PIKE-Net will further contribute to the development of a sustainable and collaborative research environment among First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities; post-secondary institutions and national/international linkages developed under the Aboriginal Capacity and Developmental Research Environments/Network Environments for Aboriginal Health Research.

Funded through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research—Institute of Aboriginal Peoples Health, the PIKE-Net program connects First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities with researchers at the provinces universities; and supports health research capacity building for students and community researchers.

Program details

Program objectives

  • To increase mentorship opportunities for First Nations, Métis and Inuit trainees and new investigators through networking.
  • To increase mentorship opportunities and collaborations with regions across Canada’s North.
  • To address recruitment, retention, and representation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit trainees and new investigators.
  • To create mechanisms within mentorship networks that support trainees and new investigators throughout the different states of their training and career.
  • To ensure the inclusion of cultural practices and attention to the psychosocial needs of trainees in Indigenous mentorship network programs.
  • To identify systemic and individual barriers hindering First Nations, Métis and Inuit trainees and new investigators from becoming full-tenured faculty members or nominated principal investigators driving the Indigenous health research agenda, for example, and developing strategies for overcoming barriers.

Building student research networks

Since 2001, the CIHR-funded ACADRE-NEAHR program at the University of Manitoba has supported the development of a new generation of health researchers. Under PIKE-Net the centre, in collaboration with our partnering universities and organizations, will continue to help build research capacity in Manitoba while fostering linkages in the field of Indigenous health.

Opportunities for students

We offer a variety of supports and opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in Indigenous health.

Summer research internships

Our internship program allows students to explore Indigenous health issues through hands-on research experience under the direction of faculty members and community-based researchers. Undergraduate and graduate students are selected for the program during an annual competition each spring.

Graduate student fellowships

Graduate students at the master's and PhD level may apply for one-year fellowships to help support their studies in Indigenous health. Applications are open to part-time and full-time graduate students in all faculties/programs researching Indigenous health.

Priority is given to students enrolled in Manitoba programs and/or students whose research is primarily based in Manitoba or neighbouring communities in Nunavut.

Successful applicants must adhere to the Canadian Institute of Health Research guidelines regarding employment and holding concurrent fellowships/awards.

Value of funding for master's students:
$17,000 full-time
$8,500 part-time

Value of funding for PhD students:
$20,000 full-time
$10,000 part-time

Award enhancements for students holding other major fellowships (e.g., CIHR, SSHRC) are also available (maximum of $3,000).

Post-doctoral and new investigator support

The PIKE-Net program helps support new faculty and recent doctoral graduates as they establish their research careers.

Summer institutes

Building on the legacy of the ACADRE-NEAHR program, a two-day annual mentorship institute will be held at the end of August, hosted by one partner universities, on rotation. This symposium will bring mentors and mentees from both PIKE-Net and QESP programs, to discuss issues of common interest or concern and develop new or expand existing skills.

As part of this institute, program mentors will present on topics related to skill building for mentees at all academic levels. For example, how to do a literature review for undergraduate students or grant writing for post docs and new investigators. In addition, mentees will have the opportunity to present their work and receive feedback from mentors, fellow mentees and community members.

These presentations will also be video-linked with international partners from the QESP and/or taped for later viewing.

Become a mentor

Is your department or organization interested in hosting a post-secondary student for an internship in research this summer? PIKE-Net is seeking mentors to support Indigenous undergraduate students for our  13-week Summer Research Internships program. 

Project mentors are responsible for providing student interns with space and access to any supplies or equipment that are necessary to complete the internship project. Any project cost (e.g., travel, supplies and equipment) must be provided by the project/organization hosting the student.

While there is no guarantee a student can/will be matched to the mentor project, mentors can let us know if they would like to offer the position for future PIKE-Net scholars.

View the mentorship guidebook (PDF)

Please note: the 2021 registration deadline has passed.

Our partners

We are a group of community- and university-based Indigenous and ally scholars and leaders from a consortium of three Indigenous organizations and four universities in Manitoba, all committed to improving access to meaningful university-based opportunities to First Nation, Métis and Inuit trainees.

Contact us

Room 715K, 727 McDermot Avenue
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3E 3P5 Canada