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Merit scholarships

Merit scholarships and exemptions from supplementary tuition fees

The 2021 competition is now closed.

The two information sessions to participate in the scholarship programs are unfortunately complete

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Discover our offers

  • To support the internationalisation of vocational training centers.
  • To offer exceptionally talented international students the opportunity to come and undergo vocational training in Québec
  • To enhance a steady offer and wide coverage of vocational training.
Amount and features
  • The annual budget for merit scholarship award is $ 700 000 (making about 30 awards annually).
  • The value ranges from $14 000 to $ 26 600, depending on the duration of the training program.
  • Both the merit scholarship and tuition exception awards are based on excellent performance and results during the study project in Québec.

Gouvernement du Québec Funded by the Québec’s Ministry of Education and Higher Learning

These are two programs being financed by the Ministère de l'Éducation du Québec (MEQ) and managed by Éducation internationale through its Québec métiers d’avenir service. One single selection process is conducted for the two programs.

For your information, almost 1 200 candidates applied for the 2020-2021 selection process and only about 100 applications were submitted by the School Boards for final selection.


1 selection process, 2 programs

Merit Scholarship

Tuition Exemption


  • Exemption from supplementary tuition fees payable by international students

  • Health insurance coverage provided by Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ)

  •  Bursary award ranging from $14 000 to $ 26 000 depending on the duration of the chosen training program, to cover the student’s living expenses during his or her studies

  • Exemption from supplementary tuition fees payable by international students


  • Immigration process costs

  • Transport fare to and from Canada

  • Private health insurance required before the commencement of RAMQ coverage

  • Training related expenses (e.g. training materials, uniforms, etc.)

  • Bursary

  • Health insurance coverage

  • Immigration process costs

  • Transport fare to and from Canada

  • Training related expenses (e.g. training materials, uniforms, etc.)


You must proof that you have a minimum of CAD 3 000

You must proof that you have a minimum of CAD 15 000


Participate in the competition

To be eligible, you must:

  • Not be a citizen of France or Canada. Priority will be given to applicants from member countries of the Francophonie (excluding France and its overseas departments and territories - DOM-TOM), and countries of the leading markets of Asia (China, India, Japan) and the Americas (Mexico, Brazil).

  • Not have Canadian citizenship or a Canadian permanent resident status or be in the process of obtaining the permanent residence status under the Canadian immigration laws.

  • Be outside of Canada at the time of submitting your application and up till the announcement of results.

  • Not be less than 18 years of age. There is no maximum age limit;

  • Not have been a beneficiary of a scholarship awards for studies of the same level as or higher than the DEP in Quebec. In addition, being awarded various scholarships within the same academic year is not allowed

  • Have the required financial capacity.

Deadline : August 1.

Registration fee: Free

To register:
  1. Eligibility : Find out if you are eligible to participate in the process.

  2. Choice of training program : Choose your training program and training centre from the proposed list (only ONE choice is possible).

  3. Choice of award program : Choose the award program that you are applying for (Merit Scholarship and Exemption OR Merit Scholarship only).

  4. Registration: Open your online account (this section will only be available after the selection process is officially open).


Package your application by making sure that it is well completed with the following documents enclosed:

  • Two recommendation forms completed by two different persons (Click here to download the A Annex)

  • A copy of the bio-data page of your passport.

  • A copy of your birth certificate.

  • A copy of all transcripts for each of the programs mentioned in the academic documents section.

  • A copy of all diplomas that you have obtained.

  • A copy of all prizes, awards or distinctions received.

  • A copy of your English language test result (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.), or a proof of registration for such EXCEPT you have completed a higher education program of not less than 2-year duration in English language.

  • Proof of sufficient financial capacity required for the chosen award program ($3 000 or $15 000)


PLEASE NOTE : Scholarship award programs are different from the Québec métiers d’avenir service. Make sure that you register for the right program or service of your choice.

  Multiple applications will be automatically rejected. We shall not attend to any request for information by email or telephone.  


Timeline for the selection process:

Application period for Quebec school service centres April 6 to June 5, 2021 School service centres must choose via our online portal the training programs they wish to offer to international applicants.
Application period for international applicants June 14 to August 1, 2021 International applicants will complete an online application via Québec métiers d'avenir’s dedicated platform for scholarships.
Shortlisting by school service centres August 16 to September 24, 2021 Applications will be shortlisted by school service centres and the best candidates will be submitted to the selection committee.
Evaluation and selection of recipients October 4, 2021 to December 3, 2021. Applications are evaluated by the selection committee.
Official announcement December 2021 Candidates are informed by the school service centre at the end of the selection process.
Recipients’ immigration process Between January and August 2022 Recipients will go through the immigration process via Québec métiers d’avenir’s support service and prepare their arrival in Quebec.
Arrival of recipients and courses begin From August 2022 Recipients arrive in Quebec and begin their vocational training.
All duplicate applications will be automatically rejected. No request for information will be answered by email or phone.

Éducation internationale encourages students who apply independently. If not, please note that your file may be rejected. Read the instruction guide below carefully. All necessary information is indicated.

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