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Canada-Haiti Scholarships Initiatives

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada is renewing the Canada-Haiti Scholarships Initiative for a second year. In February 2011, a competition was launched under the first and third components. Details on each component can be found below.

The application submission deadline for Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP), Faculty Leadership Pilot Program (FLPP) and the Canada-Haiti Academic Projects Scholarship programs is April 19, 2011. Results will be announced in June.


The earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, had a profound effect on Haiti's education system, academic institutions, students, faculty and administration. In response to this natural disaster, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) has established the Canada-Haiti Scholarships Initiative to meet the immediate needs of Haiti's postsecondary institutions, help Haitian students resume their studies and assist in revitalizing Haiti's education system.

This initiative is the result of the round table organised by DFAIT, in collaboration with the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), in which members of the Haitian academic community were consulted to identify various possibilities for assistance and/or academic support, establish priority areas of involvement, and help establish a targeted action plan responding to the immediate needs of Haitian students and faculty members.

Description of the Canada-Haiti Scholarships Initiative

The Canada-Haiti Scholarships Initiative includes three components designed for Haitian students and faculty, as well as Canadian and Haitian academic institutions.

Component 1: Short-term study opportunities in Canada

This component is designed to enable Haitian students and faculty at the college, professional, undergraduate, and graduate level to study in Canada for a short period. A study tour will also be offered to selected students and faculty in key priority areas to expose them to Canadian models of governance, business and civil society.

Component 2: Canada-Haiti Virtual University Scholarship Program

This program is an extension of the conventional Canada-CARICOM Virtual University program, but is for Haitian students only. Under this program, the Government of Canada offers eight certificate programs in French in fields that have been identified as priorities by members of Haiti's academic community. All of the programs are entirely distance learning and the courses will be given over the Internet.

Component 3: Canada-Haiti Academic Projects Scholarship

The objective of this program is to support joint academic projects between Canadian and Haitian institutions aimed at increasing the capacity of Haiti's academic institutions, enable Haitian students to resume their studies, and/or strengthen skills in an effort to promote prosperity in the country.


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