Graduate Student Research and 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 interests.

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

The funding includes up to $2,500 per student that can be used for expenses such as purchasing data; research participant costs; travel, including airfare, hotel, parking, meals, and mileage or other ground transportation expenses; 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 dissertation completion.
  • Not be a prior recipient.

Conditions of Award

  • Funds should be used for domestic purchase from U.S.-based vendors.
  • University of Arizona travel policies shall apply on travel awards.
  • Awardee must present their research work 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 your research work.

Application Process


Prepare the following documents for upload:
  1. Letter (one-page) explaining (a) how the research and travel 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.

Due Dates

Round 1: December 1, 2019

Award period: December 13, 2019 – June 30, 2020.

Round 2: February 15, 2020

Award period: February 28, 2020 – August 31, 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact Danielle Hiraldo.

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