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Graduate Fellowships

The Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR) requests proposals for its 2021-2022 graduate student fellowship awards. 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 and NAIS research. Graduate students will receive mentoring in Indigenous methodologies; present their work at the CNAIR research symposium; and join a community of scholars dedicated to work that is interdisciplinary and oriented both to critical inquiry and to its repercussions for communities inside and outside the university. We welcome fellowship applications from Northwestern graduate students in all disciplines, including the social sciences, humanities, science and engineering, business, law, and medicine.


Graduate student fellows will:

Fellowships include support for one quarter, including a monthly stipend, fringe benefits, and $1500 in 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 March 2021; research funds may be applied to summer or fall 2021, or to winter and spring 2022.  Applicants must be enrolled in a Northwestern doctoral program.

application process

Applications are due by January 25, 2021. Please submit the following documents as one PDF file to Jennifer Michals (

Applications must contain all of the above elements to be complete.

Read about our 2020 fellows here.


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