SK-IMN Award Deadlines

2018-2019 Deadlines

Award Name Application Deadline Notice of Decision
Undergraduate Summer Studentship February 15, 2019 March 2019
Undergrad and Grad Travel Award
Winter 2019 February 8, 2019 March 2019
Spring/Summer (Graduate Travel Award ONLY) May 18, 2019 June 2019
Fall 2019 October 4, 2019 October 4, 2019
Mentee Scholarship* June 20, 2019 July 2019
Graduate Student Stipend February 8, 2019 March 2019
New Investigator Support for Undergraduate Summer Studentship February 15, 2019 March 2019

Undergraduate Awards

Undergraduate Summer Studentship

Deadline: Friday, February 15, 2019

Purpose: to provide funding to support undergraduate First Nations, Metis, and Inuit students engaging in health and wellness research during the summer months (May - August) in an environment that provides strong mentorship.

Funding Details:

Use of Funds:

  • Student salary support for a duration of two, three or four months between May - August.
  • No supervisor or project overhead costs can be deducted from the funds.

Funds available: The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $18,000 per fiscal year (April 1 - March 31). Applications are accepted in the Winter semester and reviewed by the SK-IMN Awards & Adjudication committee until the annual amount available is expended. In the event of unused funds, these will be rolled into the next year’s pool and/or used for undergraduate travel awards.

Eligibility

  • Métis, First Nations, and Inuit students enrolled full-time in an undergraduate program at the University of Saskatchewan, University of Regina, First Nations University, or Saskatchewan Polytechnic.
  • Conducting a summer research project related to health and wellness (any discipline and methodology).
  • Supervised by a faculty member at the University of Saskatchewan, University of Regina, or First Nations University who has sufficient funding to support the proposed research.
  • OR Supervised by a faculty member in partnership with a community member, community or First Nations, Métis, or Inuit organization who has sufficient funding to support the proposed research.

Application Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Completed SK-IMN registration form
  • Letter of support from the faculty member (and if applicable the community or organization)
  • Letter providing proof of sufficient funding to support the research project (outside of student salary)
  • Proof of Indigenous ancestry. See our website for what is considered acceptable proof of ancestry.

Evaluation of Applications

  • Applications will be reviewed yearly in the Winter semester by the SK-IMN Awards and Adjudication Committee
  • Priority will be given to first time applicants and awardees can receive one award per fiscal year.
  • Priority to students who have not received this award previously and/or who have not previously participated in research.
  • First Nations, Métis, or Inuit students are eligible to apply for the Undergraduate Summer Studentship and be nominated as the student for the New Investigator Support for Undergraduate Summer Studentship; however, the student will only be permitted to receive one of the awards. The committee will do their best to ensure as many students have support for summer studentships as possible.

SK-IMN Accountabilities: On condition of receiving the stipend, students have to meet specific obligations, including:

  • Student will actively participate in the SK-IMN’s resources and activities
  • Team will be featured on the network’s website i.e. info on research project or mentor/mentee relationship
  • The student will present their research via a poster presentation at the Mentorship Network’s Annual Gathering.

Undergraduate Student Travel Award

Fall 2019 Deadline: October 4, 2019

Purpose: to provide funding to support undergraduate First Nations, Metis, and Inuit students to support travel to present at conferences or in community.

Funding Details: 

Use of Funds:

  • Conference fees, travel (including mileage, airfare, parking, bus or train fare), per diem for meals (following U of S tri-council and travel guidelines), accommodation, baggage fees.
  • Poster printing, equipment and supplies for presentation.

Funds available: The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $2000 per fiscal year (April 1 - March 31). Applications are accepted three times a year and reviewed by the SK-IMN Awards & Adjudication committee until the annual amount available is expended. Priority will be given to first time applicants and awardees can receive one award per fiscal year.

