Graduate Awards

In addition to these awards, the University supports graduate students through teaching, research, and service fellowships and assistanceships. For these, contact your graduate chair or graduate administrator for details.

Indigenous Graduate Leadership Award

ValueMaster's: $16,000 plus tuition per year for up to 2 years
Ph. D.: $20,000 plus tuition per year for up to 4 year
Master's transferring to PhD - up to a maximum of 24 months at the Master's level and up to a maximum of 36 months at the PhD level
EligibilityThe applicant must be a graduate student currently registered at or applying for admission to the University of Saskatchewan. To be eligible, the applicant must:
  • Be a First Nations (status or non-status), Métis, or Inuit person of Canada
  • Provide proof of Indigenous identity, including but not limited to, a Certificate of Indian Status or proof of registration, Métis card, letter from their community, letter from an Elder
  • Be accepted into or registered in a College of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies Master’s (thesis or project-based) or PhD program
  • Have a minimum GPA of 75%
  • Demonstrate leadership through active community engagement and/or involvement (see examples below)
  • Hold the award within the first 36 months of a Master’s program or within the first 60 months of a PhD program
Examples of Leadership
Leadership can include, but is not limited to, the following:
  • Band counselling or other positions
  • Community involvement
  • Entrepreneurial achievement
  • Impactful involvement and achievement in Indigenous and non-Indigenous professional or academic programs/associations, such as sports, arts, science, business
  • Internships, apprenticeships, or other experiential learning programs
  • Involvement in student government or in an academic community, including committees, teams, senate, boards, ethics committees
  • Leadership roles in an Indigenous community or family roles or cultural roles
  • Mentoring/teaching/supervisory experience
  • Organization of conferences, meetings, courses, community events
  • Project management, capacity building, collaborative initiatives
  • Roles in academic/professional societies
  • Travel and study among Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities and countries
Selection CriteriaSelection Criteria:
  • Leadership: this could be in any community, such as Aboriginal, academic
  • Grade point average
  • Research Productivity
ApplyA complete application must include:
  • A completed Indigenous Graduate Leadership Award application form
  • A written submission (maximum one page), expanding on how you meet the eligibility requirements
  • An oral submission (maximum 5 minutes: audio or video), expanding on how you meet the eligibility requirements. In respect for and to honour the oral traditions of Indigenous communities, the oral submission can include, but is not limited to, drumming, dancing, singing, talking, or presenting cultural objects
  • Proof of Indigenous identity, including but not limited to, a Certificate of Indian Status or proof of registration, a Métis card, a letter from community, a letter from an Elder
  • Two letters of reference (one community reference letter and one academic reference letter)
  • A one page summary of your contributions to research and/or scholarly work
  • Official transcripts, except for the University of Saskatchewan
Reference letters can be submitted confidentially by email to gradstudies.awards@usask.ca or provided to the applicant in a sealed envelope signed across the flap. All written submissions must follow the guidelines as outlined in the application package.

Incomplete application packages will not be accepted or considered.

The oral submission must be formatted as an mp4 (video submission) or as an mp3 (audio submission) and can be submitted either as a YouTube link or on a USB drive brought to our office in Room 116 in the Thorvaldson Building.

Completed applications can be sent electronically as a single PDF package to the College of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies, Attention: Indigenous Graduate Leadership Award Selection Committee at gradstudies.awards@usask.ca or mailed/brought to our office in Room 116 Thorvaldson Building, 110 Science Place, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5C9.
DeadlineDecember 2, 2019
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