NAIS Fellowship

Call for Applications — Writing & Mentoring Fellowship

Posted May 7, 2021

Mission: To encourage a collegial, productive, and supportive community of writing practice

Call for Applications 2021 – 2022

DUE August 1, 2021

Please direct questions and submit applications to

The journal Native American & Indigenous Studies (NAIS) is launching an annual Fellowship Program to workshop a manuscript for submission to a professional academic journal (submission to NAIS is not required but is warmly encouraged).

The Fellowship seeks to support emerging scholars — such as graduate students, early career faculty, and community-based scholars — working within or across the international, interdisciplinary arenas of Indigenous studies. We particularly encourage applications from emergent Indigenous scholars, especially from communities or research areas currently underrepresented in the field.

The first cohort of 4 – 6 Fellows will each be partnered with a member of the Editorial Board or a NAISA member and will participate, with NAIS coeditors, in a series of virtual gatherings spaced out over the academic year from September through April. Professional values, practices, and expectations inside and outside the academy will be integrated into the Fellowship’s conversations. The journal editors and Board hope to host a culminating gathering at the 2022 NAISA annual meeting, whether virtual or in person. Fellows will receive a small stipend of $600 to assist their travel to an in-person NAISA meeting. We hope that as the Fellowship develops over time, the journal and Editorial Board will host a past & present Fellows gathering at each annual NAISA meeting.


  • The Fellowship is designed for NAISA members including community-based scholars, advanced graduate students, untenured scholars without an institutional affiliation, and pre-tenure early-career faculty working to publish in a professional academic journal.
  • Co-authors may apply – please submit one application and attach a resumé or C.V. for each co-author.
  • Authors who have previously published in NAIS are not eligible. The committee will not consider work that is under active consideration by any publisher.

Fellows will not be obligated to submit Fellowship manuscripts for consideration to NAIS but the editors welcome and encourage submission of Fellowship manuscripts.

Applicants should submit:

  • Abstract (300 word maximum): Briefly describe the proposed manuscript (for example – tell us about the topic, thesis, theoretical frame, questions, sources of evidence or examples, method, findings / conclusions). For tips, click on Writing an effective abstract.
  • Bibliography (10 sources maximum)
  • 1-page statement describing your relationship to the work or the stakes of the work, potential impact on the field, and need.
  • Resumé or C.V. (2 pages maximum): please include any previous publications and manuscripts under review as well as names of current or former advisors, mentors, dissertation or thesis chairs. Include names of 2 references with contact information (email &/or phone number).
  • If you have a preference for a mentor, please list 2 or 3 names from the NAIS Editorial Board and/or NAISA membership (different than current or former advisors, dissertation chairs, or other close mentors with whom you have already worked).

Please direct questions and submit application materials to

Constitution of Review Committee

Applications will be reviewed by the NAIS editors for completeness and complete applications will be sent to all members of the Editorial Board. Scores and comments from the Board (see below for the Rubric) will go to a 5-member Review Committee made up of the editors and volunteers from the Editorial Board, who will select the Fellows and identify potential mentors for each. Members of the Review Committee will rotate from year to year. The editors will follow up on the Committee recommendations to recruit mentors for each Fellow; mentors will be designated as NAIS Journal Writing Fellowship Mentors.

Rubric for Evaluation:

  • Compelling relationship of proposed work to Indigenous studies &/or communities
  • Potential contribution of project to the field
  • Area of under-representation or particular need for development in the field
  • Degree of engagement with theory, methodologies, praxis of Indigenous studies
  • Potential contribution to or impact of the Fellowship for applicant