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Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship

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

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Deadline Date:

05/26/22 5:00 PM MDT


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Fellowships of $75,000 to USA and territories Native American leaders for activities that foster change for Indigenous people and their communities. Funding is intended to support the advancement and knowledge of participants by assisting with living expenses, conference registration, travel, tuition, equipment, and childcare.

The fellowship is a two-year, self-directed enrichment program designed to support the process of growth, development, knowledge and networks of Native leaders and thinkers. 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 and thinkers 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.

The fellowship may be used for a wide range of costs, including living expenses, tuition, conference registration, equipment, travel and childcare.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186227

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Estimated Size of Grant:

First Nations provides a $75,000 award that may be used flexibly over two years.

During the first year, fellows will receive $50,000 to support their work and efforts, be required to attend three fellow convenings and receive up to $5,000 in additional support for capacity-building activities and materials. During the second year, fellows will receive $25,000 to extend and deepen their work.

Term of Contract:

The start date of the fellowship is January 1, 2023, and the end date is December 31, 2024.

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 tribally-affiliated with a Native American, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian community.
- 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.
- Applicants must be able to clearly demonstrate how their work can impact and benefit an Indigenous community or communities in the U.S. and U.S. Territories.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Application Q&A Sessions will be held on:

- Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at 1 pm MT
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- Thursday, May 12, 2022, at 11 am MT
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Participation in these webinars is not mandatory, but applicants are strongly encouraged to register for and attend one or both of the webinars.

Pre-Application Information:

All candidates must submit a completed Stage 1 fellowship application by Thursday, May 26, 2022, no later than 5 pm Mountain Time.

The stages and timeline of the Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship are anticipated as follows and subject to change:
- Application for the Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship opens Friday, April 15, 2022.
- Stage 1 applications are due Thursday, May 26, 2022, at 5 pm MT.
- Stage 1 applicants will be notified regarding the status of their applications on or before August 15, 2022. Those advancing to Stage 2 will be able to access their application forms at this time.
- Stage 2 application are due Wednesday, August 31, 2022, at 5 pm MT.
- Stage 2 applicants will be notified regarding the status of their applications on or before October 13, 2022. 25 semifinalists will be selected to advance to the final interview stage of the selection process.
- Semifinalists will travel and participate in an in-person (pending community and travel restrictions) interview with the Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship Selection Committee the week of November 14, 2022, at First Nations’ headquarters in Longmont, CO. First Nations will cover all travel and accommodation expenses for semifinalists’ travel.
- After the interviews, the Fellowship Selection Committee will select 10 fellows. Semifinalists will be notified on or before December 5, 2022.

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

Contact Information:

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

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If you need assistance submitting your application in the online system, please contact First Nations’ Grantmaking Department by email at or by phone at (303) 774-7836.

For any other questions about the Fellowship, please contact Kendall Tallmadge by email at or by phone at (303) 774-7836.

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

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