COVID-19 Updates: Important information for the AUArts community

AUArts Pandemic Relief Information Centre for Students and Alumni
Hours: 8 am-4 pm, Monday to Friday (except holidays)
Phone: (403) 284-7600

April 16, 2020 - AUArts Financial Aid and Scholarship Program for Students and Alumni
See also: COVID-19 Updates: Important information for Students
See also: Frequently Asked Questions

Dear Students and Alumni;

I am very pleased to share details with you about the new AUArts Financial Aid and Scholarship Program for Students and Alumni. It is designed to help our students and alumni during these extraordinary times. I thank all of the staff and faculty members who have come together and quickly made this program possible. Please note that this first phase of additional support will be available until June 30, 2020 which is the end of our current fiscal year.

This program has three key components – Bursaries and Scholarships for current or graduating students, as well as an Information Centre that can direct our students and alumni to constantly evolving community and government supports.

1) AUArts Pandemic Financial Relief Bursary

A one-time bursary for current AUArts or 2020 graduating students facing urgent and challenging financial circumstances as a direct result of COVID-19. This monetary award is intended to enable students to continue their academic programs at AUArts or provide short term relief for our graduates in a rapidly shifting learning environment. Bursaries are not loans and do not need to be repaid. The bursary could be used for basic needs (food, shelter/rent, household items), daycare, transportation home, moving expenses, and other described needs. The bursary is intended to support those who are otherwise unable to access other community or government supports that are available.

  • Amount: $500 Bursary for up to 65 students.
  • Timing: Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and will be reviewed once per week until funds are distributed or until June 30, 2020.
  • Application: There is a very simple application process, requiring students to answer one question: What has changed in your personal circumstances that is creating urgent hardship? 

2) AUArts Scholarships for Research Projects

In recognition of lost summer and part-time income, we have created scholarships for commissioned artworks with a research focus. The theme of your work is: How art, craft and design enrich Alberta’s creative communities and economies after the COVID-19 pandemic. You can explore any form of media or the written word, but it must be related to your fields of study at AUArts. Your scholarship work will be supervised by the Office of the Provost, with Illingworth Kerr Gallery and Educational Art Technicians engaged as mentors.

  • Amount: $1,500 scholarship for up to 15 students/2020 graduating students. Three scholarships will be awarded to students in each of the schools: School of Visual Art; School of Craft and Emerging Media; School of Communication Design; and, School of Critical and Creative Studies. One scholarship will be awarded in Graduate Studies/MFA. Two additional scholarships could be awarded to two other top submissions.
  • Timing: Research projects must be completed between May 1 to June 14, 2020.
  • Application: The application process requires a simple research proposal and answers to the questions: How will this scholarship help you as an AUArts student or 2020 graduate studying art, craft or design? How do you envision art, craft and design enriching Alberta’s creative communities and economies after the COVID-19 pandemic?

3) AUArts Pandemic Relief Information Centre for Students and Alumni

Next week, AUArts launches an Information Centre offering curated, up-to-date information specific to our students and alumni. While we are fortunate that so many community organizations and governments are offering help, it can be an overwhelming maze to determine which of the constantly evolving programs will actually help you as an AUArts student, 2020 graduating student or anyone in our alumni community.

You will be able to contact the Information Centre for details about the government income supports that students and alumni qualify for, financial assistance from reputable banks or agencies, mental health counselling, crisis and helplines, or basic needs such as food, shelter/rent and household items.

Please watch for more details to be released in the next week about how to apply for our Bursaries, Scholarships and access the Information Centre.

If you are asking yourself “What can I do to help?”, please continue to heed the advice from Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, who says that the best thing you can do is practice physical distancing, wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow, and avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.

Please stay safe and continue to be creative.


Dr. Daniel Doz
President  and CEO
P: 403-284-7670





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