Last year, the University of Ottawa awarded over $30 million in scholarships, and French Immersion students earned $3,000 in scholarships on average for the year! Whether you are still in high school or entering your last year, there are lucrative opportunities for les étudiants bilingues!


French Studies Bursary

The $1,000-a-year French Studies Bursary is awarded automatically to all full time, first-year French Immersion Studies and Extended French Stream students who are taking at least 6 credits (2 courses) in French per term. If you commit to a bilingual stream, you could earn $4,000 over four years! This bursary can be combined with a regular admission scholarship.

Certain conditions apply for residents of the National Capital Region.

Provincial Scholarships

Many provinces offer special scholarships or fellowships for students studying in French.

AlbertaFellowship for Full-Time Studies in French ($500 to $1,000 per semester)
Deadline: November 15
Eligibility: Must plan to enrol in 3 courses in French per semester
British ColumbiaOfficial Languages Study Fellowship ($1,250 per year)
Deadline: First come, first served
Eligibility: Intend to take 60% of courses in French
ManitobaFrench Language Studies Bursary ($2,500 per year)
Deadline: May 31
Eligibility: Be enrolled in at least three courses in French per semester
Newfoundland and LabradorStudent Fellowship Program ($1,800 per semester)
Deadline: March 9
Eligibility: Enrol in 4 courses in French
Northwest TerritoriesPostsecondary Student French Bursary ($1,000 per semester)
Deadline: August 1 (Fall semester) and December 1 (Winter semester)
Eligibility: Successful completion of 3 courses in French per semester
Nova ScotiaOfficial Languages in Education Program - Bursary Program for Full-Time Students ($1,000 to $2,000 per year)
Deadline: last Friday in September
Eligibility: Minimum 9 credits in French per semester
Ontario Fellowship for Studying in French ($1,500)
Deadline: June 10
Eligibility: Enrol in a full-time postsecondary program in French
SaskatchewanBourses pour études postsecondaires en français ($1,000 per semester)
Deadline: September 30, January 31, May 30
Eligibility: Minimum 60% of courses in French
YukonOfficial Language Fellowship Program ($1,200 a year)
Deadline: July 31
Eligibility: Register in a program conducive to acquiring a better command of French
The Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Endowment for Study in a Second Official Language Award

This is a scholarship for students who wish to study at a university in which French is predominant. Recipients are awarded $7,000 for one year of studies. You must presently be in 2nd or 3rd year to apply. Contact the Financial Aid and Awards Serviceto apply for this scholarship, or, for more information, visit the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.


Some of us need to work for our money, and that includes students! The University of Ottawa has an excellent Work-Study program, which can hook you up with a job in your field of study or at a workplace close to school. Last year, over 1,500 positions were filled, and students earned around $6,000 over 18 weeks.

Since the university is a bilingual institution, it goes without saying that immersion students have an advantage when applying for Work-Study positions. Ne soyez pas gênés! Ici, nous parlons français.

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