Native Studies Financial Support


For more information on teaching and research assistantships or grader/marker positions available to graduate students’ campus wide, please review official notices available at:
Human Resources Office: 317 Administration Building

I.    Band or Federation Sponsorship
Ask your Education Counsellor from your Band or Federation if they provide sponsorships for students pursuing Graduate Studies. It never hurts to ask!!

II.    Funding and Awards
First check the University of Manitoba Awards Database. Then, contact FGS for more on internal awards, external awards, or needs-based funding at:
500 University Centre
Phone: 204-474-9377

There are many scholarships and bursaries that the University of Manitoba and the Department of Native Studies offer. These are:

i)    The Department of Native Studies Graduate Scholarship: this scholarship of at least $2,000 shall be awarded to students who:
a.    are enrolled in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, in the Master of Native Studies program;
b.    have achieved a minimum degree grade point average of 3.0 (or equivalent) based on the last 60 credit hours of study (or equivalent);
c.    have completed the two required courses Methodology and Research Issues in Native Studies (NATV 7230) and Issues in Colonization (NATV 7240) with a minimum combined grade point average of 3.0*;
d.    will undertake thesis research during the summer term of their first or second year of study in the program.
*Priority will be given to students who have completed their course work for the program and have submitted a thesis proposal.

ii)    The CD Howe Foundation Fellowships in Creative Writing and Oral Culture: the Faculty of Arts awards two one-year Fellowships in Creative Writing and Oral Culture. The Fellowships valued at approximately $10,000 each for 2011-2012 will be offered to students who:
a.    are enrolled full-time in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, in a Masters or Doctoral degree program;
b.    have achieved a minimum degree grade point average of 3.5 (or equivalent) based on the last 60 credit hours of study;
c.    are conducting thesis research in Creative Writing (producing an original work of literature) or on the critical study of oral cultures.
d.    Students with lived experience of indigenous and other oral cultures are particularly encouraged to apply.
Recipients may hold the CD Howe Foundation Fellowships in Creative Writing and Oral Culture concurrently with any other awards, consistent with policies in the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The Fellowships are not automatically renewable but previous recipients may reapply.

iii)    The Renate Eigenbrod Bursary: an award that provides financial support to graduate students in Native Studies. Each year, beginning in 2017-2018, the available annual interest from the fund will be used to offer one bursary to a graduate student who:
a.    is enrolled full-time in the Faculty of Graduate Studies in either:
b.    the first, second, or third year of a Master’s program in Native Studies, or
c.    the first, second, third, fourth, or fifth year of a doctoral program in Native Studies;
d.    has achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.5 based on the previous 60 credit hours (or equivalent) of study;
e.    has demonstrated financial need on the standard University of Manitoba bursary application form.
The bursary is renewable for up to four years, provided the student continues to meet the criteria as outlined above. If in any given year, the recipient does not qualify for renewal, a new student will be selected based on the criteria above.

iv)    Raymond F. Currie Graduate Fellowship: two awards are made possible annually from Dr. Raymond F. Currie, Dean Emeritus of Arts, his friends and colleagues, and through a contribution from the Graduate Fellowship Matching Funds Program, in support of Faculty of Arts graduate students’ research on issues related to:
a.    Indigenous Canadian people, and
b.    persons with disabilities
Each award of approximately $3,000 will be given annually to a graduate student who:
-    is enrolled full-time in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, either at the Masters or Ph.D. level, in a program delivered by a Department in the Faculty of Arts in the year in which the fellowship is tenable;
-    have completed at least one Regular Session (or two terms) in the chosen program to date;
-    have achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 (or equivalent) based on the last two years of full-time study; and;
-    have undertaken or have proposed to undertake research focused on issues related to indigenous Canadian people or to persons with disabilities.
One fellowship will be offered to a student whose research focuses on issues related to indigenous Canadian people and one will be offered to a student whose research concerns issues related to persons with disabilities. Applicants will be required to submit an application which will consist of a one-page (maximum 500 words, single spaced) description of their proposed or ongoing research, a current academic transcript, and two (2) academic letters of reference from professors at a post-secondary institution. The fellowships shall be tenable in the fall session following the announcement of the recipient. Candidates will be assessed as follows: record of academic achievement (30%), research statement (40%), letters of reference (30%). Recipients may hold the Raymond Currie Graduate Fellowships concurrently with any other awards, consistent with the policies of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, but a student cannot hold the Raymond F. Currie Graduate Fellowship award more than twice. Selection of the award recipients will be made by a sub-committee of an Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts, the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies (or delegate) and a faculty member in the Faculty of Arts. Deadline for applications will be June 15th of each year.  Application information is available from the Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts.

