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Scholarships and Bursaries for Indigenous Students

The OISE Bursary Program provides financial assistance to students at OISE who qualify on the basis of financial need. Bursaries are non-repayable.

OISE Scholarship Program for Indigenous Students

The OISE Scholarship Program for Indigenous Students includes two scholarships of $7,500 awarded annually to Indigenous students who are registered on a full-time basis in a graduate degree program at OISE. One scholarship will be awarded to an Indigenous student in a Doctoral program and one to an Indigenous student in a Master’s program. This award is open to all Indigenous candidates at OISE (First Nations, Métis, Inuit and Indigenous Peoples from outside of Canada) with preference given to applicants who have not previously been awarded this scholarship. The recipient will be selected on the basis of academic merit and previous and intended contributions to their community.

Please submit your 2021-2022 application by April 30, 2021.

Indigenous Students Bursary Fund

This emergency bursary is open to all full-time Indigenous candidates (First Nations, Inuit, or Métis, status or non-status) at OISE. Indigenous students in need of funds due to an emergency situation should write a letter outlining their emergency needs and send it to ien@utoronto.ca. Decisions will be made on an ongoing basis, as requests are received.

The Kenneth Ward Memorial Bursary

The Kenneth Ward Memorial Bursary will be awarded to graduate students in the master of teaching program. Awards will be made on the basis of financial need, and preference will be given to Indigenous students or students conducting Indigenous Education research.

The Olive Moxam Indigenlous Bursary

Recipients will receive between $1,000 and $2,000 to support their education.This award was established to support Indigenous, Black and Taino students in OISE’s master of teaching program.

The President's Award for the Outstanding Indigenous Student of the Year

The award will be given to students of Aboriginal ancestry (Status, Non-Status, Métis, Inuit) The recipient will be selected on the basis of academic achievement, and previous and/or intended contribution to the native community. Student must be studying full-time and involved in course work. Application deadline: May 31, annually

Bonnie Burstow Scholarship for Research in Violence Against Indigenous Women in Memory of Helen Betty Osborne

It will be awarded upon admission to an OISE student entering a thesis program in Adult Education and Community Development whose intended thesis focuses on violence against Indigenous women (or the history underpinning it). Preference will be given to Indigenous women students and Indigenous students who identify as Two-Spirit/Trans. The 2020-2021 deadline has passed. 

Gladys Watson Aboriginal Education Award

To be awarded to Aboriginal students, including Status, Non-Status, Métis and Inuit students, enrolled in graduate programs at the master’s or doctoral level, and second-entry professional programs. All Aboriginal students in these programs are eligible to apply, full-time and part-time, with preference given to those students who demonstrate financial need. Download the Gladys Watson Aboriginal Education Award application here.

Application deadline: October 1, annually

External Scholarships and Bursaries

Indspire, formerly the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, has evolved into the largest non-governmental funding body for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis post secondary students across Canada. Bursary and scholarship awards are provided to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students annually across a diverse range of disciplines.

Canada Post Aboriginal Incentive Award for Aboriginal Canadians (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit) who have resumed studies after a minimum of twelve months out of school and who have completed one full year of studies are eligible to apply.

The Windspeaker and Aboriginal Multi-Media Society Aboriginal Scholarship Guide.

The Aboriginal Bursary Search Tool is a searchable list of more than 750 bursaries, scholarships, and incentives across Canada offered by governments, universities and colleges, private and public companies, individual Canadians, organizations, and others.

Métis Nation of Ontario Bursary is intended to cover unmet educational costs based on financial need. The recipient must be a Métis student and demonstrate financial need.