$5000 Library & Archives Canada Price McIntosh Bursary

Library and Archives Canada
September 20, 2022

The Walter Charles Price and Adis Florence Mary McIntosh Bursary encourages greater enrolment in Canada’s documentary heritage profession by offering a financial aid to support the advancement and inclusion of :

  • visible minorities
  • Indigenous peoples (First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation)
  • persons with disabilities

This bursary is for the documentary heritage profession only. It encourages students to register for studies leading to careers in libraries or archives.

How to Apply

The bursary is open to students residing in Canada who are:

Applicants must:

  • identify as a member of a visible minorityFootnote1, an Indigenous person (First Nations, Inuit or Métis Nation) and/or a person with a disabilityFootnote2.
  • be a student at a Canadian postsecondary institution in a program preparing you for a career in library or archives

Eligible Programs:

The following list is not exhaustive and is meant as a guide for students wishing to apply. Students may apply and make the case for eligibility of their program, if it is not included in the list but clearly leads to a career in libraries and archives. Should you have any questions about your program, please contact the Price McIntosh Bursary.

  • Information Studies
  • Library Studies
  • Archival Studies
  • Library and Information Technology
  • Technical Library Studies
  • Technical Archival Studies

It is okay if your program is not on the list above. If your program clearly leads to a career in libraries or archives, you can apply for the bursary. If you have any questions, please reach out to:


To apply for the Price McIntosh bursary, you will need the following documents:

  • a copy of your proof of citizenship, permanent residency or protected person status (please don’t send us originals)
  • proof of enrollment in a Canadian postsecondary institution (University, College or CEGEP). This must be program that leads to a career in the documentary heritage sector (library or archives).

Application Form


The selection of bursary recipients is a two-step process:

  1. Our bursary coordinators confirm you’ve submitted all required components and meet eligibility criteria.
  2. The selection committee will review your application. The committee will then make recommendations to the Librarian and Archivist of Canada.

The committee chair is our Diversity, Inclusion and Multiculturalism Champion for LAC. We may add external experts to the committee, based on a recommendation from the chair. The Funding decisions are final and not subject to review or appeal.

We recommend bursary applications for approval according to the following criteria:

  • the compatibility of the applicant’s field of study and eligibility;
  • the quality, content and presentation of the application; and
  • academic or personal merit

The terms and conditions defined in the Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Agreement apply to all committee members. Any member in real or potential conflict of interest with regard to the review process must disclose the conflict. We’ll remove them and they won’t take part in the review of the application in question. For questions about applications or the review process, email:  bourse-bursary@bac-lac.gc.ca.