Fellowship


There are two opportunities available through First Alaskans Institute’s Indigenous Leadership Continuum initiative, 2020 Public Policy Fellowship (Juneau) and 2020 Al Adams Young Political Leader Fellowship (Washington D.C.). Application deadline is Friday, November 22, 2019.

Public Policy Fellowship Application for the 2020 Legislative Session

Application Due: Friday, November 22, 2019

First Alaskans Institute (FAI) is pleased to announce its 2020 Public Policy Fellowship (PPF) to place Alaska Native and rural Alaskans in Juneau for the 2020 Legislative session. This will mark the 12th year of partnerships with Legislators. To apply online visit here.

Purpose
The goal of the PPF is that emerging leaders will be familiar with the legislative process; understand their own histories; learn and use the skills of past, present and future leadership; and know the evolving issues that confront Alaska Natives and the State of Alaska. Participants will have hands-on experience working with the legislative and political process, creating a real-time two-way flow of information between the Alaska State Capitol and our Alaska Native communities.

Highlights of the Fellowship

  • 14 weeks in length, from January 21 to April 21, 2020
  • Travel provided to and from Juneau, AK
  • $120 daily wage paid bi-weekly
  • $750 monthly housing stipend (first & last months are prorated)
  • FAI Orientation and Legislative Ethics Training before start of fellowship
  • Full-time work schedule with occasional evening and weekend hours

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Duties & Core Competencies Required

  • Written/Verbal Communication: Capture and disseminate relevant information; Draft speeches; Draft legislation; Draft legislative citations (memorial, honorary); Draft and distribute District Newsletter; Provide oral testimony before committees; Attend committee hearings and provide written or verbal summaries to legislative staff.
  • Social: “Constituent Work” – communicate and work with constituents in the office or by phone/mail/email to respond to their concerns and interests; Problem solve; Attend committee meetings, constituent meetings and staff meetings.
  • Research/Analytical: Analyze legislation; Research; Track budget development; Follow bills and help draft or carry legislation; Track and research Alaska Native issues.
  • Office Management: Process emails; Process printed mail; Schedule meetings on Microsoft Outlook, Google Calendar, etc.

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Timeline

  • Application due date: Friday, November 22, 2019
  • Candidate interviews & reference calls: Monday, November 18 – Thursday, November 28, 2019
  • Final selection of fellows: Friday, November 29, 2019
  • Placement with host legislative office finalized: Tuesday, December 17, 2019
  • First Alaskans Institute Training: Wednesday & Thursday, December 18 & 19, 2019 (Anchorage)
  • Legislative Ethics Training: Week of January 16, 2020 (Juneau)
  • Public Policy Fellowship: January 21, 2020 – April 21, 2020 (Juneau)

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How to Apply
Successful applicants will be selected based on an application and interview. Applicants must submit ALL of the following:

  • Completed PPF application form online and attached documents listed below;
  • Typed biography describing personal, professional and family background no more than 250 words. Be sure to include English name, Indigenous name, hometown, culture, parents, grandparents, school, hobbies and passions at the very least;
  • Photo of applicant engaging in cultural activities, wearing regalia, or with their family;
  • Current resume no more than 2 pages;
  • Two current letters of recommendation from community members, colleagues, peers, teachers, professors, employers, supervisors, Elders, etc.;
  • Written or video essays (250 to 650 word limit, 1 minute 30 seconds to 3 minutes limit);
  • Copies of relevant training certificates or unofficial transcripts if still attending a post-secondary institution although there is no academic requirement to be eligible for the PPF. Official transcripts may be requested if you are selected as a Fellow; and
  • If Alaska Native/American Indian, please include a copy of your Certificate of Indian Blood or Tribal ID Card.

For more information

Please contact Ella Sassuuk Tonuchuk, Indigenous Leadership Continuum Coordinator, at 907-677-1707 or sassuuk with any questions.

2020 Al Adams Young Political Leader Fellowship Application
Application Due: Friday, November 15, 2019

First Alaskans Institute (FAI) is pleased to announce applications are now being accepted for our 2020 Al Adams Young Political Leader Fellowship to place Alaska Native and rural Alaskans in Washington D.C. during a congressional session January 6 – June 1, 2020. This current opportunity is to place a Fellow in the office of Senator Dan Sullivan. The goal of the fellowship is for leaders to become familiar with the Alaska Delegation, the congressional and appropriations process; grow understanding of their own histories and the priorities of their community and Alaska Native peoples; learn and use the skills of past, present and future leadership; know the evolving issues that challenge Alaska Natives and Alaska; and strengthen their ability to be a culturally-connected leader in every space they occupy. To apply online visit here.

