Scholarship for Graduate Dementia Research by First Nations, Inuit, Métis Students


This Toronto Dementia Research Alliance (TDRA) scholarship is created  to respond to the historical underrepresentation of Indigenous peoples in the sciences and research. 

Open to:

  • Masters ($10k/year for 2 years; $20k total) and PhD ($15k/year for 2 years; $30k total) students
  • Domestic applicants only (living in or planning to move and study in Canada)
  • Those who identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit)

Indigenous students should have a connection to, and have lived experience in an Indigenous community, an in-depth knowledge of culture and heritage, or past work with an Indigenous organization.

About the Scholarship:

  • Application is due June 30th, 2023
  • Application will be assessed on merit and grades
  • The project must have some connection to a TDRA investigator or partner site
  • Applicants must:
    • Have a pending application to a Master’s or Doctoral program;
    • Have received or accepted an offer of admission to a Master’s or Doctoral program; OR
    • Be currently enrolled in a Master’s or Doctoral program with at least two years of the program remaining
  • A community-specific mentorship network will be accessible to each awardee 
  • Projects can explore any aspect of dementia, for example Western medicine/science, traditional medicine, quantitative or qualitative projects, social determinants of health, etc.


  • Should have a strong background in EDI and reconciliation
  • Supervisor working with Indigenous student recommended to have San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training


TDRA is not currently accepting applications for this scholarship. Questions? Contact Winnie Qian, Program Officer, TDRA

Meet the 2023 Scholar

To be announced.