Canadian Francophonie Scholarship Program For Developing Countries

Canadian Francophonie Scholarship Program For Developing Countries. The Canadian Francophonie Scholarship Program (CFSP) is a scholarship program designed to build institutional capacities by training employed nationals from developing countries of La Francophonie.

The program is entirely funded by the Government of Canada, which has entrusted the management of the program to the consortium Canadian Bureau for International Education / World University Service of Canada since January 1st, 2015.

The program has several objectives to promote the capacity development of the recipient country through:

  • Training of trainers especially in the area of vocational and technical education.
  • Improving the skills set of both college and university officials in the area of education and research.
  • Strengthening and increasing the capacity of experts and managers in both the public and private sectors.


The long-term goal of the program is to promote the development of recipient countries by giving priority to:

  • Training of trainers, particularly in the field of technical and vocational education
  • Improving the skills of college and university personnel in the field of education and research
  • Increasing and strengthening the skills of specialists and managers in the public and private sectors

Canadian Francophonie Scholarship Program For Developing Countries Eligibility:

  • Institutions targeted by recipient countries conduct internal recruitment campaigns to identify qualified candidates who show the greatest aptitude for helping strengthen their institution’s capacities when they return to their country.
  • Candidates identified and selected may apply for university studies leading to a master’s and doctoral degree, for technical and vocational training, or for short-term internships.
  • Clinical training in pharmacy, medicine and dentistry is excluded.
  • Applicants identified and selected are to apply for a university program which will lead to the award of a Masters or Doctoral degree in the area of vocational and technical training as well as for short-term internships.
  • Institutions of the recipient’s nationality carry out internal assessment to ascertain duly qualified best candidates with great potentials who will assist in the strengthening of their institution’s capacities on return after the scholarship.
  • However, clinical training in medicine, dentistry and pharmacy are not eligible to apply.

Other Important notice:

  • The quota system will be used in selecting the best applicant in each of the recipient countries. The quota system gives country the opportunity to define their own training interest and priority for training and also the required level of training for the development of their institutions.
  • The accredited Canadian diplomatic mission in each recipient country will serve as the observer over the local advisory committee established by the representatives of the applicant’s country to select the best candidate. This system is to help ensure that transparency is adhered to during the process of selection of candidate.
  • Applicant are to note that the local advisory committee will take into account the applicant’s jobs in the sector or organization to be strengthened and the academic excellence as stipulated by host institutions.
  • Equality in the number of application by gender and country will be ensured and applicants are to be fluent in both written and spoken French.

Application Procedure for Canadian Francophonie Scholarship Program for Developing Countries

How to apply

Applicants are to apply online and submitting the required and necessary supporting documents.

Evaluation of applications

A local advisory committee formed by representatives of various ministries selects candidates in their country. The accredited Canadian diplomatic mission acts as observer to ensure transparency of the selection process.

The local advisory committee takes into account the candidates’ jobs in the sector or institution to be strengthened and the level of academic excellence as defined by host institutions. An equal number of applications by gender and country is required, and fluency of candidates in spoken and written French is also mandatory.

Official Scholarship Webpage

Final admission to college or university is the sole responsibility of the relevant institution, and the scholarship becomes effective only when the candidate is admitted to the educational institution.