The Faculty of Graduate Studies Emergency Bursary

Guidelines for applicants

Faculty of Graduate Studies emergency bursary awards are meant to help students overcome temporary financial emergencies such as medical costs or other unforeseen expenses.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be experiencing a temporary financial emergency such as medical costs or other unforeseen expenses.
  • Must be registered full-time in the 2nd year or later of a graduate program at Dalhousie.
  • Must demonstrate financial need.
  • Must have applied for government student loans and/or a bank line of credit (where available in a student's home country).
  • Must not have received a previous FGS emergency bursary within the past 12 months.

Supporting Documentation:

  • Students who are eligible must apply for a Canadian Student Loan and Provincial Student Loan. Copies of assessment sheets must be attached.
  • If you have not applied for one of these loans, an explanation of the reason why must accompany the application.
  • If you are not eligible for either Canadian or Provincial student loans, please enclose the non-eligibility letter from the government.

Examples of Ineligible Expenses:

  • Replacement of stolen or damaged electronic equipment
  • Payment of past debt
  • Quarantine expenses related to COVID-19

Other Considerations:

  • All sections of the application must be complete and accurate.
  • The maximum value of an emergency bursary is $1,000.
  • Applicants may be asked to provide receipts to support emergency costs incurred.
  • Social Work students should apply for a bursary through the online bursary application on the Registrar's website. 
  • Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry students should apply for a bursary through their respective faculties. 


  • Applications are reviewed monthly by the FGS Emergency Bursary Committee and decisions finalized by the middle of each month.
  • The award status of each bursary application will be visible in the online application portal within 5 business days after decisions have been made.
  • If awarded, the award will be applied directly to any outstanding balance on the student’s university account.  Otherwise, students will receive funds via e-transfer within 2 weeks of the decision.
  • There are no appeals on bursary decisions. However, if a student’s circumstances change after a bursary application has been denied, a second application may be submitted.

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