Bursaries for B.C. Teachers – Professional Development in French
French educators who attend courses, conferences and education programs to improve their French academic and linguistic competencies can apply for this bursary. It can help defray the cost of tuition, transportation and temporary accommodation for non-credit education programs.
Who is eligible?
- Teachers holding a BC teaching certificate or Letter of Permission to teach (current employment with a BC school district not required)
- Early Childhood Educators (ECE) certified by MCFD
- Non-certified teachers from independent schools classified under Group 3 may provide a letter from the school administration confirming their employment instead.
To study where?
- Registration fees of up to $1500 for one training program per year and up to $300 for one conference per year, plus travel subsidy (see next page for details).
Travel and Accommodation Subsidy – Professional Development Bursary only
Teachers who must travel more than 100km for professional development can receive up to $500 in additional funding for travel, and up to $300 for accommodation for each training program or conference, based on receipts. Mileage is calculated at $0.53 per km. Accommodation subsidy will not exceed the Government of Canada’s city rate limits. Intention to claim travel and accommodation expenses must be declared at the time of application. Daily travel expenses are not covered.
Disability and Childcare Subsidy – Professional Development Bursary only
Additional funding of up to $300 per year is available to accommodate applicants with a disability or functional limitation, or applicants requiring child care to attend the conference or training program. To request additional funding, please upload a letter describing your specific case when you apply online.
- Must include at least 20 hours of in-person instruction in French.
- Bursaries can be combined with other sources of funding, including student teacher credits, provided that the amount of the bursary does not exceed the total costs incurred.
- Online courses do not qualify.
- All bursaries are taxable.
- Please apply directly to the university for:
- Apply by February 28 for courses ending between June 1 of the previous year and May 31 of the current year (e.g. February 28, 2019 is the deadline to apply for courses ending between June 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019).
- Bursaries are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Submit Reimbursement Forms by June 30 for courses ending between June 1 of the previous year and May 31 of the current year (e.g. you have until June 30, 2019 to submit your enrollment confirmation form for a course ending between June 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019).
How to apply
Please complete the online form at https://www.bcedextranet.gov.bc.ca/bursary/
- Once the application has been reviewed, the Ministry will notify the candidate by email of the status of the application (ineligible, approved, or waiting list). Please note that we are unable to provide individual updates on the status of bursaries, as doing so significantly increases bursary processing times.
- If your bursary application is incomplete, or if any further information is required to process your application, we will contact you by email, and you will have an opportunity to supply the required information.
- To receive a bursary payment, candidates must submit a reimbursement form:
- The reimbursement form may be submitted once the conference, course or training program has ended. Receipts for conference registration fees and all eligible travel and accommodation expenses must be uploaded along with your completed Reimbursement Form.
- Instead of a completed Reimbursement Form, the Ministry will accept email confirmation that the candidate has successfully completed the course or training program, and of the amount of tuition fees paid, from a representative of the organization that offered the program.
- Once this form has been approved, the Ministry will issue a payment for the course in question. The applicant will be notified by email that a bursary payment is pending.
Please notify us if your name or address changes after you submit your application for a French Education bursary, but before you receive your final bursary payment.
Cheques are issued payable to the applicant and sent to the applicant’s mailing address. Please allow six to eight weeks from the date that you receive the email payment notification for your cheque to arrive.