Scholarships and Bursaries

First Nations, Metis and Inuit students are eligible to apply for any of the University’s “open” bursaries – those with no restrictions. Various organizations offer scholarships to Native students in order to facilitate life in university and ease financial predicaments. Take advantage of these offers!

The following is a sampling of what's available:

Aboriginal Ambassadors in the Natural Sciences and Engineering Supplement Program

The Aboriginal Ambassadors in the Natural Sciences and Engineering (AANSE) supplement aims to engage Aboriginal students and fellows in promoting interest and participation in the natural sciences and engineering by visiting Canada’s Aboriginal communities and schools and sharing their research and education experiences or participating in science promotion events and activities.

The value of the supplement will be based on the budget proposed in your application, up to a maximum of $5,000.

The supplement will cover costs associated with the proposed science and engineering promotion activity and Aboriginal community visit. These include costs incurred by the Aboriginal Ambassador for the applicant’s:

  • travel (air, rail, car rental, taxi etc.);
  • accommodation (hotel, etc.);
  • meals;
  • material and supplies needed for demonstrations or experiments; and
  • incidental expenses (photocopying, faxes, etc.).


  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
  • be an Aboriginal person; and
  • hold an USRA, Alexander Graham Bell CGS, PGS, PDF, IPS, IRDF or Northern Research Internship.
  • hold a USRA,** Vanier CGS, Alexander Graham Bell CGS, PGS, PDF, IPS or IRDF 


To be considered for this supplement, you must submit the following documents:

  • A one- to two-page proposal (please see below for details);
  • A detailed budget which provides estimates for all costs of travel, accommodation and incidental expenses (for example equipment rental, photocopies, etc.); and
  • A letter of reference from your supervisor, or other faculty member within your institution, which attests to your skills and aptitudes for becoming an Aboriginal Ambassador.
  • A copy of documentation confirming your Aboriginal status; and
  • A statement, with your signature, confirming that you agree to the general conditions governing scholarships and fellowships outlined in the NSERC Program Guide for Students and Fellows and Instructions for Completing Form 200.

Your proposal must clearly and succinctly:

  • identify your intended audience (high school, community group, etc.) and the projected number of participants;
  • discuss the method of engagement (speech, workshop, summer camp, etc.);
  • outline the subject matter you will be presenting or your planned outreach activities, and your intended message;
  • indicate any contacts you have established with the Aboriginal community; and
  • explain contacts you have had or will have with PromoScience funded partner organizations, science centres or other organizations in support of your planned activities.

Application deadlines:

There are no fixed deadlines for this program. Applications must be made at least two months before the start of a proposed outreach activity. The AANSE supplements available in a given year will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Aboriginal Ambassadors in the Natural Sciences and Engineering Supplement
350 Albert Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 1H5
Tel.: 613-944-5803
Fax: 613-947-3847
ambassadors [at] (Email)

Arthur C. Parker & the National Science Foundation Scholarship

The Society for American Archaeology (SAA) presents each year the SAA Arthur C. Parker Scholarship and National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships for Archaeological Training for all Native peoples from anywhere in the Americas, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Indigenous Pacific Islanders.


  • Together, these scholarship programs provide four awards ranging from $4,000 to $10,000 each to support training in archaeological methods and/or to support studies for Native American students, including but not limited to tuition, travel, food, housing, books, supplies, equipment, and child care.


  • These scholarships are intended for current students — high school seniors, college undergraduates, and graduate students — and personnel of Tribal or other Native cultural preservation programs. Native Americans and Pacific Islanders from the U.S., including U.S. Trust Territories, and Indigenous peoples from Canada are eligible for these scholarships.

Deadline: December 15


Assembly of First Nations Heroes of our Time Awards


  • A resident of Canada who is either First Nations status or non-status;
  • A currently enrolled and returning full-time student in undergraduate or graduate programs that are a minimum of two academic years at an accredited Canadian university or technical college;
  • The applicant has completed as least one year of post secondary studies in a field that coincides with one of the scholarships below:
    • Jake Fire Award - Criminology
    • Tommy Prince Award - Native Studies
    • Walter Dieter Award - Social Work
    • Omer Peters Award - Political Science
    • James Gosnell Award - Law
    • Robert Smallboy Award - Medicine
    • John Young Award - Science
    • Dr. Freda Ahenakew Award - Education


  • Write an essay, maximum 1,500 words, highlighting why you should receive a Heroes of our Time Scholarship;
  • Provide an official transcript;
  • and 2 letters of reference


  • The deadline for submission of complete application packages is June 21.
All application packages can be sent to:

Assembly of First Nations
473 Albert St. Suite 910
Ottawa, ON
K1R 5B4

OR they can be faxed to (official transcripts must still be mailed):
(613) 241-5808

Application & Information

Canadian Aboriginal Writing Challenge

The Canadian Aboriginal Writing Challenge is a national storytelling initiative, offered by the Historica-Dominino Institute, to educate Canadians about the defining moments in history that have shaped this country and its Aboriginal people.

