Learning with Head and Heart


Research Western, in partnership with Indigenous Services, has created a unique summer research program for Indigenous undergraduate students. Rooted in the idea of Respect, as described in Western’s Indigenous Strategic Plan, this program aims to “recogni[ze] the complex and diverse nature of Indigenous Knowledge systems and languages, and the need to foster congruence between Indigenous paradigms and academic worlds.”

Indigenous students will be paired with an Indigenous mentor and a dedicated, allied faculty member who will encourage them to bring ways of learning that respect both the head and the heart within their research projects. Students will also have the opportunity to develop skills and capacity in disciplines they may have not yet experienced. Respecting that connection to home and community is a vital part of creating culturally safe spaces for Indigenous students to flourish, this program will also make available to each successful student a bursary to travel home during their summer research experience. 

Value and Term

  • 15 awards of $10,000
  • Each award will include an additional travel bursary up to $600
  • Projects cover a 14-week period

Application Details and Eligibility

  • Program details
  • Applications should be submitted by email to Erin Huner, ehuner@uwo.ca, as either a PDF or MS word document by April 20, 2018
  • This opportunity is open to students who self-identify as Indigenous to Turtle Island (North America)
  • Students must be currently working towards an undergraduate degree

Requested Materials

  • Students will be asked to write a 500-word description about:
    • Who they are
    • what inspires them about learning
    • their desire to utilize, or how they have utilized Indigenous Knowledge in their learning journey at Western
  • A set of unofficial transcripts from Western should also be included
  • Students may also submit a testimonial or letter of support from their community, an elder or a mentor from Western, or any other organization
  • Any non-digital materials can be shown to the committee at the time of interview


For questions about this opportunity, please contact Erin Huner, Knowledge Exchange Manager, Research Western, 519-661-2111 ext. 85301