Faculty Development Applications

Fellowships for TCU Faculty Members

The American Indian College Fund offers three fellowships for TCU faculty members. Fellowships applicants must:

  • be a faculty member at a Tribal College or University (TCU).
  • be adjunct/part-time instructors, administrators, or TCU leaders who teach at least one course.
  • 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. (A full sabbatical is not required, but the amount of appropriate release time to ensure successful completion of the program).
  • 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 Mellon Faculty Career Enhancement 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.

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Tribal College President Approval

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports the American Indian College Fund’s goal to increase and enrich intellectual capacity at tribal colleges. Therefore, as tribal college president, the Fund requests your signature of approval for appropriate release time for this faculty applicant.

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Mellon Master’s Fellowship

The Mellon Master’s Fellowship is for TCU faculty members and staff members with teaching responsibilities who are likely to become faculty may apply for up to $25,000 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.

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Letter of Reference: Master’s Fellowship

The goal of the American Indian College Fund’s Mellon Master’s Fellowship Program is to increase the number of tribal college faculty members with master’s degrees in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.

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Mellon Graduate Credit Hours Fellowship

Provides funding for faculty seeking to complete 18 credit hours in their respective fields 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.

Graduate Hours Fellowship Program is accepting applications on a rolling basis.

For further information please contact: Faculty Development Program Officer | (303) 426-8900

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Letter of Reference Graduate Hours Fellowship Program

The goal of the American Indian College Fund’s Graduate Hours Program is to assist tribal college faculty members in completion of necessary graduate credits/courses to meet accreditation standards to continue teaching their current courses.

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Nyswander Blanchard Grant Application

Recognizing the need to assist tribal college and university (TCU) faculty in the process of terminal degree attainment, the American Indian College Fund, with support and funding from American Indian College Fund Board Member Kim Blanchard and the Nyswander-Manson family, established the American Indian College Fund Pre-Dissertation Faculty Grant.

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Letter of Support

Recognizing the need to assist tribal college and university (TCU) faculty in the process of terminal degree attainment, the American Indian College Fund has partnered with its supporters to establish the American Indian College Fund Pre-Dissertation Faculty Grant.

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Intensive Writing Retreat to Develop Manuscripts for Publication

The two-day Intensive Writing Retreats provide the time and mentorship that many TCU faculty need to develop a manuscript from their dissertation or other research. Scholars from TCUs and mainstream institutions provide personalized mentorship and feedback, as well as support in developing a manuscript, the peer-review and publishing processes, preparing conference proposals, and developing and delivering presentations. The next Intensive Writing Retreat will be held virtually on June 28-29, 2022.

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8th Annual TCU Faculty Convening – Call for Proposals and Registration

The annual Tribal College and University (TCU) Faculty Convening is the place for faculty to share, learn, and grow professionally. The main purpose of the convening is for faculty learn about the latest research in their own field of study and in other disciplines. Faculty also have the rare opportunity to connect with their peers from other institutions, as well as to share and learn best practices that can support them in their wide-ranging roles.

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TCU Faculty Professional Development Grants

These grants support TCU faculty in attending or presenting at a conference, or enrolling in a workshop, training, or course. Grants of up to $2,000 are available and applications are being accepted on a rolling basis through late spring/early summer of 2022.

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