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Supporting Indigenous Graduate Students
Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is located on the ancestral, traditional and unceded territory referred to in Skwxwu7mesh (Squamish) as Lhuḵw’lhuḵw’áyten – (Burnaby Mountain, Burnaby, BC). We respectfully acknowledge the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), q̓íc̓əy̓ (Katzie), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), Qayqayt, Kwantlen, Semiahmoo and Tsawwassen peoples on whose unceded traditional territories our three campuses reside.
Congratulations on being accepted to graduate school at Simon Fraser University! We look forward to supporting you on your research journey.
In addition to the resources available to all graduate students found under our Awards & Funding, Graduate Students, Community Guide, Professional Development, and News and Events sections of our website, we have collated additional support (including scholarships) available specifically for Indigenous graduate students.
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Indigenous Graduate Community Resources
SFU Indigenous Student Services
SFU Indigenous Student Services is a space on Burnaby campus for all current Indigenous students. Their website includes an events page which promotes workshops and cultural activities.
Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE)
SAGE is a province-wide, inter-institutional, peer-support/faculty-mentoring educational program. The program supports Aboriginal students to make significant educational and social change using research, Indigenous knowledge, and community-oriented approaches.
Indigenous Mentorship of the Pacific Northwest (IMN-PN)
The IMN-PN s a network of Indigenous and allied students, researchers, academics, professionals and communities across British Columbia and the Yukon. Mentors and Mentees have expertise and experience in Indigenous wellness research.
SFU Office for Aboriginal Peoples (OAP)
First Nations, Métis & Inuit Student Association (FNMISA)
Indigenous Living Learn Community
Students in the Indigenous Living-Learning Community are able to live across Residence in building types that best fit their academic and personal needs. As a Canadian Indigenous student in this community you will connect with other Indigenous students and build community through peer support, mentorship and leadership development opportunities.
Third-Party Billing or Sponsorships
To manage your third-party sponsorships at SFU, please contact Student Accounts through SFU Student Services: firstname.lastname@example.org
Indigenous Graduate Awards
Below are two sources of funding through SFU that are specifically for Indigenous graduate students. For all of the awards and funding offered through SFU, please visit our Awards + Funding pages.
Entrance Award By Nomination Only | View Approx. Award Value
|The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize and provide financial support to an Indigenous graduate student in any faculty who demonstrates academic excellence and promise of outstanding achievement with particular emphasis on intellectual ability, originality and ability in research.
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Terms of Reference
- The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize and provide financial support to an Indigenous graduate student in any faculty who demonstrates academic excellence and promise of outstanding achievement with particular emphasis on intellectual ability, originality and ability in research.
- Tenure for the Biagioni Indigenous Graduate Entrance Scholarship is two years at the Master’s level and four years at the Doctoral level.
- During tenure of the Biagioni Family Indigenous Graduate Entrance Scholarship, the recipient must be registered full-time in a thesis based graduate program at Simon Fraser University.
- One scholarship, will be granted annually in any term to an entering Indigenous student who fulfills the following criteria:
- Canadian citizenship and Indigenous ancestry;
- accepted to and will be registered full-time in a thesis-based Masters or PhD program at SFU;
- has demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate level and promise of outstanding achievement; and
- has demonstrated promise of outstanding achievement at the graduate level with particular emphasis on intellectual ability, originality and ability in research.
- This scholarship may be held in conjunction with other awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies where permitted by those agencies.
- Students must be nominated for the scholarship by the Graduate Program Chair of their academic unit.
- Nominations should be made through the Graduate Award Adjudication System and must be accompanied by the following documents:
- a nomination letter; and
- copies of all postsecondary transcripts
- The scholarship will be granted by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee after a University-wide competition in which Departmental nominations are considered.
February 2022/ GPSR115
Entrance Award By Nomination Only | Approx. Award Value: TBD
|The Indigenous Graduate Entrance Scholarship is intended for students initiating a thesis based masters or PhD program who have Canadian citizenship and Indigenous ancestry. Students do not apply for this award - they must be nominated by the Graduate Program Chair of their new academic unit. An IGES award offer replaces any GDES offer.
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Terms of Reference
- Tenure for the Indigenous Graduate Entrance Scholarship (IGES) is two years at the master’s level and four years at the doctoral level. There is one award available at the master’s level and one at the doctoral level.
- To be eligible, the Indigenous student must be entering a thesis-based master’s or PhD program at Simon Fraser University.
