Financial Supports

All students, both undergraduate and graduate, are welcome to meet with an Indigenous Student Advisor to discuss their financial concerns. Stop by the Indigenous Student Centre in the Western Student Services Building (WSSB), Room 2100, or book an appointment by email dnoah@uwo.ca 

Student Financial Services

Awards, Bursaries, and Scholarships

Indigenous Emergency Bursary

Available for Indigenous students experiencing unexpected or emergency situations. Indigenous students must book an appointment with the Indigenous Student Centre to be considered on a case by case basis.

To apply or for more information please contact our Indigenous Financial Aid Coordinator, Donna Noah at dnoah@uwo.ca or at (519)661-4095 x86437

Graduate Student Bursaries and Scholarships

A variety of funding and financial assistance options are available to graduate students. Visit the  School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) for details and links.

Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS)

OGS awards are merit-based scholarships available to students in all disciplines of graduate study. Visit SGPS OSG Scholarships website for full details.

Society of Graduate Students Bursary (SOGS)

SOGS Bursaries are awarded each term (Summer, Fall, Winter) to full-time members of the Society of Graduate Students (Masters or Doctoral) who have demonstrated financial need. The deadlines to apply are September 30, January 31 and May 31. Applications are completed on-line through the SGPS Graduate Student Portal

School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS)

Visit the Donor Funded Awards Search page to search graduate student awards by Faculty or Program.

Indigenous Mentorship Network of Ontario (IMN-Ontario)

Only Indigenous students registered at an Ontario University are eligible to apply. Graduate and Health Professionals must be undertaking applied community-based health and well-being research. 

To apply, fill out the Scholarship Application Form below and submit along with all required documentation by Monday February 22, 2021. Late applications will not be accepted. Applications must be emailed to: imnp@uwo.ca  

To apply please visit the Scholarship and Seed Grant website to apply!

Undergradute Student Bursaries and Scholarships

Western Main Campus Bursaries/Grants/Awards

Western students, both undergraduate and graduate, are automatically considered for bursaries, work-study & need based award programs online once completing the Financial Assistance Profile Application through their Student Center.

Instructions

  1. Login to Student Center using your Western secure login.
  2. On the right-side panel, go to "Student Services Links"
  3. Click on "Financial Assistance"
  4. Login to Student Services using your Western secure login.
  5. Under "Financial Assistance" select "click here to apply"

It is important to keep your financial profile up to date! If you need to change/update your application or profile contact  bursary@uwo.ca

Below are a list of Indigenous specific bursaries, grants and scholarships through Western. To be considered for Indigenous specific financial awards, please complete the Indigenous Self Identification Survey.

To search for more Western bursaries, grants and scholarships please visit the Registrar.

*Aboriginal is defined based on the Canadian Constitution Act 1982 as First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people in Canada.

Western Indigenous Awards and Scholarships

Aboriginal Postsecondary Education and Training (PSET) Bursary

Deadline to Apply: January 31st, 2020.

Description: Awarded to full-time or part-time undergraduate Aboriginal* students in any year or program who are in financial need. Recipients must meet Ontario residency requirements. Value will of each bursary will vary based on need.

How to Apply: Candidates must complete a financial assistance application, which is available online through Student Center, under Student Services Links and entitled “Financial Assistance.”

Anne Marie Gutierrez Memorial Award in Law

Description: One award valued at $1500. The recipient will be selected by the Faculty of Law. Awarded to a full-time second or third-year law student who has shown great academic achievement and promise in the areas of Environmental and Aboriginal Law. Preference will be given to a female student. This scholarship is made possible by a generous gift from Ms. Amrita V. Singh in memory of Anne Marie Guiterrez.

How to Apply: Recipient is selected by the Faculty of Law on the basis of academic achievement and promise in the area of Environmental and Aboriginal law.

Clarke-Osborne Family Entrance Scholarship

Description: One award valued at $1750. The recipient will be selected by the Faculty of Law Awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate student entering Year 1 in the faculty of Law, based on academic achievement and demonstrated leadership ability. Preference will be given to an Indigenous Student. The scholarship is made possible by a generous gift from Cindy Clarke and Chris Osborne in loving memory of Cindy’s father, Richard N. Clarke.

