Funding Requests

Overview:

Funds overseen by the Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative are designated to provide support for on-campus and off-campus research, projects, events and internships that 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 guest speakers, lecture or speaking series, films, events and symposia, a clearly delineated working group for meetings, materials (books, etc.), visitors, and presentations. Student research, projects and internships may also be funded through NAISI. Please read through all application descriptions to ensure that you are applying in the right category.

At this time, NAISI is not able to provide support for outside or external (non-Brown University) funding requests.

Internal Funding Requests (within Brown University):

Co-Sponsorships for Events and Workshops

Within this form, you will be asked to submit a two-paragraph description of your proposed event or project and 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 at Brown. Additionally, you will be asked to use our NAISI Budget Template to create and submit a detailed budget and list of other co-sponsors, if applicable. This form is for entities affiliated with Brown University applying for funding. The typical co-sponorship contribution is $500 to $1000 to support academic events such as guest speakers, lecture series, films, events and symposia, as well as a clearly delineated working group for meetings, materials (books, etc.), visitors, and presentations.

Proposals will be evaluated by the NAISI Staff and other relevant faculty may be consulted, as well. Proposals will be reviewed based on proposal quality, viability and potential contribution to the goals of the NAIS Initiative.

Applications are received on a rolling basis; please allow a minimum of 30 days for review of applications.

Student Research and Internship Grants

The purpose of the NAISI student research and internship funding is to support Brown University undergraduate or graduate students conducting academic research projects or participating in experiential learning opportunities related to Native American and Indigenous Studies. The typical research grant is $500 to $1000, with higher amounts available for undergraduates engaging in UTRA-like projects (in collaboration with a faculty member) or LINK-like/internship opportunities. Within this form, you will be asked to describe your research project, its relationship to NAISI's mission, and how it supports your own academic development.

Grantees will be asked to provide a brief summary of their activities within one month of the end of their project or internship, or the portion of it funded by the NAISI research grant.

Applications are received on a rolling basis (no specific deadlines) and students are encouraged to apply a minimum of 60 days before research, projects or internships begin.

Course Development/Expansion and Curricular Resources

Brown University faculty members can apply for funds to support the development or expansion of a course contributing to the developing NAIS concentration or to support curricular resources.

Do you have ideas for a course that engages Native/Indigenous peoples, topics or epistemologies? Do you have research that could be folded into a course or need support for a research assistant that could help develop a new course or expand an existing one? Or do you have a wish list of curricular resources to support a course (or courses) or NAIS at Brown, in general (e.g., general collections, special materials, relevant databases, language packages, textbook support)? APPLY TODAY FOR MELLON GRANT FUNDS TO SUPPORT THESE!

Applications are received on a rolling basis; please allow a minimum of 30 days for review of applications.

Other Brown University Funding

Click here to see a list of research, internship, and course development funding opportunities from programs across the university (available to Brown-affiliated students and faculty).