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Faculty Fellowships

Fellowships for Tribal College and University (TCU) Faculty

Photos of past grads from the Fellowships program

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 3, 2019.

Apply for The Mellon Faculty Career Enhancement Fellowship here

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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. The Mellon Master’s Fellowship deadline is May 3, 2019.

Apply for the Mellon Master’s Fellowship here

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 29, 2019.

Graduate Hours Program

Provides funding for faculty seeking to complete 18 credit hours in the fields they teach in order to meet recent accreditation requirements for highly qualified faculty (priority will be given to faculty at TCUs accredited by the Higher Learning Commission). Fellowships are awarded for a period of up to three consecutive semesters for each faculty member; the amounts received will be based on candidates’ necessary credits (minimum of 6 and maximum of 18), with an upper limit of $15,000.

The Graduate Hours Program fellowship deadline is May 3, 2019.

Apply for the Graduate Hours Program here

American Indian College Fund programs helped 148 TCU faculty earn advanced degrees.The American Indian College Fund helped 53 Native Americans earn an advanced degree.The American Indian College Fund has helped 36 TCU faculty earn terminal degrees.

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

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