Bursary for Post-secondary Education in French

We anticipated posting updated information for the 2023-2024 bursary program towards the end of August 2023.

We are pleased to announce that for the period of 2022-2023, the Ministry of Education and Child Care of British Columbia 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 degrees
    • Master’s degrees
    • Doctoral degrees
  • This bursary is not intended for students completing the Professional Development Program (French module) or courses or programs for in-service teachers. 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%)
  • The bursary is a taxable benefit (T4A forms will be available for download in goSFU).


  • 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 2022 September 19-30, 2022
Spring 2023 January 16-27, 2023

The application period is now closed.


  • 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 according to the following schedule:
Payment period
Fall 2022 Late November 2022*
Spring 2023 Mid-March 2023*

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


For more information about the bursary, please contact us:

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