Work-integrated Learning (WIL) Bursary

Ten (10) bursaries valued at $1,500 each have been created to support students with disabilities who have taken part in work-integrated learning as part of a spring/summer course here at UPEI.

In order to qualify, you need to:

  • identify as having a disability,
  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and
  • have engaged in work-integrated learning as part of a UPEI course this spring or summer.

Have questions? Email and we can help support you in submitting your application.

This project is funded by CEWIL Canada and The Government of Canada's Innovative Work-Integrated Learning Initiative (I-WIL) and administered by UPEI's Experiential Education department.


What counts as work-integrated learning? 

This grant focuses on four main types of work-integrated learning:

  1. Applied research or industry project - conducting research for a local company or community group
  2. Entrepreneurial WIL - designing or starting your own business
  3. Field placement - gaining hands-on experience outside of the classroom, in a setting connected to your field of study
  4. Service learning - working with a local organization to apply your knowledge

If you have a project for a course where you are doing hands-on work and partnering with a local business or community organization, but it doesn’t fit in those categories, you can still fill in the screening form to see if your project is a fit. (Note: Co-op work terms are not eligible for this funding.)

How does the application process work?

Step 1: Fill out and submit the screening form to determine if you meet the basic requirements. Submit your form by Sunday, August 1 at 11:59 pm.
Step 2: If you qualify, we’ll send you a longer application form, asking for more information about your work-integrated learning experience.
Step 3: Our team will look through the applications and determine which applicants are successful. We’ll then contact all applicants to let them know results, and start on the paperwork to issue bursaries!

Will everyone who applies get a bursary?

That depends on how many applications we receive! We have ten awards to give out, so if less than ten students apply and meet all the criteria, we will give bursaries to all applicants. If more than ten students apply and meet the criteria, we will look at applications to assess the quality of work-integrated learning experience, and how funding could help to reduce barriers for each applicant.