The League of Canadian Poets Annual Poetry Bursary

Applications for this year are now closed. Stay tuned for a reopening in fall 2022. 

The League of Canadian Poets is very excited to announce a new annual bursary that will support poetry scholars in Canada. This special bursary will provide $2000 in support for one year of education that has a focus on poetry at the undergraduate, graduate, or doctorate level.  


This bursary is intended to provide financial support for students who are studying poetry at the post-secondary level in many formats. We are particularly invested in supporting students that identify as BIPOC, Metis, First Nations, Deaf, Disabled, or newcomers to Canada.  

Who should apply for this Bursary?

  • Students entering a year of education at the undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral level at an accredited post-secondary institution for the year following their application for a bursary. Poetry study must make up a significant portion of studies (15% of undergraduate courses, 25% of graduate courses, or the focus of a doctoral degree) 
  • Students who are taking poetry classes at a local college, school or education centre. Certain online courses may be eligible for this bursary, provided the instructors and courses are taught in Canada. Please be sure to outline your poetry experience and information outlining your study plans in your statements.
  • Students are eligible if enrolled or taking classes in the 2021-2022 school year and/or 2022-2023 school year.

To apply for this bursary, students must supply all of the materials below through our application form: 

  • The applicant must provide a CV  
  • The applicant must provide a short statement about educational and career goals as they relate to poetry in Canada, as well as evidence that they are enrolled in or planning to enroll in an eligible program or course.
  • The applicant must provide 2 letters of recommendation for their award. We welcome letters from employers, mentors and teachers, and are particularly interesting in hearing from references that can speak to the applicant’s aptitude, experience and goals related to poetry  
  • This bursary will be allocated based on the information provided in the application form above.  Please note that the League of Canadian poets is very interested in supporting bursary recipients who are members of BIPOC, deaf, disabled, LGBTQI2S and rural communities, and students at many different stages in their study of poetry.