The goal of this bursary is to assist First Nations, Métis and Inuit students to obtain the skills and knowledge to enter or re-enter the workforce in northern Alberta.


The First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) Bursary is a return service bursary of varying amounts:

  • Student in pre-apprenticeship training, or in a certificate or diploma studies can access up to $7,000 for their studies.

  • Students in a Bachelor’s, Masters’ or PhD program can access $11,500 per year for any year of their studies. 

Eligibility Criteria

You may receive a First Nations, Métis and Inuit Bursary if you:

  • Are 18 years of age or older
  • Have been a resident of Alberta for 12 consecutive months before the start of your program
  • Are enrolled fulltime in a post-secondary program that is designated for provincial funding
  • In a program that is at least 12 weeks in length
  • Are not in default of a provincial student loan
  • Can provide proof of Indigenous (see application for more detail)

Application Process

Application forms are available on the NADB website:

For more information, contact the Northern Alberta Development Bursary team:

Selection Process

The FNMI bursary program provides funding for students in the form of a non-repayable bursary if you agree to live and work in the north for one year of full-time employment in return for each year of bursary support received.

Many other scholarships and awards are offered by other organizations – and we encourage you to visit Alberta’s public university and college websites to research the scholarships that they offer.

For more information, see Alberta post-secondary institutions.