SENESCYT Scholarship Students

Ecuadorian students, who have been admitted to a graduate program at the U of S, and, who have been awarded a scholarship from the Secretaria de Educación Superior, Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación (SENESCYT), will receive: 

  • A tuition bursary to attend the GSR 981 Canadian Academic Acculturation and Literacy for International Graduate Students
  • Provincial health care benefits at no charge;
  • Admitted students must pay their Graduate Student’s Association fees, through which they have access to low cost extended health benefits, including coverage for medicines and dental appointments

Ecuadorian students who either hold a SENESCYT scholarship, or who are in the process of applying for a SENESCYT scholarship, are invited to contact the International Graduate Recruitment Officer with specific questions about graduate programs, admission criteria and for assistance with their U of S application. 

Eligibility

Applicants who are Ecuadorian citizens, currently living in Ecuador, are eligible to apply for a SENESCYT scholarship to pursue any of the following at the U of S:

  1. A complete doctoral degree program for a maximum of four years; Students must be eligible for admission into a PhD program.
  2. A complete master’s degree program for a maximum of two years: Students must be eligible for admission into a master’s program.

Students can apply for a SENESCYT scholarship to pursue any graduate field of study at the U of S except for Art and Fine Art.

Applying to the U of S

Students must identify themselves as a SENESCYT applicant to both the Graduate Secretary of their chosen program and the International Graduate Recruitment Officer, at the time of applying for admission. This will allow us to ensure your application is identified correctly and the deadlines are met. 

Admission requirements

All applicants to a doctoral program, or to a master’s program, must meet the minimum admission requirements of the program to which they are applying and of the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (CGPS).

Apply online

Student must complete a formal online application.

SENESCYT scholarship holders and applicants should advise both the department of the program to which they are applying and the International Graduate Recruitment Officer of any deadlines they are facing .  This will assist us to identify these applications early and to provide the necessary supporting documentation and a timely decision so that the student’s scholarship application to SENESCYT is not jeopardized.

Applying to SENESCYT

Students are responsible for their own application to the SENESCYT scholarship and must meet their deadlines. You may begin the application process for your SENESCTY scholarship while you’re searching for your program and for a faculty supervisor.

Students seeking a Letter of Engagement to submit to SENESCYT to indicate their interest in coming to the U of S for a graduate program must contact the International Graduate Recruitment Officer for assistance.

Deadlines

Students are advised to apply to the U of S at least six weeks before the posted deadline for their chosen program, or, by January 1st for a fall admission, whichever is earlier. Students who have already been awarded with a SENESCYT scholarship, but not yet applied to the U of S should contact the International Graduate Recruitment Officer for assistance. SENESCYT has its own deadlines for their application and testing processes. See the SENESCYT website for details. 

U of S - SENESCYT Indigenous Graduate Scholarship

Open call for applications for this scholarship from Tuesday, May 31 to Sunday July 31, 2016. Further details are posted at SENESCYT website  

Eligibility

Applicants must be Ecuadorian citizens, residing in Ecuador, a member of an Ecuadorian Indigenous population, and

  • Entering a thesis-based PhD program, or, a thesis based Master’s program at the UofS for the first time;
  • Have a cumulative weighted GPA of 75% or higher, equivalent to UofS grading system and in accordance with UofS policy for calculating admission grade point averages;
  • Meet the minimum English language requirements for admission into their program of choice as posted on the UofS website;
  • Show evidence of previous research productivity through authorship or co-authorship of journal publication(s) or a conference presentation/publication(s), artistic shows or presentations or other evidence acceptable by the selection committee;

Scholarship Selection

All application packages are to be submitted directly to SENESCYT, who will review and verify documents. Those students who meet all the eligibility requirements will be recommended for consideration to the University of Saskatchewan.

The final selection of scholarship awardees will be made by the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies on a competitive basis, taking into consideration the applicant’s academic achievement, and, the availability of an appropriate supervisor.

Applicants must be a member of an officially recognized Ecuadorian Indigenous population. Please self-identify in your cover letter and provide proof of membership.

In addition to the academic requirements, consideration will be given to applicants who have demonstrated a personal commitment through leadership roles or participation in social, humanitarian, environmental, scientific, athletic or artistic fields in their communities.

Scholarship Funding

From the University of Saskatchewan:

PhD program recipients of a UofS-SENESCYT Indigenous Graduate Scholarship will receive $22,000 CAD per year, for a maximum of four years.

  • Continuation of the scholarship in year two through four will require the awardee make satisfactory progress toward the completion of their degree, which is defined as maintaining a 75% GPA after registration, submission of their research proposal before the end of the second year in the program and successfully complete, if applicable, the qualifying exam.

Master’s program recipients of a UofS-SENESCYT Graduate Scholarship will receive $18,000 CAD per year, for a maximum of two years.

  • Continuation of the scholarship in year two will require the awardee make satisfactory progress toward the completion of their degree, which is defined as maintaining a 75% GPA after registration and submission of their research proposal before the end of the first year in the program.   

All scholarship recipients are required to attend the GSR 981 Canadian Academic Acculturation and Literacy for International Graduate Students course, and will receive a tuition bursary for this course, currently valued at $800.00 CDN.

From the SENESCYT

All scholarship recipients will receive supplemental funding from SENESCYT for return flights from Ecuador to Saskatoon, life insurance, living expenses and research expenses in accordance to their policies and regulations. 

How to Apply

Specific instructions on the SENESCYT application process and deadlines are available online at http://programasbecas.educacionsuperior.gob.ec/canada-ofgc-00001/

Those applicants who are shortlisted for the scholarship will be required to submit a formal online application.

Please contact the   International Graduate Recruitment Officer with specific questions about the University’s graduate programs, research strengths, procedures and other related questions.