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The University of British Columbia International Scholars Program Awards in Canada

Deadline : November 15, 2023

The University of British Columbia (UBC) International Scholars are passionate and ambitious students who have the potential to make a difference in the world. These are excellent academic achievers who demonstrate exceptional extracurricular activities and are dedicated contributing and to giving back to their home countries and communities.

The International Scholars Program Awards comprises of Four(4) awards and a total of 50 scholarships are awarded every under this program. These are need-based and Merit based awards, so selected students are those who demonstrate exceptional academic record and those challenged by tough social and financial circumstances.

Applicants can be selected for one of the Four(4) prestigious need-and-merit-based awards through the UBC’s International Scholars Program

  1. Karen McKellin International Leader of Tomorrow Award: This award is dedicated to international undergraduate students who demonstrate superior academic achievement, leadership skills, involvement in student affairs and community service, and recognized achievement in other key areas.
  2. Donald A. Wehrung International Student Award: This award is aimed at outstanding international undergraduate students from countries which have been impoverished or war-torn areas, and have achieved academic excellence under difficult circumstances, and who would be unable to attend university without financial assistance.
  3. International Impact Award: This award is dedicated to exceptional students who demonstrate commitment to social issues including social justice issues, climate change, equity and inclusion, societal health and wellness, and freedom of expression.
  4. Vantage One Excellence Award: Offered by UBC Vantage College, the award is dedicated to international students with an academically outstanding track record but do not yet meet the English Language Admission Standard for direct admission to UBC.


The Karen McKellin International Leader of Tomorrow Award, the Donald A. Wehrung International Student Award, the International Impact Award and the Vantage One Excellent Award will cover your financial need and costs to help you successfully complete your degree program while staying in Canada.

  • These awards will cover your Financial needs, determined by totaling tuition, fees, and living costs, and subtracting the financial contribution you and your family can make each year.
  • The awards will be renewed every year provided you demonstrate satisfactory academic standing in your faculty, continue to demonstrate financial need, and maintain your Canadian study permit.
  • These award will be renewed for up to three additional years of undergraduate study or to degree completion


In order to be considered for one of the International Scholars Program Awards, you must fulfill the following scholarship conditions

  • You must be an international student who is applying or has applied and will be studying in Canada on a Canadian study permit.
  • Preferred candidates are those that demonstrate a level of financial need and would otherwise not afford to study at UBC.
  • Applicants must have achieved and are entering UBC from a recognized secondary school, college, or another recognized institution
  • You must be applying and planning to enroll for your first undergraduate degree.
  • Eligible candidates must meet the admission requirements into one of UBC’s undergraduate programs.
  • Applicants must demonstrate exceptional Academic performance
  • The conditions for application include fulfilling the degree-specific requirements for the degree program of your choice.
  • Applicants must also meet the English Language Admission Standard for their selected degree program at UBC.


  • If you are interested in either one of the International Scholars Program Awards, you must submit your application for consideration before the deadline.
  • Please note that you cannot select which award you prefer, this is determined by the selection team.

Follow the following steps to apply

  • Decide on the degree program you wish to apply for and at which Campus you wish to conduct your studies.
  • Request for nomination from from your school or a non profit organization to nominate you for the scholarship.
  • Look for an academic referee to write for you a reference letter to support your application.
  • Gather all the required support documents including financial information, previous awards and extracurricular activities and get ready for applying.
  • Apply for the International Scholars Program Awards by the deadline of November 15, 2023.
  • Lastly, submit your application for admission, for your selected degree program. (See application guide by watching the video here below)

To apply, please follow the official link by Clicking here

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