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About the Application

Bursary eligibility is based on the level of study and type of program in which you are enrolled. Some bursaries also have additional requirements based on the wishes of the donors that must be met in order to be eligible.

Submitting your application will AUTOMATICALLY enroll you in the general bursaries for which you qualify based on your level of study. The application form will also present you with a list of the additional bursaries that have specific requirements for which you can apply. To review bursaries available for your level of study, please visit the Bursaries page.

Please note! All RNFBC bursaries are drawn at random from applicants meeting the eligibility criteria who have provided the required documentation.

IMPORTANT: Please review the How to Apply and FAQ sections below to be aware of the documents needed to meet the bursary requirements. A webinar was held for applicants on June 26th; a recording is available that will answer many questions.
The ’save and continue’ feature within the application allows you to continue to edit your application within 30 days of starting, or until the closing date, whichever comes first. After you SUBMIT your application, it will no longer be available for edits.

How to Apply

Step 1

Register for a user account


Step 2

You will also receive an email from RNFBC containing the activation link. You must click on the link in the email to finish the user account creation process. After activation, you may return to this page and click on the Applicant Dashboard In Step 3.

Contact us if you run into difficulties.

Step 3

Log in to the applicant dashboard.


Completed applications must be received BEFORE midnight, Monday, September 16, 2024.

Application Process

Our standard award at the present time is $1,000. Applicants who meet the relevant criteria for any bursary are chosen at random, and each applicant has an equal chance of receiving an award.

Each year is treated on an individual basis, and we encourage you to apply every year you are enrolled in nursing studies, even if you have applied for and/or received a bursary in previous years.

You may apply for all bursaries for which you are eligible. However, please note that applicants cannot receive more than one bursary.

General Eligibility

Applicants must:

  1. Be residents of British Columbia.
  2. Be Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
  3. Include any specific documentation that proves eligibility based on the requirements listed.
  4. Provide documentation that confirms continuing enrolment or graduation in the current calendar year. Applicants selected to receive bursaries will be notified by email and will then be required to provide proof of current enrolment (i.e. in the Fall term) or graduation within the calendar year.

Nursing Definition

For the purposes of the bursary application process, “nurse” is defined as:

  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN)
  • Nurse Practitioners (NP)
  • Registered Nurses (RN)
  • Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPN)

RNFBC Bursary Supported Education Programs

Nursing Education Studies

Nursing Education Studies or re-entry program to practice nursing in BC (LPN, RPN, RN). The list of nursing education programs recognized by BCCNM is available on their website under Study to be a Nurse.

Graduate Studies

Graduate studies specific to nursing, or that advance professional nursing practice. Examples include:

  • Masters in Nursing
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Masters in Education, Health Leadership, Public Health, Research or other related healthcare field
  • Doctorate in Nursing

Accredited Certificate Studies

Accredited certificate studies that are NOT employer-funded and advance professional nursing practice. Examples include:

  • Informatics
  • Wound Ostomy Continence
  • Foot Care
  • Public Health
  • Health Care Leadership
  • Forensics
  • Education
  • Research
  • Nursing area of specialty offered through CNA or approved by BCCNM

Please note: Professional development education (graduate or certificate) may not be supported unless it advances professional nursing practice. Programs and courses not described above will be reviewed by the RNFBC Bursary Committee for eligibility. Thank you.


RNFBC communicates with selected bursary recipients via email!  You will be notified via email within approximately 8 weeks after the close of the bursary application process (3rd Monday of September).  We regret that due to the volume of applicants, only successful applicants will be notified.  We encourage all applicants to continue to apply for bursaries each year that they are enrolled in nursing studies.  Thank-you! 

Yes, if you are in a graduate/certificate program that is online / situated outside of BC, you may still apply for a bursary.

NOTE: you will need provide documentation that you are a current resident of BC. Proof includes a valid driver’s license or BC Services card. Other acceptable documents include a utilities bill with address and your name dated within the last 3 months.

To be eligible to apply, you must be a resident of BC. Accepted proof of residency includes:

  • Valid BC driver’s license
  • BC Services card
  • Utilities bill with address and your name dated within the last 3 months

We are unable to accept:

  • Passports
  • Permanent Residency
  • Birth Certificates

First year students: copy of acceptance letter.

Subsequent years: copy of registered course list for current / upcoming term.

Certificate programs: copy of registration or certificate of completion (if completed within the calendar year).

Acceptable documents include photocopy of the graduate’s diploma and/or letter of explanation including relationship to graduate.

You are required to provide your Social Insurance Number if you are selected to receive a bursary in order to issue a T4A tax form. This personal data is kept confidential and secure.

Bursaries are for the current calendar year. If you completed your studies in the current calendar year, proof of course completion must be submitted.

You will both see a message on your screen confirming successful submission and receive an email. If you do not receive an email within 2 days there may be a problem with the email address provided.
If you have submitted your application but not received confirmation, please email administrator@rnfbc.ca

Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria for any bursary are chosen at random, and each has an equal chance of receiving an award.

NOTE: RNFBC Bursaries are not awarded based on the severity of financial need. It is our understanding that any applicant undertaking studies has a degree of financial need.

You will be notified by email if you are selected to receive a bursary, at which time you will be required to:

  • Sign an agreement
  • Agree to notify RNFBC if your mailing address changes before the bursary has been issued
  • Provide proof of enrolment:
    • Students: copy of registered course list for current term
    • Certificate programs: current registration or certificate of completion (if completed within the calendar year)
  • Provide your current mailing address
  • Provide your social insurance number (in order to issue a T4A tax form)
  • Submit a letter of thanks to the bursary donor