The Coady International Institute offers a range of full and partial scholarships. Special efforts are made to enable women and aboriginal peoples to attend. Candidates are fully responsible for covering travel costs.
Thanks to the generous financial support of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), as well as a number of individual and institutional donors, the Coady International Institute is able to offer partial scholarships to most candidates accepted into the Institute's training programs. Specific scholarships are available through The MasterCard Foundation's Scholar's Program for certificates in the Coady Institute's Community-Based Microfinance and Livelihoods and Markets.
The Institute is rarely able to provide 100% scholarship nor can it cover international travel costs, personal allowances, or family living expenses. When a candidate applies for acceptance to the Coady program, s/he is asked to identify prospective sources of funds to cover all program-related costs. Once a candidate is accepted into a Coady program, s/he will be informed of the level of scholarship support offered as well as the balance of costs for which the candidate is responsible.
Coady scholarships are awarded primarily on the basis of the candidate's organization. Organizations that have partnership agreements with the Institute receive first priority. Larger scholarship awards are made to enable women and applicants from disadvantaged groups, particularly aboriginal and disabled peoples, to attend.
Diploma applicants applying for scholarship should complete Part 5 of the application: Organizational Support and Financial Assistance. Each of the two required references should complete Part 2 of the reference form: Information on the Candidate's Development Organization.
Certificate applicants applying for scholarship are required to fill out an additional section within the certificate application form. A reference letter is also required. The reference letter should be completed by the director of your organization or a recent employer who is familiar with your work and qualifications for this program. The letter must include the following information: name of applicant, name of reference, their relationship to the applicant. In addition, the letter must answer these two questions:
Obtaining financial aid to study abroad can be quite difficult; to supplement your Coady scholarship, we suggest the following steps:
Step 1: Secure your employer's support
At a minimum, most organizations provide salary continuance for employees while attending a program, as well as a major contribution to program fees and travel.
Step 2: Access external funding
The candidate's organization can also contribute indirectly by soliciting funds on the candidate's behalf from other funding agencies, foundations and international organizations within its own country. External funding might be obtained from:
Over the years, candidates have found that church-based agencies are the most supportive of and knowledgeable about the Coady program.
Step 3: Identify sources of personal funding
More and more candidates are making their own contributions to the costs of their training at Coady. Candidates are sometimes obliged to take out personal loans for their education. In other cases, extended families are the source of funds.