Queen's University is situated on traditional Anishinabe and Haudenosaunee Territory.
- Queen’s is a mid-sized university with a vibrant graduate community which represents 20% of the total student enrolment – the highest percentage in Ontario.
- Queen’s graduate students bring diversity of experience, perspective and culture and come from over 70 countries.
- Kingston, home to Queen’s University has been named by the BBC as one of the world’s great university towns to live in.
- Queen’s ranks in the top three of Canada’s leading research intensive universities in terms of Master’s degree and doctoral degree completion rates.
- Queen’s offers over 120 graduate degree programs with many opportunities for interdisciplinary learning.
- Since 2003, Queen’s has ranked 1st among Canadian Universities in the number of awards and prizes per full-time Faculty – we attract the world leaders and innovators.
- Queen’s ranks in the top quintile for research intensity (Re$earch Infosource’s list of the Top 50 Research Universities in Canada in 2013).
Excellent Student Support
- Queen’s offers one of the most comprehensive professional development programs for academic, professional and personal success called "Expanding Horizons"
- Queen’s Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre is an education support service for students, faculty and staff at Queen’s. Through its educational and training activities the Centre promotes a cross culturally sensitive university community enhancing and diversifying the learning environment
"Four Directions - Graduate Studies at Queen's"
Webinar held 8th January 2016
Considering and understanding all the costs associated with studying is important to allow you to concentrate on your studies. Enrolling in graduate school also has a number of steps. Make sure you don't miss any, so you can start your program on time.
One of our most common questions relates to funding your graduate degree. While funding is not always guaranteed, it is important to research all of your options. Some awards such as the Sutherland Award below, are done internally at Queen's. You don't apply yourself, but names are put forward. The program can only do this though, if they are aware that you are an Aboriginal student.
It is the priority of Queen's University to help those students in the greatest financial difficulty who have the fewest options to secure funding on their own. The Queen's General Bursary is a non-repayable grant available to students in all years of study who have a demonstrated financial need. The Queen's General Bursary is meant to supplement, not replace student and family resources. Students are expected to explore all sources of available funding.
For details on the Queen's General Bursary go to the Student Awards website
what this means is that if you are registered with your community & have a status card, then you will be eligible for postsecondary funding. Please note that you will need to apply for this funding and that it is not guaranteed. Every band distributes their post-secondary funding differently, and they even have different deadlines, so the best thing for you to do is to contact the education person at your band office to discuss the process and the timelines you need to be aware of. The linked website will bring you to a database of contact information for bands across Canada.
Metis Nation’s Education office; while Inuit applicants should contact the designated organizations or the Aboriginal Affairs Northern Development Canada regional office to inquire about postsecondary funding available.
The Robert Sutherland Fellowships
The Robert Sutherland Fellowships (formerly known as Graduate Dean's Scholarships for Aboriginal and Canadian Visible Minority Students) were established in 1992 to help diversify our campus by attracting applications from visible minorities that are under-represented at Queen's. Awards are available to incoming Aboriginal students, African Canadian students and other Canadian visible minority students. The awards will be made through a competition held each year in May-June. Application must be made when a student applies for graduate study at Queen's.
2017-18 OGS Awards for Aboriginal students
Aboriginal awards: Queen’s University shall allocate up to two 2017-18 OGS awards to Aboriginal graduate students. There is a section on the OGS application for eligible applicants to self-identify as an Aboriginal person and to be considered for one of these awards.
Students accepted for full-time admission into full -time graduate programs are considered for limited funding from the department/program. In addition to department/program funding, there are some internal fellowships and scholarships available annually. Prospective or enrolled students do not make individual application for most internal fellowships or scholarships administered by the School of Graduate Studies. Departments/Programs are notified of all annual fellowship competitions, and nominate eligible students appropriately. Most of these fellowship allocation decisions are made in June.
There are also many external awards available to students. For a listing of both internal and external awards go to the Awards & Scholarship section of the SGS website.
Queen’s SAGE is an interdisciplinary and cross-institutional peer-mentoring program designed to support Aboriginal graduate students with the successful transition into and completion of their graduate programs.
Check out the FDASC page about the Queen’s Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE).
She:kon! My name is Betty Carr-Braint and I am Mohawk from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and I am honoured to be working at the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre as the Elder-In-Residence.
Reach out to Elders as a resource.
There are a number of staff at Four Directions who are able to assist you with academic advising. eg
- Vanessa McCourt - Aboriginal Advisor - Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Laura Maracle - Aboriginal Student Success Strategist.- Email email@example.com
Future Further - Ontario's Aboriginal Student Resource Portal
A dedicated resource that provides information on supports and services to Aboriginal students interested in, or already attending an Ontario university.