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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: There are 4 deadlines per year: September 15, January 15, March 15, and April 15 (or the next working day should the deadline fall on a weekend). Completed applications should be submitted to the ICCC (i.ccc@usask.ca).

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.