Indigenous Graduate Entrance Scholarship

Departments nominate the strongest candidates for these entrance scholarships in GA3 by March 30th of each year (if on weekend, the next business day). 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, for tenure in the following academic year.

Terms of Reference

  1. The Indigenous Graduate Entrance Scholarship is currently valued at $21,000 per annum for Indigenous doctoral students and $18,000 per annum for Indigenous master’s students. Tenure of the award is two years at the master’s level and four years at the doctoral level. There will be two 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 Indigenous Graduate Entrance Scholarship, the recipient must be registered full-time in a thesis based graduate program at Simon Fraser University.
  4.  The Indigenous Graduate Entrance Scholarship is normally 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. canadian citizenship and Indigenous 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. Indigenous Graduate 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 Indigenous Graduate 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 Indigenous Graduate Entrance Scholarship by the Graduate Program Chair of the academic unit to which the student will be admitted. Nominations are done through the GA3 System and must be submitted by the Graduate Program Chair by March 30th (if on a weekend, nominations are due the next business day). 
  9. Awards are made by the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee after a University-wide competition in which departmental nominations are considered.

Revised: February 2017/ GUSE006