Apply now for the 2022 FNIGC National Student Bursary

Applications for the 2022 FNIGC 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 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 November 4, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. EDT.

Established in 2011, FNIGC’s National Student Bursary is awarded annually to qualifying First Nations post-secondary students. In addition to the $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.

“Since FNIGC was founded, the National Student Bursary has been a cornerstone of our commitment to supporting First Nations at the grassroots level” said Leona Star, Chairperson of FNIGC’s Board of Directors. “By providing financial assistance to First Nations students in their post-secondary education journey we hope to foster the outstanding work they are doing in their respective fields and inspire the future generation of innovators and thought-leaders.”

The FNIGC bursary program has awarded more than $55,000 to 27 First Nations post-secondary students across Canada over the course of its 12-year history. To learn more about FNIGC’s National Student Bursary program including past winners and details on how to apply, visit 

For more information on the bursary application process, contact Kristine Neglia, Senior Manager, Education and Training at [email protected].

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].