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Merit scholarships

Merit scholarships and exemptions from supplementary tuition fees

Inscription for the 2023-2024 contest will begin on June 6th 2023.

The information to participate to the contest will be available by June 1st 2023.

Thank you for your patience ! Meanwhile, you can discover our offers and memorize the calendar ! 

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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 Ministère de l’Éducation du Québec (MEQ)

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 115 applications were submitted by the School Boards for final selection, for the 2022-2023 contest. From those applications, 8 exemptions and 28 merit scholarships were delivered.


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 contest

These informations concern the 2022-2023 contest. This contest is now closed.

All the information for the 2023-2024 contest will be available by June 1st 2023.


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.

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).


Prepare your application by filling out and submitting the following documents:

  • Two letters of reference completed by two different persons (Click here to download the A Annex)

  • A copy of the the main 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 proof of your academic English proficiency results (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.

Éducation internationale encourages and supports candidates who submit their applications by themselves. In any case to the contrary, please note that your application could be refused. Carefully read the instruction guide below. All the necessary pieces of information are available therein.



Timeline for the selection process:

Application period for Quebec school service centres and school boards From April 10th to May 19nd 2023 Deadline for the school boards to indicate their intention to participate and confirm their training programs.
Submission of application/Registration period From June 6th to July 28th 2023 Complete applications must have been submitted online via Éducation internationale’s dedicated platform for scholarships.
Shortlisting From August 14th to September 29th 2023 Applications are examined and shortlisted by each school board.
Evaluation of applications and final selection of recipients From October 9th to November 17th 2023 Received applications are evaluated by the selection committee
Official announcement of results December 2023 Candidates are informed of the resultat at the end of the selection process.
Students’ immigration process Between January and August 2024 Recipients undertake their immigration process and prepare for their arrival.
Arrival of students and commencement of classes From August 2024 Students arrive in Quebec and begin their vocational training program.

Éducation internationale encourages students who apply independently. If not, please note that your file may be rejected.

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