Inspiring & supporting the next
generation of indigenous scholars

Indigenous undergraduate students from across Turtle Island are invited to apply for a summer initiative – the IndigiNerds summer program (formerly known as the Indigenous Undergraduate Summer Research Scholars program) – that gives them a taste of graduate student life at McMaster University. Providing academic, social and cultural activities, IndigiNerds facilitates mentorship and guidance enabling Indigenous undergraduates to make informed choices in preparing for graduate studies.

IndigiNerds is an eight-week intensive research training program hosted by the McMaster Indigenous Research Institute. Indigenous undergraduate students from universities across Canada, who are interested in research and curious about graduate school are eligible to participate. Participants take part in workshops and Indigenous Knowledge programming while contributing as research scholars under the supervision of a McMaster faculty member. 

The 2024 cycle of IndigiNerds will be the 9th year of providing an opportunity for Indigenous students – and McMaster faculty members – to be immersed in a unique research experience. The 2024 program runs from May 6th – June 28th, 2024.

For program details, please visit the IndigiNerds Eligibility, Supports & Requirements page.

Applications for 2024 open December 1, 2023 and close February 16, 2024.  

Faculty supervisors: Application Period for 2024 is now open. Apply here:

Indigenous undergraduate students: Application Period for 2024 is open from December 1, 2023 – February 16, 2024.  Apply here:

IndigiNerds is made possible by contributions from the Office of the Vice President, Research, Office of the Provost, Canadian Cancer Society, all six McMaster faculties, and the Feast Centre for Indigenous STBBI research.

The Feast Centre for Indigenous STBBI research will support IndigiNerds scholars interested in Indigenous STBBI research and will provide Feast-affiliated supervisors.

If you have a question about IndigiNerds not answered here, please contact




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