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Faculty Fellowships

The Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR) announces its inaugural faculty fellowship awards, to be awarded for the 2019-2020 academic year. As the university’s and Chicago’s intellectual hub for research with and about Native American and Indigenous peoples and for Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) research, CNAIR supports undergraduate, graduate, and faculty fellows. We invite continuing faculty (including teaching track faculty with continuing appointments) working in any department or school at Northwestern, including the Feinberg School of Medicine and Pritzker School of Law, to apply for fellowship funding.

CNAIR seeks to support faculty working in any discipline whose research includes Native American & Indigenous peoples and/or who engage with Native American and Indigenous Studies methodologies. Fellows participate in CNAIR’s community of scholars by attending Center talks and workshops, including regular lunch seminars and talks by invited speakers, by presenting about their work at the annual research symposium held in the spring, and by mentoring a CNAIR graduate fellow.
CNAIR anticipates awarding fellowships of between one and two quarters of funding (a 50% teaching reduction or full year of supported leave). Applicants must be eligible for a leave and must secure the approval of the department chair before applying. Applicants for a teaching reduction may not have been on leave in 2018-19.

For applicants from Weinberg: Only those eligible for a leave in 2019-20 may apply to expand the normal one-quarter leave into a full-year leave. Teaching reductions do not count against a faculty member’s ongoing “leave clock.”

Applicants from Bienen, Medill, and the School of Communication must also secure approval from their Dean in addition to their Department Chair.

application process

Applications are due by March 12. Faculty fellows will be notified of their award by March 30. Please submit the following documents as one PDF file to Jennifer Michals (


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