v)    Tri Council Scholarships (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR): Start thinking about a Tri-Council Scholarship one-year before you want to start receiving the award. Deadlines are typically in early fall for awards starting the following fall, however, the deadlines vary.

vi)    University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship (UMGF and MGS): see information at:
Ph.D. $18,000 for a 12-month period
Masters $14,000 for a 12-month period

vii)    Other Awards:

a.    Indspire Awards:
b.    University of Manitoba College’s have some scholarships available for graduate students (college membership required for most of them) -
c.    University of Manitoba Graduate Student (UMGSA) Awards
d.    J.G. Fletcher PhD Fellowship for Research in Aboriginal Issues – see FOGS award database

The Faculty of Graduate Studies maintains an up-to-date listing of all fellowships and scholarships available to graduate students in Native Studies at: The most noteworthy of these are the University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships (UMGF), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Fellowships, and Manitoba Health Research Council Studentships. Students are strongly urged to pursue these opportunities. Such awards usually provide the most generous remuneration and at the same time allow students to devote all of their time to their studies. It should also be noted that the holding of a fellowship/scholarship does not preclude the student from obtaining other forms of assistance (e.g., teaching assistantships).

III.    Grant-Supported Research Assistantships
Faculty members with research grants frequently require research assistants. The number of such opportunities varies from year to year, but some graduate students are regularly employed in this way.

IV.    Canada Student Loans and Manitoba Government Bursaries
Students who can demonstrate need may be eligible for loans and/or bursaries. Contact the University's Financial Aid & Awards Office for details.

V.    Teaching Assistantships and Sessional Lectureships
This is the major form of assistance for graduate students. Funds for these positions are made available to the Department by the University and are then allocated and administered in accordance with the Collective Agreement between the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and the University of Manitoba. These vacancies are usually posted mid-July - mid-August for Fall and Winter term for T.A-ships and in March for positions in spring/summer session.  An email will be sent to all registered Native Studies graduate students informing them of these postings. Students should consult the Collective Agreement for terms and conditions governing these appointments both during the regular academic session and summer session. New applicants who are interested in obtaining such employment should contact the Department Head as early as possible. Sessional Lecturerships are only available for students in the Ph.D. program.

VI.    Academic Travel/ Conference Grants
These are university-based funds to assist graduate students with costs for travel for presentations of papers, posters, or other creative work pertinent to their studies. Here are a few:

FGS Travel Award

UMGSA Conference Grants

Department Funded Travel:
Contact your supervisor in the Department of Native Studies for information related to student conference participation.

VII.    Emergency Loans
There are several funds available for emergency situations. They are:

FGS Emergency Fund
To assist full-time graduate students with immediate educational & living costs not applicable to Tuition Fees.

UMGSA Emergency Grant
Students who have qualified for an Emergency Loan from the University are eligible for the UMGSA Emergency Grant.  This grant is administered through FGS.  For more information, please contact the UMGSA at 221 University Centre by phone at 204-474-9181, or by email at

U of M Food Bank
Students are eligible to collect from the food back if they are enrolled in the current academic term and bring their Student Photo ID Card. Go to 518 University Centre, Phone: 204-474-9850 or email:

For complete information on awards, please see the Funding and Awards webpage.