7 Generation Innovators Fellowship

Empowering Scholars for Community Change

Are you passionate about tribal civic responsibility and rural community organizing? The 7 Generations Innovators Fellowship offers a unique opportunity for scholars to enrich their understanding of these crucial areas.

Program Overview

Grounded in six Indigenous relationality values, this fellowship program supports creative projects that:

  • Address community needs
  • Increase tribal civic awareness
  • Foster collaborative efforts
  • Drive long-term, sustainable outcomes
The 2023-24 American Indian College Fund Student Ambassador cohort.
The 2023-24 American Indian College Fund Student Ambassador cohort.

The Six Rs

This fellowship is inspired by “Six Rs” of Indigenous relationality:

  • Respect: Understand and cherish the interconnectedness of self, others, and the environment.
  • Responsibility: Uphold mutual accountability through consistent, transparent communication.
  • Reciprocity: Cultivate and express gratitude, deep empathy, and generosity of spirit in co-creating thriving environments and communication dynamics.
  • Relationship: Leverage collective strength to build long-term, sustainable practices for everyone.
  • Reflection: Self-examine actions, responses, and consequences of upholding the Six Rs that shape our personal narratives.
  • Redistribution: Commit to sharing wisdom, resources, and stories with each other to foster a “7 Generations” mindset and legacy.

Fellowship Details

We are excited to fund four projects with grants of $2,500 each. Fellowship recipients must design their projects to clearly demonstrate one or more of the Six Rs.

Apply now and join us in making a difference. Your ideas and passion can shape a better future!

Start with Explore Careers to look for academic programs that may align with personal and professional goals; additionally, find useful information on possible job tracks.

    • Academic Programs and Jobs
    • Networking
    • Native-Focused Degrees and Programs
    • Native-Focused Institutes and Centers
    • Tribal Colleges and Universities
    • Future Planning Form

Check out Programs to Develop Your Skills page to learn about student programs that can support academic and skill development goals.

    • Student Professional Development Grants
    • 7 Generation Innovators Fellowship
    • Internship Matching (coming soon)
    • Innovation Programs (coming soon)

The Professional Development page offers basic resources to support professional and career development.

    • Creating Your Résumé
    • Interview Tips and Professional Etiquette
    • Graduate School
    • Internships

Employment Resources provides basic information for us as we move from entry level positions to upper-level management roles.

    • Entry Level
    • Management Level
    • Leadership Level (coming soon)
    • Entrepreneurship Level (coming soon)
    • Retirement Level (coming soon)

The Career Advising Resources page provides resources for those who are supporting academic and professional journeys for others.

    • Cultural Career Advising
    • Six R Evaluation Framework
    • Research Repository

Tribal Colleges and Universities

Tribal colleges and universities provide dynamic higher education opportunities, most on or near reservation lands. Known for their remarkable programs, culturally-relevant curricula, and familial student care – tribal colleges allow students to further their careers, attain an advanced degree, or better support their communities.