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Internal Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries available for Western Aboriginal Students

Attention: Apply Now for a 2016-17 OGS Award for Indigenous/Aboriginal Students at Western!!!

The Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) online application is now available to currently registered Western graduate students and to active applicants for admission to Western’s graduate degree programs.  If you are a current Master’s student applying for OGS for a Doctoral degree, you must be intending to either transfer to the PhD OR have submitted an admission application to the Doctoral program here at Western prior to applying for OGS.

The OGS has a value of $15,000 for one year ($5,000 per graduate term for three terms) and will support a scholar during the 2016-2017 academic year.  

Western University is committed to increasing Indigenous/Aboriginal graduate students’ access to Ontario Graduate Student (OGS) Awards.  Although it is expected that Aboriginal applicants will have achieved a minimum overall average in the B+ range (minimum 76%) in each of the two most recent years of full-time study, or equivalent, Western takes into consideration the full range of academic, personal, professional and cultural knowledge that Aboriginal applicants bring to scholarship. We encourage all Aboriginal students to apply.

Begin your application NOW!  You could be eligible for one of two OGS awards available to support Indigenous to Canada – First Nations, Métis, Inuit Students.

You must begin an OGS application by January 22, 2016.  Final submission deadline is January 29, 2016.  For more information regarding the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (eligibility, timeline and deadlines, and how to apply) please visit our website



Name of Awards                                                                Number Available/ Value


Western Bursaries / Grants

Western students are automatically considered for bursaries, work-study & need based award programs online via the Financial Assistance Profile Application through the Student Services site:

Go to "MyPresent"

Click on "Financial Assistance"

To access my financial application

It is important to keep your financial profile up to date

 If you need to change/update your application or profile email to

Make an appointment with a Financial Aid Counsellor to discuss the changes by booking an appointment on-line:


Emergency Bursaries are available for students experiencing unusual or emergency situations. Indigenous students must book an appointment with Indigenous Services to be considered on a case by case basis.

To book an appointment call or visit:

Indigenous Services

WSS, Room 2100



External Scholarships, Awards and Busaries available to Aboriginal Postsecondary Students

Please contact Indigenous Services directly for a complete list.


Western's University Student Council (USC) Health and Dental Plan - Opting out for First Nations undergraduate students

Attention First Nations Students,

If you are a First Nations undergraduate student studying at Western who is covered by Health Canada’s Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB), and do not wish for additional coverage through Western’s University Student Council (USC) health and dental plan, the deadline to opt out is Wednesday September 30, 2015 at 11:30 p.m.

Please note that some First Nations students maximize their NIHB coverage, because Health Canada’s plan does not cover extended health, prescription, vision, dental costs, or their NIHB plan does not cover their Non-Status dependents. In some cases, Band funded students are expected to cover the additional costs associated with Western’s health and dental plan.

If you have any questions, contact Indigenous Services directly at 519-661-4095.

To opt out, please go to:

Click on:

University Students' Council of Western University

Opt Out

Select Undergraduate - complete form

Insurance Company:      Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Policy Number:              Registry #

Scan and upload status/identification card