Medical & Dentistry Bursary

The application for the 2023 – 2024 academic year has now closed.

Applications submitted by the April 30, 2023 deadline will be advised of their status by the last week of July 2023 via the application site.

The Medical and Dentistry Student Bursary is a return service bursary of $14,000 or $28,000 per year for a maximum of 4 years of the Medical or Dentistry school program. It is an incentive to encourage Alberta medical and dentistry students to practice in northern Alberta upon graduation.

The Medical and Dentistry Student Bursary is non-repayable if you agree to live and work in the north. Your return service is one year of full time employment in your field of studies for each year of bursary support received. Students must apply for the bursary for each year they want to be considered.

To be eligible to apply for the NADC Medical and Dentistry bursary, you must:

  • Have been a resident of Alberta for 12 consecutive months before the start of your program,
  • Be enrolled or have applied for a medical or dentistry school designated for provincial funding,
  • Plan to live and work in northern Alberta upon completion of your residency or program and sign a return service contract, and
  • Not be in default of a provincial student loan.

Return Service Commitment

Selected recipients sign a return service contract with Alberta Advanced Education.

The $14,000 option: live and work anywhere in northern Alberta

If you are selected for the bursary, you will receive a $14,000 bursary. Upon completion of your residency, you agree to work and live anywhere in northern Alberta (one year for each $14,000 bursary). You will have to apply each year that you are eligible and want to be considered for the bursary.

The $28,000 option: live and work in a specific region or community in northern Alberta

Using the Bursary Partnership Application completed by you and your sponsor, you may receive $28,000 per year ($14,000 per year from the NADC and another $14,000 per year from the sponsor).  Upon completion of your residency, you agree to live and work in the area specified by your sponsor (one year for each $28,000 bursary). You will have to apply each year that you are eligible and want to be considered for the bursary. The NADC does not match students and sponsors for this bursary option.

Bursary Application

Use this link to take you to our Bursary online applications, and select the Northern Alberta Development Council Bursary tile. We accept applications from early January until April 30th each year for studies starting in the upcoming fall. 

The NADC has updated its online bursary application.

You will need to have a My Alberta Digital ID (MADI) verified account to be able to submit your application. If you do not have an MADI verified account, use this link to find out how to get one. Verifying your MADI account can take up to two weeks.

If you are experiencing problems signing into the application portal with MyAlberta Digital Id (MADI) and receiving the following message “Sorry, we can’t find the page you’re looking for…”  please clear your history in the browser you are using.  This will fix the problem and you will be able to access the bursary application site.

You will now be able to apply from your computer, cellphone or tablet, save part way through the process and complete it later and see the current status of your application.