Graduate Students

Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students

American Indian Graduate Center offers a variety of funding opportunities for graduate students including MA, MS, PhD, STEM, Medical, Law, MBA, and other professional degrees. High School Students and Undergraduate Students can find additional scholarship resources on our website.

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Empowering Scholars Initiative: AIGC Access Scholarships

Status: OPEN
Deadline: Ongoing

Recognizing the limited access that American Indians and Alaskan Native students have regarding access to graduate entrance exams and the cost of affording such exam, we researched the average cost of the following tests:

  • GRE:   $205.00
  • GMAT: $250.00
  • MCAT: $320.00
  • LSAT:  $200.00
  • PCAT:  $210.00

Seeing this need as a barrier to Native students’ access to graduate education, American Indian Graduate Center created the AIGC Access Scholarship that will provide a one-time award to cover students’ graduate test fees.

Eligibility:

  • Must be enrolled in a U.S. accredited non-profit institution.
  • Must provide an unofficial copy of your current transcript. Copy of the transcript must include the student’s name, semester/quarter, and institution name or logo.
  • Must indicate which test they are taking and certify that if the applicant does not take the test, they will return the funds.
  • Must be an enrolled member or a 1st/2nd generation descendant of a federally or state-recognized enrolled Tribe.
  • Must provide proof of Tribal enrollment via a copy of their Certificate Degree of Indian Blood, Tribal membership card, Tribal Eligibility Certificate (TEC), OR a letter of enrollment/descendency from your Tribal enrollment office. Faxed and emailed documents will no longer be accepted. 
  • Must submit a receipt of payment and copy of your test score to American Indian Graduate Center. If these verification documents are not received by American Indian Graduate Center, the applicant will be ineligible for future American Indian Graduate Center funding.
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REDW Scholarship

Status: CLOSED
Deadline: June 1, 2021

The REDW Scholarship is for undergraduate and graduate student who are enrolled members of a federally recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native group or a state-recognized Tribe in the U.S. OR provide documentation of ancestry to possession of 1/4 degree Indian blood of a state or federally recognized Tribe in Arizona or New Mexico. REDW encourages Native Americans to pursue a career in accounting and finance, increase the pool of top talent from which to recruit for the Firm’s Nation Tribal Services team and identify Native American students interested in participating in the Firm’s Internship Program.

REDW encourages scholarship recipients to apply for paid REDW internships in either the Phoenix, Arizona or Albuquerque, New Mexico offices. Residency in either city is not required, however careful consideration will be given to those intern applications who can obtain housing in either location.

Eligibility:

  • Must be an enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native group OR provide documentation of ancestry to possession of 1/4 degree Indian blood of a federally recognized Tribe to be verified only through submission of a Tribal Eligibility Certificate in your online application 
  • A completed financial needs analysis using the Financial Needs Form in your online application 
  • Must be in a full-time master’s degree program pursuing a master’s in business administration, master’s of taxation or master’s of accountancy

The REDW Scholarship is a merit-based and a multi-year award.

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Science Post Graduate Scholarship Fund

Scholarship and Professional Training Opportunities

Status: CLOSED
Deadline: June 1, 2021

Apply for Professional Training.

The Science Post Graduate Scholarship Fund (SPGSF) is administered by American Indian Graduate Center and funded by the Bureau of Indian Education to provide scholarships and professional training opportunities specifically to eligible American Indian and Alaska Natives pursuing graduate and professional degrees or professionals in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

Scholarship and professional training award amounts and the number of awards will be determined based on the number of funded students at each level:  

  • Graduate Level: $20,000 to $30,000
  • Professional Training: $1,200 to $10,000

To be considered for a scholarship opportunity the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be an enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native group OR provide documentation of ancestry to possession of 1/4 degree Indian blood of a federally recognized Tribe to be verified only through submission of a Tribal Eligibility Certificate in your online application 
  • A completed financial needs analysis using the Financial Needs Form in your online application 
  • Be a full-time, degree-seeking STEM student at an accredited school in the United States 
  • Exclusive consideration is given to candidates in the STEM fields. Area of study must be verified via current transcripts or proof of acceptance to an eligible program

To be considered for a professional training opportunity the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Be an enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native group OR provide documentation of ancestry to possession of 1/4 degree Indian blood of a federally recognized Tribe to be verified only through submission of a Tribal Eligibility Certificate
  • Be employed at a Bureau funded school, a school on a reservation, a school with 20% Native population or attending a TCU or accredited-post secondary institution
  • Exclusive consideration will be given to applicants using training in STEM in an education field 

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Special Higher Education Program

