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The First Nations Development Institute (First Nations), in partnership with The Henry Luce Foundation invite applications for 10 Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowships. Through this fellowship program, organizers will award 10 fellowships to outstanding Native knowledge holders and knowledge makers engaged in meaningful work that benefits Indigenous people.

The fellowship is a 12-month, self-directed enrichment program designed to support the growth, development, knowledge, and networks of Native leaders, and supports 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. Fellows do not have to design or complete a project to be eligible or selected. Individuals may apply directly for this fellowship or individuals may nominate Native knowledge holders and knowledge makers for this fellowship.

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; Native Hawaiian; or demonstrate significant and long-standing engagement with and commitment to an Indigenous community in the U.S. and U.S. Territories;
  • Applicants must be engaged in the creation, dissemination, and/or perpetuation of knowledge in their field;
  • Applicants should have experience or expertise within the knowledge field/area they are pursuing;
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old;
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents; and
  • Applicants must be able to clearly demonstrate how their work can impact and benefit an Indigenous community or communities in the U.S.

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.

Pending community and travel restrictions, these convenings may be redesigned to accommodate a virtual setting for the safety and health of all participants.

Application deadline: 22 October 2020, 3:00 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time

For more information and to apply, go to:
Fellowship homepage

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