Location

Max Amount

Provincial meeting/conference/event (within Saskatchewan)

Up to $500

National meeting (within Canada)

Up to $1000

International Meeting (outside of Canada)

Up to $1500

Northern Travel (Northern SK or YK, NWT, Nunavut)

 

Up to $2000 

Eligibility

  • Métis, First Nations, and Inuit students enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate program at the University of Saskatchewan, University of Regina, First Nations University, or Saskatchewan Polytechnic.
  • Have submitted or been accepted to present at a conference, gathering, or community activity.*
    • *Confirmation of submission/acceptance/invitation must be provided prior to release of funds

Application Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • SK-IMN registration form
  • Documentation from conference/meeting/community confirming acceptance of the abstract or invitation to present.
  • Abstract or brief summary of what will be presented (max 250 words)
  • Proof of First Nations, Métis, or Inuit ancestry. Please see our website for what is considered acceptable proof of ancestry. 

Evaluation of Applications

  • Priority will be given to students who do not have other funding support or who do not have sufficient funding support
  • Priority will be given to first time applicants and awardees can receive one award per academic/fiscal year.
  • Priority will be given to students presenting on topics related to health, wellness, and community based research.
  • Students can resubmit an unsuccessful application if there is more than one deadline between the first submission and the conference/activity itself. (i.e. conference is in May, student can submit to fall competition and if unsuccessful can resubmit in Winter competition).

Annual Adjudication Schedule (please check above for the date of each round's deadline)

Deadline

Results

Fall Term

October

November

Winter Term

February

March

 

 

 

Graduate Student Awards

Graduate Student Stipend

Deadline: 2020 date TBA

Purpose: to support First Nations, Metis, and Inuit graduate students studying in health, wellness and community-based research to engage in their individual development and mentorship needs.

Funding Details:

Use of Funds: Proposed activities to support the graduate student’s mentorship needs are eligible. The funds could also be used to:

  • Offset travel to mentors, Elders, Community celebrations and ceremony,
  • Support access to any academic or personal development resources such as courses or workshops.
  • Considering the value of direct research experience with established Indigenous health researchers, the funds awarded to the graduate students could also be used for self-funding their time as research associates in existing projects.
  • Personal expenses to support your success in developing as a health and wellness researcher.

*No supervisor or university overhead costs can be deducted from the funds.

Funds available: The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $30,000 per fiscal year (April 1 - March 31). Max $3000/year for ten students, $30,000 available annually. Of this $15,000 is specific to University of Saskatchewan applicants (source of fund is OVPR in-kind contribution) and $15,000 is open to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit graduate students registered at First Nations University of Canada, University of Saskatchewan, or the University of Regina.  Applications are accepted and reviewed by the SK-IMN Awards & Adjudication committee once a year or until the annual amount available is expended. In the event of unused funds, these will be rolled into the next year’s pool and/or used for graduate student travel awards.

Eligibility

  • Métis, First Nations, and Inuit students enrolled full-time in a graduate program at the University of Saskatchewan, University of Regina, or First Nations University.

Application Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Completed SK-IMN registration form
  • Proof of Indigenous ancestry. See our website for what is considered acceptable proof of ancestry. 

Evaluation of Applications

  • Applications will be reviewed once per year by the SK-IMN Awards & Adjudication Committee
  • Priority will be given to first time applicants and awardees can receive one award per fiscal year.

Accountability

On condition of receiving the stipend, students have to meet specific obligations, including:

  • Student will actively participate in the SK-IMN’s resources and activities
  • Student will be featured on the network’s website i.e. info on program of study, research, mentor relationship?
  • The student will present their research via a poster presentation and meet with the Network director or attend a poster workshop provided by the network.

Graduate Student Travel Award

Fall 2019 Deadline: October 4, 2019

Purpose: to provide funding to support graduate First Nations, Metis, and Inuit students to support travel to present at conferences or in community.

Funding Details: 

Use of Funds:

  • Conference fees, travel (including mileage, airfare, parking, bus or train fare), per diem for meals (following U of S tri-council and travel guidelines), accommodation, baggage fees.
  • Poster printing, equipment and supplies for presentation.