The Challenge is a creative writing contest for young Aboriginal Canadians. Participants can showcase their talent and creativity, and win up to $2000. Participants must be of Aboriginal ancestry (Status, Non-Status, Inuit and Métis) and between the ages of 14-18 or 19-29.

Deadline: March 31.

For contest rules and forms, visit the website, call 1-866-701-1867 or visit the Facebook Page.

Canadian Northern Studies Trust Awards


  • The Canadian Northern Studies Trust is an Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies awards program. It offers several awards at both the undergraduate and graduate levels ranging from $1,500 to $40,000.


  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Be enrolled in full time post-secondary education in a recognized Canadian University or College
  • Have a northern or circumpolar fieldwork component to your research or project

Deadline: January 31.



McGill Scholarships and Student Aid Office

First Nations, Metis and Inuit students are eligible for any of the University’s “open” bursaries – those with no restrictions.

All of these bursaries can be found at:

McGill Scholarships and Student Aid Office

GE Foundation Scholar-Leaders Program in Canada

The GE Foundation Scholar-Leaders Program in Canada is a unique program that provides financial support and skills development opportunities for up to 5 accomplished first-year undergraduate students from recognized institutions who are pursuing degrees in the fields of engineering or business/management and are Canadian resident Aboriginal individuals who are either First Nation status or non-status, Métis or Inuit.

Why Apply?

  • A $4000 per year scholarship for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years of your undergraduate program
  • An opportunity to be mentored by a business leader at GE in Canada
  • Participation in GE Foundation Scholar-Leaders activities, including a specially designed leadership development seminar at GE Canada in Mississauga, Ontario
  • Participation in community work projects


Aboriginal peoples who:

  • Are Canadian residents
  • Are first-year full-time undergraduate students at a recognized Canadian university
  • Are studying engineering or business/management
  • Have high academic performance, as demonstrated by first semester university results and high school transcripts.
  • Demonstrate financial need

Supporting Documentation – In addition to your application form, the following documentation is required:

  1. Certification Page with original signature (downloaded from online application)
  2. High school transcripts – official copy, may be sent directly by high school
  3. First semester university results (if available) – official copy, may be sent directly by university
  4. Two letters of recommendation (see instructions on form which can be downloaded from the online application)
  5. Proof of Aboriginal ancestry – photocopy of Band/Treaty card; Métis membership card; Inuit Beneficiary card. Students who are non-status First Nation may send a photocopy of the band card issued to parent or grandparent.

Deadline: March 15


Gil Purcell Memorial Journalism Scholarship

To encourage Native students (status, non-status, Métis, Inuit) to study journalism at a Canadian institution and eventually enter the field of journalism in Canada. It was established in 1990 in honour of Gillis Purcell, general manager of The Canadian Press, the national news agency, from 1945-1969. Many of the strengths and traditions of Canadian journalism had their roots in his dedication to the quality of journalism.


  • One scholarship of $4,000 and an offer of summer employment at the Canadian Press or one of its affiliated companies.


  • November 15 of each year.

Contact Information

Deborah McCartney
Administrative Assistant, Human Resources
The Canadian Press
36 King Street East
Toronto, Ontario M5C 2L9
Tel.: 416-507-2132
Fax: 416-507-2033
dmccartney [at] (Email)

Graduate Fellowship for American Indians Available From American Indian Graduate Center

The American Indian Graduate Center, Inc. announces the availability of fellowships and loans for service to American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate and graduate students.

To find out more information and eligibility requirements about various programs, please visit: AIGC


Holiday Inn Vancouver Downtown Indigenous Scholarship Program

The Holiday Inn Vancouver is proud to present our Indigenous Scholarship Program in which -each year- one or more qualified and deserving Indigenous students will receive a $2000 scholarship with which to pursue post-secondary education. The scholarship will be awarded to the student (or students) that best demonstrates - academic merit, financial need and a commitment to continuing education.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Aboriginal/ Indigenous student
  • Currently enrolled or accepted in a post secondary school program
  • Recommended by two or more members of the Scholarship Executive Committee
Please forward application to:
Bonnie Hunt
Holiday Inn, Hotel and Suites
1110 Howe Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1R2
By bonnie [at] (Email)

Husky Energy Aboriginal Educational Awards

Husky Aboriginal Education Awards are bursaries awarded to Aboriginal students who strive to achieve greater career success by pursuing education. Husky awards bursaries to six new recipients each year.


  • Canadian citizen of Aboriginal ancestry
  • In need of financial assistance
  • Affiliated with a community in close proximity to Husky operations


  • ranging from $1,000/year for secondary school to $3,000/year for university studies.

Deadline: May 31

Information and online application:

Husky Energy
Aboriginal Affairs
P.O. Box 6525, Station D
Calgary, Alberta T2P 3G7
Tel.: 403-750-1427
aboriginal.affairs [at] (Email)

Indigenous Bar Association Law Student Scholarship

An award of $2,000 will be presented annually to an Indigenous law student that best demonstrates financial need, academic merit and commitment to Indigenous legal matters.


