Research and Programs

Faculty Development

Fellowships for Tribal College and University (TCU) Faculty

The American Indian College Fund offers three fellowships for TCU faculty members. For all fellowships:

  • You must be a faculty member at a Tribal College or University (TCU)
  • Adjunct/part- time instructors, administrators, and TCU leaders who teach at least one course are eligible to apply. Staff members who meet certain criteria may apply for the Mellon Master’s Fellowship.
  • Applicants must obtain administrative approval from their TCU administrators to take sufficient leave time to complete all requirements of the fellowship within the fellowship’s time limit.  (Note, this does not mean a full sabbatical must be granted, just the amount of release time required to ensure successful completion of the program).
  • Applicants are required to sign an agreement stating they will continue teaching at a TCU for at least two years following the completion of the fellowship (or one year in the case of the pre-dissertation fellowship).

Mellon Faculty Career Enhancement Fellowship

Faculty who are “all but dissertation” (ABD) in a Ph.D. program are eligible to apply.  The amount of the fellowship award is $40,000 for a one year period.  It is expected that the fellow will be conferred their Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) by the end of this period.  The Mellon Faculty Career Enhancement fellowship deadline is May 4, 2018.

Faculty Career Enhancement Program Application

Mellon Master’s Fellowship

TCU faculty members and staff members with teaching responsibilities who are likely to become faculty may apply for up to $20,000 in assistance to complete master’s degrees. Preference is given to master’s study in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. For further information and application materials check back here for future funding opportunities.

Nyswander/Blanchard Pre-Dissertation Fellowship

Faculty enrolled in a Ph.D. program at any level are eligible for this fellowship.  The dollar amount of the award varies year to year as it is endowment driven, but ranges from $2,000-$9,000. The Nyswander-Blanchard Pre-Dissertation fellowship deadline is March 31, 2018.

Nyswander Blanchard Grant Application

For further information please contactNatalie Youngbull, Faculty Development Program Officer  | (303) 426-8900

American Indian College Fund Tribal College & University Research Journal (TCURJ) Call for Papers — Volume III

The American Indian College Fund  believes it is critical to support tribal college faculty in conducting research that benefits Native communities, and disseminating research to both Native communities and the wider research community. In 2013 and 2015, respectively, the College Fund published two volumes of research by current and former Tribal College and University (TCU) faculty who were recipients of Mellon Career Enhancement fellowships through the College Fund. Building on this two-volume research publication series, the College Fund initiated a new journal open to all current TCU faculty conducting research and writing for publication.
The purpose of this journal is to publish the work of TCU scholars in a peer-reviewed and widely-disseminated journal. The first volume consists of two issues published in 2016 and 2017; the second volume is scheduled for publication in 2017. This is the call for papers for Volume III, to be published in August 2018.

Download the flyer for more information

Additional Grant Opportunities

NEH Research Grants Available for Faculty at Tribal Colleges and Universities

The National Endowment for the Humanities, a federal agency in Washington, D.C., offers grants to individual faculty and staff at Tribal Colleges and Universities who seek to conduct scholarly research projects in the humanities.

The 2018 application deadline is April 11, for projects beginning in 2019 and 2020.  NEH staff will provide feedback on draft proposals received by March 1, 2018.

Projects should involve research that is of value to scholars, general audiences, or students in the humanities.  Eligible projects include research in primary and secondary materials and result in articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources.

Activities might also include research leading to the improvement of an existing undergraduate course or research related to the goals and interests of the institution or community.

The awards support the equivalent of two to twelve months of full-time work and carry a stipend of $5,000 per month.

For a detailed program description, application guidelines, and contact information, please see the NEH website at

NEH contact:

Mary Macklem, PhD
Senior Program Officer
Division of Research Programs
National Endowment for the Humanities
Washington, DC
(202) 606-8276 |