Description of Program/Initiative

The Ministry provided $3M to the Irving K. Barber BC Scholarship Society ($1M in 2012, $2M in FY2015/16) for the Aboriginal Graduate Student Award. Awards worth $5,000 annually are awarded to Aboriginal students enrolled in masters and doctoral programs at B.C. universities.

Location Description

BC public and Aboriginal post-secondary institutions.

Eligibility Requirements

Awards are determined on a competitive basis to applicants who: - plan to study in a program with a minimum length of nine weeks leading to a post-secondary credential; - are First Nations, Inuit or Metis (as defined in the Constitution Act of 1982); and,- are residents of BC, defined as having had a primary residence at an address in the province for at least the past 12 consecutive months prior to the application deadline. First Nations applicants can be status or non-status.In addition, applicants for the Master's/Doctoral Award must: - Begin a full year of studies (two semesters) in a master's program or doctoral (PhD) program between May 1, 2016 and April 30, 2017; - Plan to study as a full-time student, as defined by their institution (usually 60% or more of a full course load); - Plan to study at a BC public post-secondary institution or an Aboriginal-run institution. Please note that students pursuing a Law JD Degree or a MD Undergraduate Degree should apply to the Undergraduate category for the purposes of these awards.

Resource Details:

Public post-secondary and Aboriginal education institutions
In 2015, $252,500 was disbursed for 51 awards. (Latest year that data is available.)
Exclusively targets Aboriginal people.
Applications must be received by April. All applicants notified about the status of their applications in early June.
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