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Native American Awards Program – Community Scholars

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Background & Purpose

The Native American Awards Community Scholar falls within the Native American Awards Program which supports Native Americans, who are formally or informally affiliated with a Native American community or tribe, to visit the Institution to undertake projects on a Native American subject and utilize the Native American resources of the Institution.

One of the goals of the program is for the Community Scholars to take the knowledge they gain through their research and share it with their community.

 

Eligibility

Applicants must be:

  • Formally or informally affiliated with a Native American community or tribe
  • Must be interested in pursuing a project related to Native American resources
  • Available full-time for a maximum of 21 days during the summer, fall, or spring.

 

How it Works

Stipend: $175 per day up to 21 days, a small research allowance and with possible travel allowance

All Sessions = maximum of 21 days, full time

  • Summer (beginning after June 1)
    • Application Deadline: February 1
  • Fall (beginning after October 1)
    • Application Deadline: February 1
  • Spring (beginning after February 1)
    • Application Deadline: October 1

 

How to Apply

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact potential advisors and co-advisors to determine the feasibility of the proposed research being conducted at the Smithsonian Institution, and the availability of relevant resources, including collections, archives, and library materials during the proposed tenure dates.  Information about research conducted and the Smithsonian research staff is outlined in Smithsonian Opportunities for Research and Study (SORS).

Once a candidate has established a connection between his/her field of study and current research at the Smithsonian, he/she should then apply through SOLAA.

Once you have created an account and logged into SOLAA you will need to complete all the required information including:

  • Mailing address
  • Academic history
  • Current university or college

 

Files you will need to upload:

Research Proposal

  • The full statement of your research you plan to undertake at the Smithsonian

Resume or Curriculum Vitae

References

  • Names and email addresses of two academic references
  • All reference letters are considered confidential unless confidentiality has been waived by the reference
  • Provide a copy of your proposal to your references
  • Through SOLAA you will send an email to these referees so they can provide references through the web
  • Have the reference submit in sufficient time to meet the application deadline

 

Selection Criteria

The merit of the proposal

The ability of the applicant to carry out the proposed research and study

The extent to which the Smithsonian, through its staff members and resources, can contribute to the proposed research

Applicants should note that it is not possible for the Office of Fellowships and Internships to award a stipend to all qualified candidates. The number of Community Scholars awards made each year is determined by the availability of funds for the program.

The Smithsonian does not discriminate on grounds of race, creed, sex, age, marital status, condition of handicap, or national origin of any applicant.

 

References

Past Native American Community Scholars Award Recipients

 

FAQ

Minority Awards Program FAQ

 

If you have any questions please contact Pamela Hudson Veenbaas at 202-633-7070 or send an email to siofi@si.edu