Awards and Scholarships

The Centre currently administers seven scholarships open to Aboriginal students enrolled in UBC programs. Students wishing to be considered for these awards should apply directly to the Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health. The recipients of these awards will be chosen by a committee chaired by the Directors of the Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health.

You may find information regarding which programs are considered for these awards here.

Applications for the Lindsay and Elizabeth Gordon Awards are currently open

For more information about our awards, please contact the Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health at ceih.awards@ubc.ca, or navigate to the award you are interested in using the tabs below.

If you are applying for more than one award you only need to submit one application form and one set of documents. The application form will allow you to select all of the awards you intend on applying for. References only need to send one reference letter that will be used for all awards. 

Lindsay and Elizabeth Gordon Award in Health Sciences - OPEN

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The Lindsay and Elizabeth Gordon Award in Health Sciences is for Aboriginal students who are pursuing a degree in any area of health science. This award is open to students from both UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan in any year of study who are full-time students in undergraduate or graduate programs and are made on the recommendation of the Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health.

  • You are of First Nations (Status or Non-Status), Inuit or Métis ancestry and are pursuing a degree in any area of health science at the undergraduate or graduate level
  • You are in good academic standing
  • You are enrolled as a full-time student at UBC Vancouver or UBC Okanagan in the 2017W session
  • You meet the minimum requirements for holding and retaining awards stated in the UBC Senate Regulations Governing University Awards


The evaluation rubric can be found here.

Statement of Intent
A letter describing your educational goals, your vision for the future, and your interest in improving the health of Aboriginal people. Please include any relevant achievements or awards. Letters are not to exceeded 1000 words in length.

Letters of Recommendation
This award requires letters of recommendation from an employer, professor, or community member who can speak to your academic achievement and potential to make a valuable contribution to the health of Aboriginal people. Undergraduate students are only required to submit one reference letter. Graduate students are required to submit two reference letters.

Undergraduate students please note that only the first letter of recommendation received by our office will be reviewed by the adjudication committee.

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If your previous year of study was not at UBC an official transcript from your previous institution must be submitted. Continuing UBC students do not need to submit transcripts.

Financial Need Statement
A statement about your financial situation; please include any exceptional circumstances that you believe the adjudication committee should be aware of. Please include information about any student loan debt, line of credit, etc. Statement is not to exceed 500 words in length.

Complete the online application form. Your Statement of Intent and Financial Need Statement will be uploaded as part of the online application form.

Reference letters may be emailed to savanah.knockwood@ubc.ca directly by the referee. Mailed reference letters must be in a sealed envelope and have been signed over the seal by the referee.

Reference letters, if not being sent by email, and official transcripts must be mailed directly to:

Savanah Knockwood, Indigenous Student Programs Coordinator
Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health
2206 East Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z3

All digital documents must be submitted in PDF file format.

Applications for this award will remain open until November 30, 2017.

Lindsay and Elizabeth Gordon Graduate Health Research Award - OPEN

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The Lindsay and Elizabeth Gordon Graduate Health Research award is for Aboriginal students who are pursuing health-related research in either academic or community settings. This award is open to students from both UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan in any year of study who are full-time students in graduate programs and are made on the recommendation of the Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral studies or the College of Graduate Studies.

  • You are of First Nations (Status or Non-Status), Inuit or Métis ancestry
  • You are pursuing health related research in either academic or community settings
  • You are in good academic standing
  • You are enrolled as a full-time graduate student at UBC Vancouver or UBC Okanagan in the 2017W session
  • You meet the minimum requirements for holding and retaining awards stated in the UBC Senate Regulations Governing University Awards


The evaluation rubric can be found here.

Statement of Intent
A letter describing your research, your educational goals, your vision for the future, and your dedication to improving the health of Aboriginal people. Please include any relevant achievements or awards. Letters are not to exceeded 1000 words in length.

Letters of Recommendation
Two signed letters of recommendation from an employer, professor, research advisor, or community member who can speak to your academic achievement and potential to make a valuable contribution to health services and research. One of your recommendation letters must be from your current research supervisor.

Curriculum Vitae (CV)
A document detailing all of your past work experience and education, including public presentations, academic writing and professional development.

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If your previous year of study was not at UBC an official transcript from your previous institution must be submitted. Continuing UBC students do not need to submit transcripts.

