Financial assistance

First Nations House helps undergraduate and graduate students learn about and access a wide variety of scholarships and grants. 

Contact us for financial aid advising, or read about the many financial aid opportunities available to Aboriginal students.

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Contents

Advising Learn about and access a wide variety of scholarships and grants
Work & work-study Access the Career Learning Network and FNH work-study opportunities
Financial Aid Aboriginal Financial Aid
General grad awards Awards for full- or part-time graduate students
Grad faculty awards Awards for graduate students in professional faculties
Grad awards by area Awards for graduate students by subject area
Awards in social work Awards for graduate students at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
Undergrad awards Awards for full or part time undergraduate students
Awards by college Awards for undergraduate students by college
Undergrad awards (FT) Awards for full-time undergraduate students
Awards by discipline Awards for undergraduate students by discipline

Financial aid advising

First Nations House helps undergraduate and graduate students learn about and access a wide variety of scholarships and grants. 
The Coordinator of Academic Supports can help students find information about the various types of financial aid available, and can also assist with Band funding student loan inquiries.

Join the First Nations House listserv by emailing fnh.info@utoronto.ca to find out about upcoming Aboriginal awards, scholarships, bursaries and deadlines.

Working on campus

There are many opportunities for students to work on campus during the academic year. For more information about work-study or other kinds of employment at U of T, please visit the Career Learning Network.

There are also several work-study opportunities at First Nations House each year.  

Financial Aid

Indspire

Indspire is an organization that offers financial awards to First Nations (status and non-status), Inuit and Metis students through four programs: the Fine Arts Bursary Awards, the Post-Secondary Education Bursary Awards, The Aboriginal Heath Careers, the Oil and Gas Trades and Technology Bursary and Scholarships, the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres "Strong Women" Scholarship, the George Blondin Aboriginal Scholarship, and the Louise Moran - National Media Scholarship. 

Learn more about Indspire

 

University of Toronto Advanced Planning for Students (UTAPS)

Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person (recognized convention refugee); enrolled full-time in an eligible program; eligible for Canadian government financial aid, such as OSAP or First Nations band funding.
Deadline November 1.  

Click here to apply for UTAPS

 

Canada Post Aboriginal Incentive Award

All Aboriginal Canadians (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit) who have resumed studies after a minimum of twelve months out of school and who have completed one full year of studies are eligible to apply.

Apply for the Canada Post Aboriginal Incentive Award

 

Aboriginal Affairs & Northern Development Canada - Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool

The Aboriginal Bursary Search Tool is a searchable list of more than 750 bursaries, scholarships, and incentives across Canada offered by governments, universities and colleges, private and public companies, individual Canadians, organizations and others.

Access the Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool

Full-time graduate studies awards

The President's Award for the Outstanding Native Student of the Year

The award will be given to students of Aboriginal ancestry (Status, Non-Status, Metis, Inuit) the recipient will be selected on the basis of academic achievement, and previous and/or intended contribution to the Aboriginal community. Student must be studying full-time and involved in course work. 

Apply for the President's Award for the Outstanding Native Student of the Year (PDF)

Applications deadline: End of May, annually

 

Dr. Lillian McGregor Aboriginal Award of Excellence

To be awarded to Aboriginal students studying full-time at U of T (graduate and second-entry programs) on the basis of financial need and Ontario residency. Preference is given to applicants who can demonstrate a contribution to the Aboriginal community through volunteerism and involvement with First Nations House and/or the Native Student’s Association.

Apply for the Dr. Lillian McGregor Aboriginal Award of Excellence (PDF)

Application deadline: February 1, 2017.

Full- or part-time graduate studies awards

Aboriginal Post-secondary Education and Training Bursary

Available to all Aboriginal students studying full-time and part-time at the graduate or professional level. Bursaries are based on financial need. Download the application here or pick one up at First Nations House.

Application deadline: February 1, 2017.

 

Gladys Watson Aboriginal Education Award

To be awarded to Aboriginal students, including Status, Non-Status, Metis and Inuit students, enrolled in graduate programs at the master’s or doctoral level, and second-entry professional programs. All Aboriginal students in these programs are eligible to apply, full-time and part-time, with preference given to those students who demonstrate financial need.

Apply for the Gladys Watson Aboriginal Education Award (PDF)

Application deadline: October 1, 2016.

Professional faculty awards

Colonel F.A. Tilston Admission Scholarship - Faculty of Pharmacy

The late Colonel F.A. Tilston established admission scholarships for students entering First Year Pharmacy, with the highest admission index, and who have not won an admission award of greater value. One of these scholarships will be awarded to an Aboriginal student. Colonel Tilston was a 1929 Pharmacy graduate and retired president and chief executive officer of Sterling Drug Ltd. He was the first University of Toronto graduate (and the 9th Canadian) to win the Victoria Cross, the highest Commonwealth award of wartime honour, in World War II.

