Celtic Studies Scholarships

"Gheibh cobhartach spionnadh-iasaid"

The StFX Celtic Studies department maintains and awards a number of scholarships aiming to reward student excellence and to support the study of Celtic languages in Canada and abroad.

In-course awards:

The following awards are generally awarded on an annual basis to students who excel in Celtic Studies courses. Preference is given primarily, but not exclusively, to students in Celtic language courses.

  • Honourable Allan J. MacEachen Fellowship for Celtic Studies, $500
  • The Rev Donald M. Rankin Scholarship for Celtic Studies, $400
  • The Reverend John Archie Chisholm Memorial Award, $500
  • Angus Dan Gillis Award in Celtic Studies, $500
  • Flora MacDonald Award in Celtic Studies [for non-graduating students], $500
  • Professor A. A. MacKenzie Prize in CELT 332, $200

Awards for graduating students:

  • Fr. Malcolm MacDonell Award in Celtic Studies, $500
  • Angus L. Macdonald Memorial Scholarship for Celtic Studies, $500


Summer Study Bursaries:

The Nova Scotia Celtic Travel Bursary

This bursary, which was established by Fr. Vern Boutilier, is open to all Nova Scotians between the ages of 18 and 29. It provides travel expenses to one of the Celtic countries up to a limit of $1,200.

Applicants must provide evidence of serious interest or leadership in Celtic culture as demonstrated by courses at the university or high school level or under home or community learning in language, music, dance, genealogy or Celtic Studies. Preference will be given to Gaelic learners. At least one award will be given to a Gaelic learner currently enrolled in a Gaelic learning program. If the applicant is a home or community learner a test as to Gaelic competence will be administered.

Preference will be given to Gaelic speakers and those currently studying Gaelic at the beginner or intermediate level and who are also proficient in one or more expressions of the culture in song, dance (step, Highland, Scottish country), fiddle, pipes, piano, genealogy or history of Cape Breton and other Scottish settlements or knowledge and/or interest in the history of their homeland or country to be visited.

Please note that, as stated above, this bursary is open to all young Nova Scotians who meet the criteria. Generally three to seven awards are made annually. Please send application materials by mail, e-mail, or fax to the Chair of the Celtic Studies Department at StFX by the 31st of March (see address below). Please click on the following links for the application and further information regarding criteria.  A link to a brochure with information regarding donating to the fund is also included:

Dr. Michael Linkletter
Chair, Dept of Celtic Studies
RE: Celtic Travel Bursary
St. Francis Xavier University
P.O. Box 5000
Antigonish, Nova Scotia
B2G 2W5 Canada
E-mail: mlinklet@stfx.ca


The Rev. John MacGillivray Gaelic Scholarship for Summer Study in Scotland

This is awarded each summer to a StFX Gaelic student to study the language at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. Established in 1995.

Award Value: $2000

Applications due March 31st. Contact Chair of Celtic Studies.


The Lord Ambrose Gaelic Bursary

This bursary was established by StFX Gaelic language alumnus Joshua Laird-Wlison in 2017 and is awarded to a StFX Gaelic student to study the language at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

Award Value: $2000

Applications due March 31st. Contact Chair of Celtic Studies.


Annual Bursaries:

Duncan Hugh and Millie MacLellan Bursary

This bursary was established by Hugh and Pat Maccagno in honour of Pat’s parents. Duncan Hugh and Millie MacLellan lived exemplary lives. Besides raising 8 children, they organized and participated in sports, community and church activities. They helped many in need, including preparing and serving suppers for society’s lost people. They had a love of Celtic music, especially as played at Cape Breton “Ceilidhs” by local musicians. This tradition and culture flowed from Duncan’s parents, Angus Y. and Maggie MacLellan.  Angus Y., during his spare time as Margaree Island lighthouse keeper, wrote wonderful poetry and songs in his ancestral Gaelic. Some of his songs have been recorded by celebrated Nova Scotia musicians. These awards are available to two full-time students per year who have earned a minimum average of 75. The students must demonstrate financial need. One bursary will be awarded to a 3rd year student majoring in Celtic Studies with the second award going to a first year Science student. These awards will be renewable if the applicants continue to meet the criteria. Preference will be given first to students from Nova Scotia, then Atlantic Canada. 
Award Value: up to $2500

For more information, click here 


J.L. Campbell Bursary
This award is available to students enrolled in a full-time undergraduate or masters program at StFX, with preference for students majoring or minoring in Celtic Studies. Applicants must have an entrance average of 75% from high school and demonstrate financial need in their application. This bursary is renewable if the student reapplies and continues to meet the criteria in subsequent years of study, including maintaining an average of at least 70% in each year of study.
Award Value: up to $500 at the undergraduate level, up to $1000 at the masters level

For more information, click here