2021 Native American Natural Resource Research Scholarship

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Deadline: December 1, 2020, 5:00 p.m. PST

Award: Varies, not to exceed $5,000

The Intertribal Timber Council (ITC), in partnership with the USDA Forest Service Research and Development is pleased to announce scholarship opportunities for Native American graduate students who are planning or currently conducting tribally relevant research in a natural resource issue.

Purpose: The ITC Education Scholarship is designed to support tribally relevant, natural resource based, research being conducted by Native American scholars enrolled in a graduate program.

Required Material: The ITC Education Committee will review and rank only those applications that completely address the following criteria:

  • Letter of Application: The letter must include your name, permanent mailing address, email address and phone number. Discuss your current educational program and how the tribally relevant proposed research fits into both your degree in natural resources and your future plans.
  • Resume
  • Evidence of validated enrollment in a federally recognized tribe or Alaska Native Corporation, as established by the U.S. Government. A photocopy of your enrollment card, front and back, or Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB) is sufficient.
  • Mini Research Proposal: Please keep this concise (4-page maximum not counting budget and justification). Required elements include a) abstract stating research merit and explaining how this research is relevant to tribal natural resource interests b) timeline and methodology c) dissemination plan, including a tribal component d) budget and budget justification
  • Letters of reference/support from an Academic advisor or committee member is required. Additionally, a second letter of support from a tribal resource manager or a tribal representative with tribal approval of the project or the relevancy of the project to the tribe is required.

All requested material must be received by close of business (5:00 p.m. PST) December 1, 2020. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications should be submitted electronically by email (, or (fax 503 282 1274). Questions regarding the application process can be submitted to ITC ( (phone 503- 282-4296) or Nicole Stiffarm, chair of the ITC Education Committee (