The undergraduate award sum of $1,000 is awarded annually on the recommendation of the Director of the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies to an outstanding Indigenous student proceeding from one year to another in an undergraduate program within the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Preference will be given to a student in the Combined Honours in Indigenous Studies program with consideration given to those students taking a minor in the program or majoring in a different program within the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies. Application is required. This scholarship was established in 2020 by faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends of the former School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies (now School of Canadian Studies, SCS). The aim of this scholarship is to support outstanding Indigenous undergraduate students in the Institute with a priority given to students from Algonquins of Pikwakanagan FN or Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, or the urban Indigenous community(ies) in Ottawa.

Carleton’s Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies has a long history of advancing cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and teaching on Canada, its colonial history, Indigenous peoples, and the various groups who occupy the country. In particular, our pedagogy and scholarship considers the conjoined histories of Indigenous peoples and Canadians as a complex and ambiguous relationship which continues to impact every resident of the country. The Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission calls for reconciliation through an active process of decolonization. This is a shared undertaking in which Carleton and all other educational institutions will play a leading role. In keeping with this, our teaching and research is driven by a commitment to critical analysis and to fostering the growth of diverse, sustainable, and just communities.

This award is valued at $1,000 for the 2024/2025 academic year.

Application Deadline: February 16, 2024

Successful candidate will be notified by March 1, 2024

General Eligibility Criteria

  • Indigenous undergraduate students enrolled full-time in a program within the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies.
  • Demonstrated academic excellence.


  1. Please complete and submit this application form to the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies office (if the deadline date lands on a weekend, application must be submitted the first working day after the deadline date).
  2. Students should not include any additional attachments (e.g. resumes, portfolios, photos, certificates, etc.). However, students may re-type the questions with their answers (this will not be considered an attachment).
  3. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

All applications MUST be received by February 14. Applications should be sent via email to the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies

Subject line: 2024/25 Undergraduate Award Application