Awards and Stipends

 

IMN-PN funding supports Indigenous students and researchers pursuing Indigenous wellness-related research. Students studying in or conducting research in British Columbia or the Yukon are encouraged to apply. See below for descriptions of our various funding opportunities.


 

NEW: We have extended the deadline for our Call for Applications for our first intake for Research Experience Awards, Research Expense Stipends and Conference/ Community Travel Awards!

 
Deadline for Applications: February 15, 2018, 11:59 PM (PST)

 

Call for Applications

Application Materials

Please include the following materials as part of your application package for IMN-PN Research Experience Awards, Research Expense Stipends and Conference/ Community Travel Awards. Application packages can be submitted by email to imnpn@uvic.ca

Research Experience Awards

Eligibility: Undergraduate Mentees OR Master’s Mentees, who are completing course- or project- based programs. Applicants must have an academic mentor at an eligible institution for funds to be transferred.

Use of funds: Proposed activities to support the graduate student’s mentorship needs are eligible. Research Experience Awards can be used for self-funding students’ time, while working on a wellness-related research project initiated by and of interest to an Indigenous community or organization. The research experience can be undertaken at any time during one year of their program and may involve engagement on-site (e.g. assisting with a community-level KT event, land-based research activity or community research engagement meeting/s) or by distance (e.g. environmental scan or literature review for a proposal), under the supervision of their academic mentor.

An academic and community or organizational Mentor will guide each Mentee through this experience. 

 

Award Value
Undergraduate Trainees $1000
Graduate Trainees $2000

Research Expense Stipends

Eligibility: Honours Undergraduate, Master’s, Doctoral, Post-Doctoral Mentees and New Investigators, who a) have completed all coursework in their program, and b) are completing original research as part of their academic program. Applicants must have an academic mentor at an eligible institution for funds to be transferred.

Use of Funds: Stipends are intended to support students conducting Indigenous wellness-related research. Funds can offset the costs of research-related expenses (excluding researcher salary), and can be used to support the development (e.g. community meetings), implementation (e.g. data gathering), or sharing (e.g. conference registration) of their research project. Stipends are not intended to augment student income.

An academic and community or organizational Mentor will guide each Mentee through this experience.

 

Stipend Value
Graduate Trainees $2000
Doctoral Trainees $3000
Post-Doc/NI Trainees $5000

Conference/ Community Travel Awards

Eligibility: Graduate and Post-Doctoral Mentees and New Investigators

Use of Funds: Funds can be used to offset costs of travel to mentors, Elders, community celebrations and ceremony, and can also support access to academic or professional development resources, such as conferences or workshops. These funds can be held in addition to a Mentee stipend or travel award.

We have allocated additional funds for students wishing to undertake an on-site research experience in the north (travel, accommodations, food)

 

Conference/ Community Travel Value
Graduate, PD and NI Mentee travel $1000
Northern Travel $4000

Placements at Partner Organizations for Research Experiences/ Internships

UBC Pulmonary Rehabilitation Research Laboratory

The UBC-PRRL is currently conducting two large, CIHR-funded studies related to lung health in First Nations communities in northern British Columbia.  The first, "A Strong Breath" focuses on measuring the prevalence of a chronic lung disease called "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease" or 'COPD', and the relationship between COPD and various risk factors.  The second, "Strengthening Our Bodies" focuses on developing an Indigenous Pulmonary Rehabilitation program, which is culturally and geographically relevant and improves the quality of life of people with lung disease and their families.  The opportunity exists for students to get involved in different stages of the research process including collecting data, interpreting results, and engaging in knowledge translation.  Students who identify as First Nations, especially from Carrier Sekani territory in northwest British Columbia, are especially encouraged to apply.  While the research is led by investigators at UBC and Carrier Sekani Family Services, travel to remote and rural communities may be necessary. 

Contact Research Coordinator Barbara Karlen barbara.karlen@ubc.ca for more information. 

