Scholarships and Funding Opportunities

UPEI offers several scholarships specifically for First Nations, Metis, and Inuit students.

Our Mawi'omi Student Centre sends out frequent emails about additional scholarship opportunities not included below that arise each term. To receive emails about scholarship and bursary opportunities please contact

Drop by the Mawi’omi Centre to pick up an application form or if you have any questions!

J. Elmer and Elise Hynes Aboriginal Student Achievement Award

  • Awarded to a first year or returning self-identified Aboriginal student in full-time undergraduate studies who is positively and actively involved with Aboriginal students on campus and/or in the community, has a good academic record that reflects perseverance in their studies and demonstrated leadership qualities.
  • Maximum amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: October 15
  • Application

John J. Sark Memorial Scholarships

  • Awarded to self-identified Aboriginal students enrolled in full time undergraduate studies at UPEI who display involvement and leadership in their community, as well as financial need.
  • Maximum amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: October 15
  • Application

External scholarships and funding opportunities

Truth and Reconciliation - Straight Arrow Awards
Deadline: September 25, 2022
Sponsoring Organization: Education Is Our Buffalo

The Truth and Reconciliation – Straight Arrow Awards was named for the 2021 Island Literary Award Winning Book: The Chosen: Straight Arrow – Ann Without An E. The first book in Canada that focuses on Truth and Reconciliation Superheroes. The spirit of the book is to inspire everyday local Indigenous and Ally heroes that move reconciliation and our communities forward together.

Timeline: The application period is open year around and are due September 25, 2022. The Award and Presentation happen during the final week of September. This period is known as Truth and Reconciliation Week in Canada. The award presentation is scheduled for September 28, 2022 before the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, 2022.

Purpose: This scholarship has its origins in Canada, from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). The TRC calls to action addressed the ongoing impact of Residential Schools on survivors and their families. It also provided a path for government and Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in to create a joint vision of reconciliation.

In June 2021, a bill creating a statutory holiday on September 30 to commemorate the tragic legacy of residential schools in Canada received royal assent after passing unanimously in the Senate. The objective is to create a chance for Canadians to learn about and reflect on a dark chapter in their country’s history and to commemorate the survivors, their families and their communities, as called for by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Indigenous leaders.

Over the course of more than 100 years, some 150,000 Indigenous children were ripped from their families and forced to attend church-run residential schools, where many suffered physical and sexual abuse, malnutrition and neglect. More than 4,000 are believed to have died.

The date of September 30 is also Orange Shirt a day that has been observed since 2013 in memory of a piece of clothing then-six-year-old Phyllis Webstad had taken from her on her first day at a residential school in 1973.

Education: While educating on Residential Schools, the Awards also promote education and awareness on the discovery of unmarked graves and survivors from Indian Day Schools as well as other schools. The day and website is intended to educate and remind Canadians about the history of these schools, honour the victims and celebrate the survivors.



  • Eligible to attend the University of Prince Edward Island
  • Be a member of a First Nation, Congress of Aboriginal Peoples Affiliate, Metis Nation or Inuit beneficiary


  • Eligible to attend the University of Prince Edward Island
  • Participated in reconciliation with with Indigenous peoples.
  • BIPOC, LGBTQTI+ peoples with learning disabilities are all encouraged to apply who are also Ally’s supporting Truth and Reconciliation.

Requirements: Electronic application

Please include your student number, phone number and email.

Note: An Indigenous person who is a member of BIPOC can apply as an Ally as well, however must also include in their 500 word essay their support and promotion of BIPOC.

Electronically uploaded essay that answer question below for both Indigenous and Ally:

Question to Answer: What is your commitment to promoting and protecting Indigenous education, culture and values in the Prince Edward Island in a maximum of 500 word essay.

Awards: Two $1,000 scholarships per year are issued each year to two candidates. One candidate will be Indigenous candidate and the other will be an Ally. Each student must resubmit an application every year, regardless if they were awarded a scholarship the previous year.



CIHR: Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship
Application due September 21 at 20:00 EDT

Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada and foreign citizens are eligible to apply, provided they meet the following conditions:

  • Applicants who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada may only hold their Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at a Canadian institution. 
  • Applicants who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada and who obtained their PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree from a foreign university may only hold their Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at a Canadian institution.
  • Applicants who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada and who obtained their PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree from a Canadian university may hold their Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at either a Canadian institution or an institution outside of Canada. 

Eligibility window for degree completion 

Applicants to the 2022-23 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program must fulfill or have fulfilled all degree requirements for a PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree:

  • between September 15, 2019 and September 30, 2023 (inclusively), and
  • before the start date of their award.