How to Apply: The Faculty of Law scholarship/awards selection committee will select the recipient based on academic achievement and leadership ability.

Corrine Gehrels Memorial Award

Deadline to Apply: August 31st 2020.

Description: One award valued at $1500 – Awarded annually to a full time undergraduate student entering Year 4 of the Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program who not only demonstrates academic achievement but also displays the highest attributes of a physician including: integrity, concern for patients, compassion, and a sound knowledge in their field of study and practice.

How to Apply: The recipient is selected by the Clerkship & Electives Committee with the final approval by the Progression & Awards Committee in the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. To be considered, an online nomination form must be completed by one’s Clerkship Preceptor by August 31st 2020.

Dr. Dana Winterburn Memorial Award

Deadline to Apply: March 1st 2021

Description: One award valued at $1900 awarded annually to a graduating student in the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program at the Schulich school of Medicine and Dentistry, who has been accepted to a Family Medicine residency Program and who has in interest in working with Aboriginal or Indigenous communities in a career that includes advancing Aboriginal health issues and/or serving Aboriginal communities.

How to Apply: Interested students are asked to submit an online application to the Undergraduate Medical Education Office outlining their interest and experience working with Aboriginal communities by March 1st. The recipient will be selected by a committee from the Department of Family Medicine with the approval of the Progression & Awards Committee and the award will be presented at the Convocation Ceremony.

Dr. Lazarus Loeb Medical Award

Deadline to Apply: September 30th, 2020

Description: One award valued at $2000 – Awarded annually to an undergraduate Doctor of Medicine (MD) student entering fourth year, based on demonstrated financial need and clinical excellence. Preference will be given to an Indigenous student (First Nations, Inuit or Metis).

How to Apply: Online financial assistance applications are available through Student Center and must be submitted by September 30. Final selection will be made by the Progressions and Awards Committee in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry after the Registrar's Office has assessed financial need.

Dr. Marjorie I. Johnson Medical Award

Deadline to Apply: September 30th 2021

Description: One award valued at $2000 awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in Year 1 in the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, based on demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to a student who self-identifies as Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Metis). Final selection will be made by the Progressions and Awards Committee in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry after the Registrar's Office has assessed financial need.

How to Apply: Online financial assistance applications are available through Student Center and must be submitted by September 30th. Students will also be asked to submit an online application which includes a one-page statement, outlining their interest and/or experience working with Indigenous communities, to the Undergraduate Medical Office by September 30th.

Dr. Valio Markkanen Aboriginal Award of Excellence

Deadline to Apply: February 19th, 2021 (12:00am EST)

Description: Awarded annually to an Indigenous undergraduate student and an Indigenous graduate student (First Nations – status/non-status, Métis and/or Inuit ancestry) registered on Western’s main campus. The recipients will be selected based on the level of demonstration in the following:

  • Achievement of academic excellence
  • Previous/active/intended contribution to Indigenous communities (on and/or off-reserve)
  • Commitment to Western’s campus community through engagement outside of the classroom.

How to Apply: Students must submit a one to two-page statement that explains why they are a worthy recipient, as well as a non-official transcript (this can be found in Student Centre), and one letter of reference (personal or professional). The recipients will be selected by a committee and will be presented at the Indigenous Student Graduation held in April each year.

Please submit your application by email to our Indigenous Financial Aid Coordinator Donna Noah at dnoah@uwo.ca

Gurmukh Family Bursary in Law

Deadline: October 31st 2021

Description: Awarded annually to a full-time student in year one and two in the Faculty of law, based on demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to a student who is: Black, Indigenous, or is a member of another racialized group experiencing hardship, economic disadvantage or discrimination.

How to Apply: Online financial assistance applications are available through Student Centre and must be submitted by October 31st. The Office of Registrar, in consultation with the Faculty of Law will select the recipient.

Indigenous Graduate Student Research Award

Deadline to Apply: May 31st and September 2021

Description: The Indigenous Graduate Student Research Award aims to grow the next generation of Indigenous scholars doing Indigenous research and to financially support Indigenous graduate students enrolled at Western with research-related expenses.

How to Apply: For more information or to apply please visit their website.

