The School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies is pleased to offer internal awards for undergraduate and graduate students.
Undergraduate Awards and Funding
Graduate Awards and Funding
You may be offered a funding package as part of your offer of admission to the program. Admissions funding packages can include scholarship funding and employment opportunities. Unlike other types of funding, you do not apply independently of your application to the program for an admission funding package or any of its constituent elements. Rather, any applications received by the annual February 1stdeadline are automatically considered for an admissions funding offer. Admissions funding packages may include the following elements: Departmental Scholarships, Domestic Entrance Scholarships, Endowment Awards, Teaching Assistantships, and Research Assistantships. For more information, see the SICS MA Program Guidelines posted under Graduate Resources in the Canadian Studies section of this website.
In addition to admissions funding packages, the following awards are available to students enrolled in the program:
Graduate Funding – Internal
You may be eligible to apply for university and departmental endowments. Competitions for these awards are held in September and January respectively. These financial awards are valued from several hundred dollars to a maximum of $20,000 and are provided by an individual or organization to Carleton. Administered by Carleton, these are awarded based on academic merit, financial need and/or specific research areas. Apply online through Carleton Central.
- SICS Donor-Funded Awards
Davidson Dunton Memorial Student Assistance Fund
The fund was established in 1987 by relatives, colleagues and friends of the late Davidson Dunton, Carleton’s fourth and longest serving president and a director of the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies. This fund is available on the recommendation of the Director of the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies to graduate students within the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies who are experiencing financial difficulty relating to the reproduction of their thesis/research papers, conference attendance or with other approved special needs.
Lois Gonyer Bursary
The Bursary is awarded annually on application on the recommendation of the Director of the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies to a Canadian Studies graduate student whose program is threatened because of financial need. It was established in 1988 by friends and colleagues of Lois Gonyer and funded by them and by the School graduates in recognition of her 27 years of service as an administrator in the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies.
William and Margaret Roxburgh Memorial Award
This award was established in 1981 by Gwenda and Ross Roxburgh, and is open to all graduate students in the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies. The amount of $150 is provided annually to assist students in carrying out research projects. Application is made to the director of the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies; recipients will be chosen from a list of candidates recommended by the director.
Walter Baker Fellowship
In honour of the distinguished contribution of the late Walter Baker to Canadian politics, parliamentary life, and public administration, and his long-standing dedication and service to the Ottawa community, Minto Construction Ltd. has established the Walter Baker Fellowship. It is awarded annually to an outstanding student entering the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies M.A. program. Application is not required; the recipient will be chosen by the graduate awards committee from a list of candidates recommended by the Director of the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies.
Colonel William B. Sutherland Bursary
Awarded annually on the recommendation of the Director of the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies, to a Canadian Studies graduate student who demonstrates the need for financial assistance in order to excel in their studies. Preference is given to students enrolled in the Cultural Studies or Aboriginal Studies and the North program areas. Endowed in 2000 by the Sutherland family in tribute to the passion for the pursuit of knowledge that Colonel Sutherland has exemplified in all aspects of life. The award is intended to provide support for students who share this spirit.
Natalie Luckyj Prize in Canadian Studies
This award, valued at $100, is presented annually to a graduate student enrolled in the first year of the Master of Arts program in the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies. Application is not required. The recipient will be chosen by the Director of the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies.
Robert McDougall Scholarship
Established in 2001 by friends, colleagues and former students in honour of Dr.Robert McDougall, Founding Director of the Institute of Canadian Studies, whose willingness to take risks and look to the future made a significant contribution to the intellectual and cultural history of Canada. This scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding graduate student in the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies. The recipient will be selected each year by the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research on the recommendation of the Director of the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies.
Graduate Funding – External
Students with an overall GPA of A- or better in their last ten credits should apply for Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canadian Fellowship (SSHRC) grants. See the links to the instructions, requirements, and application forms below.
Funding deadlines 2022-23
|| Due in Department
||15 November 2022
||30 September 2022
||1 December 2022
It is never too early to start drafting your project description. A departmental workshop on writing these applications is held in September but it will be most useful if you have an idea in mind. If you are eligible and plan to apply for external funding, please contact the Program Administrator, Eva Keeshig.
For additional information on Admission Funding Packages, External and Internal Awards, see the MA Program Guidelines and PhD Program Guidelines.
Additional funding resources not specific to SICS
Students considering applying to the program can submit applications to OGS and SSHRC in the academic year prior to commencing the program.
For more information, see the SICS MA Program Guidelines posted under Graduate Resources in the Canadian Studies section of this website.