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Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship

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First Nations Development Institute, The Henry Luce Foundation
Sep 13, 2019

Raymond Foxworth


The Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship is a fellowship for Native Americans engaged in meaningful work that benefits Indigenous people and communities in reservation and/or urban settings. The fellowship 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, and economic development.

Fellows will gather together 3 times during the fellowship period to pool their collective knowledge and create a community of practice that crosses fields, geographies, and tribal cultures.


Eligible applicants are "Native knowledge holders and knowledge makers that embody exceptional creativity, progressive and critical thinking, and the potential to significantly move forward their field in ways that will ultimately lead to broad, transformative impacts for Indigenous communities." Native knowledge holders is defined as individuals engaged in the creation and dissemination of knowledge that advances their respective field or expertise area.

This includes those engaged in Western knowledge fields and/or traditional Indigenous fields of knowledge development and dissemination, including:

  • Cultural leaders and activists
  • Linguists and language preservationists
  • Artists, crafts-people, and designers
  • Writers, storytellers, and media-makers
  • Curators, conservators, and educators
  • Food system workers and food justice advocates
  • Small business owners and entrepreneurs
  • Healthcare professionals and practitioners
  • Environmentalists and conservationists
  • Academics, researchers, and scientists
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award amount: $50,000
Project period: 1 year
Number of awards: 10

The fellowship is flexible in that it allows recipients to determine their own goals and decide how funds are best used to make a positive impact in their communities.

After 12 months, fellows will be eligible to apply for a supplemental grant of $25,000 to extend their work for another year and help mentor the next cohort of fellows.

Application process

Links to additional guidance, application instructions, and the online application portal are available on the program website.

Tagged as
American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians · Community and economic development · Environmental health · Food security and nutrition · Healthcare workforce · Leadership · Networking and collaboration · Research methods and resources · Wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention

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