- Students must be nominated for the award by the Graduate Program Chair of the academic unit to which the student will be admitted.
- The criteria for this award are:
- Canadian citizenship and Indigenous ancestry
- a minimum entrance CGPA of 3.5;
- demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate level and, if applicable, at the graduate level;
- evidence of outstanding achievement with particular emphasis on intellectual ability, originality and ability in research.
- 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.
- 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).
- Indigenous Graduate Entrance Scholarship recipients may accept scholarship support from other sources including SFU’s ‘donor funded/private’ awards. Recipients should be aware that some external awards may have restrictions on funding.
- There is no restriction on Indigenous Graduate Entrance Scholarship recipients receiving income for work performed during tenure of the scholarship.
- Awards are made by the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee after a University-wide competition in which departmental nominations are considered.
Revised: June 2021 / GUSE006
Terms of Reference
- The purpose of the Indigenous Graduate Travel Award is to provide financial support for Indigenous graduate students for the travel component important to their research. Students can only apply for the Indigenous travel award once per academic year. Indigenous graduate students may apply for this fund before their travel to pay for costs in advance.
- To be eligible for this award, the following criteria must be met:
- This award is for Indigenous graduate students attending Simon Fraser University.
- Indigenous or “Aboriginal” is defined by Canada’s 1982 Constitution as people identified as First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples of Canada.
- Disbursements of up to $1000 each may be applied for in each academic year (starting September 1 of each year).
- 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.
- 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 Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies).
- Application includes:
- A completed budget which accounts for the requested amount;
- A letter of support from the applicant’s academic supervisor or a faculty member familiar with your work (to verify the student’s academic status, intent, and need).
Upon completion of travel, successful applicants will need to submit the following within two weeks to the Graduate Awards Assistant: email@example.com
A concise Travel and Activity Report, written in language suitable for the general public. Contents and/or quotes from the report may be published in Graduate Studies promotional material. If you do not wish for your travel report to be published, please indicate so.
The following could be included in your report:
- The activities that were carried out, in respect to how the travel contributed to your research and/or scholarly activities
- Any unanticipated benefits derived from the travel, including those in relation to your current research objectives an/or to your general experience as a graduate student
- Any special issues or problems you encountered
- Read about the award to ensure you and your research travel/expenses are eligible.
- Search for the award in the Graduate Awards Application System (GA3). Deadlines to apply are November 30thand May 30th of every year.
- Students need to submit a travel report after completion of their travel.
- Check out the Indigenous student profiles in the 2022 OAP Newsletter
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Conversations with Indigenous Graduate Students
January 31, 2022
January 31, 2022
Introducing Health Sciences PhD student, Harlan Pruden. Watch the video to learn more about his journey, experiences and research.
February 14, 2022
February 14, 2022
Introducing Beedie School of Business IBL-EMBA student, Kacheena Nayhowtow. Watch the video to learn more about her journey, experiences and studies.
March 16, 2022
March 16, 2022
Introducing Individualized Interdisciplinary Studies PhD student, Spencer Greening. Watch the video to learn more about his journey, experiences and studies.
- Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE) join the SAGE listserv by emailing the SAGE Indigenous Graduate Peer Mentor: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- SFU’s Office for Aboriginal People’s Newsletter to learn more about SFU Indigenous-related events, announcements and important dates. Subscribe here.
- Indigenous Top Ten is a free biweekly publication designed to share breaking news, interesting research, best practices, and policy developments regarding First Nations, Métis, and Inuit education in Canada. Subscribe here.
- Indigenous Mentorship Network of the Pacific Northwest Newsletter to learn more about the latest Indigenous-focused headlines, events and training, funding and job information, as well as resources and other unique opportunities. Subscribe here.
Indigenous Research, Teaching, + Leadership Resources
Indigenous leaders and educators come to SFU to enhance their knowledge and skills in order to benefit their communities. Indigenous students take classes in every Faculty at SFU.
Non-Indigenous SFU Faculty Supporting Indigenous Graduate Students
Watch the video recording of this webinar and learn from the faculty members and Dorothy Christian as they discuss what it means to serve on a committee for Indigenous grad students as a non-Indigenous person. Learn more about the panelists
Indigenous Research Methods in Action: SFU Library Speaker Series
Watch videos of Indigenous SFU researchers discuss how they engage with Indigenous Research Methods in practice. Dorothy Christian is one of the featured speakers. Learn more and watch the discussions