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Harvey E. Longboat Graduate Scholarship for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Students

The Harvey E. Longboat Graduate Scholarship for First Nation, Inuit, and Métis Students was established in 2009 in honour of Harvey E. Longboat, and in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to McMaster University, the Six Nations of the Grand River and broader communities.

The award is tenable for one academic year, beginning September. Recipients can receive the award more than once, but must re-apply each year.

Indigenous students may want to apply for one of two Ontario Graduate Scholarships for Indigenous students (OGS-I), as well as the Longboat. For more details, visit the OGS-I.


The Harvey E. Longboat Graduate Scholarship is open to

  • incoming or returning graduate students (Master’s or PhD) of First Nation, Inuit, or Métis descent.
  • applicants who will be attending McMaster University in the September 2022 to August 2023 academic year. Students must intend to be enrolled for a minimum of two terms.

Note: The Harvey Longboat Award is not exclusive to students from the Six Nations of the Grand River Communities; the application is open to any current graduate student (or applicant to a graduate program at McMaster University) who identifies as First Nation, Inuit, or Métis.

Selection criteria

Award winners demonstrate

  • exceptional promise in community leadership
  • mentorship to other Indigenous students
  • mentorship within First Nation, Inuit, or Métis communities
  • leadership to advance Indigenous education, either inside or outside of a university setting
  • high academic achievement


This award is intended as a means to recognize and acknowledge the academic achievement and exceptional promise of an Indigenous graduate student or students at McMaster University. Consideration is also given to Indigenous scholars who have demonstrated mentorship within community settings.


Several students may receive this award simultaneously. A total value of $30,000 in scholarship is available for the Harvey E. Longboat Award, to be dispersed according to the following division:

  • $15,000 awarded to one individual recipient; and
  • $15,000 awarded to either one individual OR divided and awarded to several recipients (typically 2-5 awards, at the discretion of the selection committee).

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