Indigenous Pathways to Graduate Studies

Prepare for and explore graduate studies options in a supportive, holistic environment. The 2022/23 application period is now closed.

Program overview

In this optional, supplementary program, participants will:

  • Strengthen understanding of the graduate studies experience (e.g. master’s or PhD degree) and the application process
  • Strengthen and apply skills that will help them succeed in graduate studies
  • Network with UBC Okanagan students, staff and faculty
  • Discover opportunities for different pathways to graduate studies programs
  • Participate in workshops, experiential events, social gatherings, professional development opportunities, and land-based learning opportunities

Time commitment

Maximum of 10 hours per month, not including the retreat in early September.

Participants will receive a $1,500 stipend/award for their involvement. Any associated fees and tuition for the optional summer course will also be covered.


Date Activity
September 7, 2022 Participating student, staff and faculty meet & greet (exact time TBD)
September 9-11, 2022 Off-campus retreat at Sprit Ridge Resort (Osoyoos, BC)
September 2022-April 2023 Regular workshops and events (bi-weekly)
April 2023 Final gathering with program participants, staff and faculty
May/June 2023 Optional 3-credit, summer intensive course (course TBD)



Students eligible include those who:

  • have self-identified as Indigenous in the SISC
  • are registered as a full-time undergraduate student at UBC’s Okanagan Campus in the 2022/23 Winter Session.

Whether you are already planning to pursue graduate studies after your undergraduate degree, or you aren’t yet sure what your plans are after graduation, you are welcome to apply.

Please note that you must be returning as an undergraduate student in September 2022 in order to be eligible. Applications from those in their second, third or fourth year of study will be prioritized.


Space is limited, and an application submission is required. Applicants will be notified in early July regarding the status of their application.

Application deadline: June 19, 2022


Stephanie Trenholm
Indigenous Graduate Student Advisor
Indigenous Programs & Services / College of Graduate Studies