Scholarships, Awards, and Bursaries

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This is a listing of resources for French Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards.

CPF – BC & Yukon Award for new teachers
Applicants must have completed their practicum within the last six months with a recognized university OR be in the professional year in a Bachelor of Education degree at a recognized university or university college and become a French teacher in B.C. or Yukon. For More information please click here.

CPF – Local Chapters
Many CPF-BC chapters have scholarships or bursaries available. For more information, contact your local CPF chapter (use menu at the top right of this website or contact to find a chapter near you)

Federal Official-Languages Programs

A number of official-languages programs are available to residents of British Columbia. These programs are funded by the Government of Canada and administered by the B.C. Ministry of Education.


The L’Association des collèges et universités de la francophonie canadienne (ACUFC) is offering 25 merit scholarships of $5000 to students currently enrolled in a French language immersion school who plan on pursuing university studies in French at a participating AUFC member university. For more information, please visit our website:


Explore is a five-week intensive language-learning course. Students can take the course in the spring or summer. Participants in Explore receive a $2,200 bursary (taxable income) that covers tuition fees for the course, instructional materials, meals, and accommodation. The educational institution receives the bursary directly.

To be eligible to apply, students must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident (those studying in Canada on student visas are not eligible); and
  • be at least in Grade 11 (secondary 5 in Quebec) during the preceding school year or be at the postsecondary level by the time your Explore course begins; and
  • have been a full-time student for at least one term during the current school year.

More information and application forms can be found here.

Encounters – CPF

CPF is delighted to announce a partnership between our branch and Encounters with Canada, a dynamic cultural organization aimed at building cultural awareness in Canada. Encounters with Canada runs a one-week, bilingual, Canadian studies program at The Terry Fox Canadian Youth Centre, in Ottawa. From September through May, more than 130, 14 – 17 year olds attend the youth forum each week. Encounters aims to bring young Canadians of different backgrounds and regions together for an opportunity to learn about one another, to discover their country through one another, and to gain a better understanding of Canadian institutions.

While Encounters with Canada covers the travel and accommodation costs, students are required to raise the $625 registration fee. Starting in September 2007, CPF has awarded twenty $100 bursaries to youth delegates from BC and Yukon to help subsidize the registration fee. Only children of CPF members are eligible for the bursary. Bursaries will be allocated to members on a first come, first served basis.To apply for the bursary, please download the form below and provide proof of acceptance to the program and proof of payment to Encounters.

Find the CPF application form here:

To learn more please visit:

Encounters with Canada:
Rencontres du Canada:

Official-Languages Study Fellowship

A one-time fellowship to encourage students to enter a full-time postsecondary program offered in French at a francophone or bilingual institution for a period of one academic year. Deadline: N/A (first come, first served). Application forms available online here.

Bursary for French Teachers in Training
A bursary to encourage students to register in a one-year full-time programme, offered in French, by the Faculty of Education of a BC post-secondary institution, where the objective is to train prospective teachers specializing in French as a first language (francophone) or French as a second language (French immersion). Application form available at:

Odyssey is a full-time work experience that provides you the opportunity to travel Canada, make a difference in the lives of others, and share your culture. Odyssey gives you the opportunity to lead language activities — in English — in an elementary, secondary, or postsecondary classroom to support the teacher. From the beginning of September through to May 31, you will work 25 hours a week helping young people who want to learn English and discover anglophone Canadian culture.You will receive a taxable salary of $18,500 (approximately $20 per hour) for the nine months of your Odyssey work term.

You are eligible to participate in this program you meet the following criteria:

  • English must be your first (dominant) language. You must be proficient in both oral and written English.
  • You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Those studying in Canada on student visas are not eligible.
  • You must have completed (within the last 10 years) at least one year of postsecondary studies by June of the coming year or, in Quebec, have at least your diploma of college studies (D.C.S.) or have completed one year of university.

For more information, visit the Odyssey website.

British Columbia/Quebec Six-Month Bilingual Exchange Program
A reciprocal exchange program available for a limited number of Grade 10-11 French Immersion and Francophone Program (formerly Programme cadre de français) students. Quebec students live with BC families for three months and attend BC high schools. Later in the school year, BC students live with Quebec families for three months and attend Quebec high schools. Apply through participating schools. More info:

French Teachers’ Bursary Program
Bursaries to assist Core French, Immersion or Francophone Program teachers to attend credit and non-credit courses to improve their French academic and linguistic qualifications. The bursary covers tuition, transportation and living expenses for immersion courses and tuition for courses taken for credit only to a maximum amount for both. Deadline: N/A (first come, first served) Visit:

Destination Clic

Destination Clic is a three-week intensive language course and cultural exchange for francophone high school students. Students live on campus and have classes and themed activities every day. Destination Clic covers the cost of the course, instructional materials, meals, and accommodation, as well as part of the travel costs. For more information, visit:

Other Organizations

Can Learn
Post-Secondary The CanLearn site was developed by the Department of Human Resources and Social Development Canada in collaboration with provincial and territorial governments and Canadian learning and career development organizations. CanLearn is the only online post-secondary education resource that provides Canadians with the information and services they need to decide what and where to study and how to cover the costs.

Embassy of France in Canada
Masters, Doctorate Information on Masters and doctorate level scholarships and fellowships for studying in France.

University of Ottawa
Undergraduate Immersion Program. Undergraduate scholarship for French Immersion students.

Youth Canada
Look under “Money” and then under “Scholarships and Bursaries”.
There are listings for each province.

Search through their database to find scholarships, student awards, bursaries and grants. You’ll also find information about student loans, applications and budget planning.
Provides students with quick and easy access to information on educational scholarships, bursaries, grants, fellowships and other forms of financial assistance.

@nime ta francophonie!
The contest @nime ta francophonie is open to all teachers and educators who are interested in starting up an educational project in their classroom in order to help students discover Francophonie in the Americas. There are twelve $3,000 bursaries to be won!