Opportunities for TCU Students

Climate Science Virtual REU – UM CIMAS

Deadline: April 31st, 2021
The 8-week program will focus on understanding how extreme events (heat waves, cold spells, inland and coastal floods, drought, fire weather, and tropical storms) have evolved in the historical record, to what extent they predictable, how well we can forecast them with current dynamical and statistical models and what climate change simulations estimate for the future.

Molecular Modeling Virtual Research Internship – NDSU

Deadline: Until filled
Research lab of Prof. Dmitri Kilin at the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, NDSU has several open positions of undergraduate research assistant internships, for a research project on computational modeling of photoreactions.

URBrain Neuroscience Fellowship

The Undergraduate Readying for Burgeoning Research for American Indian Neuroscientists (URBrain) is a yearlong fellowship designed to enrich Tribal College students’ interest in research and health related careers. All while preparing students for graduate school.

Department of Energy Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program (MEISPP) Internships Opportunity

The Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program offers talented undergraduate and graduate students summer internship positions with the U.S. Department of Energy and its National Laboratories. Positions involve scientific research or a focus on policy, business, and government relations. More information about the program can be found here.

Community Changemaker Grants for Native Youth-led Health Projects

Deadline: Until funding is gone.
Community Changemaker Grants are small amounts of money ($250) that can help supercharge a YOUTH-led and YOUTH-planned health event for American Indian and Alaska Native youth ages 14-24 years old. Information/Application

New Fellowships for the 2018-2019 Academic Year

Applications are open and fellowships are awarded on a rolling basis.
Native American initiatives gain new momentum at Northwestern University as the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR) expands its work and announces new graduate and undergraduate fellowships for the 2018-2019 academic year. Northwestern University

PhD and Master of Environmental Science and Management (MESM) Fellowship Programs

The Sustainable Water Markets (SWM) Fellowship Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara's Bren School of Environmental Science & Management. MESM application due: early January 2019. Announcement

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI) Fellowship and Internship Opportunities:

  1. The American Philosophical Society Library in Philadelphia seeks applicants for a one-year, residential fellowship for graduate students, especially Native American scholars in training, tribal college and university faculty members, and those working with Native communities. Predoctoral Fellowship Application deadline February 1, 2019.
  2. The American Philosophical Society Library in Philadelphia seeks applicants for a one-year, residential fellowship for post-doctoral scholars at any stage of their careers, including tribal college faculty members and others who work closely with Native communities. These funding opportunities are supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI). Fellows will be based at the Library’s new Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR), which aims to promote greater collaboration between scholars, archives, and indigenous communities. Postdoctoral Fellowship Application deadline February 1, 2109.
  3. The Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI) Undergraduate Summer Internship provides an opportunity for three talented undergraduates to conduct research, to explore career possibilities in archives and special collections, and to learn about advanced training in Native American and Indigenous Studies and related fields. This eight-week paid internship program at the American Philosophical Society Library in Philadelphia will offer a hands-on research experience and will include mentorship and networking opportunities. Undergraduate Summer Internship Application deadline February 15, 2019.
  4. The American Philosophical Society Library in Philadelphia invites applications for short-term Digital Knowledge Sharing fellowships to support university- and community-based scholars working on digital projects that connect archives and Indigenous communities. These fellowships are open to scholars at all stages of their careers, especially Native American scholars in training, tribal college and university faculty members, and other scholars working closely with Native communities on projects in Native American and Indigenous Studies and related fields. Short-term Digital Knowledge Sharing Fellowship Application deadline March 1, 2019.

2019 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

The joint Materials Research Center program at Columbia University and City College of NY (CCNY) supports outstanding undergraduates as Summer Research Fellows each year. Those selected will have an opportunity to participate fully in an interdisciplinary research program that draws faculty from the Departments of Physics, Chemistry, Applied Physics, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering, and Electrical Engineering, nearby government laboratories (Brookhaven National Laboratory, etc.), and industry (IBM, etc.). During the program, students will be involved in workshops, visits to local industry, recreational activities, a symposium of presentations by students, and other activities. It will include training in: laboratory practices and safety; shared materials characterization tools; and scientific writing/presentations. Students attend a weekly research seminar series by Columbia, CCNY and ASRC faculty, and present results at a daylong symposium at the end of the program. Application due: February 13, 2019. Announcement

YHEMOP Health Equity Fellows

The Youth Heath Equity Model of Practice provides Health Equity Fellowships to undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students interested in a career in health. These fellowships provide hands on, "in the field" learning opportunities through short-term, project-based placements in diverse organizations or institutions that promote health equity and/or addresses health disparities. Application due: February 22, 2019. Announcement

MIT Solve Indigenous Communities Fellowship

Through the Indigenous Communities Fellowship, MIT Solve seeks tech entrepreneurs within the Oceti Sakowin, Navajo Nation, and Hopi Tribe communities with solutions that support and scale sustainable economic development and resiliency. Application due: March 1, 2019. Announcement

Miami University's Project Dragonfly

Apply now for Earth Expeditions graduate courses offering extraordinary experiences in 16 countries throughout the world. Earth Expeditions can build toward the Global Field Program (GFP), a master's degree that combines summer field courses worldwide with web learning communities so that students can complete the GFP master's part-time from anywhere in the United States or abroad. Project Dragonfly applications are accepted through January 28 of each year for enrollment beginning late spring.