First Nations Health Authority (FNHA): Nursing (Primary Health Care)

Environmental scan and gap analysis across the province regarding:

  • Nurse practitioner/NP practice
  • Analysis of current Interprofessional Service models across our communities/Nations

Advanced practice partnership opportunities in chronic disease, healthy living, palliative and end of life care, mental and maternal child health

Research/knowledge translation opportunities regarding primary/emergent care in remote nursing stations

Contact for more information

First Nations Health Authority (FNHA): Research and Knowledge Exchange

Knowledge exchange workshop development

External research project collaborations

FNHA-led community-based research

Literature reviews

Support to FNHA teams (e.g., Policy, Nursing)

Contact  for more information

First Nations Health Authority (FNHA): Environment

Environment and health impacts

  • Environmental contaminants
  • Air quality
  • Impacts of industry on First Nations health
  • General environmental health topics, including food safety, toxicology, housing

Contact  for more information

Canadian HIV Observational Cohort (CANOC) Collaborative Research Centre

The CANOC Collaborative Research Centre focuses on HIV health services and epidemiologic cohort research.  “Building Bridges: A Model for Aboriginal Community Engagement in Epidemiology Research” was an initiative at the Centre that focused on Indigenous wellness-related research.

The opportunity exists for students to get involved in different stages of the research process including developing research questions, interpreting results and/or engaging in knowledge translation.

Learn more about this project on CANOC's website
 
Contact for more information.

Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness

Follow-up re: next steps for Island Wide Research

Follow-up re: Health & Wellness surveys -- Next Steps?

Contact for more information

Indigenous Health and Research Garden at UBC Farm

The Indigenous Health and Research Garden at UBC Farm typically takes 4-6 interns during the summer to work at the Garden and support programs and Research.

Learn more about their programs on their website.

Contact for more information.

External Funding

CIHR Health System Impact Fellowship

The HSI Fellowship provides doctoral and post-doctoral awardees, both referred to as fellows, with a paid experiential learning opportunity within health system and related organizations where they will dedicate the majority of their time towards a program of work that advances the organization’s impact goals and contributes to improved health system performance. The maximum amount per doctoral award is $50,000 per year for up to 1 year. Of this: The maximum amount per post-doctoral award is $155,000 total for 2 years.

Application Deadline: April 5, 2018

Click here for more information.

Indspire: Post-Secondary Education

Building Brighter Futures: Building Brighter Futures Bursary and Scholarship's and Awards. 

Deadlines: February 1, June 1, November 1, 2018

Click here for more information

Health Sciences Association of British Columbia Aboriginal Bursary Award

HSA provides two $1000 bursaries to Aboriginal students from BC who are continuing or proceeding in any HSA-related field.

Deadline: February 23, 2018

Click here for more information. 

AHA Centre- Research Proposal Development Program

The purpose of the Research Proposal Development Program is to assist communities, organizations, and students interested in carrying out a research project, but who do not have the resources (human and/or financial) to prepare a proposal that will be submitted to a grant competition (e.g. CIHR).

Click here for more information.

Mitacs Globalink Research Award

Mitacs is accepting applications for competitive international research opportunities for student travel from Canada. The Globalink Research Award provides $6,000 for senior undergraduate and graduate students to undertake research projects abroad. Projects last 12–24 weeks and all disciplines are eligible. Students are encouraged to apply by May 2018 for travel planned in Fall 2018.

Click here for more information.

Mitacs Accelerate- Master's Fellowship

18- month Master's Fellowship, including minimum $30,000 stipend; national professional development training that helps interns gain in-demand career skills and ensure the success of their projects. Applications are accepted any time.

Click here for more information.

Mitacs Accelerate- PhD Fellowship

Three-year PhD Fellowship, including minimum $72,000 stipend; national professional development training that helps interns gain in-demand career skills and ensure the success of their projects. Applications are accepted any time.

Click here for more information.

Mitacs Elevate- Postdoctoral Funding

Two-year postdoctoral funding, including:$60,000 annual award (plus $7,500 per year non-cash value in training); exclusive, customized professional development training; and long-term collaborative research project with a non-academic partner. Deadline for Letter of Intent: January 24, 2018.

Click here for more information.

Simon Fraser University: Master of Science Studentship in Indigenous Peoples Health and Tobacco Control

The Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University (FHS/SFU), in partnership with the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) is offering a Master of Science (MSc) Studentship commencing in September 2018. The studentship provides funding of $18,500 per year for two years.

Click here for more information.

Aboriginal Scholarship Guide

Provides links to scholarship opportunities.

Click here for more information.