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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 five 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 February. Scholarships are awarded in spring, and issued in autumn at the start of each academic year.


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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 2019-2020 academic year.
  • In excellent academic standing.

Assets: Study or work experience outside of Canada is considered an asset.

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
  • Clear expression of how scholarship will help pursue field of study
  • Academic achievement (as reflected in the transcripts and/or honours)
  • Experience in Canada and abroad (work, internships, volunteering, study exchanges) during the current degree program
  • Leadership potential (as reflected in extracurricular activities)
  • Strength of letters of reference
  • Language skills

What's the Process?

  1. Complete the online application via EDC’s Careers Portal (Select “EDC International Business Scholarships 2018-2019”)  by February 15, 2019. No documents are accepted by mail, email or fax.
  2. Eligible applications will be reviewed during the month of March by an EDC selection committee.
  3. Applicants will be notified of the selection committee’s decision by early April.
  4. The funds will be disbursed in the fall after successful applicants submit proof of enrolment.

Supporting documents

All documents must be submitted electronically using the online application.

The following supporting documents are required:

  1. Letter of intent

    Please describe your main areas of interest and your proposed career path highlighting any current or past activities that demonstrate your motivation and potential in international business or in international business with an environmental or sustainability focus. (Maximum 600 words)

  2. 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.

  3. Resume

    Your resume should include any experience abroad (work, study, internship), as well as any professional experience, volunteer work and extracurricular activities and memberships which demonstrate your interest for international business or in international business with an environmental or sustainability focus.

  4. Academic or employer reference letter

    You must include a reference letter from either a professor/ instructor at your current educational institution or from your employer.

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
    • Keyano College
    • Langara College
    • Medicine Hat 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
    • St. Lawrence College

    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 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 ask a professor to be an employer reference?

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

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

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

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

  38. 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 a reference letter.

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

  40. Most applicants have a minimum B average.

  41. Are scholarship applicants considered for internships?

  42. 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.

Who to Contact

For inquiries and additional information, please contact:

Hear from some of our scholarship winners

Devon Haye

Devon HayeProgram: Bachelor of Commerce, McGill University

“I am immensely grateful to be selected as a recipient of the EDC International Business scholarship. EDC’s support allows me the flexibility to pursue the many opportunities I have been working toward. I plan to leverage this support to further my education in the field of international business and advance my progression toward a career that is globally focused and socially conscious.”

Benjamin Corbeil

Benjamin CorbeilProgram: Bachelor of Accounting Science, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

"I am very thankful and honoured to have been selected as a winner for EDC’s International Business Scholarship. This scholarship will not only support me financially, but also allow me to continue working towards my education and my many goals. Thank you EDC for recognizing my efforts and dedication towards a career in international business.”

Yulianna Zan

Yulianna ZanProgram: Bachelor of Commerce, University of Manitoba

"I am incredibly honoured to have been awarded the prestigious International Business Scholarship from Export Development Canada. This scholarship will serve as a significant support for my upcoming international business studies in Hong Kong. Thank you for recognizing my efforts, and thank you for encouraging me to strive for bigger achievements in the area I am passionate about."

Dolapo Fadare

Dolapo FadareProgram: Bachelor of Economics and Entrepreneurship, University of Saskatchewan

“Receiving the EDC scholarship has assisted in significantly reducing my living cost of attending school away from home. At the same time, it allows me to spend time to focus on my courses as well as on extracurricular activities and programs.”

Zheng-Yi Ong

Zheng-Yi OngProgram: Bachelor of Commerce, Queen’s University

“I’m grateful and honoured to have been chosen for this award. Receiving this scholarship will further let me explore international working opportunities in the summer after I graduate from Queen’s.”

Aser Hailu, 2017

Aser HailuUndergraduate Program: Bachelor of Commerce, Finance, University of Manitoba – Winnipeg, Manitoba

Aser has recently completed a study exchange in Munich, where he gained a new perspective and greater understanding of global business. He has also completed a two-month program in Ethiopia, where he was able to engage in a cultural exchange and build strong friendships and connections. In the future, Aser hopes to continue his studies overseas, and to use the experience he has gained to eventually open an international business with a social aspect to support developing communities.

"It’s an honour to receive the EDC scholarship, as it will allow me to gain international experiences and study in a foreign language. As our world is becoming interconnected, giving young people such as myself this knowledge and experience will be crucial in helping Canada succeed on the international stage."

Kathleen Cadungog, 2017

Kathleen CadungogUndergraduate Program: Bachelor of Commerce, International Business, University of Calgary – Calgary, Alberta

Kathleen aspires to help industries move towards sustainable and ethical practices. She completed a seven-month exchange program in the Netherlands where she studied management of international social challenges and the complex nature of politics and society. Alongside her academic achievements, she volunteered to help combat homelessness and break the cycle of poverty. She hopes to pursue graduate studies to further her knowledge on sustainability.

"I am incredibly grateful and honoured to receive this International Business Scholarship and am excited that Export Development Canada has created this great program to encourage a global consciousness. Unmistakably, this not only financially supports my education, but motivates me to apply my learning on an international scale. With this, I am inspired to work towards a sustainable future.

