Head and Heart Indigenous Research Fellowship

Head and Heart Indigenous Research Fellowship


The Head and Heart Indigenous Research Fellowship

Western Research, Student Experience & Indigenous Initiatives

Western’s Head & Heart is a unique research program geared for Indigenous students that strives through an intergenerational network to nurture a community and the next generation of Indigenous scholars. The program model recognizes the value of bringing Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars at different levels (e.g. undergraduate, graduate, emerging and established) together through community-based learning activities that privilege Indigenous research priorities.

The goals of the program are to:

  • grow the next generation Indigenous scholars by increasing the number of Indigenous undergraduate students engaged in research at Western;
  • facilitate relationship building and mentorship between Indigenous undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty members across all disciplines; and
  • nurture an intergenerational network of researchers committed to Indigenous research priorities and needs.

Students interested can apply or learn more at the Head and Heart Program page through the Office of Indigenous Initiatives.

Logo Artist: Tsista Kennedy. Tsista Kennedy is a woodland-style artist from Beausoleil First Nation, and Oneida Nation of the Thames. Tsista creates his artwork on canvas with acrylic paint, on paper with ink, and digitally as well. He has been creating this style of artwork since the age of 13, winning a Governor General's Award for his "Seventh Fire Leadership" in 2018.


Browse the Head and Heart Indigenous Research Fellowship Collections:

2019 Cohort

2020 Cohort

2021 Cohort

2022 Cohort