Graduate Aboriginal Entrance Scholarship

Departments nominate the strongest candidates for these entrance scholarships and forward their nomination form with a copy of the applicant's admission file to the Dean of Graduate Studies by February 15 of each year. Please note: Students do not apply for these awards directly.

The Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee will decide the most appropriate award (if any) for each applicant. Awards are made, after a University-wide adjudication, in early March for tenure in the following academic year.

Terms of Reference

  1. The Graduate Aboriginal Entrance Scholarship is currently valued at $18,000 per annum for aboriginal doctoral students and $15,000 per annum for aboriginal master’s students. Tenure of the award is two years at the master’s level and three years at the doctoral level. There will be one master’s and one doctoral scholarship awarded each year.
  2. To be eligible for consideration, a student must be planning to enter a thesis based master's or PhD program at Simon Fraser University.
  3. During tenure of the Graduate Aboriginal Entrance Scholarship, the recipient must be registered full-time in a thesis based graduate program at Simon Fraser University.
  4.  The Graduate Aboriginal Entrance Scholarship must be held during consecutive academic terms.  If a recipient registers “on leave” during tenure of their award, the award will be interrupted until the student is registered full-time and payments will be reinstated at that time. No deferment of award payments to future academic terms will be permitted, except under ‘extenuating’ conditions with the permission of the Chair of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee (SGAAC).    
  5. The criteria for this award are:
    1. aboriginal ancestry;
    2. a minimum entrance cgpa of 3.5;
    3. demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate level and, if applicable, at the graduate level;
    4. evidence of outstanding achievement with particular emphasis on intellectual ability, originality and ability in research.
  6. Graduate Aboriginal Entrance Scholarship recipients may accept scholarship support from other sources including SFU’s ‘private’ awards (derived from annual and endowed funds) provided they are consistent with SFU’s general funding policies. Recipients should be aware that some external awards may restrict students from holding a scholarship at the same time as the external award.
  7. There is no restriction on Graduate Aboriginal Entrance Scholarship recipients receiving income for work performed during tenure of the scholarship.
  8. Entering students who meet the criteria are eligible for consideration. Students must be nominated for the Graduate Aboriginal Entrance Scholarship by the Graduate Program Chair of the academic unit to which the student will be admitted. Nominations from the Graduate Program Chair must be submitted to the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies by February 15. 
  9. Awards are made by the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee after a University-wide competition in which departmental nominations are considered.

Revised: December 2011/ GUSE006