Bursaries, Awards & Scholarships

University of Waterloo

Title Description Value
Ogimaa Indigenous Graduate Scholarship

A scholarship, valued at $10,000 will be awarded annually to an Indigenous student registered full time in any graduate program at the University of Waterloo, including affiliated and federated institutions of Waterloo.

Selection is based on a combination of academic achievement, demonstrated connection and/or contributions to Indigenous communities through extracurricular and/or volunteer activities, as well as a statement wherein students are asked to describe what receiving this award would mean to them in their pursuit of post-secondary studies.

Download the PDF application form below, and email your completed application to indigenousrelations@uwaterloo.ca to apply.

Visit the graduate studies website for more information

$10,000
Graduate Award for Black and Indigenous Students

Scholarships, each valued at $5,000, will be awarded to Black or Indigenous students registered full time in their first year of a doctoral program at the University of Waterloo. Selection will be based on academic achievement (minimum cumulative average of 75% or equivalent in the current or most recently completed program) as well as their written statement where they describe any academic or non-academic extracurricular, volunteer, leadership, or entrepreneurial-related experiences they have been involved in within the last 3 years.

For full details and to apply, visit the Graduate Studies website

$5,000
Indigenous student awards –for undergraduate students at the University of Waterloo

The Student Awards & Financial Aid Office (SAFA) manages hundreds of undergraduate awards for students newly admitted to first-year studies and for students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at the University of Waterloo. Some of these awards are specifically for Indigenous students.

Explore the Undergraduate Awards and Entrance Awards databases to search for Indigenous student award opportunities at Waterloo.

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Indigenous student awards – for graduate students at the University of Waterloo

Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs manages hundreds of awards for graduate students registered at the University of Waterloo. Some awards may be specifically for Indigenous students or open to all students with a specific allocation reserved for those who are Indigenous.

Explore the graduate funding and awards database and use the Affiliation option to limit your search to awards for Indigenous students along with other search criteria that may apply to you.

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Dupont-Peppler Award for Black or Indigenous Students

One award, valued at up to $1,000, will be provided annually to a full-time Black or Indigenous undergraduate student enrolled in Year Three or Four of the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Engineering. To be eligible for consideration, students must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents.

Full details available here.

up to $1000

Herbert Fernando Memorial Award

Two awards, valued at $500 each, are available annually for Black or Indigenous undergraduate students enrolled in a field-based course in the Department of Biology, in the Faculty of Science. Selection is based on academic excellence in ecology-based courses.

Full details available here.

$500

Indigenous Student Bursary

The Government of Ontario provides bursary assistance for Indigenous students with financial need, as assessed by the educational institution. The bursary is open to eligible undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at the University of Waterloo in full- or part-time studies in any degree program in any year of study. To be eligible for the Indigenous Student Bursary, a student must self-identify as an Indigenous person in Canada.

Full details available here.

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John Tattersall Memorial Award

An award, valued at up to $1,200, will be provided annually to a full-time undergraduate Canadian Indigenous student enrolled in Year Two, Three, or Four in any program in the Faculty of Engineering (excluding the School of Architecture).

Full details available here.

Up to $1,200

MHBC Award for Black and Indigenous Students

An award, valued at $2,500, will be provided annually to a Black or Indigenous undergraduate student enrolled in Year One or Two in the School of Planning. For the purpose of the award, an Indigenous person is a person who self-identifies as First Nations (Status/Non-Status), Métis, or Inuit/Inuk as defined in the Canadian Constitution Act 1982.

Full details available here.

$2,500

Indigenous and Black Engineering and Technology Momentum Fellowship

The Indigenous and Black Engineering and Technology Momentum Fellowship is the flagship fellowship for the IBET PhD Project.

This prestigious Fellowship will provide financial support of $30,000 per year for 4 years for University of Waterloo recipients. This funding support ($25,000 from faculty and $5,000 from faculty supervisor) will allow the recipient(s) to pursue advanced degrees and undertake both traditional and/or non-traditional areas of research without incurring financial hardship.

Full details available here.

$30,000

/year

Indigenous and Black Engineering and Technology (IBET) Momentum Fellowship

Two IBET Momentum Fellowships are available to Faculty of Mathematics doctoral students registered full-time in Spring 2021 or later. The Fellowships are intended to help build and support an equitable environment that is reflective of Canada’s population and reconcile the under-representation of Indigenous and Black scholars at the University of Waterloo. 

Full details available here.

$25,000

/year +

Planning Class of 1981 Award for Black and Indigenous Students

An award, valued at $2,500, will be provided annually to a Black or Indigenous undergraduate student enrolled in any year in the School of Planning. For the purpose of the award, an Indigenous person is a person who self-identifies as First Nations (Status/Non-Status), Métis, and/or Inuit.

Full details available here.

$2,500

Rexall Pharmacy Group Community Involvement Award

An award, valued at $3,000, will be provided annually to a full-time Black or Indigenous undergraduate student enrolled in Year Two, Three, or Four of the PharmD program in the School of Pharmacy.

Full details available here.

$3,000

Rico Mariani Scholarship for Black and Indigenous Students in Computer Science

One scholarship, valued at up to $2,000, will be awarded annually to an outstanding Black or Indigenous undergraduate student enrolled in Year Two, Three, or Four in the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science.