For more information, contact the Faculty of Pharmacy at 416-978-2889.

 

The June Callwood Programme For Aboriginal Law Students - Faculty of Law

Operated by Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC), the June Callwood Program in Aboriginal Law provides up to two summer fellowships of $10,000 each for law students to work with community organizations on Aboriginal legal issues.

For more information, contact PBSC at 416-946-0143 or by email at probono.students@utoronto.ca.

 

Roman Paduch Scholarship Fund – Faculty of Law or Medicine

An endowed fund established through the Estate of Roman Paduch, to be awarded to an Aboriginal student on admission to the Faculty of Law or the Faculty of Medicine. The student will be considered on the basis of financial need, and demonstrated contribution, commitment and interest in the native community. For information contact First Nations House.

 

 

Wilson G. Harron Trust For Dentistry Aboriginal students

This award is open to Canadian Aboriginal students (status, non-status, Metis as defined by the Federal Government) entering or attending an undergraduate, graduate or postgraduate program in the Faculty of Dentistry, and is to assist with the costs incurred in dental education not covered by federal grants to Aboriginal students. Renewal of the award for the duration of the program is dependent on maintenance of satisfactory standing. Up to four awards will be made each year. More information can be found here.

Graduate awards by subject area

Aboriginal Scholarship for OISE Students

The scholarship, with a value of $12,000, will be awarded annually to an Aboriginal student who will be registered on a full-time basis in a graduate degree program at OISE. This award is open to all Aboriginal candidates (Inuit, status or non-status First Nation, Métis) at OISE with preference given to new applicants. The recipient will be selected on the basis of academic merit and previous and intended contributions to his/her community.

Apply for the Aboriginal Scholarship for OISE Students

Grace Buller Aboriginal Student Scholarship (Ontario Library Association)

This award is open to self-identified Aboriginal students who are enrolled in the Master of Information program. It is open to all Aboriginal candidates (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit). This award is based on academic merit. Previous and intended contributions to his/her community will be considered with preference given to new applicants. The value of the award is $8000 - $10,000.

Apply for the Grace Buller Aboriginal Student Scholarship

 

City of Toronto Scholarships for Aboriginal Students Studying in Health Professions

The scholarships will be awarded to Aboriginal students studying in any of the health professional programs, undergraduate or graduate, on the basis of financial need, academic merit and demonstrated community leadership skills.

Apply for the City of Toronto Scholarships for Aboriginal Students Studying in Health Professions (PDF)

Application deadline: October 31, 2016.

Awards for graduate students in social work

The following awards are all for social work students. For more information, contact the Registrar's Office at the Faculty of Social Work at 416-978-6314 or www.socialwork.utoronto.ca.

 

Faculty of Social Work-Chancellor Rose Wolf Scholarship for Social Work

One award to a registered M.S.W. or Ph. D. Aboriginal student based on proven scholastic ability. Financial need may be a consideration.

 

The Jean Avon Shek Scholarship

To be awarded to a MSW or PhD student on the basis of financial need and demonstrated academic achievement at the Faculty of Social Work.  Preference to be given to an Aboriginal student in community practice or to a student from Africa, Asia, or Latin America.

 

Beutel, Melvihill, Rodgers Aboriginal Scholarships

To be awarded to Aboriginal students registered in the M.S.W. Program at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, on the basis of financial need.  This award is intended for students in the Advanced Aboriginal Practice Initiative Program (AAPI). 

 

Ridgewood Aboriginal Scholarship

To be awarded to an Aboriginal student(s) or a student(s) working with Aboriginal Communities who is registered in the MSW or PhD Program at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work.

 

The Barbara Greene Award

Awarded to a full-time M.S.W. or PhD student at the Faculty of Social Work on the basis of financial need and demonstrated academic achievement.  Preference will be given to an Aboriginal student(s). 

Undergraduate award for full or part time studies

Rosalind Murray Bradford Scholarship

To be awarded to an undergraduate Aboriginal student entering his/her second, third, or fourth year of study. To be eligible, the student must be registered in an undergraduate program and have obtained at least second class honour standing in his/her previous year. Financial status may be considered.

Apply for the Rosalind Murray Bradford Scholarship (PDF)

Application deadline: November 30, 2016.

 

Aboriginal Postsecondary Education and Training Bursary/First Nation House Grants

Available to all Aboriginal students studying full-time and part-time at the undergraduate level, and are awarded based on financial need.

