Indigenous Arts and Research Fellowships (IARF) - 2023/2024

The Centre for Studies in Religion and Society (CSRS) invites applications from Indigenous graduate students, faculty, and artists interested in pursuing their own areas of artistic or academic inquiry in a community deeply committed to public engagement and interdisciplinary research related to spirituality, religion, and society. Suitable applicants would demonstrate the relevance of their work for the broader cultural and political project of reconciliation and a willingness and capacity for public engagement.  

Application deadline: more information will be available soon.


To create opportunities for artistic and intellectual engagement between Indigenous artists, graduate students, and faculty members and other students, fellows, and staff at the CSRS. The IARF program models and fosters reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous individuals, institutions, and societies. 

Eligibility and expectations

We are looking for Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, Métis) scholars (graduate students and faculty members) and artists interested in pursuing an academic or artistic project in which reconciliation as well as spiritual, cultural, or religious themes are central concerns. Fellows are expected to conduct most of their work at the CSRS and to provide a public presentation, lecture or performance during their fellowship. As well, fellows are expected to participate in our vibrant academic and social community.

Value and source of award

Fellowships include a $10,000 award plus a private office at the CSRS. Indigenous Arts and Research Fellows will have access to the administrative support (library access, photocopying, etc.) provided to other CSRS fellows, and will be warmly welcomed into the CSRS community. These fellowships are made possible through a generous contribution from a local Indigenous scholar, artist, and activist, and matching funds provided by the CSRS. 


Ordinarily, fellowships are tenable for one calendar year (usually beginning in September), but other durations and time frames are possible; the value of the fellowship would be pro-rated to the length of the fellowship. 

Application Procedures

Applications are accepted via email and should include:

  • a current CV (not exceeding 5 pages);
  • this completed IARF application form (please indicate the type of fellowship (Scholar or Artist);
  • two letters of support for the project from applicant’s references such as applicant's supervisor, another professor, department chair, colleagues, etc. emailed directly as PDFs to;
  • Graduate Student applicants only: university transcripts (copies are acceptable);
  • Artist applicants only: up to five samples of the applicant's work (with the total length not exceeding 5 pages single-spaced pages, several images or short videos).

All materials should be submitted via email to , indicating attention to Dr. Paul Bramadat, Director. Candidates are responsible for ensuring their applications are complete.

Other important details

Applications from scholars (graduate students and faculty members) will be reviewed in early December; applications from artists will be reviewed in May/June of each year. All applications will be reviewed by the CSRS Indigenous Arts and Research Fellowship Committee and decisions will be ratified by the CSRS Program Committee. The Application form for the IARF can be found in the following link. 

2022/2023 CSRS IARF Guidelines and Application (will become available soon) 

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Rachel Brown, Program Coordinator ( or 1-250-721-6695) and Dr. Paul Bramadat, Director ( or 1-250-721-6324).