Scottish Government Bursary Supports Ongoing Gaelic Language Learning

Nova Scotians have the opportunity to further their learning of Gaelic language and culture through study in Scotland with help from a bursary.

The bursary program is funded by the Scottish government and administered by the Nova Scotia Office of Gaelic Affairs. Now in its sixth year, the program supports Nova Scotians attending language training in Scotland, with travel, meal and accommodations, or through distance learning. Five bursaries of up to $2,700 will be awarded. To date, 30 Nova Scotians have participated in the program.

“Government recognizes the importance of acknowledging Gaelic language, culture and identity, and providing Nova Scotians with the opportunity to learn about it,” said Gaelic Affairs Minister Randy Delorey. “I encourage all Nova Scotians to check out this program.”

Bursary recipients will enrol in Gaelic-language study at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, a national centre for Gaelic language and culture on the Isle of Skye, and attend formal classes. They may also enroll in a distance learning course.

“This bursary allowed me to study abroad for Gaelic language and culture, make connections with other Gaelic speakers, and learn more about our connections with Scotland,” said Hannah Krebs, 2017 bursary recipient.

“Through shared Gaelic language and common cultural origins this initiative reinforces the strong links between Scotland and Nova Scotia and provides a vehicle through which these can be further built upon,” said John Swinney, Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Education. “I encourage Nova Scotians to apply and to contribute to strengthening the Gaelic language and the cultural and heritage links between both our communities.”

Applicants must be at least 18 years-old and permanent residents of Nova Scotia to qualify for the bursary. The deadline for applications is Friday, Feb. 23.

For more information about applying to the bursary program, contact Kelly Schlay at 902-424-4442 or .