Download an Aboriginal Postecondary Education and Training Bursary/First Natins House Grant application here (PDF), or pick one up at First Nations House.

 

Rose Nolan Memorial Scholarship

Canadian Aboriginal women member of a first nation community in Canada. It was established to recognize Aboriginal First Nations Women who are achieving their educational and training goals while maintaining strong community involvement.

Find out more and apply here.  

Awards based on student's background

Métis Nation of Ontario Bursary  

To be awarded to Métis students registered and enrolled at the University of Toronto who demonstrate financial need.

Apply for the Métis Nation of Ontario Bursary Part 1 (PDF)

Apply for the Métis Nation of Ontario Bursary Part 2 (PDF)

Application deadline: November 30, 2016.

 

Marilyn Van Norman Aboriginal Student Leadership Award

To be awarded on the recommendation of the Office of Aboriginal Student Services and Programs, to Aboriginal students studying full/part-time at the University of Toronto on the basis of financial need and Ontario residency as defined by the OTSS program conditions.  Preference will be given to applicants who can demonstrate a contribution to the Aboriginal community through volunteerism and involvement with the Native Students' Association. 

Undergraduate awards by college

Tom Mitchinson and David Connolly Award – Woodsworth College

This scholarship is awarded to an outstanding first-year Woodsworth College student who is of Aboriginal background and is studying full-time in the social sciences or humanities. Recipients must have been identified as having financial need, be Ontario residents and not be receiving band funding. This award is renewable for four years contingent on the student enrolling full-time and maintaining a grade-point average of 3.0 until graduation.

General Motors Scholarships/Grants – Victoria College

Open to Aboriginal Students Registered at Victoria College, University of Toronto. To be awarded to students of Aboriginal Ancestry who have completed first, second or third year with high standing (GPA 3.30+). Financial need must be demonstrated. For more information, contact the Victoria College Registrar at vic.awards@utoronto.ca

 

The Savan Award – Transitional Year Programme

Open to Aboriginal students enrolled in the Transitional Year Programme. Students must be in good academic standing, demonstrate financial need and will be continuing with their academic studies at the University of Toronto.

Undergraduate full-time studies awards

The President's Award for the Outstanding Native Student of the Year

The award will be given to students of Aboriginal ancestry (Status, Non-Status, Metis, Inuit) the recipient will be selected on the basis of academic achievement, and previous and/or intended contribution to the Aboriginal community. Student must be studying full-time and involved in course work. 

Apply for the President's Award for the Outstanding Native Student of the Year (PDF)

Rose Nolan Memorial Scholarship

Canadian Aboriginal women member of a first nation community in Canada. It was established to recognize Aboriginal First Nations Women who are achieving their educational and training goals while maintaining strong community involvement.

Visit the Rose Nolan Memorial website to apply

Dr. Lillian McGregor Aboriginal Award of Excellence

To be awarded to Aboriginal students studying full-time at U of T (Transitional Year Programme or undergraduate) on the basis of financial need and Ontario residency. Preference is given to applicants who can demonstrate a contribution to the Aboriginal community through volunteerism and involvement with First Nations House and/or the Native Student’s Association.

Download the application here.

Admissions Scholarship Bennett Scholars

Awarded to full time undergraduate students with Indigenous backgrounds or whose parents did not attend University or College on the basis of financial need. Recipients must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents; entering any first-entry program at the University of Toronto; minimum admission average of 92%.

Apply for the Bennett Scholars admissions scholarship

Undergraduate awards by discipline

Edward and Dorothy Dawson Award for Aboriginal Students - Science

Preference will be given to Aboriginal students enrolled in any science-related discipline on the basis of financial need. If no suitable candidates can be found, consideration will be given to Aboriginal students in any discipline on the basis of financial need. Deadline is November 30 each year.

Apply for the Edward and Dorothy Dawson Award for Aboriginal Students (PDF)

 

Charlotte Carter Memorial Scholarship

Full time student of Native descent (Status, Non-Status, Inuit or Metis) enrolled in the 2nd year of a B.Sc in Nursing program, min. GPA of 3.0

Apply for the Charlotte Carter Memorial Scholarship
 

 

Evelyn Florence and William Leonard Prideaux Award - Science, Architecture or Wycliffe

Awarded to a Canadian Inuit or Aboriginal student from the North West Territories or Moosonee area who is entering or registered in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, Architecture Programs in the Faculty of Arts & Science or Wycliffe College. To be awarded to a student who is a member of Scouts Canada, on the basis of scouting service and experience.

Apply for the Evelyn Florence and William Leonard Prideaux Award