If you would like to study in Canada at the post graduate level but think you do not have the necessary financial resources to study in Canada; then think again. Helen Khan, a Canadian student recruiter from Alberta Rose Education Centre in Lahore says that many graduate students find grad studies less stressful than their undergraduate studies because they have more funds available to cover the cost of studying in Canada.
There are several research related ways a graduate student may be able to cover their costs. All of these options are worth checking out so you will know if you have enough money to study in Canada.
University Funding Packages:
Many universities have guaranteed funding packages that usually range around $12,000 to $18,000 per year. What that means is that they will not take you as a graduate student unless they can also provide you with some funding. Some of these funds may come from the department or university or they may be part of your supervisor’s research grant.
Some of the universities cannot guarantee this funding but they will be upfront and let you know right away if they can support you or not.
Another way you can earn money will studying is to be a teaching assistant whereby you will be an instructor in a lab class or seminar, etc. You do need to have good English skills though.
Your supervisor may have you work on one of his research projects for which he will have a substantial grant. Granting agencies allow researchers a certain percentage of the grant to be used for paying one or more graduate students to work on the research project.
There are always internal (university related) and external (government or private industry) scholarships. There are a number of prestigious scholarships offered to international students who are citizens of developing countries. That means that Pakistan will fall under that category. This list of scholarships is worth looking at as the funding can be substantial. After you click on the link, select Pakistan from the dropdown box. Certain conditions and rules apply but there may be a scholarship just for you.
So before you give up on studying in Canada because of lack of funds, make sure to check out all your options. If you want to use the services of a Canadian consultant in Pakistan they will also be able to give you some good advice and help you select a university that focuses on your research interest.