Full details available here.

$2,000
Global Skills Opportunity Fund

Global Skills Opportunity program is a Canadian initiative that aims to provide thousands of postsecondary Indigenous students, students living with low-income students, and students living with a disability with international study and work experiences, strengthening their global skills and competencies. The program is an important step towards achieving Canada’s trade diversification goals and strengthening international networks.

Learn more about the Global Skills Opportunity through Waterloo International

To apply, please log into the International Experience Award Page

Up to $10,000

Affiliated and Federated Institutions of Waterloo

Title Description Value
Indigenous Student Award-RenisonUniversity College 

“This award seeks to address systemic barriers to post-secondary education that Indigenous students face as a direct result of history and ongoing processes of colonization.  

Set up by Renison’s Truth and Reconciliation Committee, the award further recognizes that Indigenous students actively involved on campus often do extra labour related to their Indigeneity and connections to community, both in our classrooms and as part of other university processes.  

These awards are an effort to recognize that labour and to develop a committed and reciprocal relationship with Indigenous students that supports their aspirations and development, fosters their leadership, builds their connections and networks, and supports the contribution of their gifts, passions, and energies at Renison and beyond.”

Learn more about the Indigenous Student Award.

$4,000
WPIRG Campus Legacy Award for Indigenous Students – United College 

During a nearly 50-year legacy at UW and the Affiliated and Federated Institutions of the University of Waterloo, student members of WPIRG took action on many issues and were particularly strong advocates and allies for Indigenous students.

In recognition of this long history the current Board of WPIRG intends for this gift to further enhance a legacy of cooperation, advocacy and social justice by providing annual awards available exclusively to Indigenous students at Waterloo who are working to advance causes related to social and or environmental change.

United College will give three awards valued at up to $3,000 annually to a full-time Indigenous graduate or undergraduate student enrolled in any program or Facultyon the basis ofparticipation in actions, demonstrations, conferences or forums regarding social/environmental research and justice (Inclusive of virtual conferences and gatherings).”

Learn more about theWPIRG Campus Award for Indigenous Students.

$3,000

Malcolm X PACS Scholarship - Conrad Grebel University College

Recipients of this award are selected based on demonstrated commitment to social justice, inter-racial harmony, and inter-faith dialogue through on-campus or off-campus volunteer activities. Students are prioritized who identify as Black or Indigenous, or with racialized groups who have experienced economic hardship or social disadvantage.

Learn more about the Malcolm X PACS Scholarship.

Contact Conrad Grebel 

External

Title Description Value
First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC) Student Bursary

"Established in 2011, the FNIGC Student Bursary formerly known as the National Student Bursary, is awarded each year to exceptional First Nations students enrolled in college or university studying in fields related to the advancement of First Nations data sovereignty.

Since it was established, the FNIGC Student Bursary has awarded grants of up to $2,500 and free registration to The Fundamentals of OCAP® course to numerous outstanding students. Our OCAP® course helps students, researchers, and others better understand the First Nations principles of ownership, control, access, and possession as they relate to data sovereignty, information governance, and ethical community-based research."

Applications are due Friday December 15th 2023, at 4:00pm EST

Learn more about the FNIGC Student Bursary

Up to $2500
Indspire

Indspireis a national Indigenous registered charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people for thelong-termbenefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada.

Our vision is to enrich Canada through Indigenous education and by inspiring achievement. In partnership with Indigenous,private,and public sector stakeholders,Indspireeducates, connects and invests in Indigenous people so they will achieve their highest potential.”

Learn moreaboutIndspire.

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KathleenBlinkhornAboriginal Student Scholarship

“ONPHA’s KathleenBlinkhornAboriginal Student Scholarship supports Aboriginal students living in non-profit housing in Ontario. Each scholarship winner receives $2,000 for use towards their post-secondary education costs, like tuition, books, technology and transportation.”

Learn moreabout theKathleenBlinkhornAboriginal Student Scholarship.

$2,000

Indigenous Bursaries Search Tool - Government of Canada

The Indigenous bursaries search tool is a searchable list of 520 bursaries, scholarships and incentives aimed at Indigenous students across Canada.

Learn more here.

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Cambridge Memorial Hospital (CMH) Staff Trust Diversity Bursary

"The Cambridge Memorial Hospital (CMH) Staff Trust Diversity Bursary is to assist African Canadians, Indigenous people, persons of colour, persons with disabilities and/or those identifying as 2SLGBTQIA+ in their pursuit of post-secondary education in a health-related discipline. The longer term goal is to create a more diverse health care workforce. 

The CMH Staff Trust Fund is an employee led and funded trust. For almost 50 years it has donated to local charities and organizations that help those in need in Cambridge, North Dumfries and the Region of Waterloo.  In addition to supporting local charities, the CMH Staff Trust Fund members have developed an education bursary to help increase diversity in health care."

Learn more about the CMH Staff Trust Diversity Bursary

$1000
TD Scholarship for Indigenous Peoples

"Together with AFOA Canada, a not-for-profit led by Indigenous Peoples, we’ve worked to build a scholarship for Indigenous Peoples. Through it, 25 scholarships are available to be awarded annually, worth up to $60K over 4 years."

Learn more about the TD Scholarship for Indigenous Peoples

Up to $60,000