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Access and Inclusion Bursary

Access and Inclusion Bursary

We have established this Bursary to enhance financial support, recognizing that funding access varies across health professions and institutions.

How does it work?

Our available funds for this Bursary vary from year to year, and therefore the number of bursaries we can award will vary and become available each winter.  For the 2024 year, we are able to offer the following number of Bursary awards at 50% the Membership tuition rate for each program (if not a Member at the time of application, the $90 Membership fee will be deducted from the Bursary).

Please note:

  • Partnered programs with other institutions are not included at this time.
  • This table will be updated each January to help inform decision-making for potential participants.


New & Evolving Academic Leaders (NEAL) 3
Stepping Stones 5
Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Context (TLC) 5

(awarding of Bursaries will occur annually in winter/spring, but can be applied to any cohort within that year).

Education Scholars Program (ESP) N/A (current cohort is 2023-25)


Bursary applications will be reviewed separately from the program applications, and application to the Bursary will not impact acceptance to any programs. The CFD Education Development Lead, Access and Inclusion, will solely receive applications then blind the identifying information for any further review and/or management of information.  Applicants will be verified as meeting the basic criteria, and then a lottery of all eligible applicants will be drawn for the awarding of the Bursary per program.

We cannot guarantee funding prior to the closure of applications and review. These funds cannot be deferred to another CFD program or a program cohort beyond the 2024-2025 year.


The Bursary application deadline for programs starting in 2024 closed May 8, 2024.  The application form for programming starting in 2025 will open in Winter 2025.

Other potential funding sources

In service of trying to close gaps in funding access, please seek funding from your department, institutions, professional associations, etc. prior to applying to Bursary funds – collectively working towards this will help make more diverse participation possible.  Below is a list of some funding avenues we are aware of, and we would appreciate your sharing others with us to include in this list:


Patient and Family Partners – if you need support beyond this Bursary, please contact Lindsay Baker at

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Centre for Faculty Development
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Education Centre, St. Michael’s Hospital
209 Victoria Street, 4th floor

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