Indigenous Medical Continuing Scholarship

Deadline: July 1st 2021

Description: Awarded annually to an Indigenous student (First Nations, Inuit or Metis) entering their first year of the Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program based on academic achievement and demonstrates financial need. This scholarship will continue for up to four years provided that the recipient progresses satisfactorily and continues to demonstrate financial need each year. If, for any reason, a student fails to retain the scholarship, a replacement student who meet the criteria and is in the same year will be selected. Only four students can hold this scholarship during any year.

How to Apply: Candidates must complete an online financial assistance application form, which is available through Student Centre. The Office of the Registrar will select the recipient.

Indigenous Mentorship Network Program

Deadline to Apply: February 22, 2021

Description: Only Indigenous students registered at an Ontario University are eligible to apply. Graduate and Health Professionals must be undertaking applied community-based health and well-being research. To apply, fill out the Scholarship Application Form below and submit along with all required documentation by Monday February 1, 2021DEADLINE EXTENDED: Now due Monday February 22, 2021. Late applications will not be accepted. Applications must be emailed to: imnp@uwo.ca

How to Apply: please visit the IMN Scholarship and Seed Grant website to apply

Indigenous Student Bursary

Deadline: January 31st 2021

Description: Awarded to a full time or part time undergraduate Indigenous student in any year of study or any program who are in financial need.

How to Apply: Candidates must complete a financial assistance application, which is available through Student Centre, by January 31st. Recipients must meet Ontario Residency Requirement.

Indigenous Student Travel Award

Deadline to Apply: TBD

Description: Value will vary based on funds available and cost of program—Awarded annually to Indigenous undergraduate students (First Nations, Métis or Inuit ancestry) participating in a formal outbound exchange program to one of the following partner institutions: Monash University, Australia or University of Otago, New Zealand. This award is designed to encourage students to participate in exchange programs by offering financial assistance for the costs related to their exchange program.

How to Apply: Students will be considered for the award upon acceptance into their exchange program by Western International and the partner institution. The recipients and award values will be determined by Western International. Students registered at Ivey Business School or affiliate university colleges are not eligible. Visit International Learning at Western information on International Exchange Opportunities.

Kenneth R. Good First Nations Student Award

Deadline: May 1st 2021

Description: One award at $7000 awarded annually to a student in HBA1 or HBA2, based on academic performance (minimum 70% average). Preference will be given to an Indigenous student. If there are no eligible students in HBA1 or HBA2, the award will be offered to an MBA Indigenous student. If an indigenous candidate cannot be identified, then a non-Indigenous student in HBA1 or HBA2 who has/is actively engaged in mentoring or volunteering with Indigenous communities will be considered.

How to Apply: The HBA scholarship committee will make the final selection of the recipient. This award was established by a generous gift from the late Kenneth R. Good and the Good Family.

Law Society of Ontario Education Equity Award

Deadline to Apply: September 30th, 2020

Description: Maximum of two awards, values vary. Awarded annually to an undergraduate student or students in second or third year Law based on financial need and academic achievement. To be eligible, students must be members of a visible minority group, an aboriginal person, or a person with a disability, or a LGBTQ student.

How to Apply: Online financial assistance applications are available through Student Center and must be submitted by September 30th. The Office of the Registrar will make the final selection of the recipient(s).

Local First Nations Scholarship Program

Deadline to Apply: September 30th, 2021

Description: Western University’s Local First Nations Scholarship Program is awarded to local First Nations students based on their outstanding academic excellence, meaningful and impactful contributions toward First Nations communities. The scholarships are awarded annually to current Western students who are First Nation from the local Territory and enrolled at Western’s main campus at the undergraduate, graduate, or professional levels on a full-time or part-time basis. Applicants must submit an essay (up to 2000 words), a reference letter, and their most recent transcripts will be reviewed. The deadline to submit applications annually (including essay, letter of reference and copies of transcripts) is September 30th. 

How to Apply: Submit an applicaton using the application form.

Lorna Cuthbert Bursary in Law

Deadline to Apply: October 31st 2021

Description: Two awards valued at $5000 – Awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate student in any year in the Faculty of Law, who has demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to an Indigenous student (First Nations, Inuit or Metis).

How to Apply: Online financial assistance applications are available through Student Center and must be submitted by October 31. The Office of the Registrar will select the recipient.