Status: CLOSED
Deadline: June 1, 2021

The Special Higher Education 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 American Indian Graduate Center
  • Must be an enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native group OR provide documentation of ancestry to possession of 1/4 degree Indian blood of a federally recognized Tribe to be verified only through submission of a Tribal Eligibility Certificate in your online application 
  • A completed financial needs analysis using the Financial Needs Form in your online application 

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Loan For Service

Status: CLOSED
Deadline: June 1, 2021

American Indian Graduate Center 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 American Indian Graduate Center 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
  • Must be an enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native group OR provide documentation of ancestry to possession of 1/4 degree Indian blood of a federally recognized Tribe to be verified only through submission of a Tribal Eligibility Certificate in your online application 
  • A completed financial needs analysis using the Financial Needs Form in your online application 
  • Have a 3.0 GPA

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Wells Fargo American Indian Scholarship Program

Status: CLOSED
Deadline: June 1, 2021

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 1/4 degree Indian blood of a federally recognized Tribe to be verified only through submission of a Tribal Eligibility Certificate in your online application 
  • A completed financial needs analysis using the Financial Needs Form in your online application 
  • 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 an incoming 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

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Wilson-Hooper Veterinary Medicine Assistance Program

Status: CLOSED
Deadline: June 1, 2021

Created in memory of Jane Wilson Hooper (Choctaw-Chickasaw) and Colonel Philip L. Hooper, the goal of the Wilson-Hooper Veterinary Assistance Program is to identify and assist young qualified people who love animals and who posses the desire and ability to pursue learning how to care for those animals in the best way possible.

Eligibility:

  • Pursuing a degree in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or Veterinary Technology (Associate 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 1/4 degree Indian blood of a federally recognized Tribe to be verified only through submission of a Tribal Eligibility Certificate in your online application 
  • Maintain a B average

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

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American Indian Graduate Center Named Graduate Scholarships

Status: CLOSED
Deadline: June 1, 2021

American Indian Graduate Center 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 American Indian Graduate Center Fellowship 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
  • Elizabeth 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 Scholarship Fund – Medical

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Empowering Scholars Initiative: Student Relief Scholarships

Status: CLOSED
Deadline: Ongoing

Recognizing the continued effects of the international pandemic of COVID-19 and the daily realities of Native college students during these times, American Indian Graduate Center established the Student Relief Scholarship. This program is designed to assist Native undergraduate, graduate, or professional students who are facing a financial need by providing them with a one-time relief scholarship. The fund will be utilized to help support students in emergency situations that includes but is not limited to, purchasing food, emergency travel costs, emergency housing costs, technology access, or other educational expenses. This scholarship is open for any and all Native students who meet the requirements listed below.

Eligibility:

  • Must be pursuing either an associate, bachelors, masters, doctorate, or other terminal or professional degrees in any field of study.
  • Must be enrolled full-time in a U.S. accredited non-profit institutions
  • Must provide proof of full-time enrollment through an uploaded copy of their current course schedule. Documents should include the student’s institution, name, and student ID for verification.
  • Must be a federally or state-recognized enrolled Tribal member or 1st/2nd generation descendant.
  • Must provide proof of enrollment via a copy of their Certificate Degree of Indian Blood, Tribal membership card, Tribal Eligibility Certificate (TEC), OR a letter of enrollment/descendency from your Tribal enrollment office. Faxed and emailed documents will no longer be accepted. 
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Empowering Scholars Initiative: Direct Scholarships

Status: CLOSED
Deadline: December 16, 2020

Recognizing and refusing to allow students to choose between education and basic needs due to the increasing spread and effects of COVID-19, American Indian Graduate Center allocated $800 thousand of this initiative to provide educational support to American Indian and Alaskan Native students. This need-based scholarship serves to allow students who were unable to apply or access our process due to the initial outbreak a chance to apply for mid-year funding to help alleviate educational costs to continue with their pursuit of higher education.

Eligibility:

  • Must be enrolled full or part-time in a U.S. accredited non-profit institution.
  • Must be pursuing either an associate, bachelor, master, doctorate or another terminal or professional degree in any field of study.
  • Must show a demonstrated unmet need by having your financial aid officer fill out our online financial aid verification form.
  • Applicants must not have been awarded an American Indian Graduate Center scholarship for 2020-2021. 
  • Must be an enrolled member or a 1st/2nd generation descendant of a federally or state-recognized enrolled Tribe.
  • Must provide proof of Tribal enrollment via a copy of their Certificate Degree of Indian Blood, Tribal membership card, Tribal Eligibility Certificate (TEC), OR a letter of enrollment/descendency from your Tribal enrollment office. Faxed and emailed documents will no longer be accepted. 

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Empowering Scholars Initiative: Community Impact Research Scholarships

Status: CLOSED
Deadline: December 16, 2020

Recognizing the current social climate regarding equity, diversity, and civil unrest, American Indian Graduate Center established