FSL Bursary Program

Bursaries for Postsecondary Studies in French as a Second Language Program

The application period for 2020-2021 is now closed.

For the period of 2020-2021, the Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs at Simon Fraser University (SFU) will be a sub-beneficiary of the “Bursaries for Postsecondary Studies in French as a Second Language Program” administered by the Association des collèges et université de la francophonie canadienne (ACUFC). The ACUFC has been entrusted by the contributor, the Department of Canadian Heritage, with the implementation of this “FSL Bursary Program” designed to encourage English-speaking students to pursue postsecondary studies in French, to provide them with related support, to use and improve their language skills and to increase their knowledge of Francophone culture.

FSL Bursary Program Overview

  • This bursary program is intended for Anglophone Canadians or permanent residents commencing their first year of full-time studies at SFU, in an undergraduate program taught in French.
  • Students whose first language is French or who have completed secondary studies at a Francophone school are not eligible.

Bursary amount

  • The bursary is a one-time amount of $3,000 per student
  • This bursary may be combined with other sources of funding
  • The bursary is a taxable benefit (T4A forms are available for download in goSFU)

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be a Canadian citizen or have permanent residency
  • Have reached the postsecondary level of education and be at least 17 years old on the first day of class
  • Have English as the first official language spoken
  • Have completed secondary school studies in an English-language institution and graduated from this school
  • Demonstrate sufficient knowledge of French to be able to study in that language. A transcript, attesting to having taken courses in French at the secondary school level for a minimum of two years (French immersion or Core French), or preparatory courses at the college or university level in Canada, will be required. Applicants to programs in French at SFU must complete a French-language placement test.
  • Be enrolled in their first year of an undergraduate program of study
  • Study full-time* for the academic year, both Fall and Spring terms, in a declared program taught in French (*minimum of 9 units per term at SFU)
  • Take an average of 50% of their courses and related activities in French (see below) over the two terms

Related Activities in French

If you want to apply for the FSL Bursary Program, but your course load will not be at 50% in French during your first year of study, you can add related activities in French to your academic pathway in order to become eligible for the bursary. Please consult your student advisor regarding your courseload. 

Related activities in French include, but are not limited to, work or training placements or volunteer activities with clubs, committees or organizations at SFU or within the Francophone community.

It is important that you begin participating in these activities before the end of the fall term so that the organization may prepare a letter of support for you prior to the deadline in mid-January.

Consult the information sheet here: Related activities in French – Get involved.

Questions ?

If you still have questions, you may refer to the FAQ document prepared by the ACUFC. If you need more clarification, do not hesitate to contact us at fcpmgr@sfu.ca.    

Not yet enrolled in a program in French? Pourquoi pas?

Contact the Department of French, Student Advisor, Hélène Pouliot to discuss your options. 


  • Complete the online bursary application form during the application period
    • The link to the form will be available here, on this page, during the application period
    • Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year: open from July 20- September 20, 2020
  • Complete ONE application (for the first year of undergraduate studies only)
  • If applicable, submit a supporting document (e.g. reference letter) attesting to participation in related activities in French

The application period for 2020-2021 is now closed.


  • Special consideration given to students (applicant ranking):
    • facing financial difficulties where tuition fees are an obstacle to accessing postsecondary education – by confirmation of an application for a student loan
    • being the first generation in their family to pursue studies at college or university level – by personal declaration
    • belonging to an underrepresented group or a disadvantaged minority – by personal declaration
  • Bursaries will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis according to the established award criteria, until all funds are allocated
  • Students’ applications will be initially evaluated in late September* based on the eligibility criteria, including program and course enrollment
  • Students will be notified, in late September*, if their application has been conditionally accepted or not
  • A second verification of program and course enrollment will be completed in January for the second term
  • Students who need to validate related activities in French in order to be included in their application, must send supporting documents (e.g. reference letter) by email before mid-January
  • Students will be notified, in early February*, if they have been awarded the bursary or not

Note: Both Fall and Spring terms must be completed. If for any reason, the student withdraws during the term, the student’s application will be rejected.


  • 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
  • Anticipated payment: February 2021*

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


For more information about the FSL Bursary Program, please contact us: fcpmgr@sfu.ca.

This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada. This program is administered by the ACUFC.