Funding opportunities

Your courses should challenge you, not your bank account. Visit the Student Awards & Financial Aid website to learn about financial aid, scholarships, bursaries, work study opportunities, budgeting and more.

Funding 101: terminology

Bursaries: Bursaries are non-repayable funds awarded to students based on financial need and reasonable academic standing.

Scholarships: Scholarships are non-repayable funds awarded to students on the basis of academic merit or excellence.

Student loans: The federal and provincial/territorial governments provide student loan and grant assistance for Canadian citizens and permanent residents studying at the post-secondary level. The funding is offered in the form of repayable loans and non-repayable grants and issued to students who have demonstrated financial need. These loans are interest free while you are a full-time student.

Tri-council awards: Tri-council refers to Canada's three major research funding bodies, the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). CIHR is the Government of Canada's agency responsible for funding health research in Canada. NSERC is a federal agency whose vision is to help make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for the benefit of all Canadians. The agency supports 30,000 university students and postdoctoral fellows in their advanced studies. SSHRC is the federal agency that promotes and supports university-based research and training in the humanities and social sciences.

Funding tips and tricks

Start early: Preparing a scholarship, bursary or grant application can take a lot of time. Start the process early by identifying opportunities you potentially want to apply for. Browse the School of Nursing's funding links below and be sure to visit UVic's Student Awards and Financial Aid site.

Read the guidelines of each award to find out what you'll need to do to make your application complete. Some opportunities require you to submit transcripts, letters of reference, or write on a certain topic. These activities take time to do well, so plan to give yourself, the transcript order office and your referees adequate time.

Read the guidelines: Be sure to thoroughly read the full terms and guidelines of each award. Award application criteria differs from competition to competition and may change over time.

Referee letters (letters of support or recommendation): Recommendation letters are examined with great care by application review panels. Select referees who know your work, but don't expect them to remember everything about you.

Work with your referees to give them your most relevant professional and educational activities and achievements. Provide them with a current cv (professional resumé). Consider preparing basic outlines of your accomplishments under each of the application’s criteria – this  will help you become more aware of your accomplishments and existing areas of professional interest, and has the added bonus of demonstrating your work ethic and preparedness. It will also help them in producing a strong recommendation letter on your behalf.

Don't get discouraged if you don't receive funding right away: Making applications without receiving funding does not mean that you have not been successful: crafting and submitting applications is not a waste of your time. There are many benefits to applying for funding beyond actually receiving funding.

  • Applying for funding develops professional administrative skills. You will need to become familiar with various technologies like online databases, word processing and spreadsheet software. Proficient administration skills will have real-world employment consequences. Grants crafting experience will give you transferable skills that will be looked upon favorably by hiring committees.
  • Applying for awards can have a positive impact on your networking skills. Speaking with and asking questions of potential referees can help maintain ties with former instructors and professional mentors – as well as help cultivate new relationships with new instructors and supervisors.
  • With every application you make you will become increasingly familiar with the type of work you want to do. Whether you are writing a general paragraph about why you would like to pursue a specific area of nursing or developing a program of study for your graduate education, the more you write about your work and your goals, the more opportunities you have to engage with your educational goals in a meaningful way– to explore what you really want to do and say, where you want to make an impact.

Check your spelling: Untidy or over-crowded applications are hard to read and may be viewed negatively. Spend time to ensure there are no formatting, grammar or spelling errors, and that the application is neat and concise.

It's a numbers game: There is considerable funding available to help provide financial support for post-secondary education. While the competition is sometimes fierce, if you don’t apply, you won’t receive these funds. It's a numbers game - be sure to APPLY, APPLY, APPLY. Even if only one out of every three of your applications is funded, you will be further ahead than if you didn't apply at all. Your student adviser, faculty members, supervisor and committee members are there to offer support, review your applications, and write letters of reference if needed.

Say thank you: When you are successful, be sure to thank the individuals or organizations who helped fund you. Student Awards and Financial Aid has an online thank you letter form.

Contacts

Contacts for awards for current and prospective undergraduate students.

Paul Meier, BA, BEd
Admissions liaison officer/student adviser
Phone: 250-472-4607
Email: pmeier@uvic.ca


Administrative assistant, undergraduate scholarships and bursaries
Phone: 250-721-8502
Email: nursprac@uvic.ca

January

  • No opportunities have currently been identified for this month.

February

  • No opportunities have currently been identified for this month.

March

  • Student International Activities Fund (SIAF)
    Third Wednesday of March  DEADLINE
    The Office of International Affairs funds the Student International Activities Fund, established to assist full-time UVic undergraduate and graduate students participating in international activities that are not funded by other sources.

  • Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Program
  • Canadian Nurses Foundation Bacalaureate Scholarships
    $1000.00-$3000.00
    March 31 DEADLINE
    The Canadian Nurses Foundation is the only National foundation solely committed to promoting the health and patient care of Canadians by financially supporting Canadian Nurses engaged in higher education, research, home health-care and specialty certification; advocating dissemination andd utilization of nursing knowledge.

  • BC History of Nursing Society Scholarships
    Awarded twice annually, March and November DEADLINE, please visit the website for more information.
    B.C. nurses who are members of the BC History of Nursing Society (including student members) and who are pursuing studies in historical aspects of nursing are eligible for financial assistance from the Society. The purpose of the scholarship funding is to encourage undergraduate and graduate students to undertake a project or study to add to the rich heritage of nursing history.
  • Dorothy Kergin Bursaries
    April 1 DEADLINE
    Dorothy Kergin Bursaries are available to all eligible undergraduate full-time students currently enrolled in the School of Nursing at the University of Victoria. Students may apply for a Dorothy Kergin Bursary for each term of full-time study in the program.

April

  • See the University of Victoria Student Awards and Financial Aid website for scholarships available through UVic
    April 30th DEADLINE
  • School of Nursing Scholarship applications
    April 30th DEADLINE
    Nursing scholarships worth over $22,000 are awarded each year to students continuing to BSN degree completion at the University of Victoria, School of Nursing. Unless otherwise stated, all scholarships are awarded annually by the Senate Committee on Awards to full-time undergraduate students and are based upon grade point average (GPA) or recommendation from a department, faculty or school.

May

  • UVSS (UVic Student Society) Child Care Bursaries
    May 30 DEADLINE
    The UVSS (UVic Student Society) Child Care Bursaries are awarded to contibuting UVSS student members with demonstrated financial need based on British Columbia Student Assistance Program (BCSAP) standards and child care costs
  • Bursaries
    Deadline: June 1st
    The University of Victoria awards over 4 million dollars in bursaries

June

July

  • Student International Activities Fund (SIAF)
    Third Wednesday of July DEADLINE
    The Office of International Affairs funds the Student International Activities Fund, established to assist full-time UVic undergraduate and graduate students participating in international activities that are not funded by other sources.
  • Dorothy Kergin Bursaries
    August 1 DEADLINE
    Dorothy Kergin Bursaries are available to all eligible undergraduate full-time students currently enrolled in the School of Nursing at the University of Victoria. Students may apply for a Dorothy Kergin Bursary for each term of full-time study in the program.

August

  • No opportunities have currently been identified for this month.

September

  • UVSS (UVic Student Society) Child Care Bursaries
    September 30 DEADLINE
    The UVSS (UVic Student Society) Child Care Bursaries are awarded to contibuting UVSS student members with demonstrated financial need based on British Columbia Student Assistance Program (BCSAP) standards and child care costs
  • Registered Nurses Foundation of British Columbia Bursaries
    September 30 DEADLINE
    The Registered Nurses Foundation of British Columbia raises money for bursaries for students who are enrolled in basic, post-basic, re-entry, specialty and graduate education programs in nursing. Each year RNFBC awards a significant amount to BC residents studying nursing at colleges and universities in BC and at out-of-province institutions.

October

In-Course Bursaries

October 15th DEADLINE
The University of Victoria awards over 4 million dollars in Entrance, Transfer and In-Course Bursaries.

November

  • Student International Activities Fund (SIAF)
    November DEADLINE
    The Office of International Affairs funds the Student International Activities Fund, established to assist full-time UVic undergraduate and graduate students participating in international activities that are not funded by other sources.
  • Ultan Patrick Byrne Family Education Trust Fund
    November 30th DEADLINE
    The Ultan Byrne Trust provides bursaries to students at the University of British Columbia, University of Victoria and Simon Fraser University.
    The bursaries are awarded to students based on financial need and not on academic merit, however they must have been born in British Columbia and enrolled in one of the following faculties: Medicine, Law, Nursing or Engineering.
  • BC History of Nursing Society Scholarships
    Awarded twice annually, March and November DEADLINE, please visit the website for more information.
    B.C. nurses who are members of the BC History of Nursing Society (including student members) and who are pursuing studies in historical aspects of nursing are eligible for financial assistance from the Society. The purpose of the scholarship funding is to encourage undergraduate and graduate students to undertake a project or study to add to the rich heritage of nursing history.
  • Dorothy Kergin Bursaries
    December 1 DEADLINE
    Dorothy Kergin Bursaries are available to all eligible undergraduate full-time students currently enrolled in the School of Nursing at the University of Victoria. Students may apply for a Dorothy Kergin Bursary for each term of full-time study in the program

December

  • No opportunities have currently been identified for this month.