Bursary for Post-secondary Education in French

B.C. Ministry of Education Bursary

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.