Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI) Fellowships

The APS seeks applicants for predoctoral, postdoctoral, and short-term research fellowships open to scholars at all stages of their careers, especially Native American scholars in training, tribal college and university faculty members, and other scholars working closely with Native communities on projects. These funding opportunities are supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI). Fellows will be associated with the APS’s new Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR), which aims to promote greater collaboration between scholars, archives, and indigenous communities.

Current and Past Recipients

2017 Recipients

Tiffany Hale (Andrew W. Mellon Native American Scholars Initiative Postdoctoral Fellow) completed her Ph.D. in the department of history at Yale University with a specialization in Indigenous Studies and United States History. Her dissertation examined the interplay between U.S. military strategy and American Indian spiritual practices in the late nineteenth century. Tiffany was most recently a short term fellow at the Newberry Library in Chicago and a dissertation research fellow at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. She is of Cherokee and African American descent, but was born in Gallup, New Mexico and raised in Virginia, North Carolina, and California. She is currently revising her dissertation into a book manuscript.

Research Project: “Hostiles and Friendlies: Memory, U.S. Institutions, and the 1890 Ghost Dance”


Teresa Montoya (Diné) (Andrew W. Mellon Native American Scholars Initiative Predoctoral Fellow) is pursuing a Ph.D. in Anthropology at New York University where she also earned a certificate in Culture and Media (2015). She holds an M.A. in Museum Anthropology (2011) from the University of Denver. Currently, Montoya is working on a multimedia project, The Day Our River Ran Yellow/ Tó Łitso, a Diné centered visual meditation on the landscapes and waterscapes affected by the Gold King Mine spill in August of 2015. Themes of environmental contamination and settler colonialism raised in this project are central to her dissertation research that engages issues of jurisdiction and regulation alongside articulations of sovereignty for Diné communities confronting various forms of toxic exposure in the Navajo Nation. Montoya’s doctoral coursework and research has been generously supported by funding from: New York University, the Ford Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and the National Science Foundation.

Research Project: “Tracing Toxicity: Dine Politics of Permeability”


Holly Miowak Guise (Andrew W. Mellon NASI Digital Knowledge Sharing Fellow) is a History Ph.D. candidate at Yale University completing her dissertation on World War II Alaska Native history. Born in Anchorage, and Iñupiaq with family from Unalakleet, her research travels have carried her across Alaska. Her dissertation bridges archives and elder oral histories with a focus on gender, internment, Native activism, and military service during the war. She has received funding for her research from the Ford Foundation, the Cook Inlet Historical Society, the Western History Association, the American Philosophical Society, and at Yale she has been named the Bartlett Giamatti Fellow, William K. Fitch Fellow, Irene Battell Larned Fellow, Ralph H. Gabriel Fellow, and Paul C. Gignilliat Fellow.

Research Project: “World War II and the First Peoples of the Last Frontier”


Megan Lukaniec (Andrew W. Mellon NASI Digital Knowledge Sharing Fellow) is a member of the Huron-Wendat Nation of Wendake, Québec, Canada and a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her dissertation, currently in preparation, is a grammar of her heritage language, Wendat. As the last speakers of this language passed away during the mid-19th century, Lukaniec’s research is based upon the historical documentation of the language, which dates from the 17th century onward and spans several centuries. Her work is situated within the broader language reclamation and revitalization efforts in which she has played an active role for the past decade.

Research Project: “A Grammar of Wendat (Huron)”


Anna Naruta-Moya (Andrew W. Mellon NASI Digital Knowledge Sharing Fellow) is project director for the Indigenous Digital Archive, an IMLS National Leadership Grant project of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (Santa Fe, New Mexico) in partnership with the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and the State Library Tribal Libraries Program. Dr. Naruta-Moya has served as an archivist for the Hoover Institution Archives, Stanford University, and the US National Archives, and consults for organizations including the Santa Fe Opera. Concern for the ability to share and communicate about objects from different repositories and create projects with longevity led her to join the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) community to help create shared open source applications for archival collections. A past fellow of the Getty summer institute in digital art history, she is a research associate professor of the University of New Mexico and a research associate of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.

Daniel Moya (Tewa, P’o Suwae Ge Owingeh) conducts social media outreach and community engagement for the Indigenous Digital Archive. Mr. Moya was raised on the reservation by his grandfather and his grandmother, who attended the Santa Fe Indian Industrial boarding school from the age of five. (Her father was one of the few graduates from Carlisle Indian Industrial School, in 1901.) Mr. Moya works as a contractor for the US State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs International Visitor Leadership Program. He is an award-winning artist in sculpture and bronze, received a New Mexico History Scholar award for research on the Indian Boarding Schools of Santa Fe, and has given talks on the boarding schools as incubators of Native American sports.

Research Project: “Indigenous Digital Archive”


Edward Noel Smyth (Andrew W. Mellon NASI Digital Knowledge Sharing Fellow) received his Ph.D. in History from the University of California-Santa Cruz (UCSC) in 2016. He is a lecturer for the Writing Program at UCSC and also teaches history courses at Cabrillo Community College. He is currently working on a book project and an article about the Natchez who lived with the Chickasaws in the 1730s.

Research Project: “Digital Archives of Natchez Oral Histories”