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 2023 cycle of IndigiNerds will be the ninth year of providing an opportunity for Indigenous students – and McMaster faculty members – to be immersed in a unique research experience. The 2023 program runs from May 4th – June 30th, 2023.

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


Faculty supervisors: Application Period for 2023 is open! Click Here for the Google Form supervisor application. 

Indigenous undergraduate students: Application Period for 2023 is open! Click Here for the Google Form student application. 

IndigiNerds is made possible by contributions from the Office of the Vice President, Research, 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 connect with our IndigiNerds program coordinator, Katelyn Knott, at

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