Funding Opportunities

There are a few funding sources available to help students attend CILLDI. We strongly encourage you to contact your band's Educational Office or your Treaty/Tribal office for financial assistance in the first instance. Many of you may still be eligible for funding within your own community or workplace.

However, in case you are an individual who is ineligible for financial assistance because you are not affiliated with a band or settlement, because you live off reserve, because you aren't registered in a full-time degree program, or because you have already received the maximum level of funding available through your band or settlement office, there are a few bursary programs for which you might be eligible.

U of A Provost Bursary for CILLDI Students

Deadline: TBA

The University of Alberta's Provost Office assists CILLDI in sponsoring bursaries to support individuals interested in pursuing courses at CILLDI.

The 2022 CILLDI Provost bursary will cover the University of Alberta Open Studies application fee and domestic tuition for any two CILLDI courses. U of A Provost Bursary applicants must complete the application form and submit it with a letter of support from members of their community (such as an education or culture director, tribal chief or councilor, Métis chair/president, tribal college personnel, Elder).

Note: Only a limited number of these bursaries are available.

Please submit your completed application through our online form here or the paper forms available for download [Download here] along with a letter of support to the CILLDI office by emailing or faxing 780-492-0806.

**Online forms must be completed in one sitting! It will not save your work!**

Alberta Education Bursary for Indigenous Language Education

Since 2017, Alberta Education has provided funding for Alberta residents to attend CILLDI courses in the Faculty of Education. Recipients of this bursary receive funding for up to six 3-credit courses over two to three years. If you have received this bursary, you do not have to reapply, however this opportunity is no longer accepting new applications.

The last cohort began their classes in the Summer of 2019 and have until Summer 2021 to receive funding for up to six EDEL courses. Unfortunately, any courses not completed by this time cannot be funded with this bursary.

For any questions, please contact the Indigenous Language Teachers Development Program advisor at