HGI understands that for some students participation in the Haida Gwaii Semesters or Summer Sessions is not possible without financial assistance. In an effort to respond to this need, HGI has worked with external agencies to identify funding that HGI students are eligible to apply for when accepted into one of our programs.

For more details on each funding program, and how to apply, please contact Carlos Ormond by email:, or call 1-250-559-7885 ext. 232.

Gwaii Trust Society Bursary Grant for HGI Haida Gwaii Semesters

Eligibility: Available to all residents of Haida Gwaii who are planning to attend an HGI – Haida Gwaii Semester on a full time basis (all five courses) and demonstrate a financial need. A resident is a person who has lived on Haida Gwaii for the previous 12 consecutive months and/or whose primary residence is Haida Gwaii but is currently away studying at university or college.
Amount: Up to $7,000 is available per students attending either the Natural Resource Science (Sept. to Dec. 2018); or Reconciliation Studies (Sept. to Dec. 2018).

Gwaii Trust Society Off-Island Student Continuing Education Grant

Eligibility: A limited number of grants will also be available to “off island” students attending any Haida Gwaii post secondary institution such as HGI Haida Gwaii Semesters and Haida Gwaii Summer Terms. These grants will be available to individuals that can demonstrate financial need.
Amount: 10 grants per year will be available to a maximum of $1,500 per individual.

UBC Faculty of Forestry Haida Gwaii Semester Travel Grants

Eligibility: UBC Faculty of Forestry students registered in a Haida Gwaii Semester
Amount: 5 grants per year valued at $6,000 each.

Indspire Post-Secondary Education (PSE) Grant

Eligibility: Canadian Aboriginal person that can demonstrate financial need.
Amount: A maximum of $2,600 per academic year.

Tribal Resources Investment Corporation (TRICORP) Employment, Skills & Training Services Grant

Eligibility: An Aboriginal person who is currently a student, or not working, and who resides in TRICORP's region, which extends (east to west) from Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) to Burns Lake, Hartley Bay to the south and north to the Yukon border.
Amount: Up to a maximum of $5,000 per annum, per individual.

Nisga’a Employment, Skills and Training (NEST) Grant

Eligibility: A Nisga'a citizen.
Amount: Up to a maximum of $5,000 per annum, per individual.

Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society (ACCESS) Grant

Eligibility: An Aboriginal person, Canadian citizen and Metro Vancouver resident.
Amount: Varies. Please contact HGI for more information.

New Relationship Trust Foundation (NRTF) Post-Secondary Bursary Award

Eligibility: First Nation students from British Columbia.
Amount: 50 Bursaries per annum of $2,000 per individual.

RBC Aboriginal Student Awards Program

Eligibility: Canadian Aboriginal student with at least two years remaining in your post-secondary studies as of September 2018.
Amount: $4,000 each academic year for two to four years.

Irving K. Barber Post-Secondary Student Award

Eligibility: A First Nations (Status or Non-Status), Inuit or Metis and a BC Resident.
Amount: $1,000-2,000 per year, and are invited to renew each year.