Graduate Fellowships

 Graduate Education

  • Involves learning and studying for degrees or other qualifications for which a first or Bachelor’s degree generally is required.

Graduate education, graduate school programs, graduate degree all refer to the pursuit of masters, doctoral and professional degrees conferred by a college or university.

Is Graduate School for you? Consider attending Graduate Horizons to learn more.


GradSchools.com, a graduate school directory, posted this dialogue on their website:

Undergraduate vs. Graduate School: A Professor’s Perspective


Undergraduate vs. Graduate Study: Our Perspective

Most baccalaureate (undergraduate) degrees generally prepare you for life and a professional workforce. The academic skills you’ve acquired throughout your high school years are honed and tweaked to ensure that you are a broadly educated, socially aware, critically thinking, contributor to society.  You’re taught to reason, justify and support your decisions. Through your major you can elect to develop a specialized professional skill set that will give you the fundamental preliminary skills needed to embark upon the career of your choice.

Graduate School on the other hand is all about the mastery of skills and the sustenance of the knowledge.  In graduate school you build upon your existing skills and understanding and are trained to be an authority in your field.  In college, you learn how to do your job but in graduate school you learn about your job/profession through the context of its history, roles, functions and broader implications & impacts.  You learn the conditions necessary for success in a leadership position and you learn how to assess and ensure those conditions as things change and evolve in the world.


 

aigc_logo_transparent1BIE STEM Loan For Service
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AIGC administers a Bureau of Indian Education contract to provide financial assistance in the form of loans to eligible American Indian and Alaska Natives seeking graduate and professional degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).  The goal is to promote opportunity for careers with tribal governments, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Bureau of Indian Affairs—funded organizations on and off reservations.  Loans are paid back at the rate of one year of service for one year of funding.

A portion of the SPGSF will be directed towards graduate level (Masters and Doctoral) research to understand the barriers that discourage Indian students’ participation in these fields and expanding STEM opportunities at Tribal Colleges and Universities.

To be considered for the AIGC STEM Loan for Service, the applicant must:

    • Must be an enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native group OR provide documentation of ancestry to possession of one-fourth degree Indian blood of a federally recognized tribe to be verified only through submission of a TEC;
    • Able to demonstrate financial need through submission of a FNF;
    • Must be (or will be) pursuing a master’s or doctorate degree as a full-time degree-seeking student at an accredited graduate school in the United States.  Exclusive consideration is paid to degree candidates in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields (may include:  Medical and Life Sciences; Engineering and Physical Sciences; Mathematics and Computational Sciences, Earth, Environmental and Agriculture Sciences; and Technology) to be verified through the submission of current transcripts or proof of acceptance to an eligible program;

aigc_logo_transparent1AIGC Fellowship
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Deadline: June 1, 2017

The AIGC Fellowship program provides approximately $1,200,000 in fellowships to over 400 American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and professional students each year.  Graduate fellowships are monetary awards made to American Indian and Alaska Native graduate or professional full-time, degree-seeking students, who meet all eligibility criteria.  The fellowship amount is typically between $1000 and $5000 per academic year (not including summer), and varies from year to year, depending on the number of qualified applicants, the availability of funds and unmet financial need.

To be considered, applicants must be:

  • Pursuing a post-baccalaureate graduate or professional degree as a full time student at an accredited institution in the U.S.;
  • Able to demonstrate financial need through submission of the AIGC Financial Need Form (FNF), and;
  • Must be an enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native group OR provide documentation of ancestry to possession of one-fourth degree Indian blood of a federally recognized tribe as verified through submission of a Tribal Eligibility Certificate (TEC).

aigc_logo_transparent1Loan For Service
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Deadline: June 1, 2017

AIGC administers a Bureau of Indian Education contract to provide financial assistance in the form of loans to eligible American Indian and Alaska Natives seeking graduate and professional degrees.  The goal is to promote opportunity for careers with tribal governments, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Bureau of Indian Affairs—funded organizations on and off reservations.  Loans are paid back at the rate of one year of service for one year of funding.

To be considered for the AIGC Loan for Service, the applicant must:

  • Be pursuing a graduate or professional degree as a full time student at an accredited institution in the United States;
  • Able to demonstrate financial need through submission of a FNF;
  • Must be an enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native group OR provide documentation of ancestry to possession of one-fourth degree Indian blood of a federally recognized tribe as verified through submission of a TEC;
  • Have a 3.0 GPA;

wells fargoWells Fargo American Indian Scholarship Program
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Deadline: May 1, 2017

This scholarship is funded by Wells Fargo and administered by American Indian Graduate Center. To be considered for the Wells Fargo scholarship, an applicant must:

  • Must be an enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native group OR provide documentation of ancestry to possession of one-fourth degree Indian blood of a federally recognized tribe as verified through submission of a TEC;
  • Be pursuing a career and degree in fields relating to banking, resort management, gaming operations, management and administration, including accounting, finance, information technology and human resources;
  • Be a an incoming graduate or professional school student at a U.S. accredited college or university as full-time and degree-seeking student with an average GPA of a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, and;
  • Demonstrate financial need through submission of an AIGC Financial Need Form (FNF).

 Wilson-Hooper Veterinary Medicine Assistance Program

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Deadline: May 1, 2017

In memory of Jane Wilson Hooper and Col. Philip L. Hooper

The Wilson-Hooper Veterinary Medicine Assistance Program provides scholarships to students pursuing veterinary medicine and veterinary technician degrees. If you love animals and possess the desire to pursue a degree at an accredited college or university, you may be qualified for funding from the Wilson-Hooper Vet Med Assistance Program.

Eligibility:

  • Pursuing a degree in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or Veterinary Technology (Associates of Applied Science Degree)
  • Enrolled full-time in a nationally accredited college or university in the U.S.
  • Must be an enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native group OR provide documentation of ancestry to possession of one-fourth degree Indian blood of a federally recognized tribe.
  • Maintain a B average

Awards are merit based and there is opportunity for multi-year funding.


 

OTHER AIGC GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS

AIGC manages a number of private funds and awards and provides these as supplemental scholarships ($500 – $5000 each) based on field of study and other criteria defined by the donor.  All successful applicants for the AIGC Fellowship (above) are considered for these fellowships and will be notified at the time that awards are announced.  There is no separate application process for these awards. These funds are known as:

  • Grace Wall Barreda Memorial Fellowship – Public Health and Environmental Studies
  • Ruth Muskrat Bronson Fellowship – Primarily Nursing or Health related programs
  • Jeanette Elmer Fellowship – Library Science
  • Edna Furber Fellowship – Women studying Creative Fine Arts
  • Katrin Lamon Fellowship – Literature or Journalism
  • Gerald Peet Fellowship – Medicine
  • John Rainer Memorial Fellowship – Continuing AIGC Fellows in all degree areas
  • Dr. Beryl Blue Spruce Memorial Fellowship – Pueblo Citizens studying Medicine or Nursing (OB/GYN)
  • Dr. George Blue Spruce Fellowship – Dentistry