Leadership and Commitment Scholarship

The Leadership and Commitment Scholarship aims to support talented students who demonstrate an exceptional commitment in one of the 6 following fields: social and humanitarian work, entrepreneurship, the arts, the environment, sports, or science.

This scholarship program is intended for Canadian citizens and permanent residents students who have submitted a new application for admission for the next summer or fall semester in a regular undergraduate, master’s or PhD program at Université Laval.


Scholarship’s value

  • Undergraduate: Total value up to $6,000 or $8,000 ($1,000 per semester)
  • Master’s: Total value up to $10,000 ($2,500 per semester)
  • PhD: Total value up to $30,000 ($5,000 per semester)

For eligibility requirements and selection criteria, refer to the scholarship sheet.


Target audience and eligible programs

  • Canadian citizens
  • Permanent residents
  • Undergraduate: All baccalaureates
  • Graduate: All master’s and all PhDs

Note that for scholarships to be awarded, the applicant must have received a conditional or final offer of admission to Université Laval. Candidates who are on the waiting list will not be considered eligible.


Submit your application

You must complete the online form and submit a complete application by the required deadline. To access the application form, you must have previously applied for full admission to Université Laval, and this application must have been processed. Please allow a few days for your request to be processed.


Deadline: March 15th, 2024
Submit your application


You have questions and can’t find the information you are looking for in the Frequently Asked Questions below? Contact us by email at: engagement@bbaf.ulaval.ca.

Please note that the information on this page is for information purposes only.


1. Who can apply for this scholarship?

Canadian citizens and permanent residents who submit a new application for admission to a regular undergraduate or graduate program at Université Laval in the summer or fall term may apply for this scholarship.


2. Are students admitted to a certificate, postdoctoral, advanced graduate diploma, or short program eligible?

No. Only students admitted to a regular bachelor’s, master’s, or PhD program are eligible for this scholarship.


3. Are students who have already started their degree programs eligible?

No, because it is an admission scholarship.


4. Are part-time students eligible for the scholarship?

No. One of the eligibility criteria is that students must be registered full-time in all terms (fall and winter) for which their scholarship is awarded.

Students with “Deemed full-time” status by the ”Aide financière aux études” are considered eligible.

If you are considered as a parent student according to the terms and conditions of the Politique relative aux étudiantes et aux étudiants parents de l’Université Laval, you can be eligible for this contest.


5. Are Capsule transcripts accepted?

Capsule transcripts are accepted only for students who must provide a Université Laval transcript.

The transcript must be scanned and combined into a single PDF file and submitted with the application form. It is the most recent college transcript for a university first cycle (Bachelor) admission, a bachelor’s transcript for a second cycle (Master’s) admission and a master’s transcript for a third cycle (PhD) admission.

The college transcript may be unofficial.


6. How do you apply?

You must complete the online form and submit a complete application by the deadline. Paper forms will not be accepted, and documents sent by email will not be considered.

To access the application form, you must have previously submitted a complete application for admission to Université Laval, and this application must have been processed. Allow a few days for processing.


7. What are the selection criteria?

Recipients are selected based on the following criteria: leadership, commitment and involvement, and academic excellence.


8. Can students request a deferral of a scholarship offer?

Although this scholarship is available only to students who apply for admission in the summer or fall semesters, the offer may be deferred to the winter semester, provided that the student starts the program of study in that semester. Students are responsible for making the necessary arrangements and ensuring that they are able to start their programs during the eligible period.


9. Does this scholarship cover the recipient’s tuition and living expenses?

No, the scholarship does not cover the full cost of a year of study in Québec City. Students are advised to consult the page on fees to properly plan their budget.

The value of each scholarship is as follows:

  • Undergraduate: Total value up to $6,000 or $8,000 ($1,000 per semester)
  • Master’s degree: Total value up to $10,000 ($2,500 per semester)
  • PhD: Total value up to $30,000 ($5,000 per semester)


10. Can the Leadership and Commitment Scholarship be combined with other scholarships?

Yes. This scholarship can be combined with other scholarships.


11. Can instalments be issued in the summer to students registered year-round?

Yes, a payment will be issued to the students who are registered full-time during the summer semester, if of course they meet the other eligibilty critera.


12. How are scholarships paid out?

Scholarships are paid out directly to students after the deadline for withdrawing from courses with a refund, in instalments of $1,000, $2,500, or $5,000 per term depending on the degree level. They are not applied to the payment of tuition fees.

Scholarships may be conditional on recipients attending a scholarship ceremony or their participation to an activity acknowledging the donator.

Scholarships are not paid out before the tuition fee payment deadline. Recipients are therefore responsible for paying their tuition fees by the university’s deadline in order to avoid additional costs.

To retain their scholarship, students must continue to meet the eligibility requirements of the scholarship.


13. Is a student eligible for scholarship instalments if qualifying courses are required?

Yes. However, the scholarship will not be increased and will be for a maximum of three or four years for a bachelor’s degree (depending on the program), two years for a master’s degree, or three years for a PhD, i.e., the expected length of the program.


14. Who can act as a sponsor for an applicant?

The sponsor may be a professor, employer, supervisor, coach, etc. They do not have to be a professor at Université Laval or reside in Québec. The applicant’s family members, friends, or roommates are not allowed to act as sponsor. The sponsor must not be related to the applicant.

The sponsor will need Internet access to complete an online form attesting to the applicant’s various leadership activities and involvement and explain how the applicant is a committed student.

The sponsor has the option of completing the form in English or French. A sponsor may refuse to support a candidate either because he or she does not have sufficient knowledge about the candidate or does not have enough time to proceed.


15. When are the results announced?

The results are sent by email in late April. All applicants receive a response.


16. What is the procedure for renewing a scholarship?

Each winter semester, scholarship recipients who are eligible for renewal will receive an email containing the necessary information. They must complete the online renewal form and submit it by the specified deadline. The coordinates of a sponsor will be mandatory to validate information, but the sponsor will not have to submit a completed form.

Eligible applicants must demonstrate that they maintained their leadership and commitment throughout the past year. Renewal applications are reviewed by a committee, and the results are sent by email in late April.

Note: A scholarship cannot be renewed for any degree level. Students who change degree levels must reapply for the scholarship by the deadline after submitting a new application for admission to Université Laval.


17. Are cotutelle students eligible?

Cotutelle students may be eligible to these scholarships, under certain conditions. Please contact us directly for further details at: engagement@bbaf.ulaval.ca.

The terms and conditions of this scholarship program are posted on this page for information purposes only and are subject to change without notice. The information on the scholarship sheet prevails at all times.