First Nations, under a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, is conducting a fellowship program – the Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship – that will support intellectual leadership in Native American communities. The fellowship program will support outstanding Native Americans who hail from a wide variety of fields and who utilize different modes of expression in communicating their knowledge and work.
The goal of this fellowship will be to identify, support and convene Native American intellectual leaders who embody exceptional creativity and progressive and critical thinking, and who have the potential to significantly move forward their fields in ways that will ultimately lead to broad, transformative impacts for Native communities and beyond. Core to this program is supporting Native individuals who are engaged in the creation and dissemination of knowledge that advances their respective field or area of expertise.
For this fellowship, Native intellectual leadership is defined broadly and will include cultural leaders, media makers, scientists, health professionals, academics, curators, artists, writers, and policy makers, among others. The work of these leaders may take many forms, including journalism, visual art, film and video, speeches or sermons, educational curricula, music or theater, formal scholarship or research, public health strategies, legal arguments, fiction, policy analysis, etc.