Areas of Research

  • Health research
  • Natural sciences and/or engineering
  • Social sciences and/or humanities

Applicants who have not fulfilled all requirements for their degree at the time of application must submit proof no later than October 15, 2023.

For applicants who have completed more than one PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree, the eligibility window applies to the most recent of these degrees.

Complete application details  

Faculty of Social Science: Western University Postdoctoral Award (two awards available)
Application due August 30, 2022

The Faculty of Social Science at Western University will fund two Postdoctoral Awards (PDAs) to exceptional junior researchers in any field of Social Science. The purpose of this award is to support faculty and the candidate in extending their research and scholarship through the appointment.


The successful awardee must:

  • identify at least one full-time faculty member who holds a research-eligible appointment in the Faculty of Social Science to act as their supervisor. The supervisor(s) should have a strong record research in relation to stage of career;
  • should have completed all requirements for their doctoral degree before taking up the award;
  • engage in full-time postdoctoral research directly related with their proposed project for the period of the award;
  • not hold a faculty position or another postdoctoral position at any university while holding this award.
  • If the successful PDA does not meet the eligibility requirements by the latest date the award can be taken up, it will be withdrawn.

Application Process

Interested candidates should contact potential supervisors as soon as possible to indicate interest in applying. Potential supervisors should submit the candidate's final application electronically by the due date to the Associate Dean Graduate studies in Social Science ( 

All applications should include the following components as a single PDF document:

  • A proposal for the program of work (maximum 2 pages single spaced + max 1 page of references), including:
    • Brief summary/abstract of the proposed research;
    • Description of research program including objectives, scholarly and/or practical significance, methodology;
    • Anticipated outcomes and impact, including scholarly outputs and/or knowledge translation activities;
    • A brief timeline including the proposed start date (must be at least one month after submission of application).
    • Letter of support from the proposed supervisor(s) (1-2 pages), including the proposed start date and confirming they have all the necessary resources to support the program of work and why Western is a good fit for the program of research;
    • Candidate's full CV, including contact information of two academic references from the PhD (not including the supervisor/team at Western);
    • Supervisor’s short CV highlighting publication, grant funding and supervisory activities over the past 5 years.

Due date for applications is August 30, 2022. Find out more information

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
Application due October 17, 2022

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is now accepting applications for their Doctoral Awards. The deadline for direct applications to SSHRC is October 17th, all other applicants should contact their Faculty of Graduate Studies for more details. Find out more information

The Mi'kmaw Native Friendship Centre in Halifax 
Application due August 15, 2022.

The Mi'kmaw Native Friendship Centre in Halifax has launched an Urban Indigenous Student Bursary. These bursaries are valued at $500, and students must be

  1. enrolled me full-time post-secondary for the upcoming 2022/2023 year, 
  2. be residing within HRM, and
  3. demonstrate leadership within the community.

More information is available.

The Rhodes Scholarship
Application is available for ongoing submission

The Rhodes Scholarship is a fully funded, full time, postgraduate award which enables talented young people from around the world to study at the University of Oxford. Rhodes Scholars come to the UK for two or more years and can apply to study most full-time postgraduate courses offered by Oxford University. More information on this scholarship opportunity

Indspire Scholarships
Application deadlines: August 1, November 1, February 1 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time.

Full and part time studies in college, university, skilled trades, apprenticeships, and technology programs for the September 2022–August 2023 academic year.

There is one application for all Indspire’s bursaries, scholarships, and awards (with a few exceptions that you’ll see below). You only need to complete the application once to be considered for all applicable bursaries, scholarships, and awards.

Visit the Indspire website

The Mitacs Accelerate Industrial Postdoc

Application deadline: Ongoing

The Mitacs Accelerate Industrial Postdoc provides one, two or three years of funding – valued at $60,000 per year – for a postdoctoral fellow. This special initiative offers an enhanced leveraging opportunity for postdoctoral fellows. Apply for this opportunity at any time. More information is available

The Mitacs Accelerate Fellowship

Application deadline: Ongoing

The Mitacs Accelerate Fellowship provides long-term funding for a significant part of graduate degree programs: Master’s students can complete an 18-month project (minimum $30,000 stipend); PhD students can complete a three-year project (minimum $72,000 stipend). Along with their research experience with an industry or not-for-profit partner, participating students receive training that helps them ensure the success of their projects and further their careers. 

Indigenous Bursaries Search Tool

You can also check out the Indigenous Bursaries Search Tool to find more external scholarships.