Indigenous Research Mentorship Program

The Indigenous Research Mentorship (IRM) Program offers Indigenous undergraduate students the opportunity to gain research experience in their area of interest while working alongside a faculty mentor.

Student and mentor having coffee

Over the course of the Winter academic session, IRM participants will:

  • Work directly with a faculty member or post-doctoral fellow conducting research in their area of interest
  • Gain valuable research experience related to their field of study
  • Strengthen presentation, public speaking, and research skills
  • Engage with other Indigenous undergraduate students through workshops, social gatherings, and professional development opportunities
  • Network with UBC Okanagan faculty
  • Discover opportunities for pursuing further research and/or pathways to graduate study programs or careers in research
  • Receive a financial stipend for their involvement


This program is open to all full-time, self identified Indigenous undergraduate students. Priority placement will be given to students in their second, third or fourth year of study.

Applications are now closed.

Learn more

Have questions about the IRM program? Contact Jen Hyslop at

Frequently asked questions

Q: What is the time commitment?
A: From January – April, we ask participants to dedicate 6-10 hours per week.”

Q: Do I need prior research experience to apply?
A: No prior research experience is required.

Q: How can I learn more about the IRM program?
A: Attend an information session or contact the program coordinator at