Indigenous Graduate Summer Institute

The institute will take place at UBC Vancouver campus on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. Photo: Musqueam House Post, sʔi:ɬqəy̓ qeqən (double-headed serpent post).

The Indigenous Graduate Summer Institute brings together newly admitted and current Indigenous graduate students in a safe, inclusive and immersive one-week introduction to graduate studies, research and student success strategies.  

Whether you are joining an Indigenous cohort, or leading the way for Indigenous scholars in your field, we invite you to share and learn about the vibrant Indigenous community here at UBC. Throughout the week, participants will be joined by Elders, Indigenous scholars, community leaders and special guests. 

Program highlights

Program highlights from 2022

  • Campus tours 
  • Faculty and peer mentorship activities, keynote speakers  
  • Learning about UBC Library and their research support and resources 
  • Interactive and hands-on science lab experience and research development dialogue session 
  • Interactive presentation with the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre Mental Health, Wellbeing, Land-Based and Cultural activities 
  • Visits to the Museum of Anthropology, the UBC Farm and the Medicine Collective, and Pacific Spirit Park 


  • Strengthening relationships between student and supervisors  
  • Applying for grants and other funding sources  
  • Research methodologies, ethics & working collaboratively with community   
  • Academic vs. non-academic career pathways  
  • Challenges and opportunities experienced by Indigenous peoples in academia  
  • Research proposal writing and research presentations  
  • Academic publishing and conferences 

The final program schedule will be shared with participants upon admission.

Why Attend?

Through the Summer Institute students will have the opportunity to  

  • learn about the many campus resources available through this exciting time in your academic journey  
  • highlight opportunities to engage in Indigenous based research methodologies, and how to apply those teachings into your graduate studies 
  • learn how to gain access to grants, scholarships, bursaries, and other ways to fund your graduate studies while attending UBC 
  • network, connect and grow with other Indigenous scholars at UBC through faculty and peer mentorship 
  • meet the next generation of Indigenous scholars who are spearheading Indigenous brilliance and success 
  • bear witness to the remarkable work being done by Indigenous faculty, staff, and students across UBC 


  • There is no application or registration fee to attend the Summer Institute.   
  • On campus accommodation and meals are included for registrants, free of charge 

Note: Costs of travel to and from the Summer Institute are the responsibility of participants.


  • Participants will stay at Orchard Commons, one of UBC’s newest residences, and includes a private room with a single bed.   
  • Each room has basic furnishings with a semi-private washroom accessed by two same-gendered residents.    
  • Rooms include access to high-speed wireless internet, bed, desk, wardrobe, bookshelf, and closet.  
  • Multi-level lounges offer seating, TV, fridge, sink, and microwave. 

Health and Safety 

The Indigenous Graduate Summer Institute will be held in person - in line with public health restrictions as well as in accordance with UBC policies   

  • Selected info sessions/workshops may be made available online for students who are unable to attend the institute in person 
  • The health, safety and wellbeing of our students, faculty and staff remain our first priority. Depending on public health guidelines the Summer Institute may be held virtually, and participants will be notified as early as possible. 


Funded in partnership with the Office of Indigenous Education, Faculty of Education through the SAGE (Support Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement) program 

Quick Info

Dates: August 13-19, 2023

Format: In person at Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall

Location: UBC Vancouver, located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. 

Who should apply: Prospective, new and current Indigenous Graduate Students at UBC who self-identify as First Nations, Métis and Inuit 

The institute is developed in partnership with Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and the Office of Indigenous Education, Faculty of Education through the SAGE (Support Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement) program.


Applications for the Indigenous Graduate Summer Institute are now closed.