Métis Research Fund - Graduate Students

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 Métis specific research is encouraged and given priority, Indigenous research not specifically with a Métis 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.  For 2023, the Métis Research Fund will provide two awards of up to $5,000 for graduate students enrolled in thesis-based masters or doctoral programs at the University of Regina.

 Eligibility - Applicants


To support the research of graduate students 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.  

  • Applicants are to be Métis graduate students enrolled in a thesis-based master’s or doctoral program at the University of Regina.
  • Eligibility is limited to one award during the applicant’s graduate program.
  • Award is to support the applicant’s graduate thesis. The maximum amount of funding is $5,000. The student must be enrolled in thesis course (6 credit hours) while holding the award.

Eligibility – Research Projects

  • Projects should be aligned with the Guiding Principles below.
  • 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 be for the betterment of the Métis community.

Métis Ways of Knowing and Being – Research should contribute to decolonizing scholarship and research and 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 - Graduate Students Innovating Life - April 2015
2023 Application Form  - Métis Research Fund - Graduate Students doc

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