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

Harvey E. Longboat Graduate Scholarship

Deadline to Apply:  February 21, 2018

Please note that Indigenous students may also want to apply for one of two Ontario Graduate Scholarships for Indigenous students. To apply for the OGS-I please complete the OGS-I Written Submission and Budget Form in the tab below in addition to your Harvey E. Longboat application (you only need to upload the Harvey E. Longboat application once).

About the Award

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. Recipients can receive the award more than once, but must re-apply each year. 

Eligibility & Criteria

Who is eligible for the Harvey E. Longboat Graduate Scholarship?

  • Incoming or returning graduate students (Master's or PhD) of First Nation, Inuit, or Métis descent.
  • 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. 
  • The applicant will be attending McMaster University in the September 2018-August 2019 Academic Year. 


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

Intent and Value of Award

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:

  1. $15,000 awarded to one individual recipient; and
  2. $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).

How to Apply

Step One

Download each portion of the Application Form listed below.

  1. Student Candidate Portion
  2. Community Reference Form
  3. Academic Reference Form

Step Two

Student candidate

  • completes candidate portion and postsecondary transcripts
  • arranges Community Member Reference Letter and Academic Reference Letter

Step Three

  • Candidate portion and transcripts are to be combined as one PDF saved with the file name “Applicant Name_Longboat 2018.PDF”.
  • Referees save Reference Letter Form as a PDF; example "Applicant Name_Community Reference.pdf" or "Applicant Name_Academic Reference.pdf"

Step Four

  • Applicants should upload their completed Application Components to the MacDrive.
  • Academic and Community References should upload their letters directly to the MacDrive

Adding Files to MacDrive

“+Add Files”: Once a file is uploaded, it will say ‘uploaded.' See example below.


MacDrive Upload Sample screen shot

Application Checklist

A completed Harvey E. Longboat Application includes:

A. Candidate Portion

1. Application Information          
2. Letter of Introduction  
3. Community Involvement Statement  
4. Plan of Study  
5. University Transcripts (Scans of all postsecondary)  

B. Reference Letters

1. Community Member Reference Letter  
2. Academic Reference Letter  

OGS for Indigenous Graduate Students

The criteria for the McMaster University OGS-I has been established in consultation with the Indigenous Education Council (IEC) and is adjudicated by a committee chaired through the Indigenous Studies Program.

The two OGS-I scholarships are awarded to Indigenous graduate students at McMaster University who face significant financial hardship, with particular priority given to women with family responsibilities.

Value: Two at $15,000

Eligibility: Incoming or returning graduate students (Master's or PhD) of First Nation, Inuit, or Métis descent.

Deadline: February 21, 2018

How to Apply: To be considered for an OGS-I Award, complete the OGS-I Written Submission and Budget Form in addition to the Harvey E. Longboat requirementsUpload the OGS-I to the drive separately.

Submission Instructions:  Save as Student Name_OGSI_2018.PDF and upload to MacDrive

Questions? Email Andrea Cole in the School of Graduate Studies or call her at 905 525 9140 x23437.