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The 2023–2024 National Essay Contest opens on October 10th, come back then to discover the theme for the year!

Discover the winners of the 2022-2023 National Essay Contest!

What is the National Essay Contest?

The National Essay Contest, it’s 98 bursaries to be won, for a grand total of $377,000!

Are you in Grade 10, 11 or 12 (secondaire IV, secondaire V or Cégep in Quebec) and registered in a French program?

Do you need a little boost to continue your education in French after high school?

Take part in the National Essay Contest for the chance to win a scholarship ranging between $1,000 and $20,000 to study in French in one of our participating post-secondary institutions.


Our partnering institutions

university of alberta campus saint jean

How to participate?

  • Write a 750-word essay on this year’s theme:

    Come back October 10th to discover this year’s theme! 

We strongly encourage you to read the Rules and Regulations as well as the Evaluation Grid before you start writing your essay.

You have questions! Visit our FAQ

Discover the essay of the winners of the 2022-2023 contest 


At the time of entry each participant must indicate on their entry form into which of the two categories below he or she best fits:

Category 1: French Second Language (“FSL”): students whose first language is not French or students who are currently enrolled in Core French, Extended Core French, Basic French, French Immersion, or any other version or type of FSL program, available in their province or territory of residence, and who do not match any of the French First Language criteria.

Category 2: French First Language (“FFL”): students who satisfy one or more of the following criteria:

– Their first language is French;
– They speak, write and comprehend French with native fluency;
– They regularly speak French at home with one or both parents.
– They attend or have attended a French First Language school for more than 3 years within the past 6 years.

What’s next?

  • Essays will be marked by a panel of French teachers and our spokesperson, using the Evaluation Grid.
  • Winners will be announced at the beginning of March following the Contest.

If you teach French in Canada and you would like to be a part of our panel of judges for 2022-2023, please reach out to us by filling out this form.

Discover the list of winners of the 17th edition of the CNR!

bursary ACUFC


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