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.

Eligibility: varies based on awards and stipends, please see each award criteria below.

Use of Funds: varies based on awards and stipends, please see each award criteria below.

Call for Applications December 1st!

Submission Deadline: February 1st, 2019 @ 5 PM (PST)

Call for Applications 



Application Materials

Application packages should be submitted by email using the format (Last Name_Type of Award) in one pdf document to:

Each award should be emailed seperately with the title of the award in the Subject Line. 

Incomplete applications will not be accepted. 

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. If you are applying for a Northern Travel Award please indicate this in your application title submission. 

Research Experience Awards

Eligibility: Indigenous students (at all levels), who have partnered with an Indigenous community or organization to engage in a wellness-related research project that is mutually beneficial. Partnerships can form in response to a placement advertised by IMN-PN or can be a pre-existing relationship. Applicants must either be studying in, or conducting research in British Columbia or the Yukon. Applicants must also 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 Students $1000
Graduate Students $2000

Research Expense Stipends

Eligibility: Indigenous students who are completing research or research-related activities as part of their academic program (e.g. undergraduate honours thesis, thesis, practicum, final project, Community Governance Project, dissertation), and will receive post-secondary credit for completion of these activities. Applications outside of these parameters will be reviewed on a case by case basis. New Investigators are also eligible to apply for Research Expense Stipends to support their research activities. Applicants must either be a) studying in, or b) conducting research in British Columbia or the Yukon. 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 (, 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, and therefore cannot be used to pay applicant’s salary or wages for research assistants.

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


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

Conference/ Community Travel Awards

Eligibility: Graduate and Post-Doctoral Mentees and New Investigators. Applicants must have an academic mentor at an eligible institution, or in the case of New Investigators be employed at an eligible institution, for funds to be transferred.

Use of Funds: Funds can be used to offset costs of travel to mentors, Elders, communities, 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 Research Experience Award or a Research Expense Stipend.

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

Please the following Research Experience opportunities: 


Project: Developing a Restorative and Outcomes based Quality Assurance Framework, Ministry of Children and Family Development

Contact Details: Dr Zaheera JINNAH,
Tel 250 812 8168, address: 525 Superior Street, Victoria, B.C.
Duration: 5 months maximum
Number of hours: to be determined. (Approximate number of hours for the project 100)

Embedded within an ongoing research and practice project on developing an Outcomes-based, Restorative Quality Assurance (QA) Framework in the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), this Award provides an opportunity to put your research skills, Indigenous knowledge and passion for Child Welfare into practice while gaining valuable experience in the public service.

The overall project objective is to develop an Outcomes-based and Restorative QA Framework that will strengthen the services and practices of MCFD. Your role will be to conduct literation reviews and jurisdictional scans, and gather data from multiple sources including through interviews and facilitated discussions. You will receive mentorship from Dr Zaheera Jinnah, a Mitacs Canada Science Policy Fellow, who is the project lead.


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” is an initiative at the Centre that focuses on Indigenous wellness-related research. More information on this project can be found on our website at,

The opportunity exists for students to get involved in different stages of the research process including community engagement in research and knowledge translation.

Contact Beverly Allan for more information.

Phone: (604)558-6675​

First Nation Indigenous Response Scenario TrainingResearch/Student Opportunity

The Kitselas First Nation is proud to be a progressive, innovative and resilient nation that welcomes and embraces partnerships and to nurture relationships throughout the North West Coast and beyond. On behalf of the Kitselas First Nation, we are reaching out to you about an exciting project. With 100,000$ in funding from the National Indian Brotherhood (NIB) Trust Fund we are starting the first year of a five year development cycle. 

Our aim of the project entitled: “First Nation Indigenous Response Scenario Training” (FIRST) Program is to collaboratively design and develop with supporting indigenous and other partners, a much-needed emergency education and training program. A key planned outcome and lasting benefit to the North is for the Program to serve as model for other provinces in creating a seamless response corridor. That is, to strengthen linkages between the North Coast First Nations and non-indigenous emergency personnel between the City of Prince Rupert as the North Coast “air, and water transportation hub” through to the City of Terrace as the North West “regional retail and service hub.”  

There is $5,000 for a grad student/researcher to conduct the following activities and produce a final assessment report with the project  including a fully referenced bibliography:

  • Compile and assess all the Kitselas and surrounding neighbouring community emergency planning and response documentation* and assess it against Emergency Management BC’s guidelines for emergency planning and response;
  • Assess local labour market data (trends) for occupations related to emergency management, fire fighting, emergency services, business continuity (all things related to managing natural hazards like a wild fire or flood);
  • Compare the labour market findings in indigenous communities and non-indigenous communities in the North coast of BC, and fan out from there to the rest of BC, other provinces if possible (who has the jobs in these areas and is it that there is a lack of opportunity for FNs or that there are jobs but they cannot qualify;  and
  • Provide recommendations on areas to strengthen readiness and response in the Kitselas, and its neighbours from Terrace to Prince Rupert.


  • A self-starter with excellent research, analytical analysis, synthesis skills and writing skills.  The work would be done “virtually” so no need for travel, you can work from Victoria. However, we would touch base by phone and video conference (we have a Zoom account and Skype).  Hours are flexible as long as the work is delivered by the end of August 2018.
  • A researcher who is technologically literate and can use online databases, search tools but is also confident in picking up the phone and contacting research partners to explain data needs. 
  • A researcher with strong ethics and values and will safeguard the information and findings without disclosing them to third parties even in casual conversation.
  • A researcher who will delivery a solid, high quality deliverable on time and that fulfills the request.
  • A researcher that will track their own hours, prepare their own invoices and ensure these are submitted as requested. 
  • A researcher that will communicate with good attitude, enthusiasm as well as flag as early as possible any hurdles…hopefully by trying their best to overcome them first vs waiting til someone fixes them.

Please contact Connie (former UVIC grad):

Connie Delisle, BA, BA, MSc, PhD
Research Associate, (Office of the Dean of Engineering) Carleton University, Ont 
President and Founder, Storyline Associates Inc
Kelowna, British Columbia Canada
Phone: 250-317-2800
Twitter:  @storyline 140

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

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Indspire: Post-Secondary Education

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

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

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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

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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FNHA/ SFU Master of Science Studentship in Indigenous Population Health

We invite applications now for a fully-funded, three-year, MSc degree in Indigenous population health research and practice provided jointly by the Simon Fraser University (SFU) Faculty of Health Sciences and the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) with funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health.

Students will earn an MSc in health sciences from Simon Fraser University and receive mentorship and training in Indigenous population health practice and First Nations approaches to research at the First Nations Health Authority.

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FNHA/ SFU 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.

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Aboriginal Scholarship Guide

Provides links to scholarship opportunities.

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