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Bursaries for Final Clinical Placements

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


1. Bursaries

The Ministry of Health offers the following bursary for health education:

  • Final Clinical Placement Bursary:  For students in a health discipline program who must complete a final clinical placement as a requirement of program completion.

The deadline for 2017 Final Clinical Placement Bursaries has now expired.

  Please check in April 2018 for information about 2018 bursaries.

Eligibility for a Saskatchewan Health Bursary

To be eligible for a Saskatchewan Health Bursary, you must:
  • Be a Saskatchewan resident and hold a valid Saskatchewan health card. 
  • Be currently enrolled or accepted into a final clinical placement. Bursaries are not awarded to people who have already completed their program.
  • 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 the Saskatchewan Health Authority, 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 required to work in an RN position in rural or remote parts of Saskatchewan. 

  • 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 Authority and Saskatchewan Cancer Agency
Bursary Contacts 

Saskatchewan Cancer Agency
Aleksander Kolosnjaji
Human Resources Consultant
Swift Current
Shelley Dawson-Briere
2004 Saskatchewan Dr., Swift Current SK S9H 5M8
Phone: 306-741-3453  Fax: 306-778-9475
Moose Jaw
Madison Dale
Leona Anderson
Buffalo Narrows
Iris Clarke, HR Director
Jessica Kwochka, Recruitment Coordinator
La Ronge
Kim Vancoughnett
Representative Workforce Coordinator
North Battleford
Michelle Oborowsky
Email: or
Prince Albert
Karen Ferris 
Janet Balak
Richelle Jones



2. Application Process

Application periods and deadlines vary depending on the type of bursary. Check this website and the Saskatchewan Health Authority 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 2017-2018 bursaries. 

Amount of Bursary

Bursary amount is $2,000, on a one-time basis.


In return for financial assistance, students sign a return-in-service agreement to work in rural or northern parts of the province with an approved publicly-funded employer.  The length of the return-in-service is one year.


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

The Saskatchewan Health Authority 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 Saskatchewan Health Authority 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.  
  • 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.

First Nations University of Canada
Awards available.

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 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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