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First Nations Development Institute

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First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) and The Henry Luce Foundation (Luce) has announced the opening of the grant application process for the 2023 Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship. The fellowship is a two-year, self-directed enrichment program designed to support the growth, development, knowledge and networks of Indigenous knowledge holders and knowledge makers.

In this fourth year of the program, First Nations will award 10 fellowships of $75,000 each to outstanding Native knowledge holders and knowledge makers engaged in meaningful work that benefits Indigenous people and communities in either reservation and/or urban settings.

This fellowship support the work of Native knowledge holders and knowledge makers as they significantly advance their work and spark transformative change in their communities.

More information and a link to the online application can be found here.

All applications must be completed and submitted by 5 pm Mountain Time on Thursday, May 26, 2022.

To be eligible, applicants must be tribally-affiliated with a Native American, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian community. In addition:

  • Applicants must be engaged in the creation, dissemination and/or perpetuation of knowledge in their field.
  • Applicants should have experience or expertise within the knowledge field/area they are pursuing.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Applicants must be able to clearly demonstrate how their work can impact and benefit an Indigenous community or communities in the U.S. and U.S. territories.
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Applicants may self-apply or nominate another individual. First Nations recognizes that some individuals may not apply for this fellowship on their own and might be uncomfortable identifying themselves as knowledge keepers, cultural producers, or intellectual leaders within their own communities. We ask for assistance identifying those individuals, and encourage their family, friends, colleagues, co-workers, and others to work with potential candidates to submit an application on their behalf.

Applicants will be asked to complete an online application and provide other required information, including essays and a current resume/curriculum vitae.

Two Q&A application sessions

To provide interested applicants with an overview of the fellowship program, eligibility criteria, and allowable activities and requirements, First Nations is hosting two informational Question and Answer Webinars on April 27 and May 12, 2022. Learn more and register here.

About the Henry Luce Foundation

The Henry Luce Foundation seeks to enrich public discourse by promoting innovative scholarship, cultivating new leaders, and fostering international understanding. The foundation advances its mission through grantmaking and leadership programs in the fields of Asia, higher education, religion and theology, art and public policy.

Established in 1936 by Henry R. Luce, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc., the foundation’s earliest work honored his parents, missionary educators in China. The foundation’s programs today reflect the value Mr. Luce placed on learning, leadership, and long-term commitment in philanthropy.

The Henry Luce Foundation is a private independent foundation based in New York City.

About First Nations Development Institute

For 41 years, using a three-pronged strategy of educating grassroots practitioners, advocating for systemic change, and capitalizing Indian communities, First Nations has been working to restore Native American control and culturally-compatible stewardship of the assets they own – be they land, human potential, cultural heritage or natural resources – and to establish new assets for ensuring the long-term vitality of Native American communities. First Nations serves Native American communities throughout the United States. For more information, visit

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