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Scholarship Awards

The aim of the BC Arts Council Scholarship Program is to support the development of B.C.’s future professional artists by assisting with pre-professional training of outstanding B.C. students of the arts. Successful applicants in this program can be found on stages and in galleries the world over.

The Scholarship Program, the oldest program of Council, provides funding of up to $6,000 per year to outstanding arts students studying at the post-secondary level. B.C. residents attending full-time studies in a fine-arts diploma or degree program at a recognized college, university, institution or academy, in any country, are eligible to apply. Half-day high school dance programs may also be eligible.

This is a highly competitive, adjudicated process, and successful applicants will be assessed on their portfolio as well as the rest of their application. Recognized disciplines include arts administration, community-based arts practice, museology, conservation, dance, media arts, theatre, music, curatorial practice, and visual art.

Application Deadline: April 30

Note: if the deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline becomes the next business day.

Before you Apply:

  • Read the program guidelines.
  • All applicants, especially new applicants, are urged to discuss their request with Council staff prior to submission.
  • If you do not have Adobe Reader to view the PDF files, click here to download the most recent version.

Frequently Asked Questions:

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Program Guidelines:

Guidelines are revised annually.

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Application Form:

Application forms are available approximately six weeks before the program deadline.

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Artistic Appraisal Form:

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Note: to complete MS Word fillable forms, tab from one entry field to the next.

Mac Users: after saving or opening the MS Word forms, please check your ‘Downloads’ folder, as this is where the file is automatically placed. You may have to select and open the file.


*NEW this year: We are now accepting portfolio files less than 700MB in size through the BC Arts Council upload portal here: (please note your application form and written submissions must still come in by paper).

Use the link above, then click Anonymous Log in (user ID and password are automatically filled in). This will take you to the upload page. The page will refresh after 60 minutes.

Larger files and video can be submitted via Vimeo. Samples may also be submitted by mail, on USB flash drive, CD, or DVD if you prefer. Please see guidelines (pages 9 and 10) for more information.