Indigenous Graduate Award Competition

At a glance

The Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship (AGES) - Indigenous program was established by the Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education to encourage indigenous Albertans to pursue graduate studies in Alberta.


$11,000 master's and $15,000 doctoral






Unrestricted field of study. Master’s, PhD, doctoral degree programs, and graduate level credential programs that can ladder into master’s degree program.

Preparing your application

Students with a UCalgary student number (UCID) may apply for awards after submitting an application for admission. You do not need to be accepted into your program before you apply for awards.

Please ensure that you have completed the following two steps before submitting your application:

Read the terms of reference

Awards are based on merit. It is important to read and understand the award terms of reference listed on this page and/or on the agency, or donor website.

Know your eligibility

Read our guide to discover the polices and regulations that determines a student's award eligibility at the University of Calgary.

Award Guide: Eligibility

Terms of reference


Open to self-identified Indigenous students from Canada in a graduate program in the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Students must include proof of their Indigenous ancestry.

You must meet the eligibility criteria for each award for which you are applying.



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 student 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



The 2020 Indigenous Graduate Award Competition is closed at this time.

  1. Go to your Student Centre and click the link Apply for Awards tab on your home screen.
  2. Select the Indigenous Award Competition Application.


Apply here


References for admission may be used toward the Indigenous Graduate Award Competition as long as they have been written within the last eleven months prior to the competition deadline.


Workshops and mentorship

Set yourself up for success and attend one of our workshops or get one-on-one mentoring.

Awards workshop


Jointly held by FGS and SAGE

No registration required

SAGE mentoring

Get help with your writing at a SAGE (Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement) writing cafe. Learn from previous award winners and connect with fellow Indigenous graduate students.