Graduate Student Research & Travel Funding

The Native Nations Institute, a program of the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at the University of Arizona, is offering research and travel funding for Indigenous graduate students engaging in Indigenous nation building related research projects. We are especially interested in research projects or work on contemporary Indigenous issues that have practical policy implications and the potential to be useful to Native leaders and decision-makers. Related fields include, but are not limited to, Indigenous governance, health policy, economic development, or community development.

At the Native Nations Institute, we’re eager to support the development of scholars and researchers focused on Indigenous nation building. This fund is a way to learn even more about nation building from the latest research in a variety of fields.
–Miriam Jorgensen, Research Director, Native Nations Institute


Amount and Use of Funds

Graduate students are eligible to receive up to $2,500 per student that can be used for expenses such as purchasing data, research participant costs, and conference registration fees.

Applicant Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a domestic U.S. citizen pursuing research in the U.S. Priority is given to University of Arizona graduate students and Indigenous students.
  • Be accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled as a graduate degree-seeking student in an accredited U.S. college or university.
  • Be enrolled full-time taking classes or part-time working towards SJD, thesis, or dissertation completion.
  • Not be a prior recipient.

Conditions of Award

  • Funds should be used for domestic purchase from U.S.-based vendors.
  • Awardee must present their research to the NNI staff and others at an informal meeting.
  • Awardee must submit a 1 to 2-page report on how the funding has contributed to their research.

Application Process

Prepare the following documents for upload:
  1. Letter (one-page) explaining (a) how the research funds will contribute to your professional development; and (b) how your research work relates to Indigenous nation building.
  2. Abstract for your research, dissertation, or conference presentation.
  3. Statement (one-page) of previous research and scholarly productivity, including a list of publications and presentations (if applicable).
  4. A minimum of one letter of recommendation from a faculty member who is familiar with your work, skills, and abilities.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

DEADLINE: June 3, 2022 at 11:59PM PST

AWARD BY: June 10, 2022


If you have any questions, please contact Mara Castro.

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