Funds available: The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $10,000 per fiscal year (April 1 - March 31). Of this, $5000 is specific to University of Saskatchewan applicants (source of fund is OVPR in-kind contribution) and $5000 is open to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit graduate students registered at First Nations University of Canada, University of Saskatchewan, or the University of Regina. Applications are accepted three times a year (Fall, Winter and Spring/Summer) and reviewed by the SK-IMN Awards & Adjudication committee until the annual amount available is expended. Priority will be given to first time applicants and awardees can receive one award per fiscal year.

Location

Max Amount

Provincial meeting/conference/event (within Saskatchewan)

Up to $500

National meeting (within Canada)

Up to $1000

International Meeting (outside of Canada)

Up to $1500

Northern Travel (Northern SK or YK, NWT, Nunavut)

 

Up to $2000 

Eligibility

  • Métis, First Nations, and Inuit students enrolled full-time in a graduate program at the University of Saskatchewan, University of Regina, or First Nations University.
  • Have submitted or been accepted to present at a conference, gathering, or community activity.*
    • *Confirmation of submission/acceptance/invitation must be provided prior to release of funds

Application Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Completed SK-IMN registration form
  • Documentation from conference/meeting/community confirming acceptance of the abstract or invitation to present.
  • Abstract or brief summary of what will be presented (max 250 words)
  • Proof of First Nations, Métis, or Inuit ancestry. Please see our website for what is considered acceptable proof of ancestry.

Evaluation of Applications

  • Applications will be reviewed three times each academic year by the SK-IMN Awards and Adjudication Committee
  • Priority will be given to students who do not have other funding support or who do not have sufficient funding support
  • Priority will be given to first time applicants and awardees can receive one award per academic/fiscal year.
  • Priority will be given to students presenting on topics related to health, wellness, and community based research.
  • Students can resubmit an unsuccessful application if there is more than one deadline between the first submission and the conference/activity itself. (i.e. conference is in May, student can submit to fall competition and if unsuccessful can resubmit in Winter competition).

Annual Adjudication Schedule (please check above for the date of each round's deadline)

Deadline

Results

Fall Term

October

November

Winter Term

February

March

Spring/Summer

May

June

This award has been made possible through sponsorship from the College of Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies at the University of Saskatchewan.

Deadline: June 20, 2019

Purpose: To provide an award to an Indigenous graduate student pursuing research in indigenous health such as: public health and epidemiology, community based wellness and healing, cultural safety and humility, clinical research with a focus on Indigenous patient populations, Indigenous patient-oriented research, Indigenous traditional medicines and healing, chronic or infectious diseases, history of Indigenous peoples and disease/illness and healing, research with vulnerable populations within the Indigenous populations, social determinants of health, or colonization/decolonization and the health and wellbeing of Indigenous peoples. 

Funding Details: One award available annually:

Use of Funds:

Funds available: The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $20,000 per fiscal year (April 1 - March 31). This award is supported by the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral studies and follows their award guidelines and terms in addition to those set by the Mentorship Network. 

  • Masters: $16,000 for one year, no possibility for renewal
  • PhD: $20,000 for one year, no possibility for renewal

Eligibility

The student must:

    • be currently registered in a graduate degree program or have been recommended for admission to a graduate degree program in the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. 
    • Not be beyond their 3rdyear for Master’s and 4thyear for PhD.
    • Be registered full-time throughout the tenure of the award. 
    • Have a minimum GPA of 80% 
    • Self-Identify as Indigenous. Preference will be given to Indigenous - First Nations (Status or Non-Status) or Métis students who are residents of the province of Saskatchewan. However, the grant is open to Canadian Indigenous or international Indigenous students who attend the University of Saskatchewan and meet the award criteria.

Application Requirements:

A completed application must include:

    • SK-IMN Mentee Award  Application form 
    • SK-IMN  Registration form
    • Proof of Indigenous ancestry. See our website for what is considered acceptable proof of ancestry. 
    • Academic reference letter
      • Highlighting how the student is progressing in their program and the timeline for their research project
    • 1-3 page research description highlighting:
      • The potential benefits and outcomes of the research
      • How mentorship will be incorporated into your research plan
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Unofficial copies of transcripts

Evaluation of Applications

  • Applications will be reviewed once per year by the SK-IMN Awards & Adjudication Committee
  • Priority will be given to first time applicants and awardees can receive one award per fiscal year.

