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Indigenous Careers Award

  • Indigenous Careers Award

The Indigenous Careers Award is designed to encourage Indigenous Albertans (First Nations, Metis and Inuit) to pursue and complete post-secondary studies in certificate, diploma, applied degree and bachelor's degree programs.


Award Value

$2,000 per semester / maximum of $4,000 in an academic year


Credential Types

Students must be enrolled in a certificate, diploma, applied or bachelor’s degree program.

All program bands are eligible for the Indigenous Careers Award.


To Receive This Award

  • The Fall 2023 and/or Winter 2024 term (a term is defined as a study period of up to 17 weeks in length),
  • At least 60% of a full course load (40% of a full course load if you are a student with a documented permanent disability). 
  • Have satisfactory academic standing, as determined by the school.

You must also meet all of these eligibility criteria:

  • Be a Status Indian/First Nations, Non-Status Indian/First Nations, Métis or Inuit and be able to provide a copy of proof of Indigenous ancestry
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada or have protected person status under Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • Be a resident of Alberta.

Application Deadline

  • Fall - November 5, 2023
  • Winter - February 5, 2024

Indigenous Careers Award Application 


Please submit applications and/or inquiries to:

Roxanne Poelstra
Financial Aid & Awards Coordinator
(403) 410-2938

Book an Appointment

Tuesday, September 19, 2023
Financial Aid