Head and Heart Program

Rooted in the principle of Respect that “recogni[zes] the need to foster congruence between Indigenous paradigms and academic worlds”, the Head and Heart programme aims to “achieve excellence in Indigenous research and scholarhip”, and engage Indigenous students in Indigenous research learning opportunities across academic disciplines.

In partnership with Indigenous and allied faculty members from Social Science, Education, Arts & Humanities, Information Media Studies, Music, Law, Science, Health Sciences, Engineering, Ivey Business School and the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Indigenous students will be awarded a fellowship to complete 10 weeks of research on a topic of their interest that will be guided alongside a designated faculty supervisors.

How do I apply?

There are three calls open to students to apply to the Head and Heart program: one for undergraduate students, one for graduate students, and one for returning fellows (student who have already participated in Head and Heart and are looking to continue their research for another year). Applications should be submitted via email to Erin Huner before 4:30 p.m. on March 27, 2020.

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Am I eligible to apply for Head and Heart?

Students who have not yet graduated, and who self-identify as Indigenous to Turtle Island (North America) are eligible to apply for one of the three calls. Only students who have not previously been a Head and Heart fellow are eligible to apply for undergraduate or graduate calls. Returning students must apply using the returning fellow application.

What is the value of this research award?

Each undergraduate award is valued at $6300.00. The expectation of this award is that students will participate in 35 hours/week of research-based activity and 2x/week Head and Heart core co-curricular activities for the 10-week period.

When does the program start and end?

Funding covering a 10-week period. During the 10-week period, award recipients are expected to participate in 35 hours of research activity as well as the 2x/week co-curricular classes. Students must be ready to begin the Head and Heart programme and research placement on June 1, 2020. The 10 week period will terminate on August 10, 2020.

Who is part of the selection committee?

The selection committee will be composed of: Candace Brunette-Debassige, Special Advisor to the Provost (Indigenous Initiatives), Erin Huner, Director Research, Assessment and Planning, Western Student Experience, Mariam Hayward, Knowledge Exchange and Impact Manager, Office of the VPR, Amanda Bragg, Indigenous Services Academic Advisor, Amanda Myers, Director Indigenous Student Centre, and an Indigenous faculty member to be determined.

To talk to someone about this opportunity, please contact:

Indigenous Student Centre at 519-661-4095 or IS.Research@uwo.ca

Or Erin Huner at 519-661-2111 x84486 ehuner@uwo.ca