SRES Promise Scholars Legacy Bursary

Award Description

The Promise Scholars program aligns with Dalhousie’s commitment to admit, engage, support and graduate a diverse student body, with attention to enhancing access and success of historically underrepresented students.

The SRES Promise Scholars program has been established to support incoming Indigenous or Black/African-Canadian students entering either of our School’s two programs, the Master of Environmental Studies (MES, thesis-based) or the Master of Resource and Environmental Management (MREM, course-based). Our advisors and professors ensure Promise Scholars are academically supported and aided in finding work terms and mentors to support their career aspirations. Preference will be given to Mi’kmaq or Black/African-Nova Scotian applicants who have attained an undergraduate degree in the last 5 years.


Minimum of full tuition coverage for two years (MES) or 18 months (MREM) (the intended duration of the programs), with the possibility of additional funds.

Eligibility & Selection Criteria

  • Self-identify as Indigenous from what is currently known as Canada or Black/African-Canadian, with preference given to Mi’kmaq or Black/African Nova Scotian applicants who have attained an undergraduate degree in the last 5 years.
  • A clearly expressed interest in environmental or sustainability-related issues.
  • Good standing in your undergraduate and graduate program or other proof of merit (i.e. first in your family to attend graduate school, overcoming adversity, etc.)
  • Contributions through service, leadership, and/or education to environmentally related interests.

How to apply:

Individuals who meet the eligibility criteria and wish to be considered for the Promise Scholars Legacy Bursary should fill out this application form and include a separate, typewritten cover letter page entitled “Application for Promise Scholars Legacy Bursary.” The cover letter should be a brief description of the applicant’s interest in the program and how this bursary will support their pursuit of scholarship in the field of resource and environmental studies.

The applicant should also include:

  • Unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts
  • Current Curriculum Vitae

Maximum 2 pages outlining the research proposal (MES) or statement of interest (MREM) identifying the intended focus of the applicant’s scholarship, and including text to expand on:

  • Any private, public, or community sector experience
  • Leadership and volunteer roles that you have held
  • Integration of thought and plans for your proposed plan of study

Send completed application to

Selection process

The recipient will be selected by the Scholarship Committee of the School for Resource and Environmental Studies. Criteria for assessment will be based on equal weighting between academic standing and merit demonstrated through the application package.

Application Deadline: May 28