Funding for Indigenous Students

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In addition to the funding sources available on Osgoode’s Financial Services page, there are some additional funding opportunities that are available only to Indigenous applicants.

Band Funding

Status First Nation students and Inuit students may be eligible for band funding.  To determine whether you are, you should contact your Band’s education office to obtain information about application forms, application deadlines and policies.

Additional Government Support

In addition to applying for OSAP, Ontario Indigenous students may also be eligible for additional provincial support.  You can visit the OSAP website to learn more about these opportunities.  Out of Province students are encouraged to look into similar funding opportunities available from their province or territory.  Links to all other Provincial and Territorial loan websites will be found under here.

Scholarships and Bursaries at Osgoode

Indigenous students are eligible for all scholarships and bursaries at Osgoode.  There are some awards specifically for Indigenous students.

  • Harris Awards for Aboriginal students – Milton E. Harris, Chairman and CEO of Harris Steel Group Inc., generously donated these awards to support Aboriginal students enrolled at Osgoode. It was his intent that the funds provide students with the resources necessary to complete a legal education, which in turn will enable them to benefit their communities. The awards will be offered to Aboriginal students who have been admitted or currently registered in the JD Program who demonstrate financial need and good academic standing.
  • Harris Internship award – These awards will be given to students registered in the Intensive Program in Aboriginal Lands, Resources, and Governments at Osgoode Hall Law School. The funds will be used to assist students with the travel costs of their internship and other costs associated with their participation in the program. This award was also donated by Milton E. Harris, Chairman and CEO of Harris Steel Group Inc.  Mr. Harris was committed to the principles identified by the Royal Commission of Aboriginal Peoples, which included educational initiatives that benefit Aboriginal people and non-Aboriginal people.
  • Law Society Education Equity Awards – To encourage diversity and the attainment of equity in legal education and practice, the Law Society of Upper Canada has established the Education Equity Awards, funded by Butterworths Canada Ltd. Each year, two students will be selected from Osgoode Hall Law School to receive these awards. To be eligible a student must be a member of a visible minority group, an Aboriginal person, a person with a disability, or a gay or lesbian student; be enrolled in either the second or third year of the JD Program; and be in good academic standing. The awards will be made primarily on the basis of financial need with due consideration being given to academic achievement and/or devotion and commitment to community and/or university service.

External Awards

There are many funding opportunities for Indigenous students and we strongly encourage you to search for these.  For example, you may wish to consult the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada bursary search tool and the Indspire website where you can find information about a number of bursaries, scholarships and awards.  For example, Indsprire provides funding for pre-law summer programs such as the Program of Legal Studies for Native People at the University of Saskatchewan.