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

Incoming and returning graduate students (Master’s or Phd) of First Nation, Métis, or Inuit descent, may apply for the Harvey E. Longboat scholarship. The Harvey Longboat Award is not exclusive to students from the Six Nations of the Grand River communities. Any First Nation, Métis, or Inuit student is welcome to apply. Individual students can receive the award more than once, but they must re-apply each year.

When is the deadline to apply?  February 22, 2017.

How do I apply?  Download the Application Form. There are three sections for the student to complete in the application form. Transcripts are required. Students are also required to have an academic and community member reference. Please download the forms and send them to your reference to complete. 

Academic Reference Letter Template

Community Member Reference Letter Template

What is the value of the scholarship?  There is one scholarship valued at $15,000. Additionally, as much as $15,000 in scholarship is available and can be awarded to more than one candidate. 

What is the intent of the Harvey E. Longboat 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 scholars who have demonstrated mentorship within community settings.

Are there other graduate scholarships available to Indigenous grad students at McMaster?  In addition to the awards available more broadly, two Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) for Indigenous Graduate Students will be awarded to Indigenous students in 2017-18. The value of each OGS award is $15,000. Students can apply for this award by completing the Harvey E. Longboat Scholarship application and the OGS-I Application Form.


Questions about the Harvey E. Longboat award can be directed to Andrea in the School of Graduate Studies or Indigenous Studies.