Cross-Cultural Indigenous Knowledge Exchange

Information Session:  TBA

Fall Application Deadline: February 23, 2018

Normally, we will have information sessions two times per each academic year. Visit UNBC First Nations Studies regularly for updates and upcoming deadlines.


The Cross-Cultural Indigenous Knowledge Exchange program (CCIKE) is a three-year pilot project that partners with the Maori education institution Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi in New Zealand, known to the Maori as Aotearoa. This international collaboration focuses on Indigenous issues. It is a cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary program. We accept applications from undergraduate and graduate students that are interested in community economic development, social and cultural well-being, language revitalization, knowledge protection, law, health and healing, or environmental issues within Indigenous contexts.

Having participated in the exchange, it is our firm belief that students from both countries will return home with new-found confidence, expertise and determination to implement and share their acquired knowledge and experience.


Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship​

QE2 is the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship. It is a scholarship initiative that was created to facilitate community engagement across the Commonwealth. Through this engagement, young scholars are encouraged to learn about different cultures and create projects and actions that impact the world. Scholarships will be awarded to some 2000 students from Canada and other commonwealth countries to fund academic study & internship programs at home and abroad.


Eligibility​

Graduate students and/or senior level undergrads nearing the completion of their degree. Due to the nature of the funding however, preference will be given to:

  • First Nation Studies majors
  • Aboriginal students in other disciplines
  • UNBC students studying Indigenous issues
  • Students who earned 3.0 GPA over the last academic year
  • Students who are 35 years or under at the time of application
  • NOTE: undergraduate students are eligible for internship only
  • Graduate students can study, complete and internship or conduct research
  • Both students must stay abroad for a minimum of 90 days

Why apply for the CCIKE program?

This project offers UNBC students in diverse disciplines an opportunity to experience Aotearoa, and Maori culture. The CCIKE Program is a great opportunity to exchange knowledge with other scholars and traditional knowledge-holders in Aotearoa over a period of 3 to 12 months. Students can take courses at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, and/or complete an internship within a Maori organization or community.

Likewise, Maori scholars will come to UNBC to study at the Master’s or the Ph.D level. The incoming scholars will have opportunities to visit Aboriginal communities to expand their learning and to share their own knowledge and experience.


Funding and Expenses

The following levels of Funding are available to applicants who are accepted into the program:

  • 3-6 month scholarships up to $7200 to go towards travel, living and academic expenses in Aotearoa (NZ)
  • 7-12 month scholarships for graduate students up to $9200 to go towards travel, living and academic expenses in Aotearoa (NZ)
  • Students may be expected to contribute up to $1500 for additional expenses

CCIKE Welcome Team

We understand that leaving home, our own communities and/or family can be challenging. This is why we have established the ‘CCIKE Welcome Team’, which is a team of students and faculty members who will assist the students with emotional and academic needs. These individuals can assist with connecting you with the right people, they will help show you the ropes and will be a great listening ear if you need to talk to someone.


Undergraduate Application

The application package should consist of:

  1. Letter of intent (max. 2 pages)
    • Please ensure you full name, UNBC student number, UNBC e-mail and contact information is included
    • Tell us why you are a good candidate for this scholarship and what you hope to achieve through the internship
  2. Proposal (max. 2 pages)
    • Describe your area of interest for an internship and indicate potential organizations, communities or the faculty/department
    • Describe what you hope to bring to the organization/community/department and what role you see for yourself
  3. Timeline (1 page)
  4. Proposed budget (1 page)
    • Outline foreseeable expenses and sources of funds
  5.  UNBC Transcript
    • This can be a printed copy from the website but the document must not be older than 1 week prior to application submission.

Applications should be e-mailed to gina.macdonald@unbc.ca with subject title: QEII Scholarship Application – Your Name


Graduate Application

Normally, we will have information sessions two times per each academic year, but visit UNBC First Nations Studies regularly for updates and upcoming deadlines. 

Application package should consist of:

  1. Letter of intent (max. 2 pages)
    • Please ensure your full name, UNBC student number, UNBC e-mail and contact information is included
    • Please indicate whether you are applying for an internship, course work or research
    • Why you are a good candidate for this scholarship
  2. Proposal (max. 2 pages)
    • Describe your area of interest and indicate potential organizations or communities for research or internship, or potential courses of study at Awanuiārangi; OR
    • A research proposal (2 pgs) that describes the relationship between your thesis research and the proposed research in Aotearoa
  3. Timeline (1 page)
  4. Proposed budget (1 page table)
    • Outline foreseeable expenses and sources of funds
  5. UNBC Transcript
    1. This can be a printed copy from the website but the document must not be older than 1 week prior to application submission.
  6. Letter of Support from your supervisor

Applications should be e-mailed to gina.macdonald@unbc.ca with subject title: QEII Scholarship Application – Your Name


How to get started

Below are some helpful links to start you off:


Contact

Questions regarding the program or your application should be directed to: