Bursary for Post-secondary Education in French

B.C. Ministry of Education Bursary

Note regarding the 2020-2021 academic year:

More information concerning this bursary program for the 2020-2021 academic year will be available on this page by the end of August 2020 and will be communicated via email to all students enrolled in programs in French at the start of the Fall term in September.  

Normally, we can expect the same eligibility criteria, as well as similar dates for online applications and bursary distribution.

See below, as reference, the information for the 2019-2020 academic year.  

We are pleased to announce that for the period of 2019-2020, the B.C. Ministry of Education has mandated Simon Fraser University's (SFU) Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs (OFFA) to manage the “Bursary for Post-secondary Education in French.”

Description of the Bursary

  • This bursary is intended for students undertaking full-time studies at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in a program taught primarily in French.
  • The bursary is applicable only to cover tuition fees and not applicable to student service fees.
  • The following programs are eligible:
         - Certificates
         - Bachelor’s
         - Master’s
         - Doctorate (PhD)
  • Students completing the Professional Development Program (French module) or courses or programs intended for in-service teachers are not eligible. Please refer to the “Bursary for Pre-service Teachers”  or “Teachers – University Courses in French”). 


  • The bursary is up to $625 per term, to a maximum of $1,250 per year, and is capped at $5,000 per student
  • This bursary may be combined with other sources of funding (except for a tuition waiver of 100%)


  • Must be a Canadian citizen or have permanent residency
  • Have resided in British Columbia for 12 consecutive months prior to the start of studies
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student:
         - Undergraduate: a minimum of 3 courses per term (9 units)
         - Graduate: be enrolled in a full-time graduate studies program
  • Must not receive a tuition waiver covering 100% of tuition fees
  • Courses must be offered at SFU or as part of a formal exchange program where tuition fees are paid to SFU and not the host institution
  • The courses must be taught primarily in French:
         - At least 55% of the courses in which the student is enrolled for the term in question must be taught in French
  • The term must be completed. If for any reason, the student withdraws during the term, SFU reserves the right to demand reimbursement of the amounts paid.


  • Complete the online bursary form during the application period
  • Complete an application for each term (Fall and Spring terms only)   


Bursary Application Period

Fall 2019 September 16-30, 2019
Spring 2020 January 13-27, 2020


  • Bursaries will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds are allocated
  • Applicants will be notified via email if they have been awarded the bursary or not depending on the funds available
  • Payments will be made directly to SFU student accounts
  • Payments will be made according to the following schedule:


Payment period

Fall 2019 Early December 2019
Spring 2020 Early March 2020

ATTENTION: *These dates are subject to change.
Please consult this webpage regularly for updated information.

Additional Information

  • The bursary is a taxable benefit (T4A forms will be available on the SFU student account).


For more information about the bursary, please contact us: fcpmgr@sfu.ca.

This bursary is made possible with the participation of the Government of Canada and the Ministry of Education of British Columbia.