Indigenous Summer Scholars Program (ISSP)

Graduate Studies

June 1, 2020 to August 21, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 safety measures implemented by the University of Winnipeg, this is a revised program. The program was originally scheduled to run from May 4 to July 24, 2020.

The Indigenous Summer Scholars Program (ISSP) is hosted by the UWinnipeg Faculty of Graduate Studies and invites senior undergraduate students and recent graduates of undergraduate programs who identify as Indigenous Peoples of Canada to explore the possibilities of graduate studies. The goals of the program are: 1) to strengthen the pathways for Indigenous students to move into advanced study and, ultimately, into leadership in the academy and in all sectors of society; 2) to re-affirm the significance and centrality of Indigenous peoples, ways of knowing, and experiences at the UW; and 3) to create a network of Indigenous scholars and allies on campus.

The program consists of two components. For the first component, students participate as members of research teams, undertaking research on a project under the supervision of a UW faculty/staff researcher. For the second part, every Thursday morning throughout the program, they participate in a series of workshops and events designed to give them an introduction to the centrality of research in graduate studies, to Indigenous knowledges in the academy, and to skills needed to succeed in graduate studies (such as research presentations, research proposal writing, effective grant and program applications, etc.). Students receive an award of $5000 for their participation over the twelve weeks.

Students may apply directly. Faculty and staff are also encouraged to nominate an Indigenous student.

Check out the documentary video from the 2017 ISSP program.


Information regarding application dates for the 2021 Indigenous Summer Scholars Program will be released in the following weeks. 

Applications for the 2020 Indigenous Summer Scholars Program will be accepted from October 15th to January 15th. Applications can be submitted physically to the Graduate Studies Office, located at 599 Portage Avenue, or electronically by sending the completed application to Please find the Student and Researcher Application Forms below:

2020 ISSP Student Application/Nomination
2020 ISSP Researcher Application


If you have any questions, please email Dylan Jones at