Other Métis Funding Opportunities

There are many resources and funding opportunities available to support Métis students in Alberta.

Click through the menus below to learn more or download a PDF of Métis Funding Opportunities.

Our Awards

Métis Scholarships, Awards, and Bursaries

Each year, Métis Nation of Alberta provides scholarships to reward outstanding academic achievement. Scholarships are open to Métis students pursuing post-secondary education. Scholarship recipients receive both monetary reward and recognition during the November Métis Week celebration.

The deadline for scholarship applications is October 31st of the current year. Please submit application packages to Kaylee Townend at ktownend@metis.org.


1. Students must include completed application form, reference letter, and a written section describing qualifications

2. Students must provide proof of registration, as well as details of the post-secondary program and/or courses in which they are enrolled.

3. Nominations must include the completed nomination form, as well as a letter from the nominator.

Rupertsland Institute (RLI) provides post-secondary financial aid to Métis students to reduce the overall cost of education and the financial burden it can have.  

Rupertsland Institute will now fund first to fourth year studies not just the final two terms 

Rupertsland will fund Diplomas, Degrees, and PhD, MA, MBA or Professional Program at Colleges or Universities within Alberta 

More information on RLI website

Application https://rlioas.ca/ Inquiry: postsec@rupertsland.org 

Frequently asked questions: https://www.rupertsland.org/post-secondary-funding/frequently-asked-questions/ 

If you are you a full time Métis student in one of 17 post-secondary institutions in Alberta this is another option for funding.

This award provides financial support in years one to three of your certificate, diploma or undergraduate program.

Métis Scholar Awards are available at the following institutions and all applications must be submitted directly to the appropriate post-secondary institution:


Indspire’s Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships and Awards (BBF) program opens doors through education. 

Since 2004, Indspire has provided over $115 million in financial support to more than 37,500 First Nations, Inuit and Métis students. All Building Brighter Futures donations are matched by the Government of Canada allowing us to be double the impact for students.

For a complete listing of Building Brighter Futures Supports, click here.

Or call: 1.855.INDSPIRE (463.7747) 

  • The Settlement Education department is responsible for Strategic Training Initiatives (STIs). These provide training and education to Métis Settlement Members residing on Settlements.
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  • Métis Settlements STI funding coordinators
    • Buffalo Lake 780.689.2170
    • East Prairie 780.523.2594
    • Elizabeth 780.594.5026
    • Fishing Lake 780.943.2202
    • Gift Lake 780.767.3794
    • Kikino 780.623.7868
    • Paddle Prairie 780.981.2227
    • Peavine 780.523.2551
  • Funding for post-secondary studies for current and former youth in government care.
  • Deadline: February 1 annually
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  • Contact: 780-415-0085, advancingfutures@gov.ab.ca
  • $1000 awards for six (6) first year Métis students, one from each Métis region.
  • Deadline: Applications accepted January 1 through April 30 annually.
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  • First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Bursary: Three awards of $3,000, applied directly to tuition. There are also many other scholarships and bursaries to apply to.
  • Deadline: July 31 annually
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To encourage Indigenous Albertans (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) to pursue and complete post-secondary studies in certificate, diploma, applied degree and bachelor’s degree programs leading to high-demand career outcomes in Alberta.  

 Value: $2,000 per semester, and maximum of $4,000 per academic year 


Scholarship Databases

  • Use the Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool to search more than 688 bursaries, scholarships and incentives across Canada.
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  • Search their database for Métis scholarships and bursaries.
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  • Government website listing various bursaries and scholarships for students.
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Student Loans and Grants

  • Alberta Student Aid is for applying for Alberta and Canada student loans.
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