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Indigenous Students

Since 12% of the University student population declares Indigenous ancestry, The University of Winnipeg is committed to offering a variety of Indigenous focus programs, research, scholarship opportunities and accessibility to a post-secondary institution.

How to Apply for Awards at The University of Winnipeg

Applying for awards at The University of Winnipeg is easy! Our applications will ask if you wish to self-declare as indigenous. Self-declaring on the application will ensure we consider you for all awards that fund Indigenous students.

To apply for University of Winnipeg Awards now, please visit our Apply for Awards page!

FAQ: Do I need to have my treaty card, Métis card, or other identification documentation to self-declare as an Indigenous student for The University of Winnipeg awards?

  • No, at this time we do not require you to upload documentation. We understand students may not always have documentation and ask you to self-declare.
  • Please note that other award opportunities external to The University of Winnipeg may require documentation. You can learn more about external awards below.

UW Indigenous Community Awards *NEW*

The UW Indigenous Community Awards aim to acknowledge, uplift and celebrate the wonderful efforts made by Indigenous students, staff and faculty at the University of Winnipeg. Up to 8 winners will be selected annually.

Deadline: March 31, 2024

Submit a nomination for UW Indigenous Community Awards

External Awards Opportunities for Indigenous Students

Many organizations offer awards to assist Indigenous students. Here are a few opportunities. You can find more on our External Awards page.

  • The Business Council of Manitoba Indigenous Education Awards
    • Awarded to full-time students in Manitoba of indigenous ancestry with financial need.
    • Deadline: May 31, 2024 for 2024-25 academic year
  • Helen Betty Osborne Memorial Awards
    • Awarded to indigenous students currently enrolled in post-secondary studies.
    • Deadline: October 31, 2023
  • Indspire
    • There is one application for all of Indspire’s bursaries, scholarships, and awards
    • Annual Deadlines: February 1, August 1, November 1, at 11:59 p.m. EST
  • Louis Riel Bursaries
    • For consideration, University of Winnipeg students need to submit two applications:
      • UW online award application - complete and submit the General Application and indicate you are Métis. The application opens in mid-August.
      • LRI PDF application - the Louis Riel Institute confirms if applicants are eligible by verifying Métis ancestry or MMF membership through their application form.
    • The Louis Riel Institute confirms if applicants are eligible (by verifying MMF membership) and the university chooses the recipients.
    • Deadline: you must submit both applications by October 1
  • Mary Guilbault Metis Bursary
    • Awarded to Manitoba Metis post-secondary students with financial need who excel in academics and community.
    • Annual Deadline: October 1
  • MMF Post-Secondary Education Support Program (PSESP)
    • Awarded to full-time and part-time students who are registered MMF citizens or in the process of being registered.
    • MMF PSESP online application is typically open from July 15 to March 1. Check MMF's page for up-to-date information.
    • Applicants for the PSESP are also required to apply for the Louis Riel Bursaries. See details above on when and how to apply.

Services and Support for Indigenous Students

For more information visit the Aboriginal Student Services Centre, or contact 204-779-UWIN.