Indigenous Summer Scholars Program (ISSP)

May 5 to August 4, 2022

The Indigenous Summer Scholars Program (ISSP) is a 12-week applied research program that engages Indigenous undergraduate students and recent graduates from undergraduate programs in a variety of scholarly, collaborative, and community-based research projects.

During this paid summer program, scholars are matched with and receive mentorship from University of Winnipeg Researchers as they contribute to their research projects.

2022 Summer Scholars
2022 Research Projects

Check out a documentary video from the 2017 ISSP program:

For more information contact Recruitment and Training Officer, Mekala Wickramasinghe:

More Information About ISSP

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.

Application and Nomination Forms

The application deadline for the 2022 ISSP has passed. However, interested studentsare encouraged to contact Graduate Recruitment and Training Officer, Mekela Wickramasinghe, to discuss options for their inclusion in this or similar programs:

Please find the Student and Researcher Application Forms below:  

2022 ISSP Student Application/Nomination

2022 ISSP Researcher Application

Combining the ISSP with a USRA




Information for Applicants ISSP Alumni

Learn about our Summer Scholars from previous years.

2021 Summer Scholars
2020 Summer Scholars
2019 Summer Scholars