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Queen’s National Scholars program to enhance Indigenous Studies

The Queen’s National Scholars Program has long been used to attract emerging leaders to Queen’s who can strengthen academic programs, research, and provide rich learning opportunities for Queen’s students.

In line with the university’s commitment to advance Indigenization and decolonization, the 2022-23 Queen’s National Scholar (QNS) program will be used to enhance capacity and academic excellence in the interdisciplinary Indigenous Studies program. The 2022-23 QNS positions will be reserved for four leading Indigenous scholars, including a newly established Chair in Indigenous Studies that will provide critical leadership in bolstering Indigenous Studies at Queen’s.

“The Queen’s National Scholar program attracts leading faculty to Queen’s who can provide a robust learning experience for our students and advance interdisciplinary research,” says Teri Shearer, Interim Provost and Vice Principal (Academic). “This year, the program will be dedicated to enhancing our capacity for excellence in the important field of Indigenous Studies and provide critical leadership through a newly created Chair in Indigenous Studies.”

The QNS process will run in tandem with the work currently underway to develop an Indigenous identity and verification policy. A clear process to confirm eligibility of candidates as rights bearing Indigenous persons will be in place before any new hires are completed. Candidates will be made aware of this ongoing work and kept informed as both processes unfold.

Established in 1985, the objective of the QNS program is to “enrich teaching and research in newly developing fields of knowledge and traditional disciplines.” Since then, over 100 QNS appointments have been made in a wide variety of disciplines, such as Precision Molecular Medicine, Arts and Visual Cultures of Africa and its Diaspora, Indigenous Visual and Material Cultures, and Environmental Geochemistry.

In 2020-21, the QNS program was used to expand the interdisciplinary field of Black Studies at Queen’s, including the establishment of a QNS Chair in Black Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science.

For more information on the 2022-23 QNS program, including how to submit an expression of interest, please visit the QNS webpage.