FSL Bursary Program

For the period of 2021-2022, the Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs at Simon Fraser University (SFU) will once again 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 Fall 2021, 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

  • 75 bursaries, valued at $3,000 each
  • The bursary is a one-time amount 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 age of 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
  • 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

We highly recommend that you also get involved in SFU’s student life in French. Take advantage of the many opportunities to experience French outside the classroom, improve your language skills and increase your knowledge of Francophone cultures. Check out upcoming events and activities here.

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 additional related activities in French to your academic pathway in order to become eligible. These activities may include, among others, 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 Get Involved section or contact to discuss your options.

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

It’s rewarding to be bilingual!

Whether you want to add a French dimension to your studies or to pursue a bilingual degree, the options are flexible and accessible.
Check out the list of programs in French available HERE and contact the Department of French student advisor to discuss in more detail:


  • Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year will be open starting at 8:00 am on July 19 until (extended to) September 30, 2021
  • Complete the online bursary application form
  • Complete ONE application (for the first year of studies only)

The 2021-2022 application period 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 early October based on the eligibility criteria, including program and course enrollment
  • Students will be notified, in mid-October, if their application has been conditionally accepted or not
  • A second verification of program and course enrollment will be completed in early March 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, by mid-March, 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: mid-March 2022

ATTENTION: The above mentioned dates are subject to change.
Please consult this webpage regularly for updated information.

Questions ?

If you still have questions about the FSL Bursary Program, you may refer to the FAQ document prepared by the ACUFC. If you need more clarification, do not hesitate to contact us at    

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