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International Scholarships

Canada-Haiti Academic Projects

Please note that there will be no competition for academic year 2014-2015.

Eligibility: The lead Canadian partner must be a post-secondary institution or an organization that represents Canadian post-secondary institutions recognized by their provincial or territorial government.


The disastrous earthquake that took place in Haiti on January 12, 2010 had a profound impact on students, faculty and the overall capacity of academic institutions to continue addressing the educational needs of the country's workforce.

In response to this disaster, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) created a pilot initiative in 2010 called the Canada-Haiti Academic Projects to alleviate immediate challenges of post-secondary institutions as well as to foster lasting linkages between Canadian and Haitian institutions. This is the third competition of the program which is a component of the Canada-CARICOM Leadership Scholarships Program.


The project will be predicated on a partnership between a Canadian and a Haitian institution.

The lead Canadian partner must be a post-secondary institution or a consortium of Canadian post-secondary institutions recognized by their provincial or territorial government.

Project Eligibility

The objective of this initiative is to support joint Canada-Haiti academic projects to build the capacity of academic institutions, provide short-term opportunities for Haitians to advance their studies, and enhance the skill sets required to encourage prosperity in the region.

Project outcomes should be sustainable and have a positive multiplier effect on the citizens of Haiti.

Projects that engage local Haitian government representatives, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and the private sector are also welcome.

Projects must take place either in Haiti, in Canada or in a combination of the two.

Projects may include, but are not limited to, the following activities:

  • short-term opportunities for Haitian students and faculty at graduate, undergraduate and vocational levels, to take part in academic, technical or professional programs in Canada;
  • short-term opportunities for Canadian educators/professionals to offer training sessions, courses, etc. in Haiti;
  • joint organization of workshops, seminars or other meetings;
  • joint organization of special technical programs (eg. training of trainers);
  • specialist training and professional/academic development activities; and
  • training offered by academic institutions in partnership with the private sector leading to certification.

Although applications from all disciplines will be accepted, priority will be given to academic projects which include, but are not limited to, education or training in the following areas:

  • health care (first line health care, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, psychology, first aid, prosthetics, etc.);
  • construction (techniques of construction, seismic construction, engineering, architecture, carpentry, roofing, refrigeration, plumbing, cabinet making, electrical wiring, etc.);
  • education (early childhood, primary, secondary and post-secondary teaching, technical training, training of principals, upgrading skills for post-secondary leaders, etc.);
  • governance issues;
  • small and medium-sized enterprise management, entrepreneurship and microfinance;
  • agriculture (food production and conservation, fishing, farming, etc.);
  • tourism (eg: hotel management); and
  • computer studies and information technologies.


The maximum funding per project is CAN $25,000. Projects which receive funding from other sources are welcome. Institutions may submit up to four (4) project proposals of up to CAN $25,000 each.

The funding for the realisation of the project will be disbursed to the Canadian institution who will be accountable for the direct payment of all costs considered eligible and approved by DFAIT.

Funding is provided to help defray direct costs related to the project including, but not limited to: international travel, local travel, living expenses and educational material.

Funding will cover up to full-fare economy class flight(s) via the most direct route. No provision is made for release time stipends, salaries, or for overhead costs to the institutions or organization.

While projects with additional sources of funding are welcome, applicants must indicate any in-kind contributions, as well as any other source of funding on the online application form as well as on the Budget Form provided in the online application. At DFAIT’s request, applicants may also be required to provide a budget breakdown of where the funds from the other sources will be allocated.


Funding for the project is valid for a minimum of four (4) weeks and a maximum of five (5) months.

Application Process

Applicants are encouraged to read carefully the instructions below before beginning the online application. If applicants experience difficulty filling out or submitting the online application form, applicants should send an email to: Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.


The Haitian and Canadian institutions should collaborate to complete the application form. The Canadian institution must submit the application form online. Paper applications will not be accepted.

Applicants must enter data in the fields provided according to the instructions for each item; verify the data prior to submission; and click “submit” on the online application. A confirmation page will appear after submission and a reference number will be provided to the applicant.

A hard copy can be obtained, for record keeping, by printing the form (using the print function in the browser) before submission.

Terms and Conditions

The projects that are approved by DFAIT will receive funding in accordance with the following conditions:

  • Projects must be a minimum of four (4) weeks and a maximum of five (5) months and must start between January 1, 2013 and March 4, 2013.
  • A progress report may be request from the recipient at DFAIT’s discretion.
  • All projects must be completed by June 7, 2013.
  • A final narrative report must be submitted to the scholarship administrator no later than two weeks following the end of the project’s activities.
  • Recipients of funding from multiple Canadian government sources should note that Government of Canada funding may not exceed the total eligible costs for the project.


This competition is now closed.

Evaluation of Project Proposals

All online applications received by the deadline and which meet the eligibility requirements will be evaluated by a selection committee. Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • sustainability of the project and its potential for future collaboration between the partner institutions;
  • alignment with priority areas listed in project eligibility section above;
  • potential for increasing capacity of Haiti's education sector;
  • fostering of strong linkages between Haiti and Canada;
  • development of human capacity in priority sectors;
  • number of Haitian participants;
  • diversity of regional impact in Haiti;
  • budget; and
  • course/program accreditation or certification.

Particular attention will be given to the budget, which must be drafted in Canadian dollars. The financial needs of the project should be clearly and precisely demonstrated.

Compliance to reporting for past recipients of this initiative will be taken into consideration during the selection process.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Applicants will be contacted by December 17, 2012 by the scholarship administrator regarding the status of their application.

Applicants must ensure that a permanent email address is included in the application.


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