Bursary for Graduate Studies in French in Education

Bursary for Teachers - University Courses in French

We are pleased to announce that for the period of 2023-2024, 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 Teachers - University Courses in French".

Description of the bursary

This bursary is for BC certified inservice teachers or teachers working with a letter of permission who are enrolled in Graduate Studies in education at SFU.  The program must be primarily in French.

The following programs are eligible:

The bursary is intended exclusively for payment of tuition fees.

Bursary amount

  • Per term, the amount of the bursary represents a maximum of 25% of tuition fees paid and is capped at $600
  • Per program, the maximum amount is $2500 per year during 2 years for the GDE and Master’s programs, $3000 per year during 3 years for the Doctorate programs
  • Tuition waivers and tuition credit fees will be deducted from the tuition fee amounts used to calculate the bursary amount.

Eligibility criteria

  • Candidates must be BC certified inservice teachers, teachers on call or teachers working with a letter of permission
  • Candidates must be enrolled in a program with credit courses on the methodology of teaching French or other credit courses at SFU
  • The courses must be taught primarily in French, and can be face-to-face or online
  • Candidates must complete the term. If for any reason, students withdraw from the program during the term, SFU reserves the right to demand reimbursement of the amounts paid.

How to apply for the bursary

  • Complete the online bursary application form (an email with a link will be sent to eligible students)
  • Complete an application for each term of studies
Term Application dates
Summer 2023 September 16, 2023 at 8:00 am to Monday, October 9, 2023 at 11:59 pm (PST)
Fall 2023 September 16, 2023 at 8:00 am to Monday, October 9, 2023 at 11:59 pm (PST)
Spring 2024 January 6, 2024 at 8:00 am to Sunday, January 28, 2024 at 11:59 pm (PST)

Attention : You will receive a different URL link for each session. You will have to apply for each session.


  • Bursaries will be awarded on a first-come first-served basis until funds are exhausted.
  • Only bursary recipients will be notified by email.  If funds are exhausted, non-recipients will not be notified.
  • Payments will be made into the SFU student accounts.
  • Payments will be made according to the following schedule:
Term Payment date
Summer 2023  December 2023
Fall 2023  December 2023
Spring 2024  March 2024

ATTENTION : At the date of this communication, the renewal of the agreement with the Ministry has not been signed yet. Payments may be postponed to a later date if the agreement has not signed at the proposed payment date. 

Additional information

  • The bursary can be combined with other sources of funding.
  • The bursary is a taxable benefit. T4A forms will be available for the students on Gosfu.
  • Non-certified teachers must submit a letter of permission from their school to in support of their application.


For more information about the bursary, please contact Christine Hutchins at

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