The Newberry Consortium in American Indian and Indigenous Studies (NCAIS) provides essential training for graduate students in Indigenous Studies. Every year, students from member universities are invited to hone their research skills at a spring workshop, delve into the Newberry collection during a summer institute, and present their work at a graduate conference.
Training the Next Generation of Indigenous Studies Scholars
Research and Learning Opportunities
Every year, the Newberry Consortium in American Indian and Indigenous Studies (NCAIS) Summer Institute brings students to the Newberry for a four-week intensive graduate course on an important theme in Indigenous Studies.
Drawing on the Newberry’s world-renowned collections in American Indian and Indigenous Studies, the institute encourages students to explore a range of primary source materials that will illuminate the class readings and deepen the students' experiences as emerging scholars. Student participants complete research projects as part of their involvement in the program.
Students selected for the summer institute are provided with free housing, reimbursement for travel, and a $600 living stipend.
How to Apply
Each NCAIS member institution sends one graduate student to the summer institute. To apply, contact the faculty representative at your university. We post the annual call for applications each winter.
In this workshop, students gain experience in an archive located in the United States or Canada. Workshop faculty lead students through a set of core readings, introduce them to archival holdings and key methodologies in Native American and Indigenous Studies, and organize field trips and social events. The workshop concludes with student presentations based on intensive research in the archives.
The spring workshop takes place in a different location every year. Recent locations include the University of New Mexico’s Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections and Northern Arizona University’s Cline Library.
Participating graduate students are provided housing accommodations, meals, and travel expenses.
How to Apply
Applications open in late summer. Each NCAIS member institution sends one graduate student to the workshop. To apply, contact the faculty representative at your university.
Every February, graduate students are invited to the Newberry to present their research in American Indian and Indigenous Studies. We welcome submissions across a variety of disciplines touching on American Indian and Indigenous histories.
Scholarship funding is available to a limited number of graduate student participants. All meals are included for all conference presenters and served at the Newberry, where social activities provide a chance to interact with NCAIS faculty.
How to Apply
We post the annual call for applications in the summer. To apply, please email us your paper title and a 250-word abstract.
There are both long-term and short-term fellowship opportunities available for NCAIS faculty. Faculty long-term fellowships provide between four to nine months of support, and faculty short-term Fellowships provide one month of support. Both fellowships support research at the Newberry for a project in American Indian studies. Faculty members from any participating NCAIS institution are welcome to apply.
Graduate Student Fellowships
NCAIS Graduate Student Fellowships provide one to two months of support to graduate students from participating NCAIS institutions. These fellowships may be used to fund research at the Newberry and/or other institutions.
University of California Davis. Kathleen Whiteley, Native American Studies
University of Colorado, Boulder. Elizabeth Fenn, History
University of Chicago. Matthew Kruer, History
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Jenny L. Davis, Anthropology
University of Manitoba. Cary Miller, Indigenous Curriculum, Scholarship, and Research
University of Michigan. Amy Stillman, Native American Studies
Michigan State University. Kristin Arola, Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
University of Minnesota. Jean O’Brien, History
University of Nevada, Las Vegas. William Bauer, History
University of New Mexico. Jennifer Nez Denetdale, American Studies
Northwestern University. Kelly Wisecup, English
University of Oklahoma. Warren Metcalf, History
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Michael Wilson, English
Yale University. Alanna Hickey, English
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