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Indigenous Graduate Award Competition

The Indigenous Graduate Award (IGA) program was established by the Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education to encourage indigenous Albertans to pursue graduate studies in Alberta.
Value Up to: $15,000 doctoral, $12,000 master’s, $7,500 top-up
Eligibility Open to students who are Status Indian/First Nations, Non-Status Indian/First Nations, Métis or Inuit and are registered full-time in a master’s or doctoral program approved by the Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education. Course-based students must be registered in at least 60% of a full-course load. To meet this requirement at the University of Calgary, students must be registered in a minimum of 18 units during the academic year unless otherwise determined by the program.
If you are registered in one of the graduate programs structured for full-time employees, you are eligible to apply.
Students holding a major external award will receive a $7,500 top-up.
Students must include proof of their Indigenous identity. Acceptable forms of proof include one of the following:
  • Certificate of Indian Status, a status card or a valid band membership card
  • Letter from their band verifying their status
  • Métis membership card or letter issued by the Métis Nation he or she is registered with
  • Letter or membership card from the Métis Settlements General Council
  • A certified copy of a Nunavut Trust Certificate card or Inuit beneficiary card
  • Letter of support from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) or Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated
  • For a non-status person, a letter of support from a First Nation, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) organization
Students must be an Alberta resident. An Alberta resident is:
  • A person who has maintained permanent residence in Alberta for a period of 12 months immediately prior to attending a post-secondary institution, or
  • A person whose parents or guardians have maintained permanent residence in Canada for 12 consecutive months and reside in Alberta, or
  • A person who spouse/partner is an Alberta resident, or
  • A person declared, or who falls within a class of persons declared, to be a resident of Alberta by the Minister

The 2016 Competition is closed.

Students who currently hold this award from September 2016 - April 2017 are not eligible to apply to this competition. They may apply again for the 2017 competition in Fall 2017.

IMPORTANT: It is your responsibility to ensure your application is completed in the correct file format.

  1. Install Adobe Acrobat Reader prior to opening the application form. Download the reader for free
  2. Not all browsers are compatible with the PDF application - use Internet Explorer or Mozilla. Set your security level to Medium (Tools/ Options/ Security/ Macro Security/ Security Level/ Medium)
  3. Open the application form on our website. Choose “save as” and save a copy to your computer.
  4. Confirm your application is in the correct format: complete one or two test fields on your application, save, close and reopen.

Deadline Wednesday, February 15, 2017 to
Transcripts When submitting your complete application form and supportive documentation, you must request the reference letters and copies of your transcripts be added to the application. Indicate ‘IGA_YourLastName_YourFirstName’ in the subject line. In the body of the email, include:
  • Your full name
  • University of Calgary student ID number
  • List your referees and their email addresses
  • List of all transcripts from every post-secondary institution you have attended (ensure the University has your most recent and complete transcripts.)

The Graduate Scholarship Office will compile all submitted reference letters and your listed transcripts from your UCalgary Student File and attach them to your application for review by the committee.


2017 Indigenous Workshop
Presented by the Faculty of Graduate Studies

Thursday, January 26 | 2 - 3:30pm | MLT 215

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