Alberta Scholarships

Scholarships and awards in this listing are offered by the Government of Alberta and administered by Alberta Student Aid.

Language Bursary Program for Teaching First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) Languages

The Language Teacher Bursary program was created by an endowment to the Alberta Heritage Scholarship Fund as part of the Government of Alberta’s Economic Development Strategy. It was established so teachers may improve their language fluency, pedagogical skills and knowledge through an educational immersion experience, and to help Alberta jurisdictions enhance their current language teaching capacity. 

The program will assist Alberta teachers, Elders or instructors currently providing instruction of an FNMI language and intending to take a summer postsecondary program. Students will benefit from the enhanced teaching and language skills of their teachers, encouraging them to take up the challenge of learning an FNMI language and culture and to assist with the FNMI language revitalization and/or renewal.


Up to two bursaries of $2,500 for study in Canada

Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must:
• be a Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, or Protected Person (visa students are not eligible),
• be an Alberta resident and to be considered an Alberta resident one of the following conditions must apply:
- one parent, or legal guardian has maintained permanent residence in Canada for at least twelve (12) consecutive months immediately prior to commencing post-secondary studies and be residing in Alberta, or
- Alberta is the last place the student has lived for twelve (12) consecutive months immediately prior to commencing post-secondary studies, or
- was married to an Alberta resident immediately prior to commencing post-secondary studies.
• either be working towards Alberta certification or hold a valid Alberta professional teaching certificate,
• have been teaching in Alberta for a minimum of one year by the end of the current school year,
• demonstrate a background in FNMI language learning and culture, or have recently initiated the study of an FNMI language, and
• plan to take a summer program of at least three weeks duration in an Indigenous language teaching methodology.

Program Eligibility Criteria
The summer language development program must be:
• a university credit course focusing on language, culture and/or pedagogical development, e.g. CILLDI,
• a minimum of three weeks in duration, and
• a minimum of three hours daily scheduled classroom instruction, with an expectation of additional scheduled, structured activities (e.g. language conversation, tutorials, cultural activities).

Note: Priority is given to first-time applicants, however, previous recipients of three or more years ago may re-apply.

Application Process:

Submit the completed application package (application form and supporting documents) to your school jurisdiction (superintendent or designate), or First Nations Education Authority for endorsement. The supporting documents that must be included are:

1. Statement of Intent: Attach a statement (one page maximum) explaining your reasons for taking the program.
    • How will this particular program:
     - benefit your current/future employment as an FNMI language teacher in Alberta?
     - fit into your professional development/growth plan?
    • How will this bursary impact your role in the FNMI languages program?
    • How do you plan to share this knowledge with colleagues?

2. Program Brochure or Syllabus: Attach a brochure or syllabus describing the focus of the course, its duration and intensity.

3. Professional Development Summary: Attach a brief summary outlining relevant professional development.
    Be sure to outline your recent efforts to enhance and/or develop:
    • Language and culture
    • Teaching and/or leadership skills in the area of language teaching

4. Resume: Attach a copy of your current resume.

Once endorsement has been given, the school jurisdiction or the First Nations Education Authority will forward your application to Alberta Student Aid for consideration.

The application for this award is not available at this time.

Selection Process:

Bursary recipients will be chosen by a selection committee with decisions based on the applicant’s statement of program, school, and school authority endorsement. The selection committee bases its decisions on information submitted with the application and any changes may jeopardize the receipt of payment of the bursary.

Successful recipients will receive their bursary after submitting proof of completing their course.

Many other scholarships and awards are offered by other organizations – and we encourage you to visit Alberta’s university and college websites to research the scholarships that they offer. For a listing of Alberta’s public post-secondary institutions, visit: