A Scholarship and Bursary Guide

Inuvialuit Education Foundation (IEF)

The Inuvialuit Education Foundation is established to provide educational assistance and encouragement to Inuvialuit students, without duplicating programs already available. Programs include financial assistance to Inuvialuit students attending University and College degree or diploma programs of a two year minimum duration, specifically identified one-year programs, the Scholarship program and a Tutoring Program for academic support.

Amount varies

Deadline (may be subject to change) 

  • July 15 for September intake;
  • November 15 for January intake;
  • March 15 for Spring/Summer intake; and
  • Applications for other periods must be received six (6) weeks prior to the course start date.


  • IEF funding is secondary funding. To meet expenses, students must demonstrate a primary funding source, which may include but is not limited to funding through territorial or provincial student finance boards;
  • A grade point average at the 70 percentile, or the equivalent GPA or alphabetical average in their previous academic year for the start of the new academic year or the previous semester for subsequent semesters in the academic year;
  • Mature Students who do not have transcripts available within the previous (5) years are eligible for one semester only, after which they must present their transcript;
  • Students must be enrolled full-time in university or college programs generally recognized through the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) and the Association of Community Colleges of Canada for college level programs or as recognized by professional associations or certification boards;
  • The post-secondary diploma or degree program must be a minimum of two years in length with the following exceptions:
  • Subject to available funds, students enrolled in Access, UCEP program or Pre-Technology programs may be eligible for a one-year period; 2 “Fast track” diploma programs of less than 2 years will also be considered on a case-by-case basis for eligibility under the Post-Secondary Financial Assistance Program;
  • Beneficiaries with outstanding IEF loans will not be considered for further funding until repayment arrangements have been made; and Applicants must have been resident in the NWT for 12 consecutive months before the start of their program in order to be eligible for the highest level of funding support. If an applicant has not been a resident of the NWT for 12 consecutive months before the start of the program, they may be eligible for the maximum funding if any of the following situations apply:
  • The parent(s) having sole custody and control of the applicant was a resident of the NWT while the applicant was away at school;
  • The parent(s) having sole control and custody of the applicant was temporarily out of the NWT for either a short-term (one year or less) work placement or to attend school;
  • The applicant was attending school outside the NWT while receiving Student Financial Assistance from the Government of the NWT.
  • If none of the above situations apply, the applicant is only eligible to receive the lower level of funding.