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Graduate Fellowships

The Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR) is excited to announce its inaugural graduate student fellowship awards in 2018-2019. As the university’s and Chicago’s intellectual hub for research with and about Native Americans and for Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) research, CNAIR supports undergraduate, graduate, and faculty fellows. The Center’s graduate student fellowship program seeks to generate and support research that is responsive to and engaged with Native communities and organizations, NAIS research, and historical and contemporary issues. Graduate students will have the opportunity to receive mentoring in NAIS methodologies and in career possibilities within relevant institutions (including but not limited to the university); present their work; and join a community of scholars dedicated to work that is interdisciplinary and oriented both to critical inquiry and to its repercussions for publics inside and outside the university. We welcome fellowship applications from Northwestern graduate students in all disciplines, including the humanities, social sciences, science and engineering, business, law, and medicine.


Graduate student fellows will:

Fellowships include support for one quarter, including a monthly stipend, fringe benefits, and research funds. TGS will cover the cost of tuition and health insurance benefits. Recipients of these fellowships will have the possibility to extend their existing funding toward support in their sixth year. Fellowships will be awarded by December 10, 2018; funds may be applied to winter, spring, and summer 2019 quarters. Students who take their fellowship funds in summer 2019 should plan to be in residence at CNAIR in winter or spring. Applicants must be enrolled in a Northwestern graduate program.

Application Process

Applications are due by November 15. Please submit the following documents as one PDF file to Jennifer Michals (


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