International Programs Office

International Programs Office

International Programs Office

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Matariki Indigenous Student Mobility Program

 Call for Applications for Summer 2018 (EXTENDED DEADLINE)

1. Introduction

The Matariki Network of Universities (MNU) is pleased to announce the 3rd year of the Matariki Indigenous Student Mobility Programme (MISMP).  MNU is 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 MISMP is designed to foster global scholarship and community engagement on the understanding of Indigenous peoples and Indigenous knowledge systems. 

Queen’s University will support up to three undergraduate/graduate students and a faculty member to take part in the MISMP 2018.  Students and the faculty member will attend Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, USA to gain exposure to issues of great significance to Indigenous communities, and an understanding of how those issues may be addressed. 

The lead faculty member for Queen’s is Dr. Karine Bertrand, Assistant Professor, Department of Film and Media.

2. Dates and logistics

  • Some preparation may be required such as short readings, virtual or in-person group discussion amongst faculty-lead and student participants in advance of MISMP. This will be  flexible according to students and the faculty lead.
  • Short course at Dartmouth College: 24 June – 8 July 2018

Queen's will fund round-trip transportation; shared accommodation on the Dartmouth campus and field trips; and meals for the duration of the program.  This funding is made available through the Office of the Associate Vice-Principal (International).  Participants should budget for small incidental fees such as additional meals and snacks not included in the program.

3. Overview and Objectives

The program is designed to foster academic and personal growth opportunities for students who demonstrate a deep awareness of Indigenous issues within their applications. The MISMP program will probe the relevant issues while encouraging amongst other things: awareness, reflection, dialogue, and debate. 

Learning outcomes:

  • Facilitate an exchange of interdisciplinary knowledge between Indigenous communities and across international contexts;
  • Increase understanding of issues that impact Indigenous communities through exposure to the knowledge and experiences of local Indigenous groups; and
  • Encourage and contribute to a growing body of multidisciplinary research relevant to Indigenous peoples;
  • Showcase the history, culture and social and economic enterprise of local Indigenous communities; and
  • Introduce students to local initiatives for self-determination.

Program context

There will be two main themes in this year’s program: Indigenous spirituality and undertaking Indigenous research. It has become clear from the first two events in this series that spiritual relationships are very important to Indigenous peoples and that their relationships to place are different to what is seen in Western European cultures. This forum will seek to explore what this means; specifically in the context of undertaking research involving Indigenous peoples and research undertaken in their homelands.

4. Eligibility

Applicants must be registered in a degree program at Queen’s University and have completed at least two years of undergraduate study before the start of the program. As this initiative is designed to foster the mobility of Indigenous students, priority will be given to Indigenous applicants.

It is recommended that participants obtain a passport to mitigate entry risks to the U.S. Students who do not hold a valid passport must be able to apply for a passport immediately upon being accepted into the Program.

5. Application Process

Students will be selected through a competitive application process.  Applications will be assessed by a selection committee of Indigenous and ally faculty and senior leaders at Queen’s. Students will be selected on the quality of the proposal and how it fits with the overall themes of Indigenous spirituality and undertaking Indigenous research.

Applicants should submit a statement of interest. This statement should explain the applicant’s interest in participating in a program focused on Indigenous spirituality, and how the applicant could contribute to discussion or designing, implementing, and facilitating successful research programs in and with Indigenous communities. We welcome many forms of expression. Applicants may submit a written document (500 word limit), video, visual art piece, pieces of music or other expressions that address the essence of the themes as the applicant interprets them. Applicants might wish to give consideration to life experiences, course work or other background that will have prepared the individual to take part in this program. Included with the statement of interest should be a letter of support by a supervisor or faculty member who is able to comment on maturity level and the ability of the applicant to engage respectfully with others from different cultures.  Submissions may be made to the International Programs Office, B206 Mackintosh-Corry Hall.

There will be an interview with the selection committee for shortlisted candidates.

The deadline for submission has been extended to May 7th, 2018.

Interviews will be conducted shortly afterwards.

Questions? Please email Good luck to all applicants!