All candidates must submit a completed Stage 1 fellowship application by Tuesday, July 13, 2021, no later than 5 pm Mountain Daylight Time.
Stage 1 applicants will be notified by September 10, 2021, if selected to submit a Stage 2 application.
FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION FORM: The online fellowship application will ask applicants to provide their contact information, demographic information, and additional information regarding the applicants’ knowledge field, experience, vision for the fellowship year. The online application also requires that applicants upload several attachments throughout the online submission process.
All applicants will receive a confirmation of submission following the completion of the Fellowship Application Form. This confirmation will be sent via email from firstname.lastname@example.org to the primary email address provided in the application. Please check your junk or spam folder should this email not arrive in your inbox.
Stage 1 Application
ESSAYS: In the application, applicants will be asked to respond to two short essays. These statements are designed to yield more insight about applicants’ knowledge, experience, potential and vision. In addition to aiding with the selection process, these essays are intended to help applicants define their vision and goals for the fellowship year.
- Statement of Community Impact: In 500 words or less, please share more about your personal and/or professional background as it relates to your knowledge field(s) and working with Indigenous communities. Please make sure to address how you have been actively engaged in your knowledge area(s) and how your work supports Indigenous people and communities.
- Vision for Fellowship Period: In 500 words or less, please explain how you will use the fellowship to advance your personal and professional goals. Please make sure to address any plans for creating, disseminating, and/or perpetuating knowledge within your community or to Indigenous peoples at large.
Resumé/Curriculum Vitae/Biographical Sketch: All applicants must submit a detailed, up-to-date résumé, curriculum vitae or biographical sketch that summarizes their background in their knowledge field(s) and experience working with Indigenous people and communities in either reservation and/or urban settings. This attachment must be uploaded as a .pdf file.
Consent Form (REQUIRED FOR NOMINATIONS): Nominators submitting applications on behalf of another individual must upload a signed consent form. This form indicates that the nominee consents to working with the nominator to complete the fellowship application. It also indicates that the nominee has reviewed and agrees to the terms of the fellowship. Download First Nations’ Consent Form here.
Stage 2 Application
ESSAYS: In the application, applicants will be asked to edit, update, and expand on their previous essays, up to 1000 words, and provide additional information regarding use of funds for the fellowship period.
- Use of Funds: In 500 words or less, describe how the fellowship funds will support your vision and goals for the fellowship period.
Three (3) Letters of Reference: Applicants must submit three letters of reference with their application. References should be from 1) An individual in the same knowledge field who can speak on the importance of your work, 2) An individual from the community you serve who can speak on your experience working with and supporting Indigenous communities, and 3) A personal character reference. This attachment must be uploaded as a .pdf or Word file.
In the application, applicants will be asked to submit the names and contact information of three individuals who will upload reference letters on their behalf. Please note that applications will not be able to be submitted until all referees have uploaded their letters.
One (1) High-Quality Photo: For potential use in First Nations’ publications. Please submit a high-quality photograph of yourself in JPEG format. The photo can be a headshot or portrait and must clearly show your face.
Additional Supporting Materials (OPTIONAL): Applicants can attach up to three (3) supporting documents or materials that demonstrate the applicant’s experience of expertise in their knowledge field(s) and/or commitment to their Native community (awards, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, etc.). Supplemental materials are optional but highly recommended. These attachments must be uploaded as .pdf files.
Important Note: Please allow yourself enough time to submit a complete application before the deadline, as the online system will shut down automatically at 5 pm MDT on TUESDAY, JULY 13, 2021, and no data may be entered thereafter. Partial, faxed, emailed or mailed applications that are not received on time due to user error will not be considered. Any requests for exemptions to using the online system must be received by June 30, 2021.
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Download instructions for First Nations’ Online Application System here. Begin your Fellowship Application here.
Selection Process Timeline
The stages and timeline of the Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship are as follows:
- Application for the Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship opens Tuesday, June 1, 2021.
- Stage 1 applications are due Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at 5 pm MDT.
- Stage 1 applicants will be notified regarding the status of their applications on or before September 10, 2021. Those advancing to Stage 2 will be able to access their application forms at this time.
- Stage 2 application are due Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at 5 pm MDT.
- Stage 2 applicants will be notified regarding the status of their applications on or before November 12, 2021. 25 semifinalists will be selected to advance to the final interview stage of the selection process.
- Semifinalists will travel and participate in an in-person (pending community and travel restrictions) interview with the Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship Selection Committee the week of December 6, 2021, at First Nations’ headquarters in Longmont, CO. First Nations will cover all travel and accommodation expenses for semifinalists’ travel.
- After the interviews, the Fellowship Selection Committee will select 10 fellows. Semifinalists will be notified on or before December 17, 2021.
- The fellowship will begin January 1, 2022, and conclude December 31, 2023.