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Provincial government announces new grants for aboriginal students

Graduate and undergraduate students to benefit from $1 million in awards; application deadlines in February
January 6, 2016
Aboriginal graduate students enrolled full-time in a master’s or doctoral degree program in the 2015-16 winter semester are eligible for the Indigenous Graduate Award.

Aboriginal graduate students enrolled full-time in a master’s or doctoral degree program in the 2015-16 winter semester are eligible for the Indigenous Graduate Award. 

The Government of Alberta has provided the University of Calgary with just over $1 million in new grant money for aboriginal student awards in 2016.

Alberta Innovation and Advanced Education announced two new grants for undergraduate and graduate students of Canadian aboriginal identity; $645,000 will go toward graduate students and $376,000 has been designated for undergraduate students.

“These awards, for both undergraduate and graduate students, show that the University of Calgary and the Government of Alberta are aligned in supporting our aboriginal learners and their aspirations in post-secondary education,” said Dru Marshall, provost and vice-president (academic). 

For the Indigenous Graduate Award, eligible students can receive up to $15,000 and no less than $7,500. This award is offered to graduate students enrolled full time in a master’s or doctoral degree program in the 2015-16 winter semester.

The Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) is accepting applications from Jan. 4 to Feb. 1, 2016. Graduate students interested in applying can find award information and application instructions in the awards section of the FGS website.

The Indigenous Careers Award for undergraduate students will offer undergraduate awards worth $4,000 or $2,000. Students in the faculties of science, nursing, engineering, business and education, and who are residents of Alberta, can apply for the award.

Applications for the Indigenous Careers Award will be accepted from Jan. 4 to Feb. 15, 2016. Undergraduate students can find award information and instructions to apply on the awards website.

The grants are an initiative by the Government of Alberta to increase access and participation of aboriginal students in post-secondary learning.