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Mellon Foundation Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI) Predoctoral Fellowship

These funding opportunities are part of the Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI), supported by the Mellon Foundation.  Fellows will be based at the Library & Museum's Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR), which aims to promote greater collaboration between scholars, archives, and indigenous communities throughout the Americas.

This 12-month fellowship is intended for an advanced doctoral degree student working toward the completion of the dissertation. Applications are open to scholars in any field and all periods of time. Preference will be given to those who have sustained personal engagement or experience with Indigenous communities. The caliber of the proposal, and evidence that the project will be completed in a timely manner, are the two most important criteria for evaluation. The selection committee will also take into consideration the need to be at the APS's Library & Museum and other research institutions in the Philadelphia area.

A stipend of $25,000 for twelve months will be awarded to the successful applicant, who will also have desk space at the American Philosophical Society. In addition, the predoctoral fellow will receive $5,000 in travel funds for outside research, fieldwork, and/or travel, and will receive a $15,000 stipend to purchase health insurance. Fellows will also partake in the intellectual life of the Society and have opportunities to receive professional development, including works-in-progress seminars, a writing workshop, career mentoring, and conference participation.


This fellowship is open to those who are not U.S. citizens or residents, but it does not provide visa sponsorship.


  • 12 month residential fellowship

  • $25,000 living stipend

  • $15,000 health insurance stipend 

  • $5,000 travel/research fund

Application Instructions:

All application materials will be submitted online. Applicants will submit:

  • C.V.
  • Dissertation proposal (2-4 pages)
  • A sample chapter from their dissertation not to exceed 25 double-spaced pages
  • An introductory cover letter that discusses their past and current work proposed to be completed on the fellowship
  • A short statement, no more than one page, describing the extent of their experience working collaboratively within an Indigenous community or as a member of an Indigenous community
  • Three letters of reference in support of the project and applicant
  • For those working on a community-based project, a letter of support from the indigenous community where the work is based is highly recommended

Deadline: January 20, 2023 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.