Who We Are

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.

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. Since then, 125 scholarships have been awarded, totalling almost $385,000 in financial support to worthy students.




We Do

CIP-PSTF currently manages several scholarships and bursaries. Scholarships are awarded for student projects that best demonstrate excellence and a potential contribution to the planning profession (in theory or practice), or a potential service to a community or community group. Bursaries are awarded to students who are in need of financial assistance to support their education.

Scholarship recipients are eligible for the Ages Foundation Travel Awards, enabling them to attend CIP’s annual national conference. Through this program, these students have the opportunity to not only receive their honours in person, but to also connect with other students, professionals, and academics, and to share their experiences back home.



How We’re Funded

The sustainability of the scholarship and bursary program is dependent on individual donations and corporate sponsorships.

Donations are tax-deductible and donors can direct their contributions to our publicly-funded scholarships and bursaries, namely:

  • General Fund (e.g. CIP President’s Scholarship & Thomas Adams Scholarship)

  • College of Fellows Undergraduate Scholarship

  • Climate Change Action Scholarship

  • David Palubeski Bursary


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