Apply now for the 2021 FNIGC National Student Bursary

Applications for the First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC) 2021 National Student Bursary, an annual award that recognizes outstanding First Nations college and university students, are now being accepted.

FNIGC will grant up to four $2,500 bursaries to First Nations students enrolled in a post-secondary institution in either health, social science, or applied science fields, 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 is considered an asset:

  • Epidemiology,
  • Population health,
  • Biostatistics,
  • Statistics,
  • Information Management,
  • Information Technology,
  • Economics,
  • Indigenous studies,
  • Interdisciplinary studies,
  • Environmental studies/science, or
  • Computer science

The deadline for applications is  Thursday, December 16, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. EST.

Established in 2011, FNIGC’s National Student Bursary is awarded annually to qualifying First Nations students. In addition to up to four $2,500 bursaries, each recipient also receives free registration (a $250 value) to The Fundamentals of OCAP®, FNIGC’s online training course that explores the First Nations principles of ownership, control, access, and possession as they relate to data sovereignty, information governance, and ethical research.

“For more than a decade now, FNIGC’s National Student Bursary has been providing financial assistance to First Nations students in their post-secondary education journey,” said Leona Star, Chairperson of FNIGC’s Board of Directors. “First Nations post-secondary students across the country are doing outstanding work and breaking down barriers in their respective fields, and we’re thrilled to be able to support them while they are completing their studies.”

The FNIGC bursary program has awarded more than $44,000 to 23 First Nations post-secondary students across Canada over the course of its 11-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 Kristine Neglia, Manager, OCAP® & Information Governance, at [email protected]. To learn more about past recipients of FNIGC’s bursary program, visit the National Student Bursary page 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 across the country through the assertion of data sovereignty.

For more information on FNIGC, visit or contact Brad Mackay, Manager, Communications, at [email protected].