Indigenous Graduate Scholarship

Dalhousie University offers graduate scholarships valued at $15,000/year, awarded annually to an Indigenous/Aboriginal student who has either recently started or is planning to pursue graduate studies at Dalhousie.

The objective of these scholarships is to reduce systematic barriers and increase representation of Mi'kmaq and Indigenous scholars in the university's wide diversity of graduate programs and in advanced professional occupations. The graduate program may be at the master's or doctoral level, and may include professional, course-based or thesis-based programs.

Successful applicants will be encouraged to connect with a mentor from Dalhousie’s Indigenous faculty, and to get engaged with peer mentorship programs within the University.

Award duration

The scholarship may be held for a maximum of two years of full-time studies. For students who are in-program at the time of application, the award will begin in May following the competition. In-progress master's students may only hold the award up until the end of their second full-time year in program. Eligible in-progress doctoral students can typically hold the award for the full two-year duration. Part-time students may hold the award at 50% value until the original eligible award amount is reached.

The scholarship is renewed annually subject to good academic standing and completion of annual progress reports in Dal Online (thesis students only).

Eligibility and award criteria

  • Applicants must self-identify as Indigenous/Aboriginal, defined for the purposes of this competition as someone who identifies as First Nations (Status, non-status, treaty), Métis, Inuit, Native or North American Indian. First preference for the award will be for members of the Mi’kmaq community.
  • Applicants must provide their consent for Dalhousie to use this information for considering them for this award. 
  • Self-identifying applicants will be asked to describe their connection to their community. Applicants will also be asked to provide the name and contact information of a reference within the community who is familiar with their contributions and connections.
  • Applicants must either intend to begin their graduate studies at Dalhousie between May and the following January, or must have started their degree no earlier than the previous May (i.e. less than eight months in program as of December 31st of the current year). 
  • Candidates who hold other scholarships managed by FGS will receive this award as a "top-up award" to their other scholarships, up to the funding caps detailed in the Maintaining your Graduate Funding page.
  • This award may be held by full-time or part-time students. Part-time students will receive the award at 50% of its value for an extended duration until the original eligible award amount is reached.
  • Applications will be considered by a special scholarship committee constituted by the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. This committee will typically include member(s) from Dalhousie’s Indigenous community, including faculty, staff and students when possible.
  • While there are no GPA minimums required to apply, decisions of the committee will consider academic merit, community involvement and potential impact of support when selecting successful applicant(s).
  • Award and renewal decisions are final and cannot be appealed.

Application process

Applications are received through Dalhousie's Harmonized Scholarship Process. Applicants must self-identify in the application form as Indigenous/Aboriginal and provide their consent for Dalhousie to use their self-identification information for the purpose of considering them for this award.

Applications for thesis-based programs should be submitted by early December (Please check with your department for internal deadlines).  Applications for course-based students may be submitted up to February 19th, 2021.