Métis Research Fund

Deadline:  October 31, 2023
If a deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline is extended to the next business day.

These awards are made to encourage and promote research and scholarly work in areas of major importance to the Métis people. While Metis specific research is encouraged and given priority, Indigenous research not specifically with a Metis focus may also be considered subject to the availability of funding. The funding for these awards is made possible through the Affiliation agreement between the Gabriel Dumont Institute (GDI) and the University of Regina. Normally, up to three awards will be made available per annum during the term of the Affiliation Agreement and the maximum amount of each award is $7,000.  For 2023, three awards are available.

 Eligibility - Applicants


To support research opportunities for Métis scholars who identify with the National Definition of Métis (2002):  Métis means a person who self-identifies as Métis, is distinct from other Aboriginal peoples, is of historic Métis Nation Ancestry and who is accepted by the Métis Nation.  

  • Principal applicants are to be Métis scholars from GDI or UofR.
  • Co-applicants may be Métis or non- Métis scholars from GDI, UofR, or a relevant community partner.
  • UofR academic faculty members may be in a permanent and probationary appointments. APT members for whom independent research is a requirement of their appointment are also eligible.
  • UofR academic faculty members who are on a term-appointment are eligible to apply if their appointment ends after the end date of the grant.
  • Priority will be given to emerging scholars (e.g., pre-tenure).
  • Awards are limited to 2 every 5 years.
  • Only one application as principal applicant may be submitted. There is no limit to the number of applications as a co-applicant.
  • Research teams that include both U of R and GDI researchers are especially encouraged to apply.

Eligibility – Research Projects

  • Projects should be aligned with the Guiding Principles below.
  • Small-scale, new, well-planned research and scholarly work. The maximum amount of funding is $7,000. Projects must be completed in 2 years.
  • All subject matter areas are eligible for funding, including social sciences and humanities, health-related subjects, natural sciences, and engineering.

Guiding Principles

Respectful Relationships – Research initiatives should engage and seek the active participation of the Métis community and wherever possible, Métis academics/scholars.

Community Engagement – Research should connect to the Métis community and contribute to the betterment of the Métis community.

Métis Ways of Knowing and Being – Research should contribute to decolonizing scholarship nd research and should incorporate Métis ways of knowing.

Scholarship – Research should be innovative, creative and  contribute to Métis scholarship in order to enhance, promote and preserve Métis knowledge

2023 Guidelines - Métis Research Fund Innovating Life - April 2015

2023 Application Form  - Métis Research Fund  doc

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Research Services at Research.Services@uregina.ca.