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Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund
Deadline: 8 March, 2020
Level of Study
Postgraduate Research, Postgraduate Taught
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Funding Amount
Application Status

Eligibility summary

  • NationalityCanada
  • Level of StudyPostgraduate Research, Postgraduate Taught


Founded in 1967 by the Canadian Women’s Club to mark Canada’s centennial, the Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund (CCSF), has awarded c£1,000,000 in scholarships to some 500 talented Canadians studying postgraduate programmes at over 40 different universities, colleges and conservatories across the UK.  Recipients are chosen on the basis of academic or artistic excellence and their ability to represent Canada in the UK.

Awards are granted to scholars from a wide range of disciplines including science, engineering, social science and humanities as well as music, creative arts and design.  The CCSF plans to grant a number of £5,000 awards for the academic year commencing September 2020.

Recipients are chosen on the basis of academic excellence, as well as on their ability to represent Canada within the UK academic and artistic community. They represent a breadth of academic interests and pursuits. The scholarships are among the most prestigious annual scholarships for Canadians studying in the UK.  Two named awards are offered on occasion: the Belle Shenkman Award is given to the most impressive student of Music or the Arts; the Mary Le Messurier Award to the most impressive student of History.

CCSF awards are for postgraduate academic and artistic studies in the UK, and are exclusively for students who have already commenced their postgraduate programme of study in the UK.

Further Information

Further information relating to Required Information/Documents, Eligibility and Schedule/Deadlines is available at:

Schedule and Deadlines

  • The deadline to receive all applications and supporting documents is midnight Sunday 08 March, 2020
  • Trustees and CCSF committee members will then review applications.
  • Short-listed applicants will be notified in early May 2020 and will be invited for an interview.
    • If you have not been invited for interview by 8 May 2020, applicants should assume that their application has not been successful.
  • Interviews of short-listed applicants will be held in a central London location – Friday 22 May 2020.
    • Short-listed applicants must attend in person for interview to be eligible for an award. Telephone, video conference/Skype interviews are not permitted.
  • Payment of awards will be made at the end of September 2020 on confirmation that the student is enrolled for the 2020-2021 term.
Funding Towards

Financial Difficulties, Living Costs / Stipend, Miscellaneous, Tuition Fees

Funding Body

Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund

Funding Amount


Funding Body

Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund

Relevant Links for More Information

Information for applicants:

General information about the fund:

Promotional leaflet:

Special awards offered:

Terms and Conditions

Terms and conditions at

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) at


Please note: excludes Postgraduate Taught students on a one year programme.


CCSF awards are for postgraduate academic and artistic studies in the UK, and are exclusively for students who have already commenced their postgraduate programme of study in the UK.


To be eligible to apply for a CCSF award, an applicant must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen: proof of Canadian citizenship is required in the form of a pdf/jpg of your main passport page. You may be asked to bring this document with you if you are shortlisted for interview.
  • Be currently enrolled in a postgraduate programme (or equivalent) and at the time of applying be attending a full-time UK university or similar institution, and have completed at least one term of study, with at least one term remaining from September 2020. (Applicants undertaking a one-year programme are not eligible.)
  • Be able to demonstrate academic excellence.
  • Require funds to complete their studies.
  • Previous applicants may re-apply. The CCSF offers a maximum of two scholarships to any one individual.


Two named awards are also offered on occasion by CCSF: the Belle Shenkman Award is given to the most impressive student of Music or the Arts; the Mary Le Messurier Award to the most impressive student of History (

Funding Type

Help with current course

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Study Level

Postgraduate Research, Postgraduate Taught

Start Date

Mon, 02 Mar 2020 09:00:00 GMT

Close Date

Sun, 08 Mar 2020 23:59:00 GMT

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How to Apply

Applications are made online at

Before beginning your application, you are advised to:

  • Read information on the CCSF website about the application process. FAQs are available and these will answer the majority of questions or concerns you may have. 
  • Prepare a Personal Statement & Programme Overview: The title and a short precis, not to exceed 500 words (or 1 A4 printed page) and written for a non-specialist selection committee, should outline the main emphasis of your current studies and also comment on the impact your work will or may have on Canada and why this award is important to you. 
  • Contact two referees (one must be your current UK supervisor) about this application in advance, checking that they agree to provide a Letter of Support and will complete a Student Appraisal Form when requested to do so by the CCSF. Ensure you have their latest contact details as once submitted by you the request form will be sent automatically to your referee. Also check they will be able to do so by the deadline of Sunday 8 March 2020 at 11.59 p.m., as your application will not be considered complete until both referees have provided the required information.
  • Prepare the following documents that you will need to upload with your application ( all documents must be in PDF format):
    • A Curriculum Vitae: Provide details of specialized knowledge, technical, training or academic work experience. If your work has been published, please give details. It should be no longer than 2 A4 pages when printed.
    • Transcript: Copies of your transcript from the most recent degree you have completed.
    • Proof of Canadian citizenship: Provide a copy of your main passport page(s) showing your photo, date of birth and date of issue.