Applying for Bursaries

Dalhousie University's Undergraduate Bursary program provides funds to assist students in financial need. Bursaries are typically smaller amounts of money, intended to supplement other funding sources. Bursaries won't make up a major part of your funding, but they can fill in the gaps.

2021/2022 Bursary Program

Continuing to recognize the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the financial means of many of our students, bursary funding continues to see an increase over pre-Covid amounts for domestic and international undergraduate students to allow us to better assist in light of the challenges many are facing. 

  • Eligible students: Undergraduate, Diploma of Dental Hygiene, and Master of Social Work students are eligible to apply for a bursary. See full eligibility criteria
  • Apply online: The application will be available through Dal Online during the dates below. Login to Dal Online, select the "Student Awards and Financial Aid" menu option, then select "Apply for Financial Aid".
  • Email required documents: After applying online, email any required documentation to with a subject of "Bursary Application."
  • You may apply for a bursary once per academic term
  • Decisions will be sent to your Dalhousie email address approximately three weeks after the deadline.
  • Summer Bursary funds will be paid in early July.
  • If you missed the bursary deadline but find yourself in financial need, please contact the Awards and Financial Aid Office at to explore your options.
  • If you already received a bursary this term but find you are now experiencing unexpected emergency costs please contact the Awards and Financial Aid Office at to explore your options.
Term Dates Deadline to submit an appeal
Fall 2021 August 23 - October 15  November 12
Winter 2022 December 15 - February 15 March 3
Summer 2022 May 2 - June 15 June 15

Students in Graduate Programs, Law, Medicine or Dentistry

Students in graduate programs, law, medicine or dentistry apply for bursaries through their faculty:

King's College

Students attending the University of King's College should contact the King's Registrar's Office for information on available bursaries.

Research external options

There are a number of external scholarships offered to university students on behalf of outside organizations.