Financial Need Statement
A statement about your financial situation; please include any exceptional circumstances that you believe the adjudication committee should be aware of. Please include information about any student loan debt, line of credit, etc. Statement is not to exceed 500 words in length.

Complete the online application form. Your Statement of Intent, Curriculum Vitae, and Financial Need Statement will be uploaded as part of the online application form. Please note, our current application will allow you to apply for multiple awards on one form using one set of documents and reference letters.

Reference letters may be emailed to savanah.knockwood@ubc.ca directly by the referee. Mailed reference letters must be in a sealed envelope and have been signed over the seal by the referee.

Reference letters, if not being sent by email, and official transcripts must be mailed directly to:

Savanah Knockwood, Indigenous Student Programs Coordinator
Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health
2206 East Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z3

All digital documents must be submitted in PDF file format.

Applications for this award will remain open until November 30, 2017.

The Lindsay and Elizabeth Gordon Entrance Award for Community Health Scholars - CLOSED

Awards04This award is currently: CLOSED.

The Lindsay and Elizabeth Gordon Entrance Award for Community Health Scholars is for Aboriginal students who have not yet pursued formal post-secondary education, or who are returning to post secondary education after a significant gap, typically at least three years. This award is open to students from both UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan in any year of study who are full-time students in undergraduate or graduate programs and are made on the recommendation of the Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health.

You are of First Nations (Status or Non-Status), Inuit or Métis ancestry and have not yet pursued formal post-secondary education or are returning to post-secondary education after a significant gap. Please note that to be eligible for this award it is not required that you are registered in a health science program.

  • You have an interest in improving the health of Aboriginal people
  • You will be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program
  • You will be enrolled as a full-time student at UBC Vancouver or UBC Okanagan in the 2017W session
  • You meet the minimum requirements for holding and retaining awards stated in the UBC Senate Regulations Governing University Awards


The evaluation rubric can be found here.

Statement of Intent
A letter describing your educational goals, your vision for the future, and your interest in improving the health of Aboriginal people. Please include any relevant achievements or awards. Letters are not to exceeded 1000 words in length.

Transcript
All applicants will have their previous academic record evaluated. For applicants with previous post-secondary enrolment that was not at UBC, you will be required to submit transcripts. For students who have previously attended UBC, your UBC transcripts will be evaluated but you are not required to submit them. For students who have not previously enrolled in post-secondary education, your high school transcripts will be considered but you are not required to submit them.

Financial Need Statement
A statement about your financial situation, please include information on how receiving this award will facilitate your enrolment at UBC and any exceptional circumstances that you believe the adjudication committee should be aware of. Please include information about any student loan debt, line of credit, etc. Statement is not to exceed 500 words in length.

Complete the online application form when it becomes available. Your Statement of Intent and Financial Need Statement will be uploaded as part of the online application form.

 

All digital documents must be submitted in PDF file format.

Applications for this award are currently closed. Applications for the 2018W session will open in the spring of 2018.

Lindsay and Elizabeth Gordon Award for Future Health Professionals - OPEN

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The Lindsay and Elizabeth Gordon Award for Future Health Professionals award is for undergraduate Aboriginal students who are not currently registered in a health science program but are interested in pursuing future training in health professions. This award is open to students from both UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan in any year of study who are full-time students in undergraduate programs and are made on the recommendation of the Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health.

  • You are an undergraduate student of First Nations (Status or Non-Status), Inuit or Métis ancestry
  • You are not currently registered in a health science program
  • You are interested in pursuing future training in a health profession
  • You are in good academic standing
  • You are enrolled as a full-time student at UBC Vancouver or UBC Okanagan in the 2017W session
  • You meet the minimum requirements for holding and retaining awards stated in the UBC Senate Regulations Governing University Awards


The evaluation rubric can be found here.

Statement of Intent
A letter describing your educational goals, your vision for the future, your dedication to improving the health of Aboriginal people, and why you are interested in pursuing future training in a heath profession. Please include any relevant achievements or awards and extracurricular activities participated in. Letters are not to exceeded 1000 words in length.

Transcript
If your previous year of study was not at UBC an official transcript from your previous institution must be submitted. Continuing UBC students do not need to submit transcripts.

Financial Need Statement
A statement about your financial situation; please include any exceptional circumstances that you believe the adjudication committee should be aware of. Please include information about any student loan debt, line of credit, etc. Statement is not to exceed 500 words in length.

