Indigenous Summer Scholars Program

Graduate Studies

May 28 - August 3, 2018

The Indigenous Summer Scholars Program is a partnership between UWinnipeg Indigenous Affairs and the Faculty of Graduate Studies through which Indigenous senior undergraduate students and recent graduates of undergraduate programs are invited 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 two weeks, students 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 time management, research presentations, research proposal writing, effective grant and program applications, etc.). For the following eight weeks, students work as members of research teams, undertaking work on a research project under the supervision of a UW faculty member. Students are awarded $5000 for their work over the 10 weeks; these research awards come from the faculty supervisors’ research grants. For the summer of 2017, eight faculty members have made such awards available for eight Summer Scholars, on projects ranging from developing an economic model for adequate water and sanitation facilities on First Nations reserves, to organizing intergenerational knowledge exchanges on climate change, to creating a searchable database of the Treaty Annuity Paylists now held in Canadian archives.

Applications for Summer 2018 will open early 2018.

If you have any questions, please email

Check out the documentary video from the 2017 ISSP program.