Indigenous Early Years Scholarships and Bursaries

Indigenous Early Years Scholarships and Bursaries

Indigenous Early Years Scholarships and Bursaries

The New Relationship Trust Foundation (NRT Foundation) is pleased to announce that it has received an additional $1 million for the Indigenous Early Years (IEY) Scholarship and Bursary program for the 2019-20 fiscal. The IEY program is funded by the Government of Canada through the Canada – British Columbia Early Learning Child Care Agreement. The IEY Scholarship and Bursary Program will add to the NRT Foundation’s 2,371 students funded to date, by ensuring that more than 200 additional Indigenous students living in BC will be able to access post-secondary funding. The NRT Foundation is offering scholarships and bursaries to Indigenous students who currently reside in British Columbia and are enrolled in Early Childhood Education programs.


Indigenous: First Nations, First People, Métis (Métis Nation of BC approved) and Inuit people of Canada.

Those who identify as Indigenous persons and are residents of British Columbia are eligible for the Indigenous Early Years Scholarship Program in areas of study that align with early years’ professions including early childhood education, early intervention therapies and supports, and other para-professions.

Early Years fields of study include:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Infant Toddler
  • Special Needs, IEY Focus
  • Child and Youth Care (UVic EY Specialty)

IMPORTANT! – If you are a member of a BC First Nation and in a program that is NOT an Early Years related field of study, please apply for an NRT Foundation Scholarship or Bursary.

Eligible Program types:

  • Scholarships – Undergraduate, Master’s and Doctorate Degree Programs
  • Bursaries – Certificate, Diploma, and Associate’s Degree Programs

Ineligible Program types:

  • Conferences / symposiums / workshops
  • Professional Fees / schools
  • Non-recognized post-secondary institutions
  • Executive / Management programs

Fall IEY 2019-20 Application and Guidelines now closed.

The 2019-20 Second call IEY Bursary Guidelines and Application are now closed.

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