Complete the online application form. Your Statement of Intent and Financial Need Statement will be uploaded as part of the online application form.

Reference letters may be emailed to savanah.knockwood@ubc.ca directly by the referee. Mailed reference letters must be in a sealed envelope and have been signed over the seal by the referee.

Official transcripts must be mailed directly to:

Savanah Knockwood, Indigenous Student Programs Coordinator
Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health
2206 East Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z3

All digital documents must be submitted in PDF file format.

Applications for this award will remain open until November 30, 2017.

First Nations Health Sciences Scholarship - OPEN

The First Nations Health Sciences Scholarship was established by Dr. John H.V. Gilbert in collaboration with the Vancouver Foundation. The scholarship recognizes Aboriginal students who have the potential to make a valuable contribution to health services and research in British Columbia. The First Nations Scholarship is for a full-time student enrolled in a health sciences program at UBC. The award is to support an Aboriginal student who combines academic scholarship with demonstrated interest and leadership in an Aboriginal community.

  • You are a student of First Nations (Status or Non-Status), Inuit or Métis ancestry
  • You are currently registered in a health science program in any area
  • You are in good academic standing
  • You are enrolled as a full-time student at UBC Vancouver in the 2017W session
  • You meet the minimum requirements for holding and retaining awards stated in the UBC Senate Regulations Governing University Awards


The evaluation rubric can be found here.

Statement of Intent
A letter describing your service to an Aboriginal community, your educational goals, and your vision and commitment to Aboriginal community service. Please include any relevant achievements or awards.

Letters of Recommendation
Two signed letters of recommendation from an employer, professor, or community member who can speak to your involvement and engagement with your community, your leadership in your field of study or community, and your academic achievement.

This award requires letters of recommendation from an employer, professor, or community member who can speak to your involvement and engagement with your community, your leadership in your field of study or community, and your academic achievement.. Undergraduate students are only required to submit one reference letter. Graduate students are required to submit two reference letters.

Undergraduate students please note that only the first letter of recommendation received by our office will be reviewed by the adjudication committee.

Transcript
If your previous year of study was not at UBC an official transcript from your previous institution must be submitted. Continuing UBC students do not need to submit transcripts.

Complete the online application form. Your Statement of Intent will be uploaded as part of the online application form.

Reference letters may be emailed to savanah.knockwood@ubc.ca directly by the referee. Mailed reference letters must be in a sealed envelope and have been signed over the seal by the referee.

Reference letters, if not being sent by email, and official transcripts must be mailed directly to:

Savanah Knockwood, Indigenous Student Programs Coordinator
Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health
2206 East Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z3

All digital documents must be submitted in .pdf file format.

Applications for this award will remain open until November 30, 2017.

Aboriginal Award in Medicine - OPEN

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Awards totalling $1,500 are offered annually to Canadian Aboriginal medical students with demonstrated interest in improving the health of Aboriginal people. The awards are made on the recommendation of the Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health.

  • You are a student of First Nations (Status or Non-Status), Inuit or Métis ancestry
  • You are currently registered in the MD program
  • You are in good academic standing
  • You are enrolled as a full-time student at UBC Vancouver in the 2017W session
  • You meet the minimum requirements for holding and retaining awards stated in the UBC Senate Regulations Governing University Awards


The evaluation rubric can be found here.

Statement of Intent
A letter describing your educational goals, your vision for the future, and your interest in improving the health of Aboriginal people. Please include any relevant achievements or awards. Letters are not to exceeded 1000 words in length.

Letter of Recommendation
This award requires a letter of recommendation from an employer, professor, or community member who can speak to your academic achievement and potential to make a valuable contribution to the health of Aboriginal people.

Transcript
If your previous year of study was not at UBC an official transcript from your previous institution must be submitted. Continuing UBC students do not need to submit transcripts.

Complete the online application form. Your Statement of Intent will be uploaded as part of the online application form.

Reference letters may be emailed to savanah.knockwood@ubc.ca directly by the referee. Mailed reference letters must be in a sealed envelope and have been signed over the seal by the referee.

Reference letters, if not being sent by email, and official transcripts must be mailed directly to:

Savanah Knockwood, Indigenous Student Programs Coordinator
Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health
2206 East Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z3

All digital documents must be submitted in .pdf file format.

