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 2021. The deadline to submit applications is noon on Wednesday, June 30, 2021.

The Cumberland Health Care Careers Bursary Program is an innovative undertaking of the Nova Scotia Health and the five health care foundations serving Cumberland County. The primary goal of the program is to assist Nova Scotia Health 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.

Please Note: New bursary applications for 2021 will be limited to applications for Registered Nurse (RN), and Nurse Practitioner (NP) programs of study only.

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 must understand they will be placed in jobs where there is the greatest need for staff with their type of training and could be at any of Nova Scotia Health’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 Nova Scotia Health and the All Saints Community Health Care Foundation, Bayview Communities Health Foundation, Cumberland Health Care Foundation, North Cumberland Memorial Hospital Foundation and the South Cumberland Community Care Centre Foundation.

Download the 2021 application form (.pdf)
Application Deadline: noon on Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Diversity in Health Care Bursary

The Diversity in Health Care Bursary, funded by the QEII Foundation, is one way we are working to create a more diverse workforce that better represents the communities we serve. Post-secondary students who identify as African Nova Scotian, Indigenous, immigrant, LGBTQ2S+ and/or as persons with a disability are invited to apply for a diversity in health care bursary. Students must be:

  • continuing full- or part-time studies in a health profession
  • attending a Canadian post-secondary institution that is recognized by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada
  • a resident of Halifax Regional Municipality or West Hants 

The application form is available in both English and French. 

Applications are evaluated on a number of factors including: community involvement, financial need, educational goals and field of study in health care.


Financées par la Fondation QEII, les bourses pour la diversité dans le milieu des soins de santé sont un des moyens utilisés par la Régie pour avoir une main-d’œuvre plus diverse et plus représentative des communautés auxquelles nous offrons des services. Tout étudiant inscrit à des études postsecondaires qui s’identifie comme personne afro-néo-écossaise, membre d’un peuple autochtone, personne immigrante, membre de la communauté LGBTQ2S+ ou encore personne handicapée est invité à présenter une demande de bourse pour la diversité avant le 5 avril, 2019. Les étudiants doivent : 

  • poursuivre des études à temps plein ou à temps partiel dans le domaine de la santé; 
  • fréquenter un établissement postsecondaire canadien reconnu par l'Association des universités et collèges du Canada;
  • habiter dans la municipalité régionale d'Halifax ou de West Hants. 

Le formulaire de demande est disponible en anglais et en français.

Plusieurs facteurs seront pris en considération lors de l’évaluation des demandes, notamment l’engagement communautaire, les besoins financiers, les objectifs en matière d’éducation et le champ d’étude dans le domaine des soins de santé. 

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 2023 South Shore Bursary Program application deadline is May 12, 2023.

The South Shore Bursary Program offers bursaries of up to $7,500 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.

2023 Bursary Program Package (.pdf)

Bursaries sponsored by the Health Services Foundation of the South Shore, Queens General Hospital Foundation and Fishermen's Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, South Shore Regional Hospital Auxiliary, and dedicated community donors.
For more information contact Health Services Foundation e-mail melissa.patterson@nshealth.ca