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International Scholarships

Faculty Mobility Program

Competition: Open for the 2018-2019 academic year

Deadline: October 18, 2018

Who applies: Canadian postsecondary institutions

Description: The Faculty Mobility Program provides Canadian faculty with short-term opportunities to teach or conduct research in Latin Americas and the Caribbean, at the college, undergraduate and graduate levels.


The Faculty Mobility Program aims to increase the number of institutional collaborations and student exchange agreements between Canadian and foreign institutions eligible under the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP). These agreements are created between colleges, technical or vocational institutions and universities in Canada, Latin Americas and the Caribbean.

The Program will award grants to teach or conduct research for a short-term in countries eligible to ELAP (CARICOM countries, Central America, Latin America, Mexico).

Scholarship value and duration

Funding for ELAP scholarships is made available by Global Affairs Canada through its legal title: the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD).

The Canadian institution will receive funding from DFATD for all successful candidates in the form of a grant and will be responsible for providing the funds to scholarship recipients.

The maximum grant value per faculty is CAD 7,000. Recipients may seek additional funding from other sources (private or public).

The duration of the scholarship is for three (3) weeks minimum and eight (8) maximum (participant can stay longer with funds from other sources)

All funds provided by DFATD related to the project must be spent by March 31, 2019 (the termination date of the project can go beyond March 31, 2019).

Eligible expenses

Canadian institutions will disburse scholarship funds to the recipient to contribute to the following costs:

  • Transportation (economy fare, by the most direct route);
  • Lodging, meals, incentives (according to Treasury Board guidelines);
  • Insurance costs; and
  • Expenditures related to securing visas or work permits.

Buying equipment (computer, tablet, phone, printer, etc.) is not an eligible expenditure.

Public servants (federal, provincial/territorial, municipal, or Crown corporations) are not eligible.

Payment procedure

Method of payment

Subject to the terms and conditions of the grant agreement, funding will be disbursed by a cheque or electronic transfer issued to the Canadian institution upon receiving the grant agreement signed by both the designated authority at the Canadian institution and the designated authority at DFATD. The proposal and the budget will be part of the grant agreement.

Funds will be disbursed to the scholarship recipients according to the Canadian institution’s internal processes and in conformity with the Grant Agreement concluded between DFATD and the Canadian institution.


To following conditions must be met to be eligible for an ELAP Faculty Mobility Program’s scholarship:

  • Canadian post-secondary institutions must be recognized by their provincial/territorial authorities;
  • Recipients must be full-time faculty from Canadian institutions (Part-time professors and lecturers are not eligible);
  • Host institutions must be at the collegial level and above and be recognized the local authorities; and
  • Host institution will have to provide an invitation letter stipulating that they support the project and that the course(s) will effectively be scheduled.

Scholarship recipients must teach or conduct research in the following eligible ELAP countries:

  • Caribbean: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos;
  • Central America: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama;
  • North America: Mexico; or
  • South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela.

Any questions?

Please direct all inquiries regarding the Faculty Mobility Program to:

Deadline for Canadian institutions

The deadline for Canadian institutions to submit applications is 11:59 p.m. EDT, October 18, 2018.

It is the responsibility of the Canadian institution to ensure that the proposals are received by the deadline. Documents, other than those requested, will not be accepted.


Canadian institutions will receive a preliminary update on the eligibility status of their respective applications by the end November 2018. Global Affairs Canada will communicate all updates and results to the main contact at the Canadian institution.

Application process

The Canadian postsecondary institution must apply on behalf of the candidate(s) by submitting proposals containing the following elements:

  1. a detailed description of the project;
  2. expected results;
  3. performance indicators; and
  4. the name of the existing contact(s) abroad.

Supporting documents

The following supporting documents must be attached to the proposal:

  • A curriculum vitae of the participant
  • A detailed budget
    • budget must indicate, for each item, the timeline of expenditures
    • budget must also include non-eligible expenditures if appropriate

Should there be funds from other sources, the budget will have to indicate, for each item, the proportion that is expected to be covered by the grant provided by Global Affairs Canada.

A narrative report will have to be produced within 30 days of the termination of the project.

Proposals and supporting documents can be sent either by e-mail at, or by regular mail at:

Global Affairs Canada
International Education Division (BBY)
c/o Scholarships Unit
111 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0G2

Selection process

The following guidelines are followed for the review, assessment and selection of applications:

  • All proposals received by the deadline will be pre-screened to ensure they meet eligibility requirements established for the Program.
  • Eligible and complete applications, including the supporting documents, will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
    • quality and feasibility of the project;
    • quality and precision of the budget;
    • qualifications of the participant; and
    • probability that the project leads to the signature of partnership with the foreign institution.

Only applications submitted directly by Canadian institutions will be considered.

Faculty Mobility Program scholarships are subject to the availability of funding from the Government of Canada.


In 2009, the Government of Canada announced the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) to support the development of human capital and the next generation of leaders in the Americas while strengthening the linkages between post-secondary institutions in Canada and Latin America and the Caribbean.

The scholarships also advance Canada’s objectives for the Americas: democratic and accountable governance, human rights, the environment, diversity and Indigenous peoples.

Over 400 scholarships are awarded every year for a total of over 4,000 scholarships since 2009.


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