EDC International Business Scholarship Winners ​


  • Jasmine Wang, Western University
  • Yulianna Zan, University of Manitoba
  • Caitlin Ladd, Dalhousie University
  • Eva Li, Queen's University
  • Melanie Meng Liu, University of Alberta
  • Alida Burke, University of Ottawa
  • Diva Astinova, University of Ottawa
  • Sergio Rios, Algonquin College
  • Devon Haye, McGill University
  • Dolapo Fadare, University of Saskatchewan
  • Narinder Pal Singh, Seneca College
  • Charly Bax, Carleton University
  • Eva Ren, McGill University
  • Nayaelah Siddiqui, University of Ottawa
  • Leizl Pineda, University of Ottawa
  • Lorianne Dueck, Carleton University
  • Emily Kate Gray, Carleton University
  • ElizabethTkach, McGill University
  • Erin Ball, Conestoga College
  • Benjamin Corbeil, Université du Québec a Trois-Rivières
  • Victoria Farrell, Carleton University
  • Sahil Bablani, Queen's University
  • Melissa Blimkie, Simon Fraser University
  • Zheng-Yi Ong, Queen's University
  • Mishael Liu, University of Alberta
  • Denis Boily Ortega, Concordia University
  • Stefanie Huffman, Simon Fraser University
  • Ali Wicklum, University of Alberta
  • Julianne Nieh, University of British Columbia
  • Serinda Kong, University of British Columbia


  • Adeline Saive, McGill University *
  • Alexander Cardoso, University of Waterloo *
  • Alexandre Dussault, McGill University *
  • Alexandru Gheorghe, York University
  • Aser Hailu, University of Manitoba
  • Colin Donahoe, McGill University
  • Emma Logan, St. Francis Xavier University
  • Emmanuelle Alcindor, HEC Montréal
  • Hien Nguyen, University of Regina
  • Irene Lai, University of Waterloo
  • Isabela Murillo, Carleton University
  • Isabella An, Western University
  • Isabelle Hupé-Côté, McGill University
  • Jeff Zhang, Queen’s University
  • Jennifer Seo, University of Manitoba
  • Jenny Jingyi Li, University of Waterloo
  • Kaila Shatosky, Carleton University
  • Karina Latcu, Brock University
  • Kathleen Cadungog, University of Calgary
  • Kevin Horak, Carleton University
  • Kimberly Ng, Simon Fraser University *
  • Liam Grigg, University of Victoria
  • Linda Du, Queen’s University
  • Maria Chiara Paoli, McGill University *
  • Nikolas Shymko, Saint Mary’s University
  • Peter Behncke, Simon Fraser University
  • Réanne Cooper, Université Sainte-Anne
  • Roman Celac, McGill University
  • Ryan Sungjin Chang, Simon Fraser University
  • Sarah McKinnon, Carleton University * Recipients of the scholarship in international business combined with environmental or sustainability studies.

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


  • Sanziana Andreica, Queen’s University
  • Darren Chin, University of Alberta
  • Stephanie Grace Chow, Simon Fraser University *
  • Bruce Andrew Chudley, University of Manitoba
  • Nicola Wendy Craig, Queen’s University
  • Corinna Ha, McGill University
  • Anna Malgorzata Halawa, University of Ottawa
  • Luke James Harrison, University of Waterloo *
  • Danica Rae Jorgenson, University of Calgary
  • Eric Lam, University of Waterloo *
  • Guillaume Lange, HEC Montréal
  • Nataliya Leshko, University of Toronto
  • Dina Lu, University of British Columbia
  • Edyta Maciejowski, University of Calgary
  • Danielle Marquis, University of Ottawa
  • Jennifer Rhetta Mattinson, Acadia University
  • Isabela Murillo, Carleton University
  • Jordan Murray, University of Ottawa
  • Andrea Ort, Carleton University
  • Daniel Adam Piechnik, University of British Columbia
  • Caroline Suzanne Pogue, Carleton University
  • Emily Potvin, University of Ottawa
  • Mark Ren, Western University
  • James Russell, Saint Mary’s University
  • Chris Seo, University of British Columbia
  • Kaitlin Thompson, University of Waterloo *
  • Iris Wu, Western University
  • Yangping Xing, Algonquin College *
  • Courtney Young, Western University
  • Laura Zubick, University of Alberta

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


  • Seyedeh Hedieh Ahmari, Capilano University *
  • Tiffany Bennett, Simon Fraser University
  • Isabelle Bouchard, HEC Montréal
  • Samantha Chan, Simon Fraser University
  • Cassie Doucette, Mount Royal University
  • Peter Casper III Sy Dyloco, Queen's University
  • Malak El Allaki, York University
  • Nicholas Fraser, Brock University
  • Kyle Gough, University of Alberta
  • Xavier Hegetschweiler, Université Laval
  • Qinran Huang, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Shelby Jamieson, Dalhousie University *
  • Daniel Shinun Kang, McGill University
  • Brittany Lightheart, Niagara College
  • Jessica Lomazzo, Western University
  • William McFetridge, University of Manitoba *
  • Madeline Millsip, Simon Fraser University *
  • Valérie Moreau, HEC Montréal
  • Yuen-ki Ngan, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Caroline Pogue, Carleton University
  • Carissa Rysko, University of Alberta
  • Jabir Sandhu, Carleton University
  • Mark Scorgie, Grant MacEwan University
  • Emily Sheard, University of Manitoba
  • Samuel Tersigni, Carleton University
  • Joseph Watson-MacKay, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Tyler Wedekamm, Queen's University
  • Alysha-Rae Weekes, University of New Brunswick
  • Andrew West, University of Alberta
  • Megan Wylie, University of Waterloo *

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

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