American Indian Graduate Center

AIGC offers more than 20 scholarships and fellowships that fund undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. Students must be seeking a full-time degree at a nationally or regionally accredited higher education institution in the United States. All applicants must be able to demonstrate tribal affiliation through the submission of a TRIBAL ELIGIBILITY CERTIFICATE. Each opportunity has specific affiliation requirements, please review the specific criteria that you are applying for to ensure eligibility. The TEC is due on the day the application is due. Individuals applying for multiple opportunities should submit just one TEC to AIGC. All applicants must submit a Financial Needs form: FINANCIAL NEEDS FORM (FNF) (due by July 15 each year) and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Information/Application

Higher Education Internship Programs

  1. Udall Foundation's Native American Congressional Internship
    The Native American Congressional Internship Program provides American Indian and Alaska Native students with the opportunity to gain practical experience with the federal legislative process in order to understand first-hand the government-to-government relationship between tribes and the federal government. Application deadline for undergraduates: January 31, 2019.
  2. Short-Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP)
    The STEP-UP Program provides hands-on summer research experience for high school and undergraduate students interested in exploring research careers. Application deadline for undergraduates: February 1, 2019.
  3. Pre-law Undergraduate Scholars
    The University of Alabama School of Law has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the Law School Admission Council to create the Alabama Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars Program to help prepare students for the law school admission process, success in law school and careers in the legal profession. The program is designed to attract promising students from groups historically underrepresented in the legal profession and from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds, as well as students facing other significant barriers to entering the legal profession. The Alabama PLUS Program will invite about 30 undergraduate students to the Law School in the summers of 2018, 2019 and 2020 to expose them to the joys and rigors of legal education for four weeks. Participants will focus on becoming competitive law school applicants, professional development and exposure to different legal practice areas.
  4. Oak Ridge National Labatory administers a variety of internship programs for undergraduate students at national laboratories and other federal research facilities across the United States.

Scholarships, Grants, and Financial Aid for Native American Students

  1. American Indian College Fund, established in 1989, provides scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native students attending tribal colleges and other accredited public and non-profit private colleges across the United States.
  2. ACS Scholars Program awards renewable scholarships to underrepresented minority students majoring in undergraduate chemistry-related disciplines, and are also intending to pursue careers in chemistry-related fields. Selected recipients are awarded up to $5,000 per academic year.
  3. American Indian Services create programs and generates funding that will help Native Americans receive a quality education, while still preserving the culture and honoring the heritage of Native Americans.
  4. Catching the Dream makes grants to Native college students and works to improve Indian schools.
  5. National Indian Health Board offers Community Changemaker Grants to assist Native youth in advocating for the health of their communities.
  6. Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship and Financial Assistance serves eligible Navajo people and provides students the opportunity to achieve their educational goals.
  7. American Indian Science and Engineering Society provides a wide range of programs and scholarship opportunities to help students acquire skills and training that will help them meet the unique STEM needs of their communities.
  8. Bureau of Indian Education provides scholarship opportunities for American Indian students.
  9. NASA's intern.nasa.gov portal provides eligible students access to hundreds of opportunities for NASA-related internships, fellowships, and scholarships from all 10 NASA centers.
  10. Accredited Schools Online provides information about financial aid, scholarships, and grants for Native American students.
  11. MoneyGeek.com designed a guide to help future and current college students find scholarships, grants, and other information to help pay for college. View list of scholarships and grants available to Native American students exclusively, and tips to students to increase the chances their scholarship applications will be successful.
  12. OnlineSchools.org provides information and links to help obtain financial aid.
  13. Indian Country has a FREE special report about the secrets to earning scholarships for Native Americans.
  14. Tuck offers sleep-related scholarships and college financial aid help.
  15. Paying for Graduate School: Military Veterans Scholarships, resources and tips for navigating the application process.

Resources for TCU Students

  1. Native American College Student Support Guide—Scholarships, Retention Strategies & Resources
  2. 101 Tips for Landing Native American Scholarships and Grants—Dr. Dean Chavers addresses the subject of college scholarships available to Native students while debunking a variety of myths and false assumptions about scholarship applications.
  3. ConsumerAffairs.com—compare reviews for student loans.
  4. BestColleges.com—find the best colleges to help you meet your goals, learn more about the schools and programs in your area and about available financial aid options.
  5. USAJOBS.gov offers a Pathways Program for federal internship and employment opportunities for current students, recent graduates and those with an advanced degree.
  6. PublicHealth.org connects students with opportunities to begin and advance their careers in public health. The Public Health Career Guide explores different specialties within the scope of public health to help students identify and pursue their dream career.