Canada is one of the most popular destinations of Nigerians seeking for places to study one international course or the other. You can study at any level of education in Canada, be it the undergraduate or postgraduate level.
There are many PhD students also studying in Canada in their various universities. Many of them are from other countries and Nigerians form a bulk of these international students studying PhD in Canada.
Funding is a very important aspect of PhD studies. In Canadian universities, their PhD students are given the required funding for the first 4 years of their study. The student will have to fund his/her own studies and researches during the rest of the time.
Be that as it may, Canadian universities are among the most diverse and open in the world. They welcome everybody and try to provide equal playing field for all students, irrespective of their country of origin.
The school authorities and the Canadian government are always encouraging and this had led to many students finding their ways to Canada for both undergraduate and graduate studies.
You must also know that Canadian universities are world class universities; many of them are listed among the best on global scale. This means the degrees offered by these schools have global recognition.
In most instances, PhD program usually takes four years in Canada. It can however take longer, depending on a number of factors like funding, the type of course and a host of other factors.
This is why the Canadian government always provides funding for the first 4 years, after which the student will have to find other means of funding his/her PhD program.
Truth is that many of the students are never able to complete their PhD program in the first 4 years, which means majority of students end up funding their programs by themselves. On the average, most PhD students take 5 years to complete their program.
The fees paid for PhD in Canada is not so huge. Canadian indigenes pay less tan international student. If you do not have Canadian citizenship, you should expect that you will be asked to pay more for your PhD program.
As an international student, you will have to pay almost twice the amount paid by Canadian residents.
While a Canadian citizen may pay $2,836, an international student on the other hand may be made to pay $5,807. The cost is borne by the Canadian government until the four years are expended by the student.
If you have not completed your PhD program after four years, you may get deported if you cannot show immigration that you have what it takes to further your studies. Consequently, you may have to leave Canada without completing your course and the four years you spent earlier would become total waste.
The chance of completing the course in another Canadian institution is very slim.
In order to avoid funny situation as described above, it is very important that the student prepares alternative source of financing before leaving Nigeria, so that he/she can have provable financial backing in the event he/she has to spend more than 4 years in Canada for his/her PhD program.
Canada may be a welcoming place and there may be many Nigerians walking the street of Canada. Be that as it may, there are still some cultural differences you will have to deal with as a Nigerian.
Make all possible effort also to complete your studies within four years if you are not sure of any extra source of financing after four years have expired or seek for scholarship.
Applying for PhD program
Admission into PhD program in Canada is on merit. As an international student, you should make effort to be academically better than your colleagues, who are Canadian citizens. Some call it discrimination, but it is a means of becoming a better student.
Scholarship in Canada
Each school has specific scholarship programs for their students and international students can benefit from the scholarship program too without any problem. You may have to inquire from the particular school regarding their scholarship programs for international students.
Some documents are required before you can get scholarship in Canada for your PhD program. Some of the documents are:
- Your transcript from the institution where you obtained your Master’s degree
- You are required to have specific grade and this depends on the school where you studied.
- You are to provide two recommendations from your teacher or professor
- You are to provide personal statement, stating why you think you should be considered for the scholarship.
Not all scholarship programs for PhD programs require all the documents mentioned above; there are some other programs that do not require more than your transcript.
The scholarships have deadlines, just like any other scholarship. You need to find out about the date and register before the deadline. Some scholarships cover all areas of study, but there are specific scholarship programs for PhD students that only cover certain areas.
Make sure you also find out about this before you apply of the scholarship. Amount provided by one scholarship may differ from what others provide. There are government scholarships and there are scholarships offered by private bodies.
Some scholarships are given to students of Canadian citizenship, while some other kinds of scholarships are offered to other categories of students. You may want to find out about eligibility for any particular scholarship before you apply for it.
How to apply
Visit the home page of the school to find out about the scholarship the school offer. Afterwards, register for the said scholarship if you qualify, by submitting all required documents. Such documents should be stated clearly on the webpage for the said scholarship.
If the scholarship is not among those offered by your university of your choice, just visit the home page and also register accordingly. Registration procedures are always provided on the scholarship homepages.
As hinted earlier, make sure you apply for any scholarship before its deadline. You are free to apply for as many PhD scholarships as possible all at once.
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