NADC Bursary

The application for the 2023 – 2024 academic year has now closed.

The NADC Bursary is a return service bursary of $7,000 per year for a maximum of two years, and is offered to students entering their last two years of post-secondary studies or entering a program that is one or two years in length. It is meant to encourage students to train for jobs that are in demand in northern Alberta.

The NADC Bursary program provides up to $14,000 over two years and is non-repayable if you agree to live and work in the north. Your return service is one year of full time employment in your field of studies for each year of bursary support received. Students must apply for the bursary for each year they want to be considered. Some careers in high demand now include education, medical and health, engineering and technical fields and social work.

To be eligible to apply for the NADC bursary, you must:

  • Have been a resident of Alberta for 12 consecutive months before the start of your program,
  • Be enrolled or have applied for a full-time post-secondary program designated for provincial funding,
  • Be entering your last or second to last year of your post-secondary program in the fall,
  • Be in a program that is at least 12 weeks in length for a half bursary and 16 weeks in length for a full bursary, and
  • Not be in default of a provincial student loan.

Return Service Commitment

Selected recipients sign a return service contract with Alberta Advanced Education.

Bursary Application

Use this link to take you to our Bursary Online Applications, and select the Northern Alberta Development Council Bursary tile. We accept applications from early January until April 30th each year for studies starting in the upcoming fall.

You will need a verified Account to submit your application. If you do not have an verified account, it may take up to two weeks to verify your account. Here is the link to use to create your account.

If you are experiencing problems signing into the application portal with your Account and receiving the following message “Sorry, we can’t find the page you’re looking for…”  please clear your history in the browser you are using.  This will fix the problem and you will be able to access the bursary application site.

You will now be able to apply from your computer, cellphone or tablet, save part way through the process and complete it later and see the current status of your application.