Scholarships Application Documents

Study at a top Canadian university, fully-funded. Here’s how you can apply.

Are you a high schooler who’s set your sights on Canada for higher education? Here’s your chance of landing a fully-funded ride for your bachelor’s degree at a top Canadian university: the Lester B. Pearson International Student Scholarship, offered by the University of Toronto (fondly referred to as U of T). 

The award is the most prestigious and competitive international undergraduate scholarship up for grabs at the university. Each year, around 37 international students will have their lives transformed through this opportunity, enabling them to study free-of-charge for four years at one of the world’s most prestigious universities. 

U of T joins other prestigious Canadian universities in breaking down the barriers of access to higher education. The University of Waterloo offers scholarships that all applicants are immediately considered for, plus hundreds of scholarships offered by individual faculties. The Université de Montréal has a  scholarship programme that exempts additional tuition fees for international students. The University of British Columbia gives approximately 50 scholarships each year across all four awards: Karen McKellin International Leader of Tomorrow Award, Donald A. Wehrung International Student Award, International Impact Award, and Vantage One Excellence Award.

According to UofT’s scholarship’s official page, applicants must demonstrate exceptional academic milestones, creativity, and proven leadership skills at school. Since it is intended to leverage high-potential students who can give back to the global community, applicants who’ve left a meaningful impact on their schools and communities particularly stand out as strong candidates. 

Lester B. Pearson Scholarship Program 2023 in Canada.


The Lester B. Pearson International Scholarships will cover tuition, books, incidental fees, and full residence support for 4 years.

Deadline: November 30, 2022.

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What will I get as a Pearson Scholar? 

Studying at a top Canadian university opens up many opportunities for your future, but being a Pearson Scholar means not having to pay a single dime for your tuition at U of T. The scholarship covers the following: 

Full tuition and residence fees for four years 
Books and incidental fees 

Am I eligible for the scholarship? 

You are eligible for the Lester B. Pearson International Undergraduate Scholarship if you satisfy these requirements: 

You’re a non-citizen requiring a study permit to enrol in Canadian universities
You have been nominated by your school to apply for the scholarship 
You’re a first-time undergraduate entrant at U of T 
You’re currently in your final year of high school, or graduating no earlier than June 2022
You’ll begin your studies at U of T in September 2023 

How can I get nominated as a candidate?

Your school must be verified as a participating partner of the scholarship award. If your school isn’t in the list, you can ask your school counsellors to submit an application to take part in the programme. Once your high school is verified, you can request to be nominated as a scholarship candidate. 

Scholarship to study at a top Canadian university

Applicants for the Pearson Scholarship must be nominated by their high school as a candidate first. Source: Ulises Ruiz/AFP

How do I apply for the scholarship? 

Here’s how you can start your application: 

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