SBI is committed to uplifting Indigenous scholars at all stages of their journey as data gatherers and knowledge keepers, particularly women and two spirit leaders. We provide support to women and two spirit undergraduate and graduate students who show promise in their careers as leaders to end gender and sexual violence against Indigenous people, by providing Emerging Leader and Outstanding Scholar Awards each spring and fall.



  1. Must identify as an Indigenous woman or two spirit person

  2. Must be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university in Canada or the United States

  3. Must be pursuing a future as a scholar or leader working to end gender and sexual violence against Indigenous people


How to Apply:


Applications will be taken on a rolling basis, and decisions will be made in mid-January and mid-August of each year. Please email the following materials to mmiwdatabase@sovereign-bodies.org:


  1. Proof of enrollment for the semester/quarter you are applying for (spring for January selection, fall for August selection)

  2. Academic/professional letter of recommendation

  3. Letter of recommendation from an elder or community leader

  4. Short answer (500 words) telling us which people or nation you belong to, and your relationship to them

  5. Essay (1000 words) telling us about how you plan to use your studies to address gender and sexual violence against Indigenous people