Head and Heart Indigenous Research Fellowship


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The Head & Heart Indigenous Research Fellowship offers Indigenous undergraduate and graduate students of Western University the opportunity to engage in a hands-on research experience from a multitude of disciplines. Rooted in Indigenous pedagogy, the fellowship aims to nurture new Indigenous scholars through research work as well as professional development, which is supported through a weekly co-curricular session that fellows attend as they work through their research projects.

In partnership with Indigenous and allied faculty members from all Faculties at Western – Social Science, Education, Arts & Humanities, Information Media Studies, Music, Law, Science, Health Sciences, Engineering, Ivey Business School and the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry – Indigenous students will be awarded a fellowship to complete 10 weeks of research on a topic of their interest that will be guided alongside a designated faculty supervisor.

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How do I apply?

Applications should be submitted via email to Melissa Schnarr by 11:59 pm on April 9, 2021.

*Natalie Hill, 2018 Head and Heart Research Fellow 

 

For application form and requirements, please click on the link below:

I have more questions!

Am I eligible to apply for Head and Heart?

The fellowship is open to both undergraduate and graduate students of Western University. Students who have not yet graduated or who have been extended an offer by the application deadline, and who self-identify as Indigenous to Turtle Island (North America) are eligible to apply.

Students from all Faculties are invited to apply; you do not need to be part of a research-intensive program, nor do you need to have any previous research experience.

What is the value of this research award?

Each undergraduate award is valued at $7,500.00. Students will be expected to engage in 35 hours/week of research-based activity, which will include co-curricular activities over the 10-week period.

Each graduate award is valued at $9,100.00. Students will be expected to engage in 35 hours/week of research-

based activity, which will include co-curricular activities over the 10-week period.

When does the program start and end?

During the 10-week funding period, award recipients are expected to participate in 35 hours of research activity as well as a weekly co-curricular session. Students must be ready to commence with the Head and Heart Indigenous Research Fellowship (including research placement) on May 31, 2021The fellowship will run until August 6, 2021.

Do I have to be in London to apply?

For 2021, the Head and Heart Indigenous Research Fellowship will proceed via a virtual format. The mandatory co-curricular session will be delivered via Zoom; however, there may be additional opportunity for on-campus activities, pending clearance within pandemic regulations.  Within a pandemic climate of restrictions, it is anticipated that most on-campus activities will be delivered via a hybrid model or will be considered optional.

What is a co-curricular?

As part of the Head and Heart Indigenous Research Fellowship award, fellows are expected to attend a weekly co-curricular session and participate in professional development activities, such as CV development, abstract writing and conference preparation throughout the 10-week period. For 2021, the co-curricular session will be delivered virtually via Zoom, and enriched with the support of guest speakers, discussion opportunities, and workshops designed to build researcher skills and competencies.

Who is part of the selection committee?

The selection committee will be comprised of: Christy R. Bressette, VP/AVP Indigenous Initiatives (or designate); Candace Brunette-Debassige, Special Advisor to the Provost (Indigenous Initiatives); Mariam Hayward, Knowledge Exchange and Impact Manager, Office of the Vice-President (Research); and Melissa Schnarr, Head and Heart Coordinator.