2020 Bursaries for International Students at University of Manitoba in Canada

Important dates

  • UM Spring/Summer General Bursary applications due

  • Louis Riel Bursaries at the University of Manitoba applications for spring/summer due

  • UM Fall/Winter General Bursary applications available

  • UM Fall/Winter General Bursary applications due


Bursary awards are primarily based upon financial need, as opposed to scholarships, which are primarily based on academic merit. Because of this, all bursary applications require you to complete a budget section. Please note that the budget section of each application refers to a specific time period.

Eligibility criteria and application requirements vary by award. Most require that you submit the UM General Bursary application, and some require additional forms or attachments. Please be sure to read the details of each scholarship carefully before applying.

University of Manitoba General Bursary application

To qualify for bursaries at the University of Manitoba, you must apply for the University of Manitoba General Bursary through Aurora in addition to any individual applications that may be required for specific awards.

Fall and Winter Term General Bursary applications

General bursary applications for Fall and Winter Terms will be available in the Aurora Student Portal in early August. This application, with supporting documentation, must be submitted to the Financial Aid and Awards office by Oct. 1. Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • All undergraduate students must register and complete at least 60 per cent of a full course load per term (i.e. a minimum of 9 credit hours per term) over the regular academic year. There are a few bursaries offered for part-time students registered in both Fall and Winter Terms.
  • Graduate students do not have to adhere to credit hour minimums provided they are registered as full-time students over the Fall and Winter Terms with the Faculty of Graduate Studies
  • Continuing University of Manitoba students must meet a GPA requirement of a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. New students entering from high school must have a grade 12 average of 70 per cent or higher.
  • International students in their first year of post-secondary study in Canada are not eligible to apply to the general bursary program.
  • Financial need must be clearly documented on the application. Students who have applied for government student aid/loans from other provinces must provide a copy of a current “official” government loan assessment to support their declaration of financial need. Please note Manitoba Student Aid recipients do not need to submit a copy of their Notice of Assessment.

Selections for the bursaries will go out in early December of each year and bursary funds will be applied to Winter Term fees.

Spring and Summer Term General Bursary application

The Spring/Summer General Bursary application is available in the in the Aurora Student Portal. This application must be submitted by June 30. Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Students applying for the Spring/Summer general bursary program must be registered in a minimum of 6 credit hours between May 1 and August 31.
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, must be receiving government student aid (commonly referred to as “student loans”) through their provincial student aid agency for the Spring/Summer Term to be eligible to apply for the University of Manitoba Spring/Summer bursary program. (Please note, applying to the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) COVID-19 emergency benefit is not the same as receiving government student aid for purposes of the University of Manitoba Spring/Summer bursary program.)
  • Please note that eligible applicants from any province other than Manitoba must email a complete copy of their final government aid notice of assessment for the spring/summer term to the Financial Aid and Awards office by the bursary application deadline. If this is not submitted, their bursary application will be marked ineligible for funding.
  • Manitoba student aid recipients are not required to submit a copy of their assessment as we will receive this information directly from Manitoba Student Aid.
  • International students are eligible to apply for the spring/summer bursary program if they have resided in Canada for at least 12 months prior to May 1 of the current year.


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