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Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship

Fellowships to USA Native American Leaders to Benefit
Indigenous People Living on Reservations or in Urban Areas

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First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) and Henry Luce Foundation

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Deadline Date:

09/13/19 5:00 PM MDT


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Fellowships of $50,000 to USA Native American leaders to benefit Indigenous people and their communities in urban areas or on reservations. Funding is intended to support living expenses, conference registration, travel, tuition, equipment, and childcare.

This fellowship is intended to support Native knowledge holders and knowledge makers that embody exceptional creativity, progressive and critical thinking, and the potential to significantly move forward their field in ways that will ultimately lead to broad, transformative impacts for Indigenous communities.

The fellowship is a self-directed enrichment program designed to support the growth, development, knowledge, and networks of Native leaders. This unique and exciting new fellowship will seek to support individuals from diverse fields and engaged in different modes of expression. The fellowship is open to both emerging and experienced leaders from a wide variety of fields, including but not limited to agriculture, food systems, youth leadership development, natural resource management, climate change, economic development, journalism, language and cultural revitalization, traditional and contemporary arts and more.

During the fellowship period, fellows will gather together three times during the year to pool their collective knowledge and create a community of practice that crosses fields, geographies, and tribal cultures. These three required convenings will give fellows the opportunity to engage in rich conversations intended to strengthen their leadership skills, reflect on their impact, share their learning and experiences and promote enduring professional relationships. These cohorts will empower fellows to overcome any geographic and cultural isolation they may experience by being a Native knowledge holder or knowledge maker, possibly as the only one in their field.

Broadly defined, Native knowledge holders and knowledge makers are individuals engaged in the creation and dissemination of knowledge that advances their respective field or expertise area. This includes those engaged in either and/or both Western knowledge fields or traditional Indigenous fields of knowledge development and dissemination, including:

- Cultural Leaders and Activists
- Linguists and Language Preservationists
- Artists, Craftspeople and Designers
- Writers, Storytellers and Media-Makers
- Curators, Conservators and Educators
- Food System Workers and Food Justice Advocates
- Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs
- Healthcare Professionals and Practitioners
- Environmentalists and Conservationists
- Academics, Researchers and Scientists
- And many more

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GrantWatch ID#: 186227

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Estimated Size of Grant:

First Nations provides a $50,000 award that may be used flexibly over 12 months. After 12 months, fellows will be eligible to apply for a supplemental grant of $25,000.

Term of Contract:

First Nations provides an award that may be used flexibly over 12 months. The start date of the fellowship is January 1, 2020, and the end date is December 31, 2020.

After 12 months, fellows will be eligible to apply for a supplemental grant to extend their work for another year and help mentor the next cohort of fellows.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The fellowship is open to emerging and experienced Native knowledge holders and knowledge makers actively engaged in meaningful, positive work that benefits Indigenous people and communities in either reservation and/or urban settings.

To be eligible for the Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship:

- Applicants must be a member of a federal- or state-recognized Native American or Alaska Native tribe or community, Native Hawaiian, or demonstrate significant and long-standing engagement with and commitment to an Indigenous community in the U.S.
- Applicants must be engaged in the development, perpetuation and/or dissemination of knowledge in their field.
- Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
- Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Pre-proposal Conference:

First Nations will host two optional, informational Question & Answer (Q&A) webinars for interested applicants prior to the application deadline. These Q&A webinars will provide interested applicants with information about the fellowship program, eligibility criteria, and allowable activities and requirements. During the webinars, First Nations will also discuss specific questions in the fellowship application and sample responses. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions about the Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship application and this funding opportunity.

Participation in these webinars is NOT mandatory, but applicants are strongly encouraged to register for and attend one or both of the webinars.

Application Q&A Sessions will be held on:

- Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. MDT. Register at:

- Tuesday, August 6, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. MDT. Register at:

Pre-Application Information:

1. Application for the Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship opens Friday, June 14, 2019.
2. Completed applications, including reference letters, are due Friday, September 13, 2019, at 5 p.m. MDT.
3. All applications will be reviewed by First Nations and 20 finalists will be selected to advance to the final interview stage of selection. Finalists will be notified in early October 2019.
4. Finalists will travel and participate in an in-person interview with the Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship Selection Committee the week of November 18, 2019. Location to be announced, but First
Nations will cover all travel and accommodation expenses for the finalists’ travel.
5. After the interviews, the Fellowship Selection Committee will select 10 fellows and selection notification will go out in December 2019.

Individuals may apply directly for this fellowship OR individuals may nominate Native knowledge holders and knowledge makers for this fellowship.

Applicants who are unable to use the online system must request approval from First Nations at least two weeks in advance of the application deadline by submitting an email request to First Nations.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To start an application:

If you have any other questions about the Fellowship, please contact Raymond Foxworth by email at or by phone at (303) 774-7836

First Nations Development Institute
2432 Main Street, 2nd Floor
Longmont, CO 80501
Tel: 303-774-7836
Fax: 303-774-7841

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