Bursaries and Scholarships
Many funding opportunities are available through a number of organizations. This list is not a full list of opportunities, be sure to check with guidance counsellors or advisors about general opportunities that you can apply.
Johnson Scholarship Foundation Conference Bursary
Students from Faculties of Medicine (including Bachelor of Medical Sciences), Dentistry and Health must apply directly to the Indigenous Health or PLANS Program managers.
As a part of the Johnson Scholarship Foundation (2016-2021) funding, Dalhousie’s Indigenous and African Nova Scotia Conference bursary program is designed as an initiative for Indigenous students (First Nation, Inuit, and Métis) and African Nova Scotians at Dalhousie University. The goal of the program is to enable students to attend extracurricular programing (i.e. Conferences) as part of their professional development (does not include courses). A limited amount of funds are available and can be used to go towards registrations fees and/or travel fees. These bursaries have been allocated for Indigenous and African Nova Scotians enrolled in the Faculties of Medicine (including Bachelor of Medical Sciences), Dentistry and Health.
PROGRAM OUTLINE [pdf 408 kB] *Read carefully
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Johnson Scholarship Foundation Entrance Requirements Support Bursary
Bursary is open to all Indigenous and African Nova Scotian students wishing to apply to Dalhousie School of Medicine or Dentistry. Students must apply directly to the Indigenous Health or PLANS Program managers. Applications will be received on an ongoing basis.
As a part of the Johnson Scholarship Foundation (2016-2021) funding, Dalhousie’s Indigenous and African Nova Scotia Entrance Requirements bursary program is designed as an initiative for Indigenous students (First Nation, Inuit, and Métis) and African Nova Scotians applying to programs requiring entrance exams (e.g. medical school, dental school). The goal of the program is to reduce or eliminate the financial burden associated with application requirements. Bursaries will be awarded as a reimbursement of cost. Applicants may apply more than once for this program, funding will be subject to availability and application review. Total amount for the program will be determined by the yearly budget.
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Dalhousie University (General)
Dalhousie has a variety of awards for Indigenous students – both entrance and during your studies.
Entrance Awards: March 15 is the deadline to apply for entrance awards (i.e. for your first year of study) – if you have been accepted to Dalhousie, you must pay your deposit, and sign up for your Dalhousie email to access the application on Dal. If you waiting to hear if you are accepted, you need to submit a paper copy of the application. This information can be found on the Money Matters page.
Dalhousie University - Medical School
Dalhousie’s medical school offers a variety of bursaries to support all medical students. African Nova Scotian students in the program are considered for specific funding in this funding in this program based on ancestry and identified need.
More information on specific scholarships and bursaries in medicine can be found on the medical admissions webpage.
General Funding Opportunities
Medical Student Leadership Award
These awards recognize the leadership abilities of outstanding medical students in the graduating class of 2017. One student from each of the 17 Canadian medical schools will be selected. A selection committee comprised of student and faculty representatives is asked to collaborate on the selection process.
A letter of support from a faculty member addressing the nominee’s skills as a leader must be included. These letters are an important component in the selection process and should include sufficient information to support the nominee’s demonstrated interest in family medicine and skills in areas of leadership, academic and/or research achievement, communication skills, publications, and non-medical/community interests. Where possible, you are encouraged to consider recognizing a student not previously nominated for a Medical Student Scholarship
Submit your nomination online at https://cfpc-awards.fluidreview.com/?l=en. If you have never used this site before, you must create a new account.
Indigenous Student Leadership Award
This award recognizes the leadership abilities of an outstanding Indigenous student in their final year of study currently enrolled in one of the 17 Canadian medical schools. A selection committee comprised of student and faculty representatives at each Canadian medical school is asked to identify their nominees for an Indigenous Student Leadership Award. The nominee is not required to match to the same university in order to be considered.
A reference letter from a preceptor of the elective in Indigenous health (preceptor may or may not be Indigenous themselves) and/or a scholarly project supervisor indicating leadership in the area of Indigenous Health. This letter of support is an important component in the selection process and should include sufficient information on your candidate’s leadership skills to support the nomination.
Submit your nomination online at https://cfpc-grants-nominations.fluidreview.com/. If you have never used this site before, you must create a new account.
INDSPIRE (Indigenous education, Canada’s Future)
INSPIRE is an Indigenous-led registered charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people for the long term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada. With the support of its funding partners, Indspire disburses financial awards, delivers programs, and shares resources with the goal of closing the gap in Indigenous education.
Indspire’s Building Brighter Futures Bursaries, Scholarships, and Awards program helps alleviate some of the financial stress students may experience. Through this program, Indspire has provided almost $79 million through close to 25,000 financial awards to Canadian Indigenous students.
Indigenous students enrolled full-time at a post-secondary institution are eligible to apply.
NSHA (Central Zone) Diversity Bursary
Nova Scotia Health Authority (Central Zone: Halifax area and West Hants) is continuing with its Diversity Bursary program as a step to creating a more diverse workforce that better represents the communities we serve.
Post-secondary students who identify as African Nova Scotian, Aboriginal, immigrant and/or as persons with a disability are invited to apply for a diversity bursary. Students must be:
- continuing full- or part-time studies in a health profession
- attending a Canadian post-secondary institution that is recognized by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada
- a resident of Halifax Regional Municipality or West Hants
Applications are evaluated on a number of factors including: community involvement, financial need, educational goals and field of study in health care.
Indigenous Medical Student Scholarship
Medical students must apply directly to the CFPC FAFM Honours and Awards Program.
One $10,000 scholarship is available. The scholarship recognizes a top Canadian First Nations, Métis, or Inuit medical student who has shown an interest in or commitment to a career in family medicine. Indigenous medical students in the second last year of study, graduating class of 2018, are eligible to apply.
Students can apply online at https://cfpc-grants-nominations.fluidreview.com/
General Scholarship Opportunities
Many Canadian organizations and institutions offer scholarship opportunities. Please review the following document for award details and contact information.