Alberta Education Language Bursary Program for Teaching FNMI Languages

The Language Teacher Bursary Program was created by an endowment to the Alberta Heritage Scholarship Fund as part of the Government of Alberta's Economic Development Strategy.  It was established so FNMI (First Nations, Metis, Inuit) teachers or instructors may improve their language fluency, pedagogical skills and knowledge through an educational immersion experience, and to help Alberta jurisdictions enhance their current language teaching capacity.

The program will assist Alberta teachers, Elders or instructors who currently provide instruction of an FNMI (First Nations, Metis, Inuit) language and intend to take a summer post-secondary program.  Students will benefit from the enhanced teaching and language skills of their teachers or instructors, encouraging them to take up the challenge of learning an FNMI language and culture and to assist with the FNMI language revitalization and/or renewal.

Post-secondary students in a recognized teacher preparation program in Alberta should contact Alberta Scholarship Programs about the Languages in Teacher Education Scholarship. Up to two bursaries of $2,500 for study in Canada will be awarded.

<--break->Applicants must be an Alberta resident, a Canadian Citizen or a Permanent Resident, hold a valid Alberta professional teaching certificate or be working towards Alberta certification, have been teaching in Alberta for a minimum of one year by the end of the current school year, demonstrate a background in FNMI language learning and culture, or have recently initiated the study of an FNMI language, and plan to take a summer program of at least three weeks duration in an indigenous language teaching methodology. Priority will be given to first time applicants, however, recipients who received a bursary three years ago or earlier can reapply.

Bursary recipients will be chosen by a selection committee with decisions based on the applicant's statement of program, school and school authority endorsement.

Language Bursary Program for Teaching FNMI Languages Application 

School Authority must mail their endorsement and the applicant's application package to Alberta Scholarship Programs by February 10.

Applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application by mid-April.

Source: Alberta Scholarships

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