As part of our mission to address the ongoing trauma caused by the U.S. Indian Boarding School policy and the effects on Indian education, we are excited to announce our Indian Boarding School Healing Scholarship and Fellowship Program.
NABS believes that education is key to the advancement of Tribal Nations, caring for our communities, and closing the gap of racial disparities in health and wealth attainment for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN).
Further, due to the historical way that higher education has extracted from and misrepresented AI/AN communities, and to uphold Tribal Data Sovereignty where AI/AN peoples and nations determine and govern the collection, ownership, and application of their own data, we are funding AI/AN post-graduate researchers through our fellowship program.
Read below to find out more information about each program.
In support of American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) students, NABS has created the Indian Boarding School Healing Scholarship for Descendants of Indian Boarding School Survivors. Following are details and how to apply:
- Who: Tribally enrolled descendants of U.S. boarding school survivors who submit an essay with their relative’s story; graduate and undergraduate students enrolled at accredited institutions.
- Terms: One-time funding paid directly to the institution through a partnership with the American Indian College Fund to be used for tuition, books, fees, etc.
- Annual Timeline:
- May 31—Deadline
How to Apply
Complete the American Indian College Fund’s Full Circle Scholarship application, and select the box that indicates that you are a descendant of a boarding school survivor. You will be prompted to submit your essay after checking the box. Good luck!
In support of American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) researchers, NABS has created the Boarding School Healing Research Fellowship for graduate students at accredited U.S. institutions.
Throughout the 2-year fellowship, Research Fellows will be equipped with research resources, peer-to-peer learning, mentorship from NABS staff and community members, participate in the 2022 Annual Boarding School Healing Conference as panelists, receive various platforms for sharing and elevating their projects, and receive stipends of $2500 per year to support their work.
Well-developed research inquiries through the Indian Boarding School Research Fellowship can take on various shapes and forms. Robust inquiries involving the history, impacts, oral histories, or healing journeys associated with the US Indian Boarding School Policy
Following are details and how to apply:
Any Native American and U.S. citizen that is a member or descendant of a state or federally recognized tribe with at least a 2.0 grade point average, and enrolled as a full-time student can apply for a fellowship.
What You’ll Need
- Digital photo—Please provide a professional-looking picture
- Tribal affiliation—Your proof of tribal enrollment (or CIB), or your parent/grandparent’s enrollment with your birth certificate
- Transcript—Most recent college/university transcript (official not needed)
- Proof of registration in current accredited degree program
- Research proposal
Terms of 2-year fellowship:
- $5000 Fellowship
- Stipends will be awarded in two broad phases: $2500 will be awarded at the beginning of the fellowship term, and $2500 will be awarded the second year.
- Funding will be disbursed directly to fellow to be used for tuition or research activities
- Fellows will submit quarterly blog submissions to NABS on their work and research
- Fellows will participate in a research panel at NABS’s conference in year 2 of their fellowship (or after research is completed)
- NABS will provide travel, meal stipend, and registration
- Fellows will submit a final report upon completing fellowship
- Fellows will share their thesis/dissertation with NABS when they finish their degree