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Planning Student Trust Fund (CIP-PSTF) 

The CIP/ICU Planning Student Trust Fund (CIP-PSTF) is the Canadian planning profession’s national charity, providing a scholarship and bursary program to students in accredited planning programs in Canada.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2024 CIP/ICU Planning Student Trust Fund’s (CIP-PSTF) scholarship program. All CIP Student members enrolled in a full-time accredited Canadian planning program are eligible to apply. The application deadline is February 16, 2024.


The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) created CIP-PSTF in 1989 to contribute to the advancement of professional planning. After incorporating as a separate entity under the Canada Corporations Act, the Fund received charitable status in 1990. 


Over 150 scholarships and bursaries, totalling over $500,000 in financial support, have been awarded to students in accredited planning programs.

CIP makes annual financial contributions to CIP-PSTF to not only fund specific awards and bursaries but also to cover CIP-PSTF’s administrative expenses. This allows 100% of public donations to go directly to students. CIP also provides in-kind support to CIP-PSTF by serving as its secretariat, with CIP staff managing its operations.  


The sustainability of the scholarship and bursary program is dependent on individual donations and corporate sponsorships. Donations to CIP-PSTF are tax-deductible.