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Medical education bursary

The Yukon medical education bursary is intended to support people who live or have lived in Yukon to attend medical school in the pursuit of a Family Medicine residency program.

The Yukon medical education bursary is intended to support people who live or have lived in Yukon to attend medical school in the pursuit of a Family Medicine residency program.  Canadian studies have indicated that it is people from rural and remote areas who are most likely to return to practice in those areas.  On the basis of these studies, it is anticipated that some of the people who receive the Yukon medical education bursary support will return to provide medical service to Yukon residents. 

The Yukon medical education bursary will be made available to up to 4 new students per year accepted into an approved Canadian medical education program.

$5,000/year for up to 4 years of medical school
$7,500/year for up to 2 years during medical residency, Family Medicine only

Eligibility criteria

Applicants shall be required to provide the following information in order to be eligible to receive the bursary::

  • Proof of Canadian citizenship or Permanent Resident
  • Be a resident (as defined in the Student Financial Assistance Act) in Yukon for at least 3 consecutive years within the last 5 years and;
  • Have received the Yukon Grant having meet the eligibility requirements as stated
  • Be accepted, enrolled or registered into an approved Canadian Medical Education Program
  • Not be eligible to apply for student financial assistance from another jurisdiction outside of Yukon
  • Individuals who are presently in enrolled in a program in Canada who meet eligibility criteria may apply for the bursary for the period remaining in their education.

Application process

Applications shall include the following information:

  1. Proof of Canadian citizenship or landed immigrant status maintained throughout the period of the bursary. (e.g. copy of birth certificate, passport or citizenship certificate to demonstrate Canadian citizenship).
  2. Proof of Yukon residency for 3 consecutive years of the past 5 years. (verification of residency letter from Yukon Insured Health Services)
  3. If applicable, a letter from the Yukon Department of Education indicating receipt of the Yukon Grant.
  4. A letter of acceptance to a Canadian Medical School. A letter of conditional acceptance may be submitted if final acceptance has not been received.
  5. A detailed letter indicating intent to pursue basic baccalaureate education; indication of whether studies will be fulltime or part-time; and interest in and/or commitment to health care services through personal, employment, education and volunteer history. The letter should also indicate intention/commitment to work in Yukon on completion of medical education.
  6. A resume of personal, employment, education and volunteer experience. Reference names and contact information that can be used to verify experience should be included.
  7. Yukon First Nations applicants who wish to have this factor considered in their selection must provide proof of First Nation citizenship. (i.e. copy of Certificate of Indian Status, verification from First Nation)

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Complete applications with copies of all required documents, must be received at the following address on or before June 30th:

   Medical Education Bursary Committee
   Department of Health & Social Services
   Attn: Karla Scott
   Box 2703 (H-22)
   Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6

If delivered in person, applications should be taken to:

   Medical Education Bursary Committee
   Department of Health & Social Services
   Attn: Karla Scott
   101 Elliott Street
   Whitehorse, Yukon


From those applicants who are eligible, two new students each year will be approved according to their ability to meet one or more of the following selection criteria.  Applications that do not meet the bursary eligibility criteria or are incomplete will not put forward to the committee for review.  Only those applications that meet the necessary criteria will be scored.  Applications are scored to a maximum of 20 points against the selection criteria. 

Employment – Maximum 5 points
Volunteer Experience – Maximum 5 points
Education – Maximum 5 points
Other Criteria – Maximum 5 points

Demonstrated commitment to contribute to the health & wellness of Yukoners upon their return to Yukon 
Demonstrated leadership abilities 
Demonstrated interest in extracurricular activities 
Demonstrated experience working with:
First Nations/Mental Health/Addictions 
Demonstrated First Nation cultural awareness 
Yukon First Nation 


The Bursary Committee will make their decisions by no later than September 30. Successful applicants will be notified in writing.

Successful applicants will be asked to provide their Social Insurance Number The Department of Finance requires that you provide your Social Insurance Number (SIN) so that they will be able to issue payment and T4A slips for this bursary. This information is being collected under the authority of the (Federal) Income Tax Act and will be used solely for the issuing of T4A slips.

Applicants who are denied funding in one year may reapply in any subsequent year, and will be subject to the same eligibility/selection criteria.

A priority list will be compiled from the unsuccessful candidates who meet the bursary program requirements. In the event that a successful candidate decides not to accept, or becomes ineligible for the bursary, the next candidate will be given the opportunity to receive the bursary. This priority list will be valid for the current academic year. Decisions by the Bursary Committee are final.

There is no appeal process.

Terms of bursary

Once a person qualifies to receive the bursary, they may continue receiving it for a maximum of 4 years of medical school and 2 years of residency for a total of 6 years, provided that the student maintains academic achievement standards required by the program.

A person who has been selected to receive the bursary and who subsequently takes leave from medical school or Family Medicine residency will be permitted to continue receiving the bursary provided that the person continues to meet eligibility criteria and academic achievement standards. The bursary will not be paid during a period of leave of absence from school or residency.

Applications for part-time studies will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The amount of the bursary would be prorated according to the number of courses being taken in relation to a full-time course load.

Memorial University

Memorial University has agreed to allocate one dedicated seat, per year, in the Faculty of Medicine to a Yukon resident where there is a qualified student.

In consideration of this dedicated position, Yukon has agreed to pay to Memorial the sum of $50,000 per year for 4 years, which is to be used by Memorial to subsidize the cost of each Yukon student’s medical education.  This does not cover the cost of tuition.

This payment is a significant financial commitment for which Yukon must demonstrate accountability to the people of the Territory.  Accordingly, the offer made by Memorial is conditional upon you agreeing to enter into a Return of Service Agreement with Yukon.  In general terms, the Return of Service Agreement requires that in recognition of Yukon’s financial contribution to the students medical education, the student agrees to either,

  • upon completion of the students medical education, to practice medicine in Yukon on a publicly funded basis for a period of not less than 4 consecutive years, or,
  • to repay the amount advanced by Yukon to Memorial University (together with interest).

To help offset the expenses of tuition, Yukon students can apply to the Medical Education Bursary.


Contact info

Medical Education Bursary

Phone: 867-667-8449

Toll Free (Yukon, Nunavut and NWT); 1-800-661-0408 ext. 8449

Fax: 867-667-3096


Mailing Address:

Medical Education Bursary (H-22)
Health & Social Services, Government of Yukon
Box 2703
Whitehorse, Yukon  Y1A 2C6

Location: 101 Elliott Street | Whitehorse, Yukon [map]


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