American Indian Graduate Center launches Miller Indigenous Research Fellowship

American Indian Graduate Center launches Indigenous research fellowship
$190K program to promote data equity in economics & economic development research

Robert Miller, AIGC Alumnus – Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma

Albuquerque, New Mexico – October 13, 2021 – American Indian Graduate Center is now accepting applications for the Miller Indigenous Economic Development Fellowship, a research grant geared toward funding Native doctoral research in economics and economic development. Applications for the fellowship are due November 30, 2021.

The Miller Indigenous Economic Development Fellowship, which was created with the generous support of American Indian Graduate Center Alumnus Robert J. Miller (Eastern Shawnee Tribe), empowers Native doctoral students who are currently conducting research in the data collection or analysis phase, whose work centers economics and economic development impacting Native communities.

Dr. Corey Still, AIGC Alumnus – United Keetowah Band of Cherokee Indians

“Recognizing the current economic climate and the underrepresentation Native researchers in the field of economics and economic development, this research grant is a significant contribution to amplifying Native voices and creating opportunities for data equity in research,” said Dr. Corey Still (United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians), American Indian Graduate Center’s Director of Student Programming and Research.

“Gaps and limitations exist within the current data collections that either exclude Native perspective entirely or depict a deficit-based narrative surrounding Indian Country. By empowering Native scholars to conduct their own research, data collection, and analysis, we are creating opportunities to promote Indigenous research,” Still added.

With the launch of the Miller Indigenous Economic Development Fellowship, American Indian Graduate Center continues working to bridge the opportunity gap for Native students. For more than 50 years, the Native scholarship provider has awarded over $350 million and empowered more than 16,000 Native scholars pursuing higher education. In 1969 there were only 38 Native lawyers, 15 Native doctoral students, and 30 Native medical doctors. As of 2019, American Indian Graduate Center has contributed to over 2,000 law degrees, 1,700 postgraduate degrees, and 450 medical degrees for Native students.

The Miller Indigenous Economic Development Fellowship is American Indian Graduate Center’s second research grant, in addition to it’s catalogue of 30+ Native-focused scholarships and programming initiatives. To apply for funding, please visit

About American Indian Graduate Center
American Indian Graduate Center is a national private 501(c)(3) non-profit providing scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate, graduate and professional students throughout the United States. American Indian Graduate Center and American Indian Graduate Center Scholars have awarded more than $350 million in scholarships since inception and are proud to empower Native students from over 500 Tribes in all 50 states with educational funding and academic support services. For more information, please visit