Rio Tinto's partnership with Indspire

Rio Tinto's partnership with Indspire

Are you an Indigenous student pursuing post-secondary education or training? Would additional funding help you achieve your goals? Apply to Indspire today

Across Canada, Indigenous students are working toward degrees, diplomas and certificates. They’re apprenticing in the skilled trades, and they’re upgrading their education, so they can get into school or go after a career. We’re helping them do it.

What is Indspire?

Indspire is committed to closing the gaps in education for Indigenous peoples. It is Canada’s leading Indigenous-run charity that provides bursaries and scholarships to Indigenous students pursuing post-secondary education or training. This includes everything from university degrees, college diplomas, and programs or certificates in apprenticeships and skilled trades.


Video: Indspire Award recipients Patrick Boucher, Rochelle Hartman, and Ashley Moreau talk about what funding means to them.

Who can apply?

You can apply for a Rio Tinto Award if you:

  • are a Canadian Indigenous Person
  • are enrolled at an accredited post-secondary institution
  • are enrolled full-time (university/college), full time or part time (skilled trades/apprenticeships)
  • can demonstrate a financial need


Video: Indspire Award recipients: Barrett Jack and Desiree Louis discusses why they applied.

How do I apply?

It’s as easy as:

1. Downloading the checklist of required documents

2. Visiting the Indspire portal and filling out an application

Indspire will then do the work matching students to the funding they need to succeed.

Deadlines for applications: 1 August, 1 November, and 1 February.


Image: recent recipients of the Rio Tinto Award for Indigenous Students were recognised at a reception held in Ottawa in May 2017. Pictured left to right: Ryan Danroth, Ashley Moreau, Desiree Louis, Barrett Jack, Rio Tinto’s Aluminium chief executive Alf Barrios, Parliamentary Secretary for Natural Resources MP Kim Rudd, Patrick Boucher and Rochelle Hartman.

Apply now or find out more about Indspire bursaries