Accountability

Successful recipents will be asked to:

  • Give a one-hour presentation of their research to the SK-IMN community
  • Be actively involved in SK-IMN mentorship and other activities
  • Attend the national NGGS Annual Gathering (where funds are available)
  • Have their research highlighted on our website. See past recipients here

Completed applications can be sent electronically as a single PDF package to the Saskatchewan Indigenous Mentorship Network at sk.imnp@usask.ca

For further information, you may contact the Saskatchewan Indigenous Mentorship Network at sk.imnp@usask.ca

New Investigator Awards

Deadline: 2020 date TBA

Purpose: to provide funding to support First Nations, Métis and Inuit New Investigators to mentor undergraduate First Nations, Metis, and Inuit students engaging in health and wellness research during the summer months (May - August) in an environment that provides strong mentorship.

Funding Details:

Use of Funds:

  • Matching funds to support student salary for a duration of up to four months between May - August. No supervisor or project overhead costs can be deducted from the funds.

Funds available: The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $10,000 per fiscal year (April 1 - March 31). Applications are accepted in the Winter semester and reviewed by the SK-IMN Awards & Adjudication committee until the annual amount available is expended. Priority will be given to first time applicants and awardees can receive one award per fiscal year.

Eligibility

  • Indigenous faculty members who are New Investigators (within first 6 years of academic employment) employed at a the University of Saskatchewan, University of Regina or First Nations University.
  • Métis, First Nations, and Inuit students enrolled full-time in an undergraduate program at the University of Saskatchewan, University of Regina, First Nations University, or Saskatchewan Polytechnic.
  • Conducting a summer research project related to health and wellness (any discipline and methodology)

Application Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Completed SK-IMN registration form
  • Letter of support from the faculty member and if applicable the community or organization
  • Proof of sufficient funding for the research project (include proof of matching funds)
  • Project timeline, and project’s activities
  • Proof of Indigenous ancestry (for both student and faculty member). See our website for what is considered acceptable proof of ancestry.

Evaluation of Applications

  • Applications will be reviewed yearly in the Winter semester by the SK-IMN Awards and Adjudication Committee
  • First Nations, Métis, or Inuit students are eligible to apply for the Undergraduate Summer Studentship and be nominated as the student for the New Investigator Support for Undergraduate Summer Studentship; however, the student will only be permitted to receive one of the awards. The committee will do their best to ensure as many students have support for summer studentships as possible.

College-Specific Awards

Thank you to the following Colleges and Schools for their continued support of the Network! If you're a student applying to or who has recieved one of these awards, we encourage you to connect with our Network to access resources and further mentorship opportunities!

College of Medicine

CoMGRAD: Indigenous Health Scholarship

MSc: $19,000 (for a maximum of two years)
PhD: $24,000  (for a maximum of three years)

The CoMGRAD is the College of Medicine’s premier entrance scholarship. One of the awards given through this competition is the Indigenous Health Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded in order of preference to a person of Indigenous ancestry conducting graduate research within the College of Medicine or to a person conducting graduate research related to Indigenous health topics.

School of Public Health

College of Pharmacy and Nutrition

College of Nursing

Western College of Veterinary Medicine

College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

See Mentee Scholarship above.

Proof of Indigenous Ancestry

Acceptable proof of ancestry are: Status or Treaty Card, Métis Membership Card, Nunavut Trust Service Card, or Inuit Roll Number. The Saskatchewan Indigenous Mentorship Network will recognize ONLY Métis cards from the provincial counterparts of the Métis National Council; please see website.

Genealogies may be requested and the decisions of the Awards and Adjudications Committee are final. Acceptable proof of ancestry documentation must be received by the  award deadline for the award to which you are applying. If you have any questions about documentation regarding proof of ancestry, please contact sk.imnp@usask.ca