Apply for a Diversity Bursary

If you’re in a communications-related program at a university or college and are a member of an underrepresented group, you can apply for a $1,500 bursary from Communications Nova Scotia. You can apply until 29 March 2024.

Use the Diversity Bursary Application Form to apply for the bursary.

Communications Nova Scotia offers 3 bursaries worth $1,500 each to students from underrepresented groups who are enrolled in a communications-related program at a university or college in Nova Scotia.

Creative submission

You need to submit an essay or creative piece that demonstrates your knowledge and interest in your field of study.

The creative submission needs to be related to this year’s theme: growth. You can interpret the theme in any way you like. The creative submission can be a new work or something you’ve previously created.

Your submission needs to be in 1 of the following formats:

  • related series of up to 5 images (for example, photos, graphics) or up to 5 minutes of video
  • article or essay of up to 1,000 words in length
  • portfolio of up to 5 components (for example, web pages, mobile application screenshots)

Bursary winners

Bursary winners are invited to meet with Communications Nova Scotia with staff who work in their area of study.


You can apply for the bursary if you’re a member of an underrepresented group. You need to be enrolled full-time in an eligible communications degree or diploma program at a university or college in Nova Scotia.

You’re an eligible member of an underrepresented group if:

  • you’re African Nova Scotian
  • you’re Mi’kmaq or Indigenous
  • you’re a racially visible person
  • you have a disability
  • you speak French as a first language
  • you identify as 2SLGBTIQ+
  • you identify as a member of another diverse community

Eligible degree and diploma programs include:

  • advertising
  • American Sign Language (ASL)
  • communications
  • digital communications
  • graphic design
  • journalism
  • languages
  • marketing
  • photography
  • public relations
  • video
  • website design
  • website and mobile application development

You need to apply for the bursary by 29 March 2024 (application needs to be postmarked no later than 29 March).

How to apply

  1. Complete the application form.
  2. Check the application for details on all required supporting documents.
  3. Send your completed application and supporting documents by mail. Or drop them off at Communications Nova Scotia.

How long it takes

It should take 3 months after the application deadline to find out if Communications Nova Scotia has awarded you a bursary. You only get notified if you win a bursary. It can take longer if there's a large number of applications.


There is no cost to apply for the bursary.

Before you start

Make sure you provide:

  • creative submission with your name on it
  • confirmation of enrollment in university or college (tuition receipt or letter from Registrar’s Office or an instructor)

Application form