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Alaska Salmon Fellows

Fellowships to Alaska Individuals to Promote
Change Within the Salmon Industry

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Alaska Humanities Forum

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Fellowships of $10,000 to Alaska individuals to participate in a program addressing various issues within the state’s salmon industry. The selected cohort of fellows will participate in a series of gatherings and implement innovative projects to promote systems change.

This program seeks extraordinary people willing to make an exceptional commitment to contribute and reach beyond their current knowledge, thinking and approaches; with a drive to strengthen their current abilities to lead and to make a difference; and with an understanding that successful systems change requires increased and improved collaboration and innovation.

Alaska Salmon Fellows:

Salmon is a defining factor in the culture of Alaska; it’s something we all have in common. But salmon, Alaska’s third largest industry, is also frequently a flash point of conflict over difficult issues such as racial justice, the urban-rural divide, and balancing sustainability against the needs of resource development.​

Alaska Humanities Forum, along with partner organizations, has designed the Alaska Salmon Fellows program to facilitate demanding conversations about salmon issues among leaders from a cross section of salmon policy, management, industry, activism, research, and cultural sectors. It serves as a:

-Pathway for new and stronger connections across the diverse sectors that have a key stake in the future of Alaska’s salmon; and to rich personal development as an innovative leader.

-Network to share lessons and deepen understanding of differing perspectives among the Fellows, sparking new relationships and through them, other stakeholders.

-System of Influence with other Fellows, advancing tangible opportunities to inspire innovative, systemic changes which address key issues and challenges for Alaska's salmon/people system.

Recruitment is now underway for the second cohort of Alaska Salmon Fellows. This program is currently seeking and accepting nominations for outstanding individuals who bring energy, vision, commitment, and innovative/diverse perspectives that would enhance the sustainability and equity of Alaska's salmon/people system.


This 18-month program includes as series of in-person gatherings, which all Salmon Fellows are required to attend. Costs for travel, lodging, and learning tools are included in the selection and award. See tentative schedule below. A final schedule will be provided to all applicants.​​

-Gathering 1: April 26-30, 2018
-Gathering 2: Oct. 12-16, 2018
-Gathering 3: Feb. 2019, in conjunction with the Alaska Forum on the Environment
-Gathering 4: October 9-13, 2019​


The Salmon Fellows program is rigorous. Much of the work, both individually and in collaboration with other Fellows, will be self-driven. To be successful requires a high level of personal investment by the Fellows in all aspects of this unique learning program including: gatherings, readings, virtual connections, coaching, feedback, and completion of innovative projects. ​

Projects / Grants:

Working collaboratively, Fellows will be expected to define, propose, and implement innovative Alaska salmon/people systems change opportunity projects during the Fellowship. ​


Alaska Humanities Forum will utilize a set of pre- and post-assessments to gain insight into the impact of the Alaska Fellows Program on individual participants as well as the system of influence statewide. Participants must be willing to participate in these assessments to help us discover the lessons which emerge over the course of the program.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182710

Number of Grants:

Only 16 Fellows from across the entire state are chosen.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Salmon Fellows will receive $10,000 in a personal award ($5,000 awarded at the beginning of the program and $5,000 upon successful completion of the program) to advance their efforts to achieve innovative, systems change. The program also covers travel expenses throughout the Program.

Term of Contract:

This program takes place over 18-months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

There are no formal education requirements.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are open December 15, 2017 - January 31, 2018.

Additionally, a nomination form is provided to nominate individuals who you think may be interested in the program.

Contact Information:

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


Nominate a Fellow:

Jennifer Gibbins

Alaska Humanities Forum
161 E. 1st Ave, Door 15
Anchorage, AK 99501

P: (907) 272-5341
F: (907) 272-3979

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alaska