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Indigenous Summer Scholars Program (ISSP)

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 while they explore the possibilities of graduate studies. 

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

Meet the 2023 ISSP Scholars • View the 2023 Research Projects

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 University of Winnipeg, and
  3. To create a network of Indigenous scholars and allies on campus.

The program consists of two components:

  • Each summer scholar receives training as a member of a research team, undertaking research on a project under the supervision of a faculty or staff researcher.
  • The scholars participate in a series of Thursday morning 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 the skills needed to succeed as a graduate student.

Students receive an award of $5,000 for their participation over the twelve weeks.

Check out a documentary video from the 2017 ISSP program:

For more information contact Recruitment and Training Officer, Mekala Wickramasinghe: mek.wickramasinghe@uwinnipeg.ca

Application and Nomination Forms and Deadlines

Applications for the 2023 Indigenous Summer Scholars Program are now open. Please find the Student and Researcher Application Forms below:  

2023 ISSP Faculty Proposal Application [.PDF, 213 KB]
due: February 10, 2023

2023 ISSP Student Application/Nomination Form [.PDF, 199 KB]
due: February 24, 2023

Combining the ISSP with a USRA [.PDF, 322 KB]

Information for Applicants ISSP Alumni

Learn about our Summer Scholars from previous years:

2022 Summer Scholars
2021 Summer Scholars
2020 Summer Scholars
2019 Summer Scholars