Applications for FNIGC’s 2019 National Student Bursary are now being accepted
November 4, 2019 | The First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC) is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 9th Annual FNIGC National Student Bursary.
This year FNIGC will grant up to four $2,500 bursaries to outstanding First Nations students enrolled in a post-secondary institution (university or college) in health, social sciences, or applied sciences, or studying issues related to helping First Nations achieve data sovereignty. A focus on quantitative or mixed methods research in one or more of the following fields would be an asset:
- population health,
- information management/information technology,
- indigenous studies, or
- interdisciplinary studies
- environmental studies/science, and
- computer science.
The deadline for applications is Friday, November 29, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. EST.
Established in 2011, FNIGC’s National Student Bursary is awarded annually to qualifying First Nations students and also includes free registration (a $250 value) to The Fundamentals of OCAP®, FNIGC’s online training program that helps students, researchers, government, and others better understand the First Nations principles of ownership, control, access, and possession as they relate to data sovereignty, information governance, and ethical community-based research.
“FNIGC’s National Student Bursary is intended to make First Nations students’ lives a little easier while they are away at school” says Bonnie Healy, Chair of the FNIGC Board of Directors. “We understand the disproportionate number of barriers our students face when it comes to completing their education. Our hope is that this bursary will reduce some of the stress and allow them to focus on their studies.”
Since it was established nearly a decade ago, FNIGC’s bursary program has awarded more than $23,000 to 15 First Nations post-secondary students across Canada.
A First Nations non-profit organization operating with a special mandate from the Assembly of First Nations, FNIGC envisions that every First Nation will achieve data sovereignty in alignment with its distinct world view.
FNIGC serves the information, research, training and capacity needs of First Nations communities through its unique data-gathering initiatives, including the First Nations Regional Health Survey, the First Nations Regional Early Childhood, Education, and Employment Survey, and the First Nations Labour and Employment Development Survey. FNIGC is committed to improving the health and well-being of First Nations people living and raising their families on-reserve and in northern communities located across the country through the assertion of data sovereignty.
To learn more about the recipients of the 2018 National Student Bursary, check out FNIGC.ca: https://fnigc.ca/news/meet-recipients-2018-fnigc-national-student-bursary.html
For more information on the bursary application process, contact Erin Corston, Senior Advisor, Partnerships & Capacity, at613-733-1916 ext. 128 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any applications that do not meet all of the mandatory criteria listed below will be disqualified and will not proceed to the next phase of the process (i.e., the application will be declined). All applicants that are declined will be notified via email and an explanation will be provided as to why they were not successful.
|Completed application form||
|Completed 500-word essay||
|Evidence of First Nations status||
|Evidence of enrollment in a post-secondary institution in one of the four areas of study||
|One reference letter||
All applicants’ submissions will be anonymized and rated by a randomly selected sub committee of the FNIGC Board of Directors. Directors will use the following rating scale to rate each of the applicants’ submissions. Their scores will be tabulated and the four (4) highest rated submissions will receive a bursary.
|Completed 500-word essay||Structure (minimum 500 words)||100 points|
|Evidence based (use of examples)||20 points|
|Style (grammar, spelling, syntax)||20 points|
|Logical and persuasive (analysis)||20 points|
|Quality and clarity of thought||20 points|
|Illustrates strong understanding of the value of data||20 points|
|TOTAL||Possible 200 points|