Current Projects

Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship

Featured artwork by 2020 Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellow Hanna Sholl  (Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak, Alaska) 

Under a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, the Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship promotes intellectual leadership in Native American communities by supporting 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 the fellowship is to identify, support and convene Native American knowledge holders and knowledge makers 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 includes cultural leaders, media makers, scientists, health professionals, academics, curators, artists, writers, and policy makers, among others. The work of these leaders takes 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, and policy analysis.

The fellowship launched in 2019 under the direction of the inaugural Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship Advisory Committee.


  • Meet the 2020 Luce Indigenous Fellows here.
  • Learn more about the 2020 Advisory Committee.
  • Apply for the 2021 Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship. The application period opens September 10, 2020, and ends October 22, 2020. Learn more.
  • Questions about applying? Learn more in our Q&A Sessions: Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at 2 pm MDT. Register here.
    Thursday, October 8, 2020, at 1 pm MDT. Register here.

Fellowship Advisory Committee Meeting, March 28 to 29, 2019, at First Nations headquarters in Longmont, Colorado.