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Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP)

The Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) scholarships provide undergraduate and graduate students from institutions located in Latin America and the Caribbean with scholarship opportunities for short-term research or course-oriented exchanges.

Would you like to apply for this scholarship? Please follow the following steps.

1- Verify my eligibility

For a course-oriented exchange

  • You must be enrolled full-time at a post-secondary partner institution in an eligible country and paying any tuition fees regulated by that institution at the time of application and for the full duration of the exchange.
  • You must be a citizen of one of the eligible countries.
  • Please see the ELAP website for more details regarding the eligibility requirements.
  • You must also meet the requirements of the UdeM Student Exchange Program.

    • Please note that you must be proficient in French since most programs of study require a minimum B2 Level French proficiency.


For a research-oriented exchange

  • You must be enrolled full-time at a post-secondary institution in an eligible country and paying any tuition fees regulated by that institution at the time of application and for the full duration of the exchange.
  • You must be a citizen of one of the eligible countries.
  • Please see the ELAP website for more details regarding the eligibility requirements.
  • A partnership agreement between UdeM the student’s home universities is not mandatory, but highly recommended, as applications of students from partner universities will be prioritised.

A professor must have accepted to supervise the student’s research exchange at UdeM. You must therefore meet the requirements of the research stay through the exchange program.

2- Take note of important dates

  • Students applying for a course-oriented exchange must arrive for the beginning of each term according to UdeM’s academic calendar.
  • Research students may begin their exchange as soon as August 1, 2022 but no later than February 1, 2023.
  • UdeM establishes its own internal deadline for receiving applications which is 2 weeks prior to the official ELAP deadline: March 8, 2022.

3- Submit your application according to the deadlines

General information

Please note that only Canadian institutions can submit applications to Global Affairs Canada. Therefore, students must first apply with UdeM. UdeM will then apply for the scholarship on the student’s behalf. 

Since both course-oriented and research-oriented students are admitted to the exchange program, they are required to submit two sets of applications:

  1. An application for the ELAP scholarship
  2. An application for the exchange program

I wish to apply for a course-oriented exchange

  1. You must first be nominated by your home institution and obtain this nomination letter which you must upload via the scholarship application form.
  2. Submit this scholarship application form.
  3. Upload the supporting documents and the nomination letter via this platform. Please read the ELAP requirements for each document very carefully as documents that are non-compliant with the ELAP guidelines will automatically lead to the rejection of the application.

Deadline to receive the scholarship application form, the supporting documents and the nomination letter: March 8, 2022.

Once we receive your scholarship application form, you will be asked to complete the following before April 1 :

  1. Submit the online application to the exchange program. The link toward the online application form will be sent to you by email once we receive your scholarship application form and the required documents.
  2. A few days following the submission of the online application, you will receive the logins to access the Student Centre (UdeM student portal).
  3. Upload the application documents required for the exchange program onto the Student Centre.

Failure to meet these deadlines may result in the rejection of the application.

I wish to apply for a research-oriented exchange

Before beginning your application, you must find a professor who accepts to supervise your research exchange at UdeM. You may consult UdeM’s professor directory for help finding a research supervisor. Please see here for further information regarding a research exchange at UdeM.

Application for the ELAP scholarship:

  1. Submit this scholarship application form.
  2. Upload the required supporting documents via this platform. Please read the ELAP requirements for each document very carefully as documents that are non-compliant with the ELAP guidelines will automatically lead to the rejection of the application.

Deadline to receive the scholarship application form and the supporting documents: March 8, 2022.

Once we receive the scholarship application form, you will be asked to complete the following before April 1 :

  1. Submit the online application to the exchange program. The link toward the online application will be sent to you by email once we receive your scholarship application form and the supporting documents.
  2. A few days following the submission of the online application, you will receive the logins to access the Student Centre (UdeM student portal).
  3. Upload this invitation letter onto the Student Centre.

Failure to meet these deadlines may result in the rejection of the application.

4- I have submitted my application, what happens now?

  1. The International Affairs Office will conduct a preliminary screening of the applications before submitting before submitting onto Global Affairs Canada’s online portal.
  2. While Global Affairs Canada examines the scholarship applications, UdeM will be evaluating students’ applications for the exchange program. Please note that admission to the exchange program does not guarantee selection for the scholarship.
  3. The official selection results are generally announced in June (subject to change).
  4. The International Affairs Office will be informing students of the selection results once they are available.

    • Students who are selected for the scholarship will receive a confirmation letter by email.
    • Students who are denied the scholarship may choose to carry out their exchange regardless, should they wish.

5- I have been selected for the scholarship, what are my next steps?

  • The Official letter of admission: Students who are accepted to the UdeM Student Exchange Program will receive an official letter of admission on their Student Centre (UdeM student portal). This is letter to be used for immigration purposes.

    • As there are many offices and departments involved in the application process, please let us know as soon as possible if you decide to withdraw your application.

  • Medical Insurance: All exchange students are automatically covered by the mandatory medical insurance offered by UdeM (approximately 80$ / month).
  • Scholarship allocation: The scholarship will be allocated to students in several installments. The scholarship funds will be allocated to students after their arrival on campus and once we have verified certain documents regarding their travel and stay.

    • It is important to plan a budget taking into account expenses related to immigration procedures, travel, housing, etc. More information in this regard will be explained to the scholarship recipients.

  • Students will be receiving a welcome email with more information regarding their exchange (enrolment, preparation of stay, immigration formalities, etc.).
  • For further information regarding medical insurance, housing, immigration formalities, methods of payment, etc., visit the website of the International Students Office (Bureau des étudiants internationaux).


For questions regarding eligibility requirements and the preparation of your application, please see our FAQ