Personnel Awards for Indigenous Scholars Competition

NOTE: The deadline for this award has passed (September 1, 2023)

Award Quick Look

Deadline: Friday, September 1, 2023

Amount: $25,000 - $30,000 per year

Student Status: Full Time

Type: External


  • Canadian


  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Counselling
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Fine Arts
  • Master of Music
  • Master of Nursing
  • Master of Science
  • Master of Science in Management


  • School of Graduate Studies

Heart and Stroke, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (CIHR-ICRH), and Brain Canada are committing to a total of $400,000 CAD to launch inaugural 2023 Master's Personnel Awards for Indigenous Scholars. Through a process of co-creation, Heart and Stroke engaged with Indigenous leaders, at all career stages, to help inform this funding opportunity. The objective of the competition is to increase the number of highly-qualified Indigenous trainees from the FNMI communities, whose traditional and ancestral territories are in Canada, committed to working in heart and/or brain research. The stipends awarded will be up to $50,000 ($25,000 per year for two years), enabling Indigenous trainees (including Elders and Knowledge Keepers) to focus on their Master's research studies and engage with mentors as part of their training.


  • Up to 8 awards at $25,000 per year for a maximum of two years for Masters students
  • Up to 5 awards at $30,000 per year for a maximum of 3 years for PhD students


Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must self-identify as Indigenous
  • At the time of submission, applicants must either be
    • enrolled in a full-time Master's program at an eligible Canadian institution, or
    • have applied for full-time admission to a Master's program at an eligible Canadian institution, with a start date no later than January 1, 2024
  • Applicants must have an identified research supervisor based at an eligible Canadian institution where the research will be undertaken
  • Applicants must submit, from the institution, written evidence of being enrolled as a full-time student in a Master's program prior to funds being released

For master's students, full competition guidelines can be found here 

For doctoral students, full competition guidelines can be found here