2021 Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship Application Now Open


Applications Due October 22, 2020
Apply Now for the 2021 Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship

LONGMONT, Colorado (September 10, 2020) – First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) and The Henry Luce Foundation (Luce) today announced the opening of the grant application process for the 2021 Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship. The fellowship is a 12-month, self-directed enrichment program designed to support the growth, development, knowledge and networks of Indigenous knowledge holders and knowledge makers.

In this second year of the program, First Nations will again award 10 fellowships of $50,000 each to outstanding Native knowledge holders and knowledge makers engaged in meaningful work that benefits Indigenous people and communities in either reservation and/or urban settings. Meet the inaugural cohort of Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellows here.
This fellowship supports Native knowledge holders and knowledge makers as they advance their work and significantly move forward their field in ways that will ultimately lead to broad, transformative impacts for Indigenous peoples.

Complete information and a link to the online application can be found at this link.

All applications must be completed and submitted by 5 pm Mountain Daylight Time on Thursday, October 22, 2020.

To be eligible:

  • Applicants must be a member of a federal- or state-recognized Native American or Alaska Native tribe; Native Hawaiian; or demonstrate significant and long-standing engagement with and commitment to an Indigenous community in the U.S. and U.S. Territories.
  • Applicants must be engaged in the creation, dissemination and/or perpetuation of knowledge in their field.
  • Applicants should have experience or expertise within the knowledge field/area they are pursuing.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Applicants must be able to clearly demonstrate how their work can impact and benefit an Indigenous community or communities in the U.S.

Applicants may self-apply or nominate another individual. First Nations recognizes that some individuals may not apply for this fellowship on their own. First Nations understands that some individuals might be uncomfortable identifying themselves as knowledge keepers, cultural producers, or intellectual leaders within their own communities. We ask for assistance identifying those individuals, and encourage their family, friends, colleagues, co-workers and others to work with potential candidates to submit an application on their behalf.

Applicants will be asked to complete an online application and provide other required information, including essays and a current resume/curriculum vitae. Please see the online application for more details.
The Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship is designed to honor and support these individual leaders or thinkers as they work to further Indigenous knowledge creation, dissemination and perpetuation in Indigenous communities. This fellowship gives Native knowledge holders and knowledge makers the funding and connections necessary to maximize their potential and realize their vision for their communities. It will provide these cultural producers with the resources to match their existing knowledge, passion and drive to achieve their personal and community goals.
About First Nations Development Institute

For 40 years, using a three-pronged strategy of educating grassroots practitioners, advocating for systemic change, and capitalizing Indian communities, First Nations has been working to restore Native American control and culturally-compatible stewardship of the assets they own – be they land, human potential, cultural heritage or natural resources – and to establish new assets for ensuring the long-term vitality of Native American communities. First Nations serves Native American communities throughout the United States. For more information, visit

About the Henry Luce Foundation

The Henry Luce Foundation seeks to enrich public discourse by promoting innovative scholarship, cultivating new leaders, and fostering international understanding. The foundation advances its mission through grantmaking and leadership programs in the fields of Asia, higher education, religion and theology, art and public policy.

Established in 1936 by Henry R. Luce, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc., the foundation’s earliest work honored his parents, missionary educators in China. The foundation’s programs today reflect the value Mr. Luce placed on learning, leadership, and long-term commitment in philanthropy.

The Henry Luce Foundation, a private independent foundation, is a nonprofit corporation operating under the laws of the State of New York.


Program Contact:
Kendall Tallmadge, First Nations Senior Program Officer or (303) 774-7836

Media Contact:
Amy Jakober, First Nations Senior Communications Officer or (303) 774-7836