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Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) 2024-2025

02/06/2024 - 10:00 a 03/19/2024 - 11:00

The Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) scholarships provide students from post-secondary institutions located in Latin America and the Caribbean with short-term exchange opportunities for study or research at Canadian post-secondary institutions.

The Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program is a Short-term Exchange Program under Global Affairs Canada’s International Scholarships Program.


To be eligible, you must be:

  • a student enrolled full-time at post-secondary institution in an eligible country/territory
  • paying tuition fees to that institution at the time of application and for the full duration of your exchange
  • Have completed the third year of their study plan at the time of application

You are not eligible for this scholarship if:

  • you hold or have a pending application for Canadian citizenship or permanent residency
  • you are already participating in a scholarship program funded by the Government of Canada
  • you are already enrolled in a degree, diploma or certificate program at a Canadian post-secondary institution

Scholarship value and Duration

The Canadian institution will receive funding from DFATD in the form of a non-negotiable contribution agreement and will be responsible for providing the funds to successful students according to its internal processes.

Award component Value Duration Activities
College / undergraduate (4 months) $8,200 Four months or one academic term Study or research at the college or undergraduate level. A valid student exchange agreement that waives tuition fees is required.

Eligible Expenses

Selected students may use scholarship funds towards:

  • visa or study/work permit fees
  • airfare via the most direct and economical route
  • health insurance
  • living expenses, such as accommodation, utilities and food
  • ground transportation, including a public transportation pass
  • books and supplies required for their study or research, excludin computers and other equipment

Application Process

Send to the email [email protected] CC [email protected] the following documentation in English for your application:

  • Copy of the candidate's passport or national identity card
  • Signed Privacy Notice Statement for non-Canadian participants (PDF, 198.73 KB)
  • Letter of intent from the candidate (maximum one page), it needs to explain the nature of studies or research to be undertaken and provides rationale for study in Canada and for the choice of institution, program and supervisor and how the proposed program of study or research will relate to their future career.
  • Letter of proof of full-time enrolment from the home institution, that confirms that the candidate is currently enrolled in a full-time program (on official letterhead)
  • Letter of support from the home institution (maximum one page), from the candidate's instructor, proffesor that explains the nature of study or research to be undertaken in Canada and how the candidate and the home institution will benefit from this scholarship program (on official letterhead)
  • Letter of invitation from the Canadian supervisor (graduate students only, maximum one page) (for research)
  • Signed copy of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) or Agreement with the partner institution, where it indicates that tuition fees will not be charged and highlights this specific clause
  • Formulario Interno de la UTP al Exterior (WORD, 60.62 KB) (We recommend contacting your Coordinator before sending all documents)

NOTE: *It is important that the required documents are sent separately in PDF files and each documents must be smaller than 5 MB.

The UTP International Affairs Office will be in charge of sending your application to the Canadian Universities offering the scholarship and will notify the candidate directly if they are a beneficiary.

The Canadian universities that offer scholarships to UTP for mobility internships are:

Information of English Proficiency: (Please click on the names of the institutions):

For further information please contact us at our e-mail: [email protected] cc [email protected]



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