Fellowships for Tribal College and University (TCU) Faculty

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).

Fellowship Programs

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. 

Apply for The Mellon Faculty Career Enhancement Fellowship here.

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. 

Apply for The Mellon Master’s Fellowship here.

Nyswander/Blanchard Pre-Dissertation Fellowship

The Nyswander-Blanchard Pre-Dissertation Fellowship is for 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.  

Apply for the Nyswander/Blanchard Fellowship here.

Graduate Hours Fellowship Program

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.

Apply for The Mellon Graduate Hours here.

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

Faculty Development Initiatives

Fellowships for Tribal College and University (TCU) Faculty

TCU Faculty Research Convening

Faculty Professional Development Grant

Faculty Fellow Dissertations

Professional Development Opportunities

The American Indian College Fund hosts an annual Tribal College and University Faculty Research Convening and publishes an annual Tribal College and University Research Journal, the only research journal in the country dedicated to tribal colleges and universities. The College Fund also hosts an Intensive Writing Retreat to develop manuscripts by tribal college faculty for publication. In addition, Faculty Professional Development grants are provided to tribal college faculty so that they may attend and present at regional and national conferences in their field of study.