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 the second year of the $1 million Indigenous Early Years Scholarship and Bursary program. This initiative is made possible with the support of the Provincial Office for the Early Years. The Indigenous Early Years Scholarship and Bursary Program will add to the NRT Foundation’s 2,028 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 Years related 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 but are not limited to:

  • Early Childhood Education;
  • Infant Toddler
  • Social Work;
  • Child, Family and Community;
  • Child and Youth Care;
  • Human and Social Development;
  • Speech and Language Pathology;
  • Special Needs, ECE Focus;
  • Speech and Language Assistants;
  • Occupational Therapy;
  • Physical Therapy;
  • Behavioral Analysts;
  • Applied Behavioral Sciences; and
  • Educational Psychology.

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

2018/19 IEY Scholarship Applications are now closed. Second call for Bursaries opens September 13th and closes October 25th at noon.

2018 2nd call Bursary Guidelines and Application are now available until October 25th at noon.
Please check back in April 2019 to receive an update on 2019 IEY Scholarships.

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