program area


award type

Student research funding

special audience

Indigenous or Metis

Application open date

January 01, 2020

Application deadline

The Aboriginal Ambassadors in the Natural Sciences and Engineering Award (AANSEA) aims to engage Aboriginal students and fellows in promoting interest and participation in the natural sciences and engineering by visiting Canada’s Aboriginal communities and schools and sharing their research and education experiences or participating in science promotion events and activities.


  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
  • be an Aboriginal person;*
  • be registered full-time in a degree program in the natural sciences or engineering (NSE) at an eligible institution or be employed at an eligible institution as a postdoctoral fellow in the NSE;
  • have obtained, over the previous years of study (minimum of two academic terms), a cumulative average of at least second class (a grade of "B" or "B-", if applicable) as defined by your institution.

* For the purposes of this document, NSERC uses the Canadian Constitution Act, 1982 definition of Aboriginal peoples as including the Indian, Inuit, and Métis peoples of Canada.

What expenses does this award cover?

The award will cover costs associated with the proposed science and engineering promotion activity and Aboriginal community visit. These include costs incurred for your:

  • travel (air, rail, car rental, taxi, etc.);
  • accommodation (hotel, etc.);
  • meals;
  • material and supplies needed for demonstrations or experiments;
  • incidental expenses (photocopying, faxes, etc.).

Value of award

The value of the award will be based on the budget proposed in your application, up to a maximum of $5,000. You may hold only one award per fiscal year.

Learn more about the award at the NSERC website.


How to apply

To be considered for this grant, you must submit the following documents:

  • a completed application form with your signature on the final page
  • a letter of reference from your supervisor, other faculty member or senior staff at your institution, which attests to your skills and aptitudes for becoming an Indigenous Ambassador
  • a letter or email from the Indigenous community or school you plan to visit, confirming the proposed arrangements
  • a copy of documentation confirming your status as an Indigenous person
  • self-identification data**

**At the time of submission, you must complete a questionnaire that covers age, gender, Indigenous identity and/or identity as a member of a visible minority group and/or as a person with a disability. For the ID field, provide your NSERC PIN or leave it blank if unknown. The program collects self-identification data from all applicants to monitor levels of diversity, policies and processes for potential systemic barriers. Although completion of the questionnaire is mandatory and required before review of your application, each question includes the option “prefer not to answer.”

Applications must be submitted electronically using NSERC’s ICSP Secure Submission Site. The application must be submitted in Portable Document Format (PDF) as a single document.