Study in Canada: Lester B. Pearson Scholarship Program 2022/2023 for International Students at University of Toronto

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The Lester B Pearson Scholarship is a fully-funded scholarship at the University of Toronto. If you wish to become a Pearson scholar, you can send your application now before the proposed deadline. 

Eligible Countries: International

To Be Taken At (Country): University of Toronto. Canada

About the Award 

The Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship Program at the University of Toronto intends to provide opportunities for excellent international students who display special academic success and creativity as well as who are notable in the school as leaders. Equally, the students must prove the special impact they have had on the life of their school and community, and their future potential to contribute positively to the global community.

Given yearly, the scholarships aim to recognize outstanding students from all over the world. Included are international students studying at Canadian high schools. Undoubtedly, this is the University of Toronto’s most important and competitive scholarship for international students.  For that reason, each year, approximately 37 students will be named Lester B. Pearson Scholars.

Scholarship type: Undergraduate

Value of the Award

The Lester B Pearson International Scholarship will cover the tuition, books, incidental fees as well as full residence support for the duration of the program, which is four years.

Eligibility Criteria 

An international student nominated by their school will be invited to submit an application to the Lester B Pearson International Scholarship program. Here, an eligible candidate is:

  • an international student (i.e. a non-Canadian requiring a study permit)
  • an original and creative thinker
  • committed to school and community
  • a high achiever in academic and creative pursuits
  • have demonstrated strong leadership skills
  • enthusiastic about learning and intellectual exploration
  • currently in their final year of secondary school or have graduated no earlier than June 2021
  • intending to begin university in the upcoming academic year (students already attending post-secondary studies cannot be considered; students starting their studies in January 2021 at another post-secondary institution cannot be considered)

Number of Awards: Up to 37

Value of Award: The Lester B. Pearson International Scholarships will cover tuition, books, incidental fees, and full residence support.

Duration of Program: Four years.

How to Apply for the Scholarship 

To apply, you will need to:

  • Receive a nomination from your school.
  • Apply to study at the University of Toronto and complete your application for admission by the appropriate deadlines.  To be more precise, your first choice of programme at the university will be the basis for your consideration for the Pearson Scholarship.  Hence, you may apply for several programs and may receive admission to them all. However, the Pearson Scholarship, if awarded to you, would be restricted to your first choice of the program at the school at the time the scholarship decisions are made.
  • Once the university receives your nomination and you’ve applied to the university, you can complete the online Lester B. Pearson Scholarship application.

For more information, visit the official website of the scholarship. In addition, you can send your questions regarding the scholarship to 

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