Summer Opportunity for Indigenous Graduate Student

Mon. Apr. 24, 2017

Indigenous Summer Scholars Program - Graduate Student Mentor (Application Deadline: May 8, 2017)

Duration: May 29, 2017 – August 18, 2017
Hours: 40 hours per week for 2 weeks (June 12, 2017 – June 23, 2017); 10 hours a week for remaining 10 weeks

Rate of Pay: $5000 stipend paid in bi-weekly installments over 6 pay periods


This summer the Dean of Graduate Studies and the Associate Vice-President Indigenous Affairs will launch the Indigenous Summer Scholars Program (  This applied research program is an opportunity for Indigenous undergraduate students and recent graduates to engage in a variety of scholarly, collaborative, and community-based research projects. To support the summer scholars, the position of a graduate student mentor has been developed. Under the overall guidance of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, the graduate student mentor will draw on their own experience as a graduate student and researcher to give guidance, share ideas, and discuss research with the summer scholars. The graduate student mentor will record observations and also research further or alternate pathways for Indigenous engagement in graduate studies. The graduate student mentor will participate in the 2 weeks of training workshops with the summer scholars. During the two weeks of training workshops the mentor will live in residence and be available to scholars wishing to discuss the program in the evenings or weekend.    

Project Scope:

The Graduate Student Mentor will:

  • Participate in workshops
  • Facilitate sharing circles
  • Organize team-building activities
  • Research further pathways for Indigenous engagement in graduate studies
  • Present results of Indigenous Summer Scholars Program pilot project and best practices for the program to the Faculty of Graduate Studies

General Requirements:

The ideal candidate for this position will be an Indigenous graduate student and will have strong verbal and social skills.

Required abilities and skills:

  • Strong verbal and communication skills
  • Excellent social and interpersonal skills
  • Superior organizational skills and multi-tasking skills with the ability to coordinate multiple event


Interested applicants are requested to submit their CV and a cover letter via email no later than May 8, 2017 to Jessica Fontaine at