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Dean's Award for Indigenous Graduate Students

The Faculty of Graduate Studies’ Dean’s Award for Indigenous Graduate Students is an award to recognize and support academic excellence. The Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement and the Faculty of Graduate Studies have collaborated in the development of these awards for Indigenous students valued at $6,000 or $15,000.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Canadian Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) student
  • Registered in full-time graduate studies at the Master’s or Doctoral level during the entire 12 months of the award term (September to August)
  • A first-class average (7.0/A- or higher); for new students, GPA is based on the last 30 units of completed study; for current students GPA is based on completed courses in your current graduate degree program.
Students apply via the graduate scholarship application between July 1st and September 15th.


$6000 or higher

Application deadline

September 15


Normally, the minimum requirement for consideration is an A- average and any additional criteria that has been established by the donor. Application details, deadlines and eligibility criteria are all listed in the award description. Unless otherwise noted in the award description, you must be a full-time graduate student. 

How to apply

 Students may apply via the online graduate scholarship application between July 1st and September 15th.

  1. Go to
  2. Sign into your Online Tools account                         
  3. Select “Apply for Awards” or “View and modify current award applications” if you have previously viewed/started this application
  4. Select the Aid Year and Period
  5. Select the Application “FGS Scholarship Application”
  6. Complete sections of application, ensuring you click ‘apply for award’ on each individual award page for the award you are applying for
  7. Submit any required documentation to
  8. SUBMIT your application

Retaining funding

Ongoing UVic graduate funding requires students to maintain a minimum level of academic standing and some ongoing maintenance.