Margery Baldwin Memorial Bursary

Deadline to Apply: October 31st 2021

Description: Five awards valued at $3000 – Awarded annually to Indigenous students in any year of any undergraduate program at Western, with preference given to students enrolled in the Access Transition Opportunity program provided by Indigenous Student Centre, based on financial need.

How to Apply: Online financial assistance applications are available through Student Center and must be submitted by October 31. The Office of the Registrar will select the recipients in consultation with Indigenous Student Centre.

Metis Nation of Ontario Bursaries

Deadline to Apply: October 31st, 2020

Description: Five awards valued at $1000 – Available to full-time undergraduate students studying in any year in any faculty who are progressing satisfactorily and demonstrate financial need. Qualified students will be members or non-affiliated members of the Metis community in Ontario. This bursary is made possible by a generous donation from the Metis Nation of Ontario. Students must apply for this bursary.

How to Apply: A UWO bursary application and the Metis Application Form for Post-Secondary Assistance must be completed. Both are available through Student Center. Completed applications must be returned to the Office of the Registrar not later than October 31.

North Dumfries Award

Deadline to Apply: September 30th, 2020

Description: One award valued at $1700 awarded to a full-time student who is an Aboriginal, Inuit or Métis woman and who demonstrates financial need. Undergraduate students in Year 2 or higher of any degree program, who achieve a minimum 70% average, are eligible to apply

How to Apply: Permitting one’s meets the enlisted criteria, students can apply on Student Center.

Robert Ninham Entrance Scholarship

Description: Awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate student entering first-year Law, based on academic promise. Preference will be given to an Indigenous student (First Nations, Metis, Inuit, Status, Non-Status and Self Identifying) who has demonstrated ties to his/her indigenous community.

How to Apply: The Scholarship/Awards Committee in the Faculty of Law will select the recipient.

Other Award and Bursary Opportunities (outside of Western)

Indspire

Deadline to Apply: August 1st, November 1st and February 1st at 11:59m EST.

Description: Supporting the enrolment and success of more Indigenous students is a priority for Western University. We are pleased to partner with Indspire to offer annual bursaries to Indigenous students enrolled in programs at Western who demonstrate financial need. Western attracts individuals with a broad worldview, seeking to study, influence and lead in the international community. Offering nearly 500 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, our 12 Faculties/Schools attract top students from 128 countries. As part of Western’s Office of Indigenous Initiatives, our Indigenous Student Centre supports Indigenous students in reaching their highest potential.

How to Apply: Visit the bilingual Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships and Awards program guidelines on the Indspire website to learn about all the funding offered to support post-secondary education. Please read the program guidelines before filling out the application form at indspire.ca/apply

NIB Trust Fund

Deadline to Apply: June 4th 2021

Description: NIB Trust Fund Announces 2021-2022 Call for Applications from individuals is now open to First Nations and Métis people ages 18 and over with a social insurance number.

Application deadline June 4 2021. Individuals may apply for funding in the form of a scholarship, bursary, or award from the NIB Trust Fund through the online application accessible at its website. NIB’s vision is for today’s youth and future generations to be grounded in language, culture and a way of life that fosters a strong identity and resiliency.

How to Apply: For information and how to apply please go to https://www.nibtrust.ca/

Kathleen Blinkhorn Aboriginal Student Scholarship

Deadline to Apply: June 18th 2021 at 5:00pm

Description: Kathleen Blinkhorn Aboriginal Student Scholarship supports Aboriginal students living in non-profit housing in Ontario. Each scholarship winner receives $2,000 for use towards their post-secondary education costs, like tuition, books, technology and transportation.

How to Apply:  For more information and to apply please visit website.

Incoming Indigenous Students

National Indigenous Scholarship Program

Deadline to Apply: March 14th 2021 at 11:59pm EST.

Description: The National Indigenous Scholarship Program is awarded annually to three incoming Indigenous undergraduate students (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) studying full-time at Western’s main campus based on their outstanding academic excellence. The National Indigenous Scholarship also recognizes the candidate’s academic achievements, creative and innovative thinking, and previous or intended contributions to Indigenous communities (on and off reserve as well as urban settings).

How to Apply: For more information or to apply please visit the webpage.