Indigenous Graduate Student Travel Award

Aboriginal Graduate Student travel funds will be available starting September 1, 2017.

  1. The purpose of the Indigenous Graduate Travel Award is to provide financial support for Indigenous graduate students to present their research at academic conferences. Students can only apply for the Indigenous travel award once per academic year. Indigenous graduate students may apply for this fund before conferences to pay for their conference fees and / or travel costs in advance.
  2. To be eligible for this award, the following criteria must be met:
    1. This award is for Indigenous graduate students attending Simon Fraser University.
    2. Indigenous or “Aboriginal” is defined by Canada’s 1982 Constitution as people identified as First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples of Canada.
  3. Disbursements of up to $1000 each may be applied for in each academic year (starting September 1 of each year).
  4. The funds will be given out on a first come / first applied for basis. The fund will be considered used for the year when the $5,000 limit for the year has been reached. Once the total fund has been distributed for the year, a message will be sent out through the Indigenous graduate student listserv.
  5. Applicants must be planning to give an official and accepted presentation — academic paper, poster, or creative work — at a conference.
  6. Repeat applications will be allowed from year-to-year. Preference, however, will be given to students who have not yet received money from this fund (this is at the discretion of the Office of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Fellows).
  7. Application is made on the online Grad Awards, Application and Adjudication System (GA3) and includes:
    1. A completed budget which highlights the requested amount of travel funds (in other words, if applicants are asking for $1000, they must show where the money will be spent)
    2. A copy of the conference invitation email
    3. A letter of support from the applicant’s academic supervisor or a faculty member familiar with your work (to verify the student’s status, intent, and need).

Travel Report
Upon completion of travel from the conference, successful applicants will need to submit the following within two weeks to the Graduate Awards Assistant:

  • A concise Travel and Activity Report, written in language suitable for the general public. This report will be published on the Graduate Studies blog with other graduate student travel reports. If you do not wish for your travel report to be published, please indicate so in your cover email.

The following should be included in your report:

  • The activities that were carried out, especially concerning your presentation, and the results achieved
  • Optional: Any unanticipated benefits derived from attending the conference e.g. in relation to your current research objectives or to your general experience as an Aboriginal graduate student
  • Optional: Any special issues or problems you encountered

Failure to submit these forms in a timely manner may affect future applications for grants and awards.

After you have received your acceptance e-mail from Graduate Studies:

  1. Fill out the Cheque Requisition form.
  2. Submit it in-person back to the Office of Graduate Studies after completion.
  3. The form will be transfered to the SFU Finance office.
  4. Applicant will receive a cheque in the mail from the SFU Finance office once the application has been approved.

* Please keep all original receipts from the trip. Receipts exceeding awarded amount will not be reimbursed.

After you return from your trip:

  1. Submit a Travel and Activity Activity Report, and receipts to the Indigenous Graduate Student Support Coordinator:

* Please remember to sign all of your documents.



Please contact the Office of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Fellows: 


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