Indigenous Summer Scholars Program (ISSP)

Graduate Studies

May 3, 2021 to August 3, 2021

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, the Scholar participates 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.


Student applications for the 2021 Indigenous Summer Scholars Program will be accepted from November 9th, 2020 to February 1st, 2021. Researcher applications are due December 21st, 2020.

Applications can be submitted electronically by sending the completed application to Please find the Student and Researcher Application Forms below:

2021 ISSP Student Application/Nomination
2021 ISSP Researcher Application


If you have any questions, please email Dylan Jones at