Indigenous Health Student Engagement Fund



The Indigenous Health Student Engagement Fund (IHSEF) is a one-time sponsorship opportunity of up to $ 1000 open to all students interested organizing an Indigenous health related project on the UBC Vancouver campus. Started in 2018, the IHSEF was created with the vision of filling the resource gap between student activities and learning as well as furthering the standard curriculum or core programming in regards to Indigenous Health. All students are welcomed to apply for the IHSEF with their relevant project in order to receive financial support from the CEIH.



Who Can Apply

Applicants must be current UBC students or have a current UBC student as a project lead. All current UBC students with a project related to Indigenous Health are welcome to apply. The Letter of Intent must be reviewed and verified by a UBC staff or faculty who have knowledge of the student or student group activities prior to submission to the CEIH.

How to Apply

A completed Letter of Intent (LOI) must be submitted to before the deadlines outlined in the Frequently Asked Questions section.

A fillable PDF copy of the LOI can be downloaded here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply? 
Applicants that represent current UBC student groups can apply. The Letter of Intent must be reviewed and verified by UBC staff or faculty who have knowledge of the student or student group activities prior to submission.
Priority will be given to projects that address these objectives:

  • Fill a resource gap that supports student activities and learning;
  • Address an identified need of the student(s) not offered as part of the standard curriculum or core programming.
Submission Guidelines
To apply, submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) that describes the project, benefits and relationship to Indigenous health, how funds will be used and when, and intended outcomes. Further information may be required of applicants and will be requested as needed.
What’s out of Scope?
Activity outside the scope of this fund includes:

  • Activities that are part of the normal working operations of UBC (core funded work);
  • Use of funds for salaries or wages;
  • An event or activity that has already been fully funded may not be approved;
  • Use of funds for personal use or for scholarly work that has limited benefits.
How the Fund Works
  • A one-time sponsorship of up to $1,000.
  • Applications will be reviewed and processed on a rolling basis.
  • Funds to go towards projects that benefit students and university.
  • Fund is available to Indigenous and non-Indigenous student groups to support Indigenous health initiatives or activities
Potential Use of Funds
  • Activities that build or share skills: workshops, training, experiential learning, asset-based skill building…
  • Activities that build or share knowledge: events, dialogues, engaged research, pop-up shops, toolkits…
  • Activities that celebrate or acknowledge achievements: awards, debriefs, appreciation/evaluation…
  • Activities that deepen engagement: community mapping, artistic or creative events, public forums…

Funds can be used to cover costs that are integral to activities, including: facility rental, catering (no alcohol), workshop materials, publishing costs, honorariums.

Reporting Requirements
  • Funds will be provided in the form of a sponsorship. Sponsorship recipients will be asked to provide the following documentation that will be used as a resource to share with others:
    • A brief description of who was involved, what happened, what needs were filled or impacts made
    • Up to three “lessons learned” (brief bullets) for others
    • Three pictures with captions that help tell the story of the project or activity.
  • Documentation may be submitted via email to Recipients are asked to submit documentation within 1 month of wrap up.

This initiative is intended to further support Indigenous health and student activities and as such we will continuously enhance the criteria and invite your feedback or your thoughts via

Application deadlines

Please submit LOIs by the following deadlines:

March 31, 2018

May 31, 2018

July 31, 2018

September 30, 2018

November 30, 2018

January 31, 2019

March 31, 2019

LOIs submitted after the following dates will not be reviewed until the next deadline cycle.