolicekUndergraduate Program: Bachelor of Business Administration, Concentration in International Business, Simon Fraser University

Viktor has completed study exchanges in Taiwan and China, as well as an internship in Mexico. He started his own distribution company for aquatics supplies and swimming computers, developing relationships with manufacturers in Asia and the UK, and concurrently worked on sourcing organic products from South America. Viktor is a member of the YMCA’s Youth Mean Business Program in Vancouver. Upon graduation he plans to further his education with an MBA geared towards International Business.

“It is organizations like EDC that help encourage students to expand their potential and promote international endeavours at a critical time in their lives. As a recipient, I will deliver my best efforts to continue gaining exposure to new cultures, studying languages, and building business networks and opportunities.”

Rohith Manhas, 2014

Rohith ManhasUndergraduate Program: Bachelor of Business Administration, Simon Fraser University

Rohith was the Vice President of the University’s International Business Association and completed an internship with the Canada-India Business Counsel in Mumbai. He has been member of the Vancouver Board of Trade’s Regional Transportation and Logistics Committee and received the 2013 Surrey Board of Trade top 25 under 25 Award.

“Receiving this scholarship will allow me to best fulfill my role as Commissioner for the District of Maple Ridge while in Europe. This scholarship will also allow me to further explore my international business career ambitions by supporting my experiential learning while abroad.”

Deanna Mirlycourtois, 2014

Deanna MirlycourtoisUndergraduate Program: Bachelor of Commerce in International Business and Human Resource Management, University of Manitoba/p>

Deanna has participated in sustainable economic development projects in El Salvador, Ecuador and Brazil. In Brazil, she made recommendations on sustainable small business practices in indigenous communities. Her aspiration is to promote sustainable economic development and capacity building.

“It is an immense honour to be recognized as an EDC scholarship recipient! The award helped me finance an exchange in Spain where I improved my fluency in Spanish. It also served as personal motivation to pursue further education in the field of international business and economic development. The emphasis the award places on the value of international experience, and the role business can play in bridging cultures and developing societies has helped reaffirm my desired career path.”

Caleb Park, 2014

Caleb ParkUndergraduate Program: International Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) in International Business, York University

Caleb is passionate about the global marketplace and aspires to strengthen Canada’s trade relationships with East Asian countries, particularly China, South Korea and Japan. He has served as Vice President at the Korean Students Association of Canada, he also holds a certificate from the World Federation of Overseas Korean Traders Associations, has been member of the local AIESEC chapter and completed an internship in South Korea.

“The EDC award means a lot to me. It not only allows me to pursue and explore different areas of study in international business, but also encourages me to push myself further in all areas of my life. I feel much more confident and excited to strive for my vision of strengthening Canada’s trade relationships with East Asia. This recognition will tremendously help my professional development both in short and long-run. Thank you, EDC!

Logan Pizzey, 2014

Logan PizzeyUndergraduate Program: Bachelor of Science, Agribusiness, University of Saskatchewan

Logan is passionate about the intersection of business with sustainable practices and has put sustainable approaches to work on a family owned farm, utilizing practices such as zero-tillage, sustainable crop-rotations and maintaining wildlife habitat. He has also been part of seed export deals to several US states, as well as export transactions of wheat planting seed to the UK.

“The more time I spend as a small piece of the agriculture community, the more I realize how I am also a piece of the international business community. I am extremely grateful to be one of the EDC scholarship award winners. My interest is to ensure that our future food production is focused on maintaining community, economic and environmental sustainability. As Canadian agriculture continues to evolve, it is important to enter the industry with a quality education and I would like to thank EDC for the opportunity to do so.”

Sebastian Toplician, 2014

Sebastian ToplicianUndergraduate Program: Bachelor of Business Administration, International Business Management, Conestoga College

Sebastian was the first student to go abroad as part of his program at Conestoga College, and is interested in various fields within business including supply chain, operations and human resource management.

“The EDC scholarship greatly assisted me with my tuition costs and gave me the safety net of being able to pursue more global adventures taking me one step closer to becoming a global citizen. This award is also very prestigious and I hope that it will shine a brighter light on Conestoga College and other potential college recipients around Canada.”

