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

The deadline for scholarship applications is Wednesday, October 31st, 2020. Please submit application packages to Kaylee Townend at ktownend@metis.org .

Available Scholarships

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 the RLI website 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:


Rupertsland Student Emergency Program (RSEP)

RSEP may provide support in the form of one of the following: rent subsidy, grocery support, distance learning support, tutoring support, or complimentary health services, such as health program enrolment or counselling support. To be eligible for this support, applicants must hold a Métis Nation of Alberta card, be enrolled in a post-secondary institution, and demonstrate financial need related to the pandemic.

  • Since 2004, Indspire has provided over $115M in financial support to more than 37,500 First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students.
  • Deadlines: February 1, August 1, November 1
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  • Contact: 1-855-INDSPIRE (463-7747), education@indspire.ca
  • 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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  • Funding for post-secondary education, training, and certification, and for cultural, traditional, and language knowledge building.
  • Deadline: Apply annually in the spring.
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  • Contact: 1-888-268-0520, info@nibtrust.ca
  • 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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  • $2,000 per term, maximum $4,000 annually. For Indigenous peoples living in Alberta (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) to pursue and complete post-secondary studies.
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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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Housing Supports

  • Belcourt Brosseau house is a six-bedroom co-ed home that is located within a short walk from the UAlberta campus with preference given to mature single Aboriginal students.
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  • Financial support for rent ($200/month) and security deposit ($850 max). Maximum is $2,400 annually.
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  • Contact: 780-452-6440