Indigenous graduate students

The university acknowledges and respects the rich diversity of our learners, their communities, their aspirations, and their cultures and traditions.

Acknowledgement of Traditional Territories

UCalgary would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge that we gather on the traditional territories of the peoples of Treaty 7 in Southern Alberta, which includes the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprising the Kainai, Piikani Nation and Siksika First Nations), the Tsuu T'ina First Nation, the Stoney Nakoda First Nations (including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nation). The city of Calgary is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

We also acknowledge that the University of Calgary is on land traditionally known by its Blackfoot name "Moh'kins'tsis", meaning the place where the Bow River meets the Elbow River, locally referred to as the City of Calgary.

Apply to grad school

See our page, How to apply, for instructions on preparing and submitting your application to your graduate program(s) of interest.

Please make sure that you declare your Indigenous identity in the online application form. Self-identifying on your application helps us tell you about programs, supports, and scholarships for Indigenous graduate students. 

If you have any questions about graduate admissions, please email the Faculty of Graduate Studies. 

After you apply

Changes to your application: Once you have submitted the online application, it cannot be updated. If your circumstances have changed, please notify your program directly.

Check your status: To check the status of your sent documents or application, log in to your Student Centre.


Apply for awards and funding

Why you should apply

Most of the funding opportunities are open to both thesis-based and course-based graduate students, and so all Indigenous graduate students should apply if eligible. The money from these scholarships can provide critical financial support during your graduate studies. Plan ahead and research the awards and funding for which your are eligible. Here is a breakdown of the different types of funding available.


Band funding

Indigenous students should consult with their Band for funding before applying for scholarships. UCalgary considers Band funding to be third party sponsorship, and you are still eligible to apply for scholarships and bursaries. If you are receiving Band funding, you should consult this page on sponsorship letters, payment options for sponsors, and any other important details.

Read about third party sponsors

University awards

The Faculty of Graduate Studies administers a wide variety of award competitions funded from a variety of sources, allowing students to focus on their research.

Internal award opportunities

Indigenous award opportunities

Prospective and current Indigenous graduate students at UCalgary should consult our webpage for specific information on internal and external scholarship opportunities. These range broadly between the intended subject matter, eligible groups, or courses of study. It’s important to apply for external funding as early as possible.

Indigenous awards

Federal, provincial and external opportunities

Highly competitive awards are available through external agencies and Canadian and international governments. If you are an international student, check with your home government for funding options.

 

Award opportunities


Other sources of funding

Funding for thesis-based students

Most thesis-based graduate programs provide funding for students in the first two years of a Master’s degree and the first four of a PhD. More information is available from the program.

Graduate assistantships

Each year, most faculties have several graduate teaching and research assistantships available for students. Contact your program for information about eligibility, application deadlines and procedures.

Learn more about being an assistant


Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE)

SAGE UCalgary strives to support and nurture the recruitment, retention and program completion of Indigenous graduate students. This program aims to ensure graduate students have safe spaces to share their experiences with their peers, mentors, and campus community and to further develop their professional, academic, and personal skills.

SAGE UCalgary is an early initiative that supports the University of Calgary's Indigenous Strategy 

Find SAGE UCalgary on social media: Facebook | Twitter 

 

Grad life on campus

Get connected and develop a community

The University of Calgary offers a number of cultural, personal and academic supports. The Native Centre is a one-stop location that encourages and supports student success through a wide variety of services, facilities, volunteer opportunities, programs and events. This includes peer tutoring, mentorship, career planning, Grad Pow-wow and cultural and personal advising.

The Native Centre has a number of student facilities including a computer lab, Indigenous Students’ Council office, Red Lodge Student Lounge, study space, and a ceremonial room

Visit the Native Centre for further information and a calendar of events.

Other places to meet people and find events

Campus Life
The university offers a number of services to all University of Calgary students including, sports, clubs, theatre, student government and more. You can find more information by visiting our graduate student experience page.