Formerly IDEA - also previously called "PhD Studies for Aboriginal Scholars (PSAS) Fund - Name change approved by Senate, February 1st, 2017
An anonymous donor contributed an initial gift of $250,000 to establish a trust fund at the University of Manitoba. The Manitoba Scholarship and Bursary Initiative, the President’s Fund, the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and a number of other donors have made contributions to the fund. The fund will be used to provide merit-based awards to students enrolled full-time in a Ph.D. program at the University of Manitoba. Each year, awards with a maximum value of $10,000 will be offered to students. Preference will be given to students who graduated from a high school in Manitoba, but all eligible applicants are encouraged to apply. Not all applicants who meet the minimum eligibility requirements are guaranteed to receive an award. The awards will be offered until the capital and income have been exhausted.
The awards will be offered to meritorious graduate students who demonstrate significant research ability and scholarly potential, and who meet the minimum eligibility requirements below:
(1) are Canadian Indigenous students (First Nations, Métis, Inuit);
(2) are enrolled full-time in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and within the first four years of any doctoral program;
(3) have achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.0 based on the last 60 credit hours (or equivalent) of study; and,
(4) if they are a continuing student, are in good standing with the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
The award is not automatically renewable; therefore, continuing students are required to submit an application annually to be considered for an award. Completed applications must be submitted directly to the Faculty of Graduate Studies by the application deadline.
Recipients may hold this award concurrently with any other awards consistent with policies in the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
The selection committee will be named by the Vice-Provost (Graduate Education) and Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies (or designate) and will include the Executive Lead, Indigenous Achievement (or designate).