The Arbour Foundation is committed to financing and backing deserving students who possess a series of praise-worthy intellectual and moral qualities, whilst also giving consideration to difficulties which may have been overcome by applicants. The Arbour Foundation is committed to defending the Enlightenment values and principles exemplified by the sharing of knowledge, the elevation of reason, the promotion of science and humanism.

We believe that the principles underpinning the Enlightenment are axiomatic and are pillars for quality education, transcending both time and borders. The Arbour Foundation encourages universities to defend these principles. The Arbour Foundation also encourages students in their discovery of the Enlightenment principles underpinning the Enlightenment by carefully considering and reflecting on the Foundation’s statement of values.

Please consult the official website of Fondation Arbour for the complete guidelines.

Internal deadline: Next competition cycle starting in the Winter 2023.

The value of the master’s Arbour scholarship is $13,000. Scholarships are disbursed by the university in two equal instalments – one in the fall semester and the second in the winter semester – upon presentation of a full-time registration proof. Master’s Arbour scholarships are renewable once.

The Foundation only recognizes programs from one of the following domains – engineering, computer science, administration – in accordance to its mission. It is the applicant’s responsibility to check with his or her university to see if his or her program of study is eligible.

To be eligible, ​students​ must:

  • have completed at least 2 full-time semesters in a Québec university in the past 12 months* prior to their file being transferred to the Foundation. Since the competition takes place in the summer, students must have been registered full-time in the fall and winter sessions preceding the summer semester. These 2 semesters may have been completed in a program of study other than the one for which they apply;
  • be enrolled full-time in a master’s program in the fall and winter semesters following the competition to receive the scholarship (either thesis or course based);
  • have an average grade of at least 75% (university level);
  • not have completed more than 3 semesters in the Master’s program at the time of application.

Application packages, to be sent by email, must include:

  • The completed application form for the Arbour scholarship including consent for the privacy policy (downloaded from the Foundation’s website and completed in a web browser or with Acrobat Reader – pay attention to the maximum number of words indicated);
  • The following supporting documents:
  • Proof of Canadian citizenship, permanent residency or study permit
  • All officiels university transcripts in French, English or Spanish
  • Letter of support from an academic sponsor (details in the Letters of support section)​
  • Letter of support from a non-academic sponsor, sans liens familiaux avec le·la candidat·e (voir les directives concernant les lettres de recommandation)
  • CV
  • List of publications (if applicable)

Moreover, please note that applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria:

Academic performance (min 75%)50 %
Valid and recognized financial need *20 %
Social involvement / leadership20 %
Research skills and/or ability to apply prior learning and skills10 %

If you have questions regarding this competition, please contact the Graduate Studies Coordinator (