Carleton’s internal awards for graduate students are administered by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs.

Indigenous Student & Indigenous Research Awards

1. New Sun Graduate Bursaries

Description: Two bursaries valued at $10,000 each to be awarded annually to First Nations, Inuit and Métis students at the masters or doctoral level who are studying in fields such as Indigenous governance, public administration, social work, architecture and environmental studies. Preference will be given to those candidates who have demonstrated a willingness to use their knowledge and skills to benefit First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis communities. These bursaries will be awarded by the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs upon the recommendation of a committee representing all graduate fields of study. Eligible recipients must be Canadian Citizens or permanent residents of Canada, and must meet OSAP’s Ontario Residency requirements. Recipients must also demonstrate financial need.

Established in 2008 by Joy Harvie Maclaren (BSC ’44, LLD ” McGill University). Joy was born in Calgary in 1922 and is a passionate supporter and advocate of Indigenous peoples. Continuing the legacy of her father, who was given the honorary title of “Old Sun” in 1962 by the Blackfoot nation in Alberta, Joy was given the name “New Sun” by Elders from three Indigenous communities; the Blackfoot nation in Alberta, the Mohawk nation in Akwasasne, Quebec, and the Ojibway in Ontario. A special naming ceremony was held at Carleton University’s Alumni Park in 1993 to recognize Joy’s commitment to promoting Indigenous cultures and education across Canada. By establishing the New Sun bursaries for Indigenous students, Joy is continuing her father’s tradition of supporting the further education of Indigenous peoples in universities across Canada.

Value: 2 @ $10,000

Deadline: Fall

Category: Internal

Eligibility: All Departments

Criteria: Canadian or permanent resident, OSAP requirements and financial need. Preference to students who can demonstrate a willingness to use their knowledge and skills to benefit First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis communities. Recipients must be First Nations, Inuit or Métis.

Search “New Sun Graduate Bursaries” in the Internal Awards Database.

2. Word Warrior Society Bursary

Scholarship: Word Warrior Society Bursary

Description: Awarded annually by the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs to a student enrolled in a Masters or PhD program at Carleton University. This award is to support field research and/or conference presentations that benefit Indigenous peoples. Endowed in 2009 by the Word Warrior Society of Carleton University

Value: $400+

Deadlines: Fall

Category: Internal

Eligibility: All Departments

Criteria: Support Field Research or conference presentations that benefit Indigenous peoples.

Search “Word Warrior Society Bursary” in the Internal Awards Database.

3. Wilfred Peltier Memorial Scholarship in English

Description: Awarded annually, on the recommendation of the Chair of the Department of English, to a student whose area of interest is Indigenous Literature. This award was established in 2001 by family, friends and colleagues of Wilfred Peltier, Odawa Pipecarrier, who passed away in July 2000. Associated some 20 years with Carleton University, Peltier served as an Elder-in-Residence in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology as well as adviser to the Centre for Aboriginal Education, Research and Culture (now known as the Centre for Indigenous Initiatives).

Guardian of Anishnaabe traditions, renowned story-teller, and author of No Foreign Land and A Wiseman Speaks, Peltier guest-lectured over the years in a number of departments, including English and Psychology. He had a loyal following of faculty and students who regularly dropped in to chat and hear his words of wisdom.

Value: $600+

Deadlines: Winter

Category: Internal

Eligibility: English Language and Literature

Criteria: Graduate student in the department of English whose area of interest is Indigenous Literature.

Search “Wilfred Peltier Memorial Scholarship” in the Internal Awards Database.

For more information about graduate and postdoctoral awards (internal, external and special), visit the FGPA website or contact them at (613) 520-2525.