Bursaries for International Students

A Bursary is a monetary award that is granted on the basis of financial need. Bursaries are different than scholarships. Scholarships are merit-based and are awarded for academic achievement. Bursaries are finance need based and do not have to be repaid.

Bursaries ranging from $100 to $1,000 are available for undergraduate US/International students who demonstrate financial need in order to finance their studies after completing one year of undergraduate studies at Carleton University.

To be eligible for a Carleton Bursary for International Students:

  • You are an international student with a valid study permit.
  • You have completed your first year of study at Carleton University.
  • You have demonstrated financial need.
  • Bursary applicants must have satisfactory academic standing.

Application instructions:

International students applying for a bursary follow the same process as domestic students. Students may access Bursary and Award Applications through the Undergraduate Online Application Forms system on Carleton Central, under the Awards and Financial Assistance section. Follow the instructions to submit your application.

Tips for filling out your bursary application

1. Be complete! The bursary committee has to read your application and make a decision. It's hard to assess your situation if you've left information out. 2. Submit it on time. The deadline is important - late applications will not be considered. 3. Apply for government student financial assistance. Bursaries are typically issued to students who demonstrate the greatest financial need and receiving student aid is one of the easiest ways to show need. 4. Be realistic. When you are filling out the academic year budget, be realistic about how much you spend. Indicating that you spend $300/mo on entertainment might help show that you have more expenses than resources but it probably won't get you a bursary. 5. Don't forget your resources. Make sure you tell us how much money you have. If you tell us you have $10,000 worth of expenses and $0 worth of resources we're going to think you forgot to fill in half the application.