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Develop a Research Paper on Indigenous Studies in Australia this Summer!

Do you have an interest in indigenous communities and their interaction with contemporary global and local challenges? Do you ever consider how diverse communities around the world address significant, present issues? The Matariki Indigenous Student Mobility Program (MISMP) may be a venue through which you can explore these topics with students from around the globe.

The Program, Project, & Purpose

The MISMP is designed to foster global scholarship and community engagement on the understanding of Indigenous peoples and their knowledge systems. The MISMP is seeking three undergraduate Queen’s students to participate in the 2017 Summer program. This program will be hosted at the University of Western Australia (UWA) in Perth. While on the program participants will develop and undertake a research project, beginning at Queen's, that focuses on issues of great significance to Indigenous communities. Throughout the program, participants will gain exposure to current challenges faced by Indigenous communities and how these are addressed and resolved. 

The expectation of the MISMP is that all participating students will undertake a research project with supervision by their home university.  Topics would relate to the participants' own interest in Indigenous research and be relevant to their own community relationships and contexts. Prospective applicants are encouraged to seek out a supervisor for the independent study course and discuss their project idea before applying. While there is no academic credit granted by the UWA for MISMP, Queen’s students can use the research project and additional readings, and apply it as an Independent Study Course 594/3.0 offered by Queen's that can count towards their degree plan (tuition would be collected for this course). 

MISMP is offered through the Matariki Network of Universities (MNU), a network of seven universities:  University of Western Australia (Australia), Durham University (UK), Uppsala University (Sweden), Tübingen University (Germany), Dartmouth College (USA), Queen’s University (Canada) and Otago University (New Zealand).

The Dates & Costs

Project study will begin in advance of the MISMP course. This is flexible and will be dependent on the participant and their supervisor. The MISMP course at the UWA in Australia will run from July 2-12, 2017. Project completion and submission to Queen's will be scheduled for the end of the Summer term or at a date determined by the participant and supervisor.

The Office of the Associate Vice-Principal (International) at Queen's will fund:

  • economy class airfare to and from Australia;
  • shared accommodation on the UWA campus;
  • field trips;
  • and meals for the duration of the program.

The Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility requirements for the MISMP include:

  • active registration as an undergraduate student in the Faculty of Arts and Science (participants must be returning to studies following the program); 
  • the completion of at least two years of undergraduate study before the start of the program;
  • and an identified supervisors' support.

Priority will be given to Indigenous applicants as this initiative is designed to foster the mobility of Indigenous students. Please see the MISMP Program Outline for complete eligibility requirements.

The Application

Participants will be selected through a competitive application process. Students will be selected on the quality of the proposal and how it fits with the overall themes of the program.

Applications consist of a:

  • learning plan: 
    • this should consist of a general statement of interest in the program, applicant's degree program and year of study;
  • proposal of interest:
    • this can take a variety of forms from a written document (500-word limit) to a video to a visual art piece to a piece of music (submitted on a CD) and must indicate the applicant’s suitability for this program and goal for pursuing it. Applicants submitting a non-written proposal of interest should include a written explanation of their description of the research project;
  • and a one page letter of support from the project supervisor.

The deadline for submission is March 31, 2017. Completed applications must be submitted in the International Programs Office (B206 Mackintosh-Corry Hall) by this date. Interviews will be conducted during the week of April 10 (with understanding of student exam schedules). Successful applicants will be notified by April 21, 2017.

Questions? Please email ipo@queensu.ca. Good luck to all applicants!

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