Aboriginal Ambassadors in the Natural Sciences and Engineering Award

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Value Up to $5,000
Application Deadline Minimum of two months before start of activity
How to Apply See below
Application Form Terms and Conditions of Applying Form (form-fillable)
For More Information See below

What is the purpose of the award?

The Aboriginal Ambassadors in the Natural Sciences and Engineering Award (AANSEA) aims to engage Aboriginal students and fellows in promoting interest and participation in the natural sciences and engineering by visiting Canada’s Aboriginal communities and schools and sharing their research and education experiences or participating in science promotion events and activities.

Are you eligible to hold an award?

To be eligible, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
  • be an Aboriginal person;*
  • be registered full-time in a degree program in the natural sciences or engineering (NSE) at an eligible institution or be employed at an eligible institution as a postdoctoral fellow in the NSE;
  • have obtained, over the previous years of study (minimum of two academic terms), a cumulative average of at least second class (a grade of “B” or “B-“, if applicable) as defined by your institution.

* For the purposes of this document, NSERC uses the Canadian Constitution Act, 1982 definition of Aboriginal peoples as including the Indian, Inuit, and Métis peoples of Canada.

How do you apply?

To be considered for this award, you must submit the following documents:

  • a one- to two-page proposal (see below for details);
  • a detailed budget which provides estimates for all costs of travel, accommodation and incidental expenses (for example equipment rental, photocopies, etc.);
  • a copy of your most recent transcripts (transcripts must show the name of the institution, the program in which you are enrolled, your complete course of study, your marks and the legend explaining acronyms);
  • a letter of reference from your supervisor, other faculty member or senior staff at your institution, which attests to your skills and aptitudes for becoming an Aboriginal Ambassador;
  • a letter from the Aboriginal community/school you plan to visit confirming the proposed arrangements;
  • a copy of documentation confirming your Aboriginal status;
  • a signed copy of the Terms and Conditions of Applying Form.

Your proposal must clearly:

  • identify your intended audience (high school, community group, etc.) and the projected number of participants;
  • discuss the method of engagement (speech, workshop, summer camp, etc.);
  • indicate the dates of the outreach activities;
  • outline the subject matter you will be presenting or your planned outreach activities, and your intended message;
  • include your contact information (telephone, email and personal mailing address).

Applications must be submitted electronically using the Secure Submissions for NSERC’s Innovative Collaborations and Science Promotion Programs. The application must be submitted in Portable Document Format (PDF) as a single document. Keep a copy of the confirmation of receipt.

Post-activity deliverables

You must provide NSERC with the following documents within one month of the completion of the activities supported by the award:

  • copies of receipts for NSERC-supported expenditures;
  • a list of NSERC-supported expenditures with explanatory details;
  • a statement signed by you that the costs supported by the award were not covered by another source;
  • a letter(s) from the community you visited with feedback on your activity and its impact on the target audience (optional);
  • a one-page report on your experience that includes:
    • how you promoted interest and participation in the natural sciences and engineering;
    • a description of the community you visited and the audience/participants engaged in the science and engineering promotion activity;
    • the total number of participants;
    • general comments on the success of your activities in your opinion (What worked? What would you do differently next time?);
    • suggestions of what NSERC could do to encourage more Aboriginal youth to participate actively and consider careers in the natural sciences and engineering.

The post-activity deliverables must also be submitted in Portable Document Format (PDF) as a single document using the Secure Submissions for NSERC’s Innovative Collaborations and Science Promotion Programs.

What expenses does this award cover?

The award will cover costs associated with the proposed science and engineering promotion activity and Aboriginal community visit. These include costs incurred for your:

  • travel (air, rail, car rental, taxi, etc.);
  • accommodation (hotel, etc.);
  • meals;
  • material and supplies needed for demonstrations or experiments;
  • incidental expenses (photocopying, faxes, etc.).

Value of award

The value of the award will be based on the budget proposed in your application, up to a maximum of $5,000. You may hold only one award per fiscal year.

Review procedures

NSERC will review applications using the following criteria:

  • impact and reach of the proposal;
  • anticipated value to Aboriginal youth and the Aboriginal community;
  • feasibility of the proposal.

Application deadlines

There are no fixed deadlines for this award. Applications must be made at least two months before the start of a proposed outreach activity. The awards available in a given year will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Notification of decision

NSERC will notify you of the decision on your application within one month of receiving it.


Before you, as an applicant, can submit your application to NSERC, you must read and agree to the terms and conditions listed on the Terms and Conditions of Applying Form. It is your responsibility to retain a copy of the agreed terms and conditions for your records.

For more information, please see: http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/Aboriginal-Autochtones_eng.asp

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