NAISI Fellowship

In collaboration with Brown University’s Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative (NAISI), the Center for Public Humanities seeks graduate students interested in working for, and leading, Native American cultural institutions, archives, libraries or museums.

One fully-supported two-year fellowship is available each year for a student, or someone already working in the community, to pursue a Master's degree in public humanities dedicated to increasing the understanding and maintenance of the cultural traditions and political experiences of Indigenous Peoples.

The importance of representation and self-representation of Native American and Indigenous Peoples makes training the next generation of curators and culture workers especially important. Our graduates will work in collaboration with Native and Indigenous communities to become part of professional practitioner networks within tribal museums and cultural institutions.

The fellowship covers tuition, health service fee, health insurance, and a stipend for two years of the program. Prospective students should explain in their personal statement how their academic and professional preparation and career goals make them appropriate candidates for this fellowship.  We welcome students coming right from college or those who have already been working in their communities.

NAISI Fellow will join a small and vibrant graduate student community of 20-30 students studying public humanities; work 15 hours a week with Brown’s exciting Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative; have access to faculty teaching the theory and methods of public humanities as well as Native topics; and have financial support that covers tuition and living expenses for two years.

This is a full residency program with all courses offered in-person only.  None of the course are available on-line.

NAISI fellowship is funded by the Center for Public Humanities, the Native American and Indigenous Studies Inititative, and the Graduate School.

Past and current NAISI Fellows:

Felicia Bartley

Rae Kuruhara

Taylor Payer

Isabella Robbins, MA'19