Bursaries and Scholarships

Check here to learn about the current bursary and scholarship programs offered by Nova Scotia Health Authority


Chronic Disease Innovation Fund

You can learn more about applying for the Chronic Disease Innovation Fund here.

Cumberland Health Care Careers Bursary Program

The Cumberland Health Care Careers Bursary Program is now accepting applications for 2018. The deadline to submit applications is 4:00 p.m., Monday, May 28, 2018.

The Cumberland Health Care Careers Bursary Program is an innovative undertaking of the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) and the five health care foundations serving Cumberland County. The primary goal of the program is to assist the NSHA in addressing anticipated human resource shortages in various health care professions in the upcoming years. The program is also intended to encourage Cumberland County's young people to come back to this area to live and work following graduation from post-secondary training.

Under the terms and conditions of the program, which is open only to Cumberland County students, successful applicants receive a bursary to support their studies in a number of health care professions. Student participation includes signing a contract with the health authority for a "return for service" upon graduation equal to the number of years for which they receive a bursary. This means that if a student receives a bursary for four years of study then they will be expected to work for the health authority for four years following graduation. Students will be placed in jobs where there is the greatest need for staff with their type of training and could be at any of the NSHA's Cumberland County facilities which are located in Advocate Harbour, Amherst, Parrsboro, Pugwash and Springhill.

The Cumberland Health Care Careers Bursary Program is supported by the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the All Saints Community Health Care Foundation, Bayview Memorial Health Centre Foundation, Cumberland Health Care Foundation, North Cumberland Memorial Hospital Foundation and the South Cumberland Community Care Centre Foundation.

Download the 2018 application form (.pdf)
Application Deadline: 4:00 p.m., Monday, May 28, 2018 

For more information, contact People Services at 902-667-5400 extension 6237

Nurses Helping Nurses Bursary Fund

This information is only available to NSHA employees and can be found HERE (login and password required)

South Shore Bursary Program

*The 2018 South Shore Bursary Program application deadline is August 17th, 2018. 

The South Shore Bursary Program offers bursaries of up to $5,000 to students pursuing health-related careers. High school, college and university students from Lunenburg and Queens Counties are eligible to apply. Successful bursary recipients will be required to enter into a Return-of-Service Agreement, post-graduation, with the Nova Scotia Health Authority, and be required to work in the South Shore geographical area. The successful recipient will agree to be employed by the Nova Scotia Health Authority for no fewer than the same number of years that the recipient was provided support by the Bursary Program. Successful recipients, who are not willing to accept full-time employment with the Nova Scotia Health Authority, within the South Shore geographical area, in their field of training, will be required to reimburse the Bursary Program in full.  A penalty will be applied to student faulting on their Return-for-Service Agreement.  The penalty would be 100% of the amount borrowed plus the applicable interest rate.

Nova Scotia Health Authority employees from Lunenburg and Queens Counties returning to an accredited learning institution for education that will result in a change in the  employee's profession are also eligible to apply for a bursary.

Restrictions may be applied to specific health care professions. For the upcoming year, skill shortages in Nursing (RNs and LPNs) have been identified.  The Steering Committee may also consider other applicants pursuing careers in Allied Health.

2018 Bursary Program Package (.pdf download) 

Bursaries sponsored by the Health Services Foundation of the South Shore, Queens General Hospital Foundation and Fishermen's Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

For more information contact Health Services Foundation at (902) 543-8065  or e-mail danielle.mccarthy@nshealth.ca