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IARPC Leadership Fellowship for Indigenous Peoples
Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC)
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IARPC Leadership Fellowship for Indigenous Peoples

IARPC Collaborations consists of collaboration teams that are led by federal and non-federal co-leaders. These leaders develop communities of practice around research topics relevant to the Arctic. Although each of the collaboration teams discusses issues directly relevant to those living in Alaska and the Arctic and team leaders are experts in their field, few team leaders have perspectives stemming from deep place-based knowledge in Alaska. These perspectives have inherent value and help to tie the research community to the priorities of those living in the Arctic, which is an important element of the Arctic Research Plan 2022-2026. IARPC seeks to increase the ability for Indigenous individuals to participate in leadership positions within IARPC as they so choose. IARPC acknowledges that the time and resources necessary for participation by Indigenous individuals is often a barrier to participation in IARPC. Therefore, consistent with priorities of the Biden Administration, IARPC is creating a fellowship for Indigenous individuals to participate in IARPC in a leadership capacity with the following guidelines.

At this time IARPC is piloting this program with two fellowship positions. In the future IARPC hopes to support more fellows.


  • Improve collaboration teams’ ability to understand Indigenous research needs in their fields and facilitate communication and collaboration across cultural boundaries and knowledge systems
  • Provide fellows with a deep understanding of the federal research ecosystem that will inform their careers and future relationships

Fellowship Guidelines

  • Any interested Indigenous individuals are eligible for this fellowship if they meet the following conditions:
    • Have expertise, experience, or place-based connection with the team’s focus
    • Are not currently receiving federal funding to engage in or with IARPC
    • See the fellowship as contributing to career and/or future professional plans
  • Fellows will co-lead a designated IARPC Collaboration Team alongside other co-leaders
  • Fellowships are for one year with the option of a one- to two-year extension pending funding
  • Fellows will be supported with a stipend of $5,000 per year
  • Travel expenses related to IARPC fellowship responsibilities will be paid for by IARPC

Fellowship Description and Responsibilities

  • IARPC welcomes fellows who want to work as boundary spanners between Indigenous Peoples, communities, and organizations, and the research community. Fellows will be encouraged to co-lead their team in ways that reflect their traditional values and ways of knowing.
  • Fellows can expect to devote 10 hours a month, on average, to their fellowship responsibilities
  • Fellowship responsibilities include
    • Developing and strengthening connections between Indigenous and research communities
    • Collaborating with other co-leaders within and across teams
    • Working with other co-leads in organizing meetings
    • Co-hosting monthly team meetings
    • Participating in annual planning workshops
    • Participating in annual reporting

IARPC Commitments to Fellows

  • Fellows will receive team leader onboard training from the IARPC Secretariat
  • Fellows will receive mentorship from their team co-leaders
  • Fellows will have the opportunity to connect with a variety of scientists, research programs, and federal agencies on issues of importance that overlap with plan priorities
  • IARPC Secretariat and team co-leaders will support fellows in developing and leading team meetings
  • IARPC Secretariat will support the development of session proposals or abstracts related to team activities
  • IARPC will evaluate its own success at connecting/being relevant to communities of priority to the fellows

Additional Details

Selected fellows will be required to sign a contract with the Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS). If a selected fellow is part of an institution, the fellow's home institution may enter into an agreement with ARCUS on behalf of the fellow.

How to Apply

The IARPC Health and Well-Being, Arctic Observing Systems, Atmosphere, Permafrost, Arctic Data, and Coastal Resilience collaboration teams have requested a fellow. However, fellows whose work and experience is relevant to other teams are also encouraged to apply. The fellowship will remain open until positions have been filled, but review of applications will begin on November 1.

To apply, send the following to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

  • Your name and which collaboration team(s) are of most interest to you
  • Personal statement: Briefly tell us about yourself and what motivates you (200-300 words)
  • Statement of interest: Explain why you are interested in becoming an IARPC Fellow, what you can bring to the collaboration team you want to join, and how being an IARPC fellow might benefit your career (200-300 words)
  • A CV or biography that includes:
    • Current career status
    • Relevant experience (community leadership, research, academic training, community service)
    • Professional positions and/or experience teaching, advising, mentoring, or conducting science communication and outreach activities
    • Any further qualifications and skills (languages, training relevant for this application)

Fellowship positions will remain open until filled. Review of applications will begin on November 1.

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