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Undergraduate Fellowships

The Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR) is excited to announce its undergraduate student research 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. Research fellows will have the opportunity to receive mentoring in NAIS methodologies under the supervision of a CNAIR affiliate. We welcome applications from Northwestern undergraduate students in all disciplines, including the humanities, social sciences, science and engineering, business, law, and medicine.

ABOUT THE research opportunities

Fellowships include a $1000 stipend for one quarter and may also be used in conjunction with an undergraduate research position.

Fellowships are awarded on a rolling deadline. Funds may be applied to in fall, winter, or spring quarters.  Students seeking summer support should apply for both a summer undergraduate research grant (SURG) through the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) and CNAIR funds, which may be used for travel. Applicants must be enrolled as a Northwestern undergraduate student.

Application Process

Applications are now open. Please submit the following documents as one PDF file to Jennifer Michals (


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