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Faculty Fellowships

The Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR) calls for proposals for
faculty fellowship awards, to be awarded for the 2020-2021 academic year. As the university’s and
Chicago’s intellectual hub for Indigenous centered and 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 engages Native
American & Indigenous peoples and/or who center Indigenous research and Native American
and Indigenous Studies methodologies. Fellows participate in CNAIR’s community 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.
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 2019-2020.

For applicants from Weinberg:
Only those eligible for a leave in 2020-21 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

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 January 15, 2021. Faculty fellows will be notified of their award by March
1. Please submit the following documents as one PDF file to Jennifer Michals

• A one paragraph abstract of your project, focusing on the research you propose to complete
during your fellowship. Please indicate how many quarters of funding you are requesting.
• A 5 page maximum (double spaced) research proposal that is legible to an interdisciplinary
selection committee. Please describe your project and your goals while on fellowship;
describe your methodology and indicate how it aligns with the Center’s mission
(; and situate your research or teaching within
your field or discipline. Professors of instruction should describe a project related to their
teaching and describe how it will benefit their teaching upon their return from leave.
• 1 page project bibliography.
• C.V.
• Two letters of reference (one may be from a Northwestern faculty member)
• Approval from your department chair and/or dean (email correspondence will suffice)


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