Pacific Leaders Scholarships for Public Servants

The Pacific Leaders Scholarships for Public Servants program supports employee professional development in alignment with the current and future needs of the BC Public Service.

This page provides an overview of this developmental training program, who can apply, when and how, as well as some general information. For more details on eligibility and the application process, please read the other pages in this section.

Program Overview

This scholarship helps talented and motivated BC Public Servants advance their career goals by pursuing a formal program of study in areas related to the government's priorities. Scholarship recipients may be reimbursed up to a maximum of $5,000 for certificate, diploma or undergraduate degree programs, or $7,500 for master's and PhD degree programs, as well as the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA-PEP) per 12 month scholarship year. Programs of study must consist of measured components (graded exams, tests, assignments, etc.) and result in a final grade that is reflected on an academic transcript. Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and prerequisite courses, including those in the CPA Prerequisite Education Program (CPA-PREP), aren't eligible for scholarship funding. Eligible reimbursable expenses are tuition and books; fees aren't eligible expenses.

The Pacific Leaders Scholarships for Public Servants program supports developmental training leading to a certificate, diploma or degree. To learn more about job related, mandatory and developmental training for BC Public Service employees, refer to the Learning and Development (HR Policy 02), contact AskMyHR, and/or speak to your supervisor.

How it Works

  • Applications for certificate, diploma or degree programs at designated institutions are accepted for approval three times a year.
  • If you receive scholarship funding, you commit to a "return of service." For every 12 month period of scholarship funding, you agree to continue working in the BC Public Service for an additional specified time period in return. Read this section for more details.
  • Each scholarship runs for one 12 month period. Further funding requires a renewal application.
  • If approved, pay for your tuition and books and then submit detailed receipts to your ministry for reimbursement up to the allowable maximum.
  • Funding is provided by your ministry/organization. Depending on the financial structure of your organization, the funding could come from your branch, division, or ministry budget. If you or your supervisor have questions about funding, contact your organization’s human resources branch.

Who Can Apply

You're eligible to apply if you've passed your initial six month probationary period, have been assessed by your supervisor to be performing at a level of "Achieves" or "Exceeds Expectations," and are a regular full or part-time employee with a BC Public Service employer. Eligible employers include all ministries and provincial organizations that are enabled under the Public Service Act. Review the Eligibility section for further details.

When to Apply

Applications are processed three times per year according to three intake deadlines.

The scholarship year start and end dates are based on intakes as shown below. The first day of your scholarship year is the earliest date that your courses can begin. Your courses aren't reimbursed if they start either before or after your scholarship year.

Intake Date Scholarship Year Start Date Scholarship Year End Date
Jan. 31 April 1 March 31 the following year
May 31 Sept. 1 Aug. 31 the following year
Sept. 30 - NEW DATE Jan. 1 Dec. 31

January 31

For studies taking place between April 1 of this year and March 31 of next year, apply by January 31 of this year. Example: January 31, 2018 is the intake for studies between April 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019.

May 31

For studies taking place between September 1 of this year and August 31 of next year, apply by May 31 of this year. Example: May 31, 2018 is the intake for studies between Sep 1, 2018 and Aug 31, 2019.

September 30 - NEW DATE

For studies taking place between January 1 and December 31 of next year, apply by September 30 of this year. Example: September 30, 2018 is the intake for studies between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019.

Applications are grouped and approved by intake, regardless of when they're received.

Please do not submit your application more than one month in advance of the deadline to ensure your information is current. Late applications are not eligible.

How to Apply

Before you apply, be sure to review all program information on these pages. This is important information.

  • Have a conversation with your supervisor about your educational goals and include them in the Learning Goals section of your MyPerformance Profile (or your organization’s equivalent).
  • Contact your ministry or organization's Strategic Human Resources (SHR) branch or equivalent to check whether your organization has any policies or procedures that you need to be aware of when preparing your application.
  • Follow the instructions on the application form below to complete your application package in full.
  • Incomplete applications can't be processed.
  • Refer to the Application Process & Renewal section for additional information.

A complete application package must include the following:

  • A fully completed and signed application form (PDF, 287KB). You must use the form for the current intake, as indicated in Section 3 of page 2. The appropriate form for each intake is made available approximately 2 months prior to the intake deadline. If it's less than 2 months from an intake deadline and you're seeing an older version of the form, please clear your cache (directions for Windows 7 (PDF, 203KB)directions for Vista (PDF, 203KB)) and try again. If you're still unable to see the current version of the form, email Pacific Leaders Scholarships for Public Servants.
  • A dated letter written and signed by you that outlines how your education plans support your career goals and contribute to BC Public Service priorities.
  • One letter of support written and signed by your supervisor within 3 months of your application submission, recommending you for the Pacific Leaders Scholarships for Public Servants program.
  • Your supervisor's signature on the application form, which confirms a performance rating of "Achieves" or "Exceeds Expectations" and signals your ministry's support for the application.
  • A copy of your course transcripts for renewal applications.

Don't include additional documentation. Email a legible copy of the completed application package as a single, scanned PDF document to PacificLeadersEmployeeScholarships@gov.bc.ca, and keep a signed copy of your application package for your records.  If you don't have access to a scanner, please email PacificLeadersEmployeeScholarships@gov.bc.ca for alternate submission instructions.

What to Expect After You Apply

  • If you're approved, you'll receive an approval email approximately four to six weeks after the application deadline, confirming the details of your scholarship and corresponding Return of Service obligation containing the name of a contact in your organization who can outline your reimbursement process. A formal letter of approval, signed by the Deputy Minister of the BC Public Service Agency, on behalf of the Deputy Ministers' Committee on Public Service Innovation, will be attached to the email.
  • The scholarship covers one 12 month period.
  • You'll be contacted if your application is denied.

General Information

Funding can't exceed the maximum allotment within a 12 month Scholarship Year.

Please keep the original copy of your application for your records. If necessary, email Pacific Leaders Scholarships for Public Servants to request a copy of your approved application and/or approval letter/notification.

Refer to page 1 of the application form (PDF, 287KB), as well as the Eligibility, Application Process & Renewal and Reimbursement, Return of Service & Employment Change sections for more detailed information about this scholarship program.