  • Be an Indigenous law student (i.e. First Nations, Métis or Inuit) currently enrolled in law school who, at a minimum, has substantially completed their first year of legal studies; and
  • have demonstrated interest in serving the Indigenous community and the Creator with honour and integrity.

While preference and priority will be given to Indigenous students currently enrolled in law school, students enrolled in other professional legal studies may also be considered for the Scholarship (i.e. LL.M. students, graduate students, and bar admission course students).

Deadline: June 30

Information and application: Website

NAHO’s First Nations Single Parent Health Careers Bursary

The First Nations Centre, National Aboriginal Health Organization is sponsoring a First Nations Single Parent Health Careers Bursary. This program will give out a minimum of five $1,000 cash bursaries to First Nation students currently enrolled and attending health related post-secondary programs during the current school year, who are single parents and in need of financial support.


The First Nations Centre Health Careers Program will award a minimum of five $1000 cash bursaries to students based on:

  • Submission of an application.
  • Proof of student status, which includes:
  • First Nations students attending a post-secondary institution in an area of study that leading to a career which has a direct impact on First Nations health.
  • Attendance in a full-time health related program* that may include but is not limited to: Biological Sciences, Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Genetics and Complex Diseases, Health Sciences, Human Kinetics, Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Nursing, Nutrition Sciences, etc.
  • Description of financial need:
  • Financial needs for education related expenses: for example child care, living expenses, tuition, transportation, books & supplies.
  • Proof of First Nations ancestry.
  • Confirmation of single parenthood


Daniel Berman
Tel: 613-237-9462 ext. 505
Toll-free: 877-602-4445
dberman [at] (Email)

The National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation (NAAF)

NAAF offers financial assistance to Inuit, Métis and status and non-status First Nations students through three major programs:

  • The Arts Scholarship Program for fine arts and performance arts studies. Eligible fields of study: all areas related to the visual, performing, media, graphic and literary arts. Deadline: May 1.
  • The Post-Secondary Education Awards Program for Business, Science and Education Studies. Eligible fields of study: business, science, law, engineering, information technology, education, social work and the social sciences. There are two deadlines annually: November 1 & June 1.
  • The Aboriginal Health Careers Program. Eligible fields of study: health sciences such as medicine, nursing, dentistry, biology, chemistry, physiotherapy, pharmacy, clinical psychology, laboratory research and technology and any other health field in which a study of the hard sciences is a pre-requisite. There are two deadlines annually: November 1 & June 1. Dental students can also apply for the Health Canada Dental Bursaries & Scholarships deadline: November 30.

We have application forms here or you can download them from the NAAF website. For more information on these and other scholarships, please see the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation website.

Rose Nolan Scholarship Fund

After many years of trying to find a way to honour his late mother, Rose Nolan, Ted has created the Rose Nolan Scholarship Fund. "My mother had a tremendous influence on my life," said Ted. "I wouldn't be the person I am today without her guidance and love. For years and years I've wanted to do something to pay tribute to her." The purpose is to provide Aboriginal women with the opportunity to achieve their educational goals.


  • Be an Aboriginal Woman (First Nation Status) and a member of a First Nation community in Canada;
  • Must be a resident of Canada;
  • Must have completed one year of full-time educational study.

Deadline: June 30


Royal Bank Native Student Awards


  • All status Indians, non-status Indians, Inuit or Métis are eligible to apply.
  • Permanent resident/citizen of Canada.
  • Provide proof of acceptance (with transcript of marks) or are already attending a university or college listed in the Directory of Canadian Universities, in a discipline related (but not restricted) to the Financial Industry.
  • You maintain a full course workload leading to a recognized degree, certificate or diploma.
  • You are in need of financial assistance to pursue your education.

Amount: up to $4,000 per academic year for educational and living expenses for two to four years

RBC awards 10 scholarships in two categories:

  • For students majoring in disciplines related to the financial services industry
  • For students majoring in disciplines unrelated to the financial services industry

Interested recipients will be given consideration for summer employment and post- graduate employment at Royal Bank.

Deadline: January 31. Successful applicants will be notified by March 31.

Information and Online Application Form:

aboriginalstudentawards [at] (Email)

The Warren Fellowship

Thanks to the generosity of Roger Warren, each year a fellowship for $20,000 is offered to a deserving Aboriginal student seeking admission to a Master's or a Doctoral program at McGill University. The applicant's research must focus on some aspect of the study of Canada. Based on progress reports and participation in the activities of the Institute, the award may be twice renewed.

Deadline: April

Please see posting at McGill Institute for the Study of Canada

Please contact the Dana-Marie.Williams [at] (subject: Scholarship%20Information) (First Peoples House) for additional scholarship information.


The Aboriginal Bursaries site is a searchable list of over 700 Canadian bursaries, scholarships and incentives offered by governments, universities and colleges, private and public companies, individual Canadians, organizations and others. Be sure to check it out!