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Merit Scholarships

Am I eligible for a scholarship?

To be eligible, you must be an international student, that is:

  • you have come to Quebec to study and studying is your primary activity; and
  • you are neither a citizen nor a permanent resident of Canada as defined by law and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, nor have you submitted an application for permanent residence; You must also:

You must also:

  •  be from one of the following 44 countries*: Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Benin, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominica, Egypt, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Haiti, Ivory Coast, Laos, Lebanon, Macedonia, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Mauritania, Moldova, Morocco, Niger, Republic of the Congo, Romania, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Togo, Tunisia, Vanuatu, Vietnam.
  • be enrolled full time in a career program at a Quebec college;
  • meet the admission criteria of your program of studies as well as the requirements that will allow you to earn a DEC during your stay as a Quebec student.
  • be preselected by your CEGEP, having already received a favorable admission decision;
  • To receive the scholarship, you must have all legal authorisations required by immigration authorities:
    • Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) for Studies issued by MIDI, Quebec’s Ministry of Immigration, Diversity, and Inclusion;
    • study permit issued by Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC);
    • if required to fulfill a mandatory internship, a work permit.

These documents must remain valid for the entire period of study covered by the scholarship.

You will have priority if you are living outside of Canada when you file your application and if you have never studied in Canada before.

* List of countries in the espace francophone international community with a human development index (HDI) that is low, moderate, or high.


Scholarship Value

The Merit Scholarship is valued at $14,000 annually.

 All scholarship recipients will also be awarded:

  • a waiver of tuition fees normally paid by international students;
  • health insurance from the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ), which is Quebec’s provincial health care plan.

 The scholarship allows you to cover some of the expenses you will incur during your stay in Quebec. However, you must be prepared to pay for other costs, including the following:

  • Fee to obtain your Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) for studies, issued by the Quebec Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion (MIDI);
  • Fee to obtain your Canadian study permit, issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC);
  • Fees to obtain your Comparative Evaluation for Studies Done Outside Quebec, if required;
  • Incidental expenses related to your studies (pedagogical material, equipment, student ID, mandatory class activities, etc.);
  • All other expenses (community education activities, athletic activities, etc.)
  • Civil liability insurance;
  • Medical insurance to cover the period before your Quebec healthcare coverage is activated;
  • Transportation costs to come to Quebec;
  • Housing, food, and transportation costs during your stay;
  • All other costs related to your stay in Quebec.


Duration and Conditions of the Scholarship

You may be eligible for a scholarship that covers the entire regular duration of a career program, a maximum of three years.

To receive your first merit scholarship disbursement, you must:

  • have arrived in Quebec and hold a CAQ for studies, a study permit, and a work permit (if required to fulfill a mandatory internship). These documents must be valid for the entire period your scholarship is to cover;
  • be committed to studying full-time and to completing the program of study for which you have requested the scholarship. You may hold a student job as long as you respect the restrictions which apply to international students;
  • attend the college that submitted your application. Students receiving a scholarship may not change schools.

 Additionally, changing programs is also unauthorized, with rare exceptions for situations beyond the student’s control.

To maintain your merit scholarship for the entire duration of your program, you must:

  • be a full-time student for both the Fall and Winter terms in the program for which you are receiving the bursary;
  • maintain grades that demonstrate success; and
  • fulfill the requirements of Quebec and Canadian immigration authorities.


The merit scholarship program is financed by the Quebec Ministry of Higher Education (MEES).

  • A candidate recommended by more than one institution will have their application rejected.
  • The merit scholarship may not be used toward qualifying/preliminary studies.
  • Stacking scholarships from the government of Quebec in the same year is not allowed.
  • If you are enrolled in a career program with alternating work-study (ATE) you may, as an exception, complete your program in more than three years. In this case, you would receive the merit scholarship only in the terms during which you study, for a total of three years of studies.
  • You may receive a bursary for a period of less than three years, as long as your objective is to obtain a DEC during your stay.

 See all the program rules (French only).


How do I submit my application?

Your application package must include:

  • The admission letter from your CEGEP;
  • A copy of your birth certificate clearly indicating your parents’ names;
  • The comparative evaluation for studies done outside Quebec;
  • Your merit scholarship application form, completed and signed;
  • A letter of motivation (maximum 500 words);
  • A copy of the identification page of your valid passport or other official document providing proof of citizenship;
  • Your resumé;
  • Photocopies of each diploma, transcript/report card, proof of internship (if relevant), honour roll, scholarship, awards for excellence or distinction, if you have them, as well as a letter explaining the grading system used by the school in question. (Note that transcripts or report cards in languages other than French or English must be accompanied by an official translation.);
  • Two letters of recommendation, completed using the form provided.

You will be notified by your CEGEP if you have received a merit scholarship.



There is no fee to apply to the Merit Scholarship Program.


What are the selection criteria?

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence. Key factors in the decision are:

  • Previous academic marks;
  • Academic progress;
  • The student’s letter of motivation;
  • Letters of recommendation;
  • Prizes and awards;
  • Knowledge of the French language (or English, in the case of English institutions).
  • The application package must be complete; if not, it will be rejected.



The deadline to submit an application for 2019-2020 is April 8, 2019.

With support from Quebec’s Ministry of Higher Education:


The deadline to submit an application for 2019-2020 is April 8, 2019.

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