EDC International Business Scholarship Winners ​


  • Ryan Amsden, Concordia University
  • Anvita Akkur, McGill University*
  • Isabelle Bouchard, HEC Montréal
  • Mackenzie Chapman, Carleton University
  • Rochelle Comte, Université de Saint-Boniface
  • Sam Cui, Western University*
  • Jacob Dancyger, Queen’s University*
  • Jens Deppe, Grant MacEwan University
  • Nigel Figueiredo, University of Victoria
  • Wan Yi Gong, Queen's University
  • Viktor Holicek, Simon Fraser University
  • Ann Karamysh, Capilano University
  • Kashmir Kaur, University of British Columbia
  • Eva Ko, University of British Columbia
  • Felicia Liang, University of Alberta
  • Charles Ma, Grant MacEwan University
  • Gaelle Madevon, University of Victoria
  • David Maher, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Anastasia Manannikova, Concordia University
  • Rohith Manhas, Simon Fraser University
  • Christopher Matthew, University of British Columbia
  • Deanna Mirlycourtois, University of Manitoba
  • Melissa Morgan, University of Waterloo
  • Sophie Paradis, Carleton University
  • Caleb Chan-Young Park, York University
  • Nam Pham, University of Victoria*
  • Logan Pizzey, University of Saskatchewan*
  • Anil Sengupta, Brock University
  • Jeffrey Shalagan, University of Alberta
  • Sebastian Toplician, Conestoga College

* Recipients of the scholarship in international business combined with environmental or sustainability studies.


  • Eric Agyemang - University of Ottawa
  • Shireen Ali - Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Leyla Alizada - Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology
  • Alison Carlyle - Univeristy of Waterloo
  • Kyle Collison - University of Alberta
  • Aurelie Dahoo - University of Ottawa
  • Saliya de Zoysa Jagamuni - Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology
  • Breagh Farquharson - Thompson Rivers University
  • Kathryn Grant - University of Victoria
  • Melissa Haines – University of Waterloo
  • Scott Hirsch – Simon Fraser University
  • Ray Howard – Ryerson University
  • Christopher Kropp - Carleton University
  • Mimi Lam - Carleton University
  • Anita Lee - Western University
  • Brett Lindquist - University of Alberta
  • Darrin Mah University of Victoria
  • Shaun McGeough - Carleton University
  • Ross Park - Carleton University
  • Sara Pelaez Restrepo - Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
  • Leah Perry - Carleton University
  • Asha Rajak - Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology
  • Jason Rondeau - Saint Mary’s University
  • Karine Sabourin - University of Manitoba
  • Nathan Shantz - Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Vincent Song - Simon Fraser University
  • Myra Tremblay - Université Laval
  • Cameron Turnbull - Saint Mary’s University
  • Cameron York - University of Victoria
  • Cedric Zhang - Wilfrid Laurier University


  • Mathew Baptista - University of Guelph
  • Calvin Barrett - University of Manitoba
  • Simon Bibeau - McGill University
  • Connor Bildfell - University of Victoria
  • Cory Boles - University of British Columbia
  • Adrian Caguiat - Ryerson University
  • Paul Decaire - HEC Montreal
  • Jiemi Gao - Western University
  • Sophie Giguère Samson - York University
  • Émilien Gouin-Bonenfant - Université de Montréal
  • Aleithia de Guzman - Queens' University
  • Meghan Horosko - University of Lethbridge
  • Ray Howard - Ryerson University
  • Mimi Lam - Carleton University
  • Connor Lyons - Western University
  • Lindsay McLean - University of Calgary
  • Annik Mitterer - Bishop's University
  • Esper Nemi - York University
  • Je Youn (Jane) Park - York University
  • Jeannette Rouire - University of Waterloo
  • Chris Royle - York University
  • Thomas Schellenberg - Georgian College
  • Zhengyang Sharon Sun - Carleton University
  • Miroslav (Mirko) Suzarac - Simon Fraser University
  • Mengxi (Tom) Tang - Ryerson University
  • Jennifer Viscosi - University of Ottawa
  • Jonathan Wade - Concordia University
  • Ivy Wan - University of British Columbia
  • Shang-Lynn (Sunny) Yang - University of Alberta
  • Aamna Zia - University of Lethbridge
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