January 2019

The Truman D. Picard Scholarship Program is dedicated to the support of Native American students pursuing a higher education in Natural Resources. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 15, 2019, 5:00 p.m. PST. See flyer here for more information.

See more Natural Resources scholarship opportunities here.

Are you Alaska Native or American Indian and interested in health research? Are you a researcher or public health professional interested in Alaska Native health research? Are you at least 18 years old?

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) and Alaska Pacific University (APU) invite you to attend up to three weeks of courses held at APU covering:

  • Indigenous and Western research methodologies
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Culturally responsive community engagement and communication
  • Health research ethics
  • Health research and historical trauma

Choose the week(s) that best fits your needs:

  • Week one | May 6-10
    Advanced research courses
  • Week two | May 13-17
    Intermediate research ethics courses
  • Week three | May 20-24
    Introductory research courses

In addition to the three weeks of courses, five-week internships are being offered!


  • There is no cost for the three weeks of courses
  • Limited scholarships for travel (including airfare, room and board) are offered
  • Academic credit available and professional development

Registration opens in February!  Check back for registration updates and instructions!

For more information go to http://anthc.org/indigenous-research/ or contact Lauren Smayda at lcsmayda@anthc.org or (907) 729-4551.


This Fellowship program was established in 2011 to support the development of visual artists and the potential for inter-cultural dialog. Each year, the Foundation awards two residency fellowships to Native American visual artists at the Vermont Studio Center. Each Fellow receives a one-month residency, which includes room and board, a private studio, and a $500 travel stipend.

Founded by artists in 1984, the Vermont Studio Center is the largest international artists’ and writers’ Residency Program in the United States, hosting 50 visual artists and writers each month from across the country and around the world. The Studio Center provides 4-12 week residencies on an historic 30 building campus along the Gihon River in Johnson, Vermont, a village in the heart of the northern Green Mountains.

  • Strong artistic ability
  • An evolving practice this is at a pivotal moment in its development
  • A practice that engages a dialogue between the artist’s indigenous world and
    the surrounding culture

The annual application deadline is February 15. Artists must apply online. To find out more about this opportunity, please contact David Grozinsky at 802 635-2727 at the Vermont Studio Center or Susan Caraballo at Harpo Foundation.


First Alaskans is excited to announce applications are now being accepted for their 2019 Summer Internship Program to place Alaska Native, American Indian, Indigenous and rural undergraduate and graduate students into organizations around Alaska to provide dynamic leadership development and employment experience. Students must be high school graduates currently enrolled in a higher education institution, or recent graduates of a higher education institution. It is a paid full-time internship with worksites available throughout Alaska, and it takes place over 10 weeks in the summer. The application deadline is Friday, March 15, 2019. Apply online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019FAISummerInternshipProgr…. Please contact Ella Sassuuk Tonuchuk at 907.677.1700 or ellatonuchuk@firstalaskans.org with any questions.

Outer Coast Summer Seminar is seeking high school sophomore and junior applicants for their 5-week program held in Sitka, AK from Saturday, June 29 – Saturday, August 3, 2019. Individuals can nominate and student or students are encouraged to apply here. Deadline to apply is Friday, February 15, 2019.

Scholarship Opportunity for Native Graduate Students in the Northwest

Education Northwest is dedicated to expanding opportunities for Native scholars to become education leaders.

They are now accepting applications for the Steven R. Nelson Native Educator Scholarship, which serves Native graduate students in the Northwest who are pursuing degrees related to education policy, leadership, technical assistance, or research.

Deadline is March 31, 2019. 

Click HERE for more information or to apply.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for this year’s Joan Hamilton Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship offers up to $2,500 per academic year to fund college, graduate, and vocational studies with renewal awards available by reapplying.  We invite applications from high school seniors or college and vocational students who wish to pursue a career related to the law, become advocates of Alaska Native rights, and defend the constitutional rights and civil liberties of the peoples of rural Alaska.

We must RECEIVE your complete application by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 4, 2019.
You may mail, fax, or email your complete application as a PDF to
ACLU of Alaska
1057 W. Fireweed Lane, Suite 207
Anchorage, AK 99503
Fax: 907.258.0288
Questions? Call the ACLU at 907.258.0044.

About the Joan Hamilton Memorial Scholarship

The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska, with the endorsement and full support of the family of Joan Hamilton, has established a scholarship program in her name. An impassioned proponent of Native culture and civil rights, Joan was one of the first Alaska Native people to serve on the ACLU board of directors.

A Cup’ik Eskimo, Joan was well known in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta and throughout Alaska. Born Joan Bill in Qissunaq, near Chevak, on July 31, 1942, her Cup’ik name was “Pirciralria.” Joan said she “grew up in a hospital” as a result of childhood tuberculosis. She learned English from medical staff, who enjoyed her spunk and inquisitiveness. Joan attended boarding school at St. Mary’s Mission and Copper Valley School and earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles. She was equally comfortable speaking with Elders about traditional culture or negotiating with academic and government bureaucracies.

At a time when it was legal to discriminate against Alaska Natives, especially women, Joan became a licensed practical nurse, working at hospitals in Alaska and the Lower 48, as supervisor of the Northwest Free Clinic in Salt Lake City, program director of the Alcohol/Drug Abuse Prevention office of Rural CAP in Anchorage, administrator of the Tundra Women Coalition, chairman of the board for KYUK public broadcasting in Bethel, and the museum curator of the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center in Bethel.

It was during her time in Bethel that Joan became an active board member of the ACLU of Alaska. She was a tireless advocate for rural and Alaska Native rights, and was instrumental in ACLU recognition of Native rights advocates such as Willie Kassyulie and the Native Village of Nunapitchuk, Mike Williams, Sr., Natalie Landreth, and Eric Johnson.

By establishing this scholarship in her name, the ACLU of Alaska wishes to promote and support the education of Alaska students who wish to pursue a career related to the law, become advocates of Alaska Native rights, and defend the constitutional rights and civil liberties of the peoples of rural Alaska.

Click HERE to apply.

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