Deadline: September 30, 2023
Awards Available: Varies
The Native American Student Award is a monetary grant, with a maximum amount of $1000, designed to assist eligible Native American students in covering various educational expenses like tuition, books, room and board. One or more grants, each valued up to $1000, may be granted.
Along with the financial aid, the chosen recipient(s) will receive a one-year membership in the Plains Anthropological Society, which includes a subscription to the peer-reviewed journal Plains Anthropologist. This opportunity is available to both undergraduate and graduate students in Anthropology. The funds will be managed by the academic department of the winning student.
To qualify for this award, nominees must be Native American, which also includes Métis. Applicants must provide evidence of their tribal membership in a federally or state-recognized Native American, Hawaiian, or Alaskan tribe.
Alternatively, they can demonstrate community relationships by obtaining letters of recommendation from tribal officials, tribal college professors/administrators, or enrolled tribal members (at least two) that affirm their community affiliation.
Nominees must be either full or part-time students pursuing graduate or undergraduate studies in anthropology, archaeology, or Native American Studies. Eligible students can receive the award once as an undergraduate and once as a graduate student.
Undergraduate students are eligible regardless of their institution’s location, as long as the college or university offers relevant coursework or research in Great Plains anthropology or Native American Studies. Applicants are required to describe their relevant coursework or research in their letter of interest or application.
Graduate students must be involved in research connected to some aspect of the Great Plains. However, their university does not necessarily need to be located within the Great Plains region. The research can have broader applicability or focus on specific topics, as long as it demonstrates relevance to Great Plains research themes.
To apply for the award, interested students should submit specific documents to the Native American Student Award Committee Chair(s) before the deadline of Friday, September 30th at 11:59 pm CST. Both electronic and written applications are acceptable.The required documents include the student’s resume or vita for graduate students or a list of coursework for undergraduates. Additionally, a letter of recommendation from a faculty member emphasizing the student’s accomplishments or potential in anthropology is needed. Finally, applicants must include a photocopy of their tribal enrollment certificate or equivalent certification of tribal membership/enrollment or CDIB.
The Committee will review applications and select one or more recipients, announcing the decision at the Annual Meeting of the Plains Anthropological Society. The chosen student(s) and their academic department will be notified following the meeting, and an announcement will also be published on the website.
For additional information or to apply, contact:
Carlton Shield Chief Gover (2025)
Alison Hadley (2023)