Work-integrated Learning (WIL) Bursary

Thirty (30) $1,500 bursaries have been created for students from targeted underrepresented groups who are taking part in work-integrated learning as part of their UPEI coursework during the 2021 fall semester.

This bursary is for students who identify within one or more of these categories:

  • LGBTQ2S+
  • Living in a rural or remote location
  • Low socioeconomic status
  • Mature student
  • Indigenous
  • Black Canadian
  • Racialized person / Person of Colour
  • Newcomer to Canada
  • Student from refugee pathways
  • Student with a disability
  • Female-identifying or non-binary person studying STEM

* Note that international students are not eligible for this funding

Apply for the Work-Integrated Learning Bursary

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 (WIL)? 

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 application form by Monday, September 27 at 4:00 pm. You must be signed into your UPEI Google account to access the form.
Step 2: Applications will be reviewed, and all applicants will be contacted by October 1 about their results. Successful applicants will be asked to provide additional information about their work-integrated learning experience and will be asked to consent to the sharing of their information with funders before funding is applied to student accounts in mid-October.

Will everyone who applies get a bursary?

That depends on how many applications we receive! We have thirty awards to give out, so if less than thirty students apply and meet all the criteria, we will give bursaries to all applicants. If more than thirty 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.