Funding Requests


Funds overseen by the Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative are designated to provide support for on-campus and off-campus projects 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 speakers, lecture series, films, events and symposia, as well as fund a clearly delineated working group for meetings, materials (books, etc.), visitors, and presentations. Please read through all four application descriptions to ensure that you are applying in the right category. If you are not affiliated with Brown University please use the "External Funding Requests" form.

Internal Funding Requests (within Brown University):

Small Co-Sponsorships for Events, Projects and Speakers

  • Typical Award of $500 - $1,000

Applicants must complete this form using the spaces allotted to describe the project as requested. Within this form, you will be asked to submit two-paragraph description of your proposed event or project. 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, you will be asked to use our NAISI Budget Template to create and submit a detailed budget and list of other co-sponsors for your event. This form is for entities affiliated with Brown University applying for funding.

Proposals will be evaluated by the NAISI Core Steering 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.

Research and Course Development Funding

  • See Other Brown University Funding below
  • Typical Award of $500 - $1,000

If you are a faculty member, postdoctoral fellow or other researcher, graduate student, undergraduate student, or staff member internal to Brown University working on a research project related to Native American and Indigenous Studies, you can apply for this research grant from Native American and Indigenous Studies at Brown. Or, if you are a faculty member or other Brown University instructor, you can apply for this grant to help fund the development or re-development of a course that uses Native American and Indigenous Studies teaching and research methods. Please respond to the questions below as completely as possible so we can review and evaluate your request. 

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).