Applications for this award will remain open until November 30, 2017.

Harold F. and Anne Bedner Uphill Scholarship in Health Sciences - OPEN

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The Harold F. and Anne Bedner Uphill Scholarship in Health Sciences has been endowed through a bequest by Anne Margaret Uphill for female Aboriginal students who are pursuing a degree in any area of Health Sciences, including Medicine. The awards are open to students in any year of study who are full-time students in either undergraduate or graduate programs, and are made on the recommendation of the Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health in consultation with the Office of Student Financial Assistance and Awards. In the case of graduate student nomination, the award is made in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

  • You are a female student of First Nations (Status or Non-Status), Inuit or Métis ancestry
  • You are currently registered in a health science program in any area
  • You are in good academic standing
  • You are enrolled as a full-time student at UBC Vancouver in the 2017W session
  • You meet the minimum requirements for holding and retaining awards stated in the UBC Senate Regulations Governing University Awards


The evaluation rubric can be found here.

Statement of Intent
A letter describing your service to an Aboriginal community, your educational goals, and your vision and commitment to Aboriginal community service. Please include any relevant achievements or awards.

Letters of Recommendation
This award requires letters of recommendation from an employer, professor, or community member who can speak to your academic achievement and potential to make a valuable contribution to the health of Aboriginal people. Undergraduate students are only required to submit one reference letter. Graduate students are required to submit two reference letters.

Undergraduate students please note that only the first letter of recommendation received by our office will be reviewed by the adjudication committee.

Transcript
If your previous year of study was not at UBC an official transcript from your previous institution must be submitted. Continuing UBC students do not need to submit transcripts.

Complete the online application form. Your Statement of Intent will be uploaded as part of the online application form.

Reference letters may be emailed to savanah.knockwood@ubc.ca directly by the referee. Mailed reference letters must be in a sealed envelope and have been signed over the seal by the referee.

Reference letters, if not being sent by email, and official transcripts must be mailed directly to:

Savanah Knockwood, Indigenous Student Programs Coordinator
Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health
2206 East Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z3

All digital documents must be submitted in PDF file format.

Applications for this award will remain open until November 30, 2017.

Cindy Jordan-Orlaw Memorial Award in Health Sciences - OPEN

The Cindy Jordan-Orlaw Memorial Award in Health Sciences has been made available through an endowment established by the friends and family of Dr. Cindy Jordan-Orlaw for Indigenous students with young families pursuing a degree in any area of health science at UBC. Born in Inuvik, NWT, Cindy was one of the first Aboriginal women and the first Inuk to graduate from the UBC MD program. Following her graduation in 2002, she went on to practice as a family physician in the North and continued to mentor Aboriginal students. During her career, Cindy was president of the Northwest Territories Medical Association and Chief Medical Officer of the Northwest Territories.

This award is made on the recommendation of the Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health and in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies in the case of graduate student nomination.

  • You are a student of First Nations (Status or Non-Status), Inuit or Métis ancestry with children under the age of 18
  • You are pursuing a degree in any area of health science
  • You are in good academic standing
  • You are enrolled as a full-time student at UBC Vancouver in the 2017W session


The evaluation rubric can be found here.

Statement of Intent
A letter describing your service to an Aboriginal community, your educational goals, and your vision and commitment to Aboriginal community service. Please include any relevant achievements or awards.

Letters of Recommendation
This award requires letters of recommendation from an employer, professor, or community member who can speak to your academic achievement and potential to make a valuable contribution to the health of Aboriginal people. Undergraduate students are only required to submit one reference letter. Graduate students are required to submit two reference letters.

Undergraduate students please note that only the first letter of recommendation received by our office will be reviewed by the adjudication committee.

Transcript
If your previous year of study was not at UBC an official transcript from your previous institution must be submitted. Continuing UBC students do not need to submit transcripts.

Complete the online application form. Your Statement of Intent will be uploaded as part of the online application form.

Reference letters may be emailed to savanah.knockwood@ubc.ca directly by the referee. Mailed reference letters must be in a sealed envelope and have been signed over the seal by the referee.

Reference letters, if not being sent by email, and official transcripts must be mailed directly to:

Savanah Knockwood, Indigenous Student Programs Coordinator
Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health
2206 East Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z3

All digital documents must be submitted in PDF file format.

Applications for this award will remain open until December 15, 2017.