Phd in Canada

Why Study in Canada?

Let’s Look at the Numbers!

  • As per QS World University Rankings 2018, 2 Canadian universities are in the top 50 list – University of Toronto (Rank 31) and McGill University (Rank 32); 4 universities are in the top 100 list.
  • In Canada, the University sector is the 2nd largest research driver in the country after the private sector
  • The Fortune Magazine has named Toronto as the best international city to live in


Top Universities

  • University of Toronto
  • University of British Columbia
  • McGill University
  • University of Montreal
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Victoria
  • University of Waterloo
  • University of Ottawa
  • University of Calgary


Powerful Reasons to Study in Canada

Top-notch education & curriculum Most flexible education system Extensive international exposure Thriving Campus Life Relaxed Immigration Laws & Stable Economy
Quality of education at par with that of USA PhD supported by government and industrial sector collaborations Diverse Class Student clubs/organizations Immigration friendly; Post study stay back option of 3 years
Most sought after research destination Management Accounting PhD Scholarships available are higher than in other nations Cross cultural exposure Focus on ECA Strong economy with low unemployment rate


Popular Fields of PhD Study

  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Health Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Engineering


Program Duration & Cost of Education

Duration Cost of Education per annum (Tuition Plus Living)
Usually between 3-4 years Occasionally it might become longer Funding beyond 6 years becomes limited Living Costs: CAD 15,000-20,000 per annum


Financial aid is available from universities as part of acceptance to PhD programmes. This financial aid can come as graduate assistantships in varied forms, including teaching and research assistantships, fellowships, and/or tuition waivers.


The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship award for example, comes in at CA$50,000 (~US$37,210) per year for highly-qualified international and local PhD students in the fields of social sciences and/or humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health.


The  Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation doctoral scholarships awards $40,000 (~US$29,770) per year for three years to Canadian citizens and foreign students -with applications particularly welcomed from students from developing countries.


The University of British Columbia Four Year Doctoral Fellowship meanwhile, provides a stipend of at least CA$18,200 (~US$13,545) per year plus full tuition for outstanding international/home doctoral students for all four years of their studies.


Eligibility Criteria for PhD Programs

Strong Academic Credentials Standardized Test Scores Strong Academic Profile
Master’s degree in relevant field with minimum grades requiredCompletion of specific prerequisite courses Competitive GRE score in some universities Many universities require GRE Subject Test scores as well TOEFL/IELTS Academic & Research projects, Internships and/or publications/work experience


As a PhD aspirant, you need to properly network with a UK professor (supervisor, mentor) who has accepted to supervise your research and thesis work. The first step is to send out networking letters to professors whose areas of expertise match your interests, and then wait for their reply.


A Sneak Peek into the PhD Application Process

 The following documents are required


  • College Transcripts
  • Detailed Resume
  • Scanned Copy of Passport
  • Some universities additionally ask for a research proposal
  • Application Form
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation


Intake & Application Deadlines

  • Canadian PhDs follow a 3 semester deadline system
    • Fall (September to December)
    • Winter (January to April)
    • Summer (May to August)


The funding availability is maximised for autumn, so it is preferred over the other two-semester intakes. The deadlines are different for all universities; nonetheless, the commencement dates for applications are more or less in September.


Student Visa Terms and Provisions

International students need study permits to pursue their PhD in Canada. You must submit a visa application online, and submit relevant documents to the VFS office. Additionally, an acceptance letter from the specific department of your university, proof of adequate funds, and a cover letter to the Canadian High Commission, are also required.


Usually, students need to commit to specific hours of teaching or research as part of their assistantships and are generally not allowed to preoccupy themselves with any other form of employment on or off campus. Post-degree, a work permit must be applied for within 90 days and the student must carry a valid study permit to acquire this work permit.

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