Post Basic Course Bursary

Bursaries are awarded annually to assist registered nurses with the self-paid costs incurred to complete a post-basic continuing education course/program that will enhance their nursing practice. Individual courses completed towards a degree program (BN, MN, PhD) are not eligible. Applications will be accepted from RNs working in any practice setting or employment position.

NOTE: If you are obtaining specialty certification from an organization other than CNA (e.g., Certified Diabetes Educator, Certified Lactation Consultant, etc.) you can use this application. If you are obtaining specialty certification from CNA, please see the CNA Certification Bursary page. 

Value: up to $1000

Application Deadlines:

  • April 15th for courses/programs/certifications that are scheduled between January 1st and June 30th of the current year
  • October 15th for courses/programs/certifications that are scheduled July 1st and December 31st of the current year.

Applications outside of the specified timeframe will not be accepted (e.g., applications for CE events between January and June cannot be submitted in the fall competition).


  • Funding decisions will be made in mid-late May for the Spring competition and mid-late November for the Fall competition.
  • Applicants will be notified whether or not their application is successful. Notifications will be sent via email using the address provided in your application. Please be sure to provide an email address that you check regularly.
  • If your application is successful, the Trust will reimburse the amount of your bursary after you submit the required documentation (i.e., proof of successful completion of the course/program/exam).
  • Due to an increase in the number applications, we are no longer able to respond to individual requests for information regarding the status of an application.


Who Can Apply

Applications are accepted from Registered Nurses who: 

  • are employed in nursing in NL,
  • are enrolled in a post-basic education course/program that is relevant to the enhancement of nursing care of clients and/or nursing as a profession, 
  • have not received a Trust Conference or Post Basic Specialty Course Bursary in the 5 years prior to this application.
  • are members in good standing with CRNNL, and
  • are members of the Trust.

Note: All CRNNL registrants with a current practicing license are members of the Trust. CRNNL registrants with a current non-practicing membership can become members of the Trust by paying the $10 Trust membership fee. Preference will be given to those with a practicing license.

Recipients of Trust bursaries named in memory of an individual or designated for a particular specialty practice area in the past 5 years are eligible to apply for this bursary. 


How to Apply

Please review the Application Requirements document before you begin the application. The requirements for supporting documentation are outlined in the document. 

Applications must be completed using the Post Basic Specialty Course Bursary Application Form

Applications for course/program/certification between January and June of this year must be submitted by April 15th.

Applications for course/program/certification between July and December of this year must be submitted by October 15th.


Have Questions?

Please see the  Tips & FAQs page for answers to frequently asked questions and advice on completing your application. If the information you require is not listed there, please use the Online Contact Form to send us your question.