This fund, overseen by the Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative, is designated to provide support for campus projects which explore, and increase understanding of, the cultural traditions and political experiences of Indigenous Peoples throughout the hemisphere and the world through historical and contemporary lenses. Funds may be used to support speakers, lecture series, films, events and symposia, as well as fund a clearly delineated working group for meetings, materials (books, etc.) visitors and presentations.

Application process:

Small Grants and Co-Sponsorships

  • Rolling Deadline

  • Maximum Award of $500

In order for us to evaluate all inquiries fairly, we ask for specific information from all requests for co-sponsorship. If you would like us to consider your program for co-sponsorship please complete the web form here.

Large Grants and Co-Sponsorships

  • Rolling deadline

  • Maximum Award of $1,500

Applicants must complete this application form, using the spaces allotted to describe the project as requested. Within this form, you will be asked to submit a one- to two-page document describing the proposed topic, theme, or subject, along with the overall content of the proposed event, project, or working group. Indicate the importance of its relationship to the field of Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) and how it aligns with the goals of the NAIS Initiative. Additionally, please provide a detailed budget for your event. If the project is being funded by other sources and/or you intend to request co-sponsorships from other units, please indicate that in the document (and how much is being requested from each).

Proposals will be evaluated by the NAISAB Executive Committee. Other relevant faculty may be consulted at the discretion of the Committee. Accepted proposals will be based on proposal quality, viability and potential contribution to the goals of the NAIS Initiative.

Grantees will be asked to provide a brief summary of their activities within one month of the end of their project.