Indigenous Awards

Indigenous Careers Award

Value: up to $4,000 ($2,000 per term)

Indigenous Careers Awards are valued up to $4,000, and are designed to encourage Indigenous learners who reside in Alberta (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) to pursue and complete post-secondary studies in degree programs leading to high-demand career outcomes in Alberta.

These scholarships are funded by the government of Alberta through Alberta Advanced Education, and are administered by the University of Alberta in conjunction with Alberta Student Aid.

Application Open: November 1, 2019
Closing Deadline: December 2, 2019

Variable number of awards available.


Candidates must:

  • Be enrolled in a bachelor's degree program
  • Have achieved satisfactory academic standing (admission to the University or 2.0 GPA)
  • Be enrolled in at least 60% of a full-normal course load at the University of Alberta
    • Students registered with Student Accessibility Services will be assessed based on the individual's approved course load requirement
    • Students enrolled full time in both the Fall 2018 and Winter 2019 terms are eligible for $4,000
    • Students enrolled full time in only one term are eligible for $2,000
  • Be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada
  • Be an Alberta Resident as defined by Alberta Scholarships. An Alberta Resident, according to the Alberta Scholarship Act, 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 marries an Alberta resident
  • Provide proof of identity Indian/First Nations, Non Status Indian/First Nations, Métis, or Inuit
    • a certified copy of a Status card;
    • a certified copy of a Métis membership card from one of the five Métis Provincial Affiliates; Métis Nation of Alberta, Métis Nation of Ontario, Manitoba Métis Federation, Métis Nation Saskatchewan, Métis Nation British Columbia. Additionally, the student may present a membership card for the Métis Settlements General Council;
    • a certified copy of a Nunavut Trust Certificate card;
    • proof that an ancestor's name has been entered 1) in the Indian Register according to the Indian Act, or 2) on the band list of an individual band, or 3) as beneficiaries of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement or other claim regions such as Nunatsiavut, Nunavik, and Inuvialuit;
    • written confirmation of Indigenous identity from Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada or Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated;
    • written confirmation of membership by a band council which has enacted its own band membership code
  • Preference will be given to students in upper years of their programs but all eligible students are encouraged to apply

For further clarification on eligibility, please visit Alberta Student Aid's Indigenous Careers Award webpage or email

Métis Education Foundation Awards

Value: up to $20,000

Two separate award categories are available as follows:

  • Métis Education Foundation Undergraduate Awards (number awarded varies of up to $5,000) consideration will be given to University of Alberta students enrolled in any year of study for any undergraduate degree program
  • Métis Education Foundation Scholars' Award (number awarded varies of up to $20,000) consideration will only be given to University of Alberta students enrolled in a graduate program or professional undergraduate degree program with differential fees (Medicine, Dentistry, or Law)

Application Open: August 15, 2019

Closing Deadline: October 15, 2019

Variable number of awards available.


Candidates must:

  • have maintained a minimum GPA of 2.0 and above;
  • demonstrate financial need;
  • provide proof of Métis heritage, such as:
  • a valid Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) membership card or a valid membership card from any of the following Métis Nation organizations: Métis Settlements of Alberta, Métis Nation of Ontario, Manitoba Métis Federation, Métis Nation - Saskatchewan, Métis Nation British Columbia, or
  • photocopy of parent's/aunt's/uncle's or sibling's valid membership card in any of the above named Métis organizations, along with a long form birth certificate(s) or baptismal certificate(s) that clearly shows the relationship to the person identified on the Métis card; or
  • other valid proof of Métis genealogy as verified by the Métis Nation of Alberta, or other nationally recognized Métis organization.

First Peoples' House

See a list of First Peoples' House nominated awards here»

How to Apply

Apply online using our Student Awards application form:

Apply for Awards

Please note: Proof of First Nations, Métis, or Inuit identity will be required (eligible applicants will be contacted to submit documentation after they apply).


Students will be notified in November/December.

To find out more about accepting and declining your award and disbursement, please visit Information for Award Recipients.