Global Indigenous Solidarity Grant

The Global Indigenous Solidarity Grant is an opportunity for Indigenous students at Ryerson University to travel to Indigenous territories beyond the borders of Canada and help build global relationships and solidarity.


The 2018/2019 grant covers travel, accommodation, and expenses up to $5,000 for five students to attend the 2019 Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) annual meeting and related symposia at the University of Waikato, Aotearoa (New Zealand). This grant is offered by the Yellowhead Institute in partnership with Ryerson International

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“NAISA is the premiere international & interdisciplinary professional organization for scholars, graduate students, independent researchers, and community members interested in all aspects of Indigenous Studies…You will have access to the global thought leaders on Indigenous Development and establish invaluable insights and relationships in the field.”


November 1, 2018
NAISA Call for Papers Deadline

Students whose submissions are accepted by NAISA will be prioritized. That being said, it is not necessary to submit an abstract or have a paper accepted to the NAISA conference to be considered for this grant. 

January 30, 2019
Grant Application Due

Late Winter 2019
Notice of Application Status to be Released

June 20 – July 4, 2019
NAISA Conference and related events, including the pre-conference.

Indigenous (First Nation, Métis or Inuit) graduate and undergraduate students, including part-time, certificate and FNTI students, enrolled in any program or faculty at Ryerson University are eligible.  

To be considered, students must submit an application that includes the following information by January 30, 2019:

  • A 250 word Statement of Interest reflecting on Global Indigenous Solidarity.
  • Based on your own research interests, a 250 word description of an academic paper you would present at an Indigenous-focused conference such as NAISA. Student should use the NAISA Call for Submissions as a guide for this requirement. 
  • An updated Curriculum Vitae / Resume.

A selection committee comprised of members of the Yellowhead Institute will review applications and announce recipients in late Winter 2019.

For those students considering submitting papers to NAISA 2019, faculty at Yellowhead Institute are available for abstract feedback and support before the deadline (i.e. 11:50 pm EST November 1, 2018). Those students are also encouraged to immediately notify Yellowhead of acceptance to the conference. Priority will be given to students whose abstract has been accepted for presentation at NAISA. 

It is the hope that grant recipients collaborate to develop a trip agenda, arrange travel logistics, attend scheduled meetings together and with the Yellowhead Trip Coordinator while in New Zealand, and following the trip, work with Yellowhead and Ryerson International to share their experiences with the Ryerson community.

It is expected that Grant recipients will abide by Ryerson International and Yellowhead student travel guidelines as well as related safety protocols.

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