Applications for FNIGC’s 2020 National Student Bursary are now being accepted

The application period is now closed.

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.

  • Epidemiology
  • Population health
  • Biostatistics
  • Statistics
  • Information management / Information technology (IT/IM)
  • Economics
  • Indigenous studies
  • Interdisciplinary studies
  • Environmental studies/science
  • Computer science

The deadline for applications was Friday, January 8, 2021, 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.

“The First Nations Information Governance Centre’s National Student Bursary was established a decade ago and continues to make our student’s lives a little easier while they are away at school,” said Leona Star, Chairperson of the FNIGC Board of Directors. “First Nations students face a disproportionate number of challenges when it comes to completing their education. With this bursary, we hope to reduce some of the stress and allow them to focus on their studies.”

The FNIGC’s bursary program has awarded more than $33,000 to 19 First Nations post‑secondary students across Canada over its 10-year history.

To learn more about FNIGC’s National Student Bursary program and to apply, click here.  

For more information on the bursary application process, contact Erin Corston, Senior Advisor, Partnerships & Capacity, at 613-733-1916 ext. 128 or at [email protected].

To learn more about past recipients of the National Student Bursary, visit the National Student Bursary portion of our website.

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.

For more information on FNIGC, visit or contact Brad Mackay, Manager, Communications, at 613‑733‑1916 ext. 109 or [email protected].