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Bursaries for Clinical Placements

Below are bursaries to help you get into a health career.


1. Bursaries

The Ministry of Health offers the following bursaries for health education:
  • Clinical Placement Bursaries:  For students in a health discipline program who must complete a final clinical placement as a requirement of program completion.

Eligibility for a Saskatchewan Health Bursary

Health regions and the Ministry of Health decide which health disciplines will be eligible for bursary assistance each year. Once eligible disciplines are identified, bursaries are offered over the fiscal year (April 1 to March 31).  
To be eligible for a Saskatchewan Health Bursary, you must be:
  • A Saskatchewan resident and hold a valid health card. 
  • Currently enrolled or accepted into a final clinical placement. Bursaries are not awarded to people who have already completed their program.
  • Willing to apply for and accept a position in rural or remote parts of the province within six months of graduating from your program.
If you received funding from a Saskatchewan health region, you can still apply for a Saskatchewan Health Bursary.

If you received a clinical placement bursary last fiscal year, you will not be eligible to apply for an additional clinical bursary for this fiscal year.

If you are studying outside of Saskatchewan, you can still apply for a Saskatchewan Health Bursary if:
  • You are enrolled in an eligible training program with an accredited educational institution.
  • Your return-in-service must be served in Saskatchewan.


If you’re unable to fulfil your return-in-service commitment:
  • You will need to repay the total bursary funding plus applicable interest. If you have served some of your commitment, we would prorate the amount owing.  
  • You can move to another position as long as you find employment in another publicly-funded position in the province and are still employed in the same profession for which you received your bursary.

For example, if you received a clinical placement bursary to complete your registered nurse (RN) program, you will be expected to work in an RN position. 

  • If you take a year off after completing your program and before starting employment, you must make a formal written request to Partnerships & Workforce Planning Branch, Ministry of Health with a request to defer the start of a return-in-service commitment. Each request is assessed on a case-by-case basis.
  • If you go on maternity leave before you’ve served your commitment, we request that you inform Partnerships and Workforce Planning Branch, Ministry of Health when you go on leave and when you expect to return to your employment.  We will contact your employer to confirm the dates and will continue tracking your return-in- service when you return to work.

Other Provincial Student Financial Assistance Programs

  • The Graduate Retention Program provides a rebate up to $20,000 of tuition fees paid by eligible graduates who live in Saskatchewan and who file a Saskatchewan income tax return.
  • The Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship for new Grade 12 graduates. 
  • The Saskatchewan Advantage Grant for Education Savings. The SAGES is intended to help Saskatchewan families save for their children’s post-secondary education.
  • The Saskatchewan Student Loans Forgiveness Program for nurses and nurse practitioners who locate in under-served rural and remote communities. 

For more information, visit Student Financial Assistance

Saskatchewan Health Regions and Saskatchewan Cancer Agency
Bursary Contacts 

Saskatchewan Cancer Agency
Aleksander Kolosnjaji
Human Resources Consultant
Email: aleksander.kolosnjaji@saskcancer.ca
Cypress Health Region
Shelley Dawson-Briere
2004 Saskatchewan Dr., Swift Current SK S9H 5M8
Phone: 306-778-9488  Fax: 306-778-9475
Email: Shelley.Dawson-briere@cypressrha.ca
Five Hills Health Region
Madison Dale
Email: jobs@fhhr.ca 
Heartland Health Region
Leona Anderson
Email: careers@hrha.sk.ca
Keewatin Yatthé Health Region
Iris Clarke, HR Director
Email: Iris.Clarke@kyrha.sk.ca
Kelsey Trail Health Region
Jessica Kwochka, Recruitment Coordinator
Email: JKwochka@kthr.sk.ca
Mamawetan Churchill River Health Region
Kim Vancoughnett
Representative Workforce Coordinator
Email: Kim.Vancoughnett@mcrhealth.ca
Prairie North Health Region
Michelle Oborowsky
Email: Michelle.Oborowsky@pnhra.ca or
Prince Albert Parkland Health Region
Karen Ferris 
Email: karendferris@paphr.sk.ca
Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region
Janet Balak
Email: janet.balak@rqhealth.ca
Sun Country Health Region
Richelle Jones
Email: Richelle.Jones@schr.sk.ca
Saskatoon Health Region
Email: recruitment@saskatoonhealthregion.ca

Sunrise Health Region
Email: Employment-Coordination@shr.sk.ca


2. Application Process

Application periods and deadlines vary depending on the type of bursary. Check this website and the health region websites regularly for bursaries currently offered, and application deadlines and forms.

Clinical Placement Bursary

Provisions differ slightly for each type of bursary and all policies are evaluated and revised annually.  The following parameters are in place for 2016-2017 bursaries. 

Amount of Bursary

Bursary amounts range from $3,000 to $7,000, on a one-time basis, depending on the length of clinical placement, geographic area, degree level, and discipline.


In return for financial assistance, students sign a return-in-service agreement to practise in an approved publicly-funded position in the province for a specific duration. The length of the return-in-service requirements is two years.


Eligibility criteria are set annually and are detailed in the application package.

Selection of Applicants

Decisions are based upon selection criteria that may include geographic/sector work preference matched with need (rural and northern), date of graduation and employability, Aboriginal status, and those most likely to return service.  


3. Other Bursaries, Scholarships, and Awards

Health regions and the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency (SCA) also provide return-in-service, nursing, and allied health bursaries for Saskatchewan residents.
  • You will apply directly to the health region or SCA for the bursary. If you receive a return-in-service bursary from one of these employers, you can expect to sign an agreement with them.  
  • If you are a nurse practitioner student, contact the health regions directly regarding bursary details. If you receive a bursary for rural or remote parts of the province, you can expect to sign a return-in-service agreement with the region.
  • You can also find more information about the scholarships, bursaries, and awards for health education offered by various organizations below.
For a copy of Aboriginal Student’s Guide to Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries, contact Saskatchewan Polytechnic or call their education equity coordinator at 306-933-8351.

Aboriginal Youth Network
Connecting the hearts and minds of Aboriginal youth. 

Gabriel Dumont Institute Scholarships
The Gabriel Dumont Scholarship Foundation was established to administer the Institute's scholarship funds. 

National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation
The National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation (NAAF) is a nationally registered non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds to deliver programs that provide the tools necessary for Aboriginal youth to achieve brighter futures. 

Saskatchewan Advanced Education and Employment On-line Scholarship Search Engine
This database of scholarships, bursaries, awards and loans provides information on awards which are available to prospective post-secondary students in Saskatchewan. 

Saskatchewan Polytechnic 

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers a wide range of courses at four campuses: 
Moose Jaw Campus
Prince Albert Campus
Regina Campus
Saskatoon Campus

Canada's most comprehensive scholarship portal 

We match you to thousands of scholarships, bursaries and cash awards. 

University of Regina

Awards available at the University of Regina. 

University of Saskatchewan
Awards available and other information about student finances.

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