Indigenous Graduate Fellowships (IGF) Research & Engagement Award


Likely in February 2025

Annual Value

Minimum* $3,000 for Master’s students; minimum $5,000 for Doctoral students.


Permanent Resident

Degree Level


The University of British Columbia offers opportunities for eligible Indigenous research Master’s and PhD students to apply for research and travel funding, in line with the University’s core commitments to Indigenous engagement and student support.

In recognition of the significant community engagement often required for research projects undertaken by Indigenous graduate students, this award is intended to provide additional resources to support and strengthen such engagement: building relationships, supporting community-capacity development, conducting fieldwork, establishing reciprocal and community-led research protocols, reporting back to community and more. This commitment is aligned with the CAGS (Re)conciliation Task Force Report (2022) Call to Action 2.

Successful candidates will receive a minimum of $3,000 for Master’s students and a minimum of $5,000 for doctoral Students.  Additional funding may be offered depending on budget availability.



  • All Indigenous students are eligible to apply, but priority is given to Indigenous students whose traditional territory falls, at least in part, within Canada. This includes Canadian First Nations, Métis or Inuit students and may include Indigenous students from Alaska and other states of the USA. The University may request further information to confirm Indigenous eligibility.
  • Preference is given to applicants who hold Indigenous Graduate Fellowship (IGF) funding (currently or starting in September 2024). Students who do not hold IGF funding are also eligible to apply, but funding will be dependent on budget availability.
  • Months of Study
    • Applicants must have completed, as of December 31 2023, no more than 36 months of Master’s study or no more than 60 months of Doctoral-level study.
    • For applicants who have transferred to the PhD from the Master’s without completing the Master’s, eligibility is counted from the date of transfer.
    • All previous studies at the graduate level, regardless of institution and discipline, will be included in determining eligibility
  • The competition is open to students of Research-based programs only.  Programs that are not eligible:
    • Students in course-based/professional programs.
    • Students in programs that are not administered by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (such as MBA, MM, MDS) are not eligible.
  • Applicants are eligible to receive this award once per degree program.

Evaluation Criteria

The intention of the IGF Research & Engagement Award is to recognize and support the significant community engagement and resource-intensive work undertaken in Indigenous graduate research, such as building relationships, supporting community-capacity development, conducting fieldwork, establishing reciprocal and community-led research protocols, reporting back to community and more.

Applications will be evaluated with a focus on the intention of the award, with particular emphasis on activities and research approaches aimed at building relationships and fostering deeper connections and engagement with Indigenous communities.

Application Procedures

A complete application must be submitted online to the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies by uploading a complete application form via the Qualtrics link provided below. Complete applications must be received by 4:00pm on Friday, February 16, 2024. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered; it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that their application is complete by the deadline.

Applicants to the IGF Research & Engagement Award may also be eligible for funding through the IGF 5th Year Award. Applicants are welcome to apply for both awards, through a single application, or by submitting two separate applications if they wish to tailor the content differently for each funding stream.

A complete application consists of the following:

  • Application Form, including a brief description of proposed research, and an outline of research methodology and community engagement, signed by the applicant and their research supervisor.


Adjudication Procedures

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will convene an adjudication committee to review applications submitted. The committee will review the applications and select the successful applicants.

A minimum funding amount has been committed of $3,000 for successful candidates at the Master’s level, and $5,000 for successful applicants at the Doctoral level. Based on volume of applications and available budget, should additional funding amounts be made available, successful applicants will be notified by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. 

Further Information

The contact at Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for this competition is Bree Wilson (


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