Indigenous Summer Scholars Program

Graduate Studies

This summer the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Associate Vice-President Indigenous Affairs will launch the Indigenous Summer Scholars Program (ISSP).

This paid, 10-week applied research program is an opportunity for Indigenous undergraduate students and recent graduates to engage in a variety of scholarly, collaborative, and community-based research projects. The program is open to Indigenous senior undergraduate students (60 credits or more completed) or graduates from undergraduate programs in Manitoba.

Summer Scholars will be matched with UWinnipeg faculty members, contribute to their ongoing research projects and will be paid $5,000 for their research work.

During the first two weeks of the program, Summer Scholars will participate in a series of workshops to build their academic and research skills. The core workshops will focus on research methodologies, including Indigenous research methodologies, and a short, immersive course in Indigenous languages. Other workshops may include academic writing, community engagement, collaborative team-building, and communications. During these two weeks, Summer Scholars will be encouraged to live in residence in order to facilitate their full participation in workshops and social and cultural activities, including a welcoming feast, a sweat, and sharing circles, conducted in collaboration with Elders. Housing, subsistence, and participation costs will be covered for students during this time.

In weeks three to ten, Summer Scholars will work with their research teams and supervisors, with weekly talking circles at which they can share experiences, challenges, successes, and questions. At the end of the program, all Summer Scholars will be asked to make a presentation about the research project with which they were engaged. In addition to their faculty supervisors, a current UWinnipeg Indigenous graduate student will act as a mentor to the Summer Scholars.

Program Dates: June 12, 2017 – August 18, 2017

For students, click here to start an application to the program!

If you are a UWinnipeg faculty member and would like to host a summer scholar, please click here to complete the Research Proposal. Please submit completed research proposals by February 15, 2017.

If you have any questions or would like to submit an application electronically, please email Jessica at

Deadline: We will begin to consider applications on March 1, 2017.