History of Alaska Senator Al Adams
The Al Adams Fellowship launched in 2013 to honor the late Iñupiaq statesman from Kotzebue who exemplified genuine and culturally connected political leadership throughout his life. He served as a Trustee of FAI and continues to have a presence in memoriam through this fellowship, inspiring a new generation of leadership through his legacy.

Purpose
The Al Adams Fellowship is designed to achieve two core purposes:

* Advance Our Ways of Life: Encourage high-caliber young Alaska Native leaders to increase the presence of Alaska talent and knowledge in Washington, D.C. among the Alaska Congressional Delegation (and other agencies they engage with), and to serve as a resource and ambassador for advancing Alaska Native peoples and issues; and
* Be Good Relatives: Have our leaders take on the responsibility to learn and engage in the political and congressional systems, build leadership capacity, integrate and actively use culture and values in any environment, develop networks and connections to important issues, and be inspired to commit to being an advocate for Alaska Native peoples and communities throughout their life. ·
Highlights of Fellowship

* Six months in length;
* Travel provided to and from Washington, D.C.;
* Bi-weekly stipend pay of $1,200;
* An honorarium of $1,250 at the start of the fellowship; * An honorarium of $1,250 after successful completion of the fellowship; * FAI orientation before start of fellowship;
* Full time work schedule;
* Hands-on experience working with the congressional process; * Priority of engaging in and researching Alaska Native issues;
* Post-secondary & higher education degrees or certification NOT required, the right candidate will have the right characteristics and the ability to be high-performing in the work environment;
* Fellow is expected to secure their own housing and accommodations during Fellowship. ·
Duties & Core Competencies Required

* Written/Verbal Communication: Capture and disseminate relevant information; Assist with drafting speeches, legislation & social media posts; Find and distribute daily news clippings; Attend committee hearings and provide written or verbal summaries to congressional staff.
* Social: “Constituent Work” – communicate and work with constituents in the office or by phone/mail/email to respond to their concerns/interests; Problem solve; Attend committee, constituent and staff meetings.
* Research/Analytical: Analyze legislation; Research; Track budget development; Follow bills; Draft or carry legislation; Track and research Alaska Native issues.
* Office Management: Process emails & printed mail; Schedule meetings on Microsoft Outlook, Google Calendar, etc. ·
Timeline

* Application due date: Friday, November 15, 2019
* Candidate interviews & reference calls: Monday, November 18 – Thursday, November 21, 2019 * Final selection of fellow: Friday, November 22, 2019
* First Alaskans Institute Training in Anchorage, AK: Wednesday & Thursday, December 18 & 19, 2019
* Senator Sullivan’s Office Training in Washington, D.C.: Friday, January 3, 2020
* Al Adams Young Political Leader Fellowship in Washington, D.C.: Saturday, January 4 – Monday, June 1, 2020 ·
How to Apply
Successful applicants will be selected based on an application and interview. Applicants must submit ALL of the following:

* Completed Al Adams Young Political Leader Fellowship application form online and attach documents listed below;
* Typed biography describing personal, professional and family background no more than 250 words. Be sure to include English name, Indigenous name, hometown, culture, parents, grandparents, school, hobbies and passions at the very least.;
* Photo of applicant engaging in cultural activities, wearing regalia, or with their family; * Current resume no more than 2 pages;
* Two professional or personal references from community members, colleagues, peers, teachers, professors, employers, supervisors, Elders, etc. Provide the names and best contact information (name, cell and email for each). Note: We are not accepting letters of recommendation as we would like to speak to your references directly;
* Written or video essays (250 to 650 word limit, 1 minute 30 seconds to 3 minutes limit);
* Copies of relevant training certificates or unofficial transcripts if still attending a post-secondary institution although there is no academic requirement to be eligible for the Al Adams Fellowship. Official transcripts may be requested if you are selected as a Fellow; and
* If Alaska Native/American Indian, please include a copy of your Certificate of Indian Blood or Tribal ID Card.

For more information
Please contact Ella Sassuuk Tonuchuk, Indigenous Leadership Continuum Coordinator, at 907-677-1707 or sassuuk@firstalaskans.org with any questions.

Applications Due September 13, 2019
Apply Now for the Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship

LONGMONT, Colorado (June 17, 2019) – First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) and The Henry Luce Foundation (Luce) have partnered to launch the Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship. The fellowship is a 12-month, self-directed enrichment program designed to support the growth, development, knowledge and networks of Indigenous knowledge holders and knowledge makers.

First Nations is now accepting applications for the inaugural year of the program. In 2020, First Nations will award 10 fellowships of $50,000 each to outstanding Native Americans engaged in meaningful work that benefits Indigenous people and communities in either reservation and/or urban settings.

This fellowship is intended to support Native knowledge holders and knowledge makers as they advance their work and significantly move forward their field in ways that will ultimately lead to broad, transformative impacts for Indigenous communities.  It is open to both emerging and experienced leaders from a wide variety of fields, including but not limited to agriculture, food systems, youth leadership development, natural resource management, climate change, economic development, journalism, language and cultural revitalization, traditional and contemporary arts and more.

Complete information and a link to the online application can be found at this link.  All applications must be completed and submitted by 5 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time on Friday, September 13, 2019.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be a member of a federal- or state-recognized Native American or Alaska Native tribe or community; or demonstrate significant and long-standing engagement with and commitment to an Indigenous community in the U.S.
  • Be engaged in the development or perpetuation of knowledge in their field.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be U.S. citizens.

Applicants may self-apply or nominate another individual. First Nations recognizes that some individuals may not apply for this fellowship on their own. First Nations understands that some individuals might be uncomfortable identifying themselves as knowledge keepers, cultural producers, intellectual leaders, etc. 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 three short essays, two reference letters, and a current resume/curriculum vitae. Please see the online application for more details.

The Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship is designed to honor and support these individual leaders as they work to further Indigenous knowledge creation, dissemination and change in Indigenous communities. This fellowship will give Native knowledge holders and knowledge makers the funding and connections necessary to maximize their potential and realize their vision for their communities. It will provide these cultural producers with the resources to match their existing knowledge, passion and drive to achieve their personal and community goals.

About First Nations Development Institute

For nearly 39 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 www.firstnations.org.

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, a private independent foundation, is a nonprofit corporation operating under the laws of the State of New York.

First Alaskans Institute (FAI) is pleased to announce applications are now being accepted for our 2019 Al Adams Young Political Leader Fellowship to place Alaska Native and rural Alaskans in Washington, D.C. during two back-to-back congressional sessions. This current opportunity is to place a Fellow in the office of Senator Dan Sullivan. To learn more visit here. To apply online visit here.

Highlights of Fellowship

· Six months in length;

· Travel provided to and from Washington, D.C.;

· Bi-weekly stipend pay of $1,200;

· An honorarium of $1,250 at the start of the fellowship;

· An honorarium of $1,250 after successful completion of the fellowship;

· FAI orientation before start of fellowship;

· Fulltime work schedule;

· Hands-on experience working with the congressional process;

· Priority of engaging in and researching Alaska Native issues;

· Post-secondary & higher education degrees or certification NOT required, the right candidate will have the right characteristics and the ability to be high-performing in the work environment; and

· Fellow is expected to secure their own housing and accommodations during Fellowship.

Timeline

· Application due date: Friday, April 19, 2019

· Candidate interviews & reference calls: Monday & Tuesday, April 22 & 23, 2019

· Final selection of fellow: Wednesday, April 24, 2019

· First Alaskans Institute orientation: Monday, May 13, 2019

· Senator Sullivan’s Office orientation: Wednesday, May 15, 2019

· Al Adams Young Political Leader Fellowship: May 15 – October 18, 2019 (Washington, D.C.)

For more information

Please contact Ella Sassuuk Tonuchuk, Indigenous Leadership Continuum Coordinator, at 907-677-1707 or or ellatonuchuk@firstalaskans.org with any questions.

The CIRI Foundation Education Resources handbook contains information from selecting a school to finding an internship. It also includes hundreds of scholarship opportunities across many disciplines- the focus is on Native students, so you do not need to be affiliated with CIRI to benefit from this book.

Click HERE to download your copy now!

 

The NCAI Wilma Mankiller Fellowship Program for Tribal Policy and Governance Fellowship Program provides an exceptional opportunity for emerging young professionals from across Indian Country to work side by side with national leaders in tribal policy. Applicants must have a college degree or equivalent experience.

Timeline: Fellowship Applications will be accepted until 12:00 p.m. EST on March 31, 2019, with decisions made no later than April 30, 2019.

Click HERE for more information or to apply.

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One of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women, AAUW is providing $3.9 million in funding for fellowships and grants to 250 outstanding women and nonprofit organizations in the 2018–19 academic year. Due to the longstanding, generous contributions of AAUW members, a broader community of women continues to gain access to educational and economic opportunities — breaking through barriers so that all women have a fair chance.

Fellowship and grant recipients perform research in a wide range of disciplines and work to improve their schools and communities. Their intellect, dedication, imagination, and effort promise to forge new paths in scholarship, improve the quality of life for all, and tackle the educational and social barriers facing women worldwide. AAUW seeks a diverse applicant pool.

Click HERE to learn more.

 

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