ICCC Aboriginal Fellowships

Purpose: the goal of this fellowship is to build intellectual capacity by attracting Aboriginal intellectuals, artists and activists to the University of Saskatchewan. Fellows will work in collaboration with faculty members and/or academic units in the Humanities and Fine Arts. Fellowships will support new or existing collaborations that will lead to creative and meaningful interdisciplinary research activities or academic programs.

Term: usually two to ten days (one time renewable)

Value: up to $5,000. Shared office space, enhanced opportunities for research networking and exchange, and participation in the broader humanities and fine arts scholarly community. Please note that grants of higher value acknowledge the cost of international travel and visits of longer duration.

Eligibility: Aboriginal individuals not employed by a university, and especially people whose training and education have come from non-academic sources and followed non-academic pathways. A faculty member, or academic unit, in Humanities and Fine Arts must sponsor the fellow.

Conditions: the successful applicant will:

  • participate actively in relevant programs and activities of the ICCC;
  • give at least one seminar, lecture or public presentation on their work;
  • acknowledge the ICCC in any publications arising from the fellowship; and 
  • provide a one-page final report, written by the faculty sponsor and/or the visiting fellow, highlighting the results of the fellowship. Please note that future awards are dependent upon receipt of this report.

Application Procedures: applications must include one copy of each of the following: 


  • a letter of recommendation from a Humanities and Fine Arts faculty sponsor, and/or academic unit, explaining how this Fellowship will (1) advance the work of the faculty sponsor/academic unit, and (2) contribute to goals and visions of the ICCC. The letter must also describe how the Fellow will engage with local Indigenous communities.
  • one additional letter of recommendation for the fellow by a person other than the faculty sponsor;
  • a descriptive title and a summary of the project in layperson’s terms (150 word maximum);
  • a detailed description of the project’s objectives, the plans and anticipated outcomes, and a budget for the visit (2 page maximum); and
  • the applicant's CV or resumé.

Application Deadline: All application deadlines have been postponed until the new year. Applications can still be submitted under the caveat that decisions will not be made until January 2018, when a new committee is in place. 

Adjudication Criteria: The Adjudication Committee will be guided by a desire to recognize an individual who will make a significant contribution to the advancement of interdisciplinary scholarship in the broadly defined areas of culture and creativity.

Aboriginal Fellow in Creativity

Purpose: the Aboriginal Fellow in Creativity is designed to attract internationally renowned Aboriginal creative thinkers, practitioners and artists to the University of Saskatchewan. The Fellow will work with graduate and undergraduate students across multiple disciplines in the classroom. The Fellow will connect with faculty, students and staff across campus during weekly office hours. A public lecture will ensure that our communities are invited to share in the experience and expertise of this Fellow.

The Aboriginal Fellow in Creativity may be a playwright one year, a songwriter the next, a storyteller, a filmmaker, or visual artist. The Fellowship is not restricted to a single creative discipline.

Value: $15,000 for one four-month semester plus travel costs (if appropriate).

Term: 4 months in the fall or winter semester

Eligibility: the Fellow's institutional home will be with the ICCC in partnership with his/her departmental host. The Fellow's immediate supervisor will be the Department Head of the host department. The ICCC and the departmental host will provide the Fellow with office space and a library card. The Fellow is responsible for his/her own accommodations.

Conditions: the successful applicant will:

  • give at least one seminar, lecture or public presentation on his/her work;
  • teach one 3cu course within the area of his/her departmental host;
  • teach one 1cu interdisciplinary course at the first year level;
  • hold four office hours per week for consultations with students, faculty and staff;
  • participate actively in relevant programs and activities of the ICCC;
  • acknowledge the ICCC in any publications arising from the fellowship; and 
  • provide a one-page final report highlighting the results of the fellowship.

Application Procedures: applications must include one copy of each of the following: 


  • a letter of recommendation from a Humanities and Fine Arts faculty sponsor describing (1) the strengths of the fellow, (2) how this fellow will strengthen the work of the academic unit, and (3) how her/his work will contribute to goals and visions of the ICCC;
  • one additional letter of recommendation for the fellow by a person other than the faculty sponsor;
  • a descriptive title and a summary of the project in layperson’s terms (150 word maximum);
  • a detailed description of the project’s objectives, the plans and anticipated outcomes, and a budget for the visit (2 page maximum); and
  • the fellow's CV or resumé.
Application Deadline: All application deadlines have been postponed until the new year. Applications can still be submitted under the caveat that decisions will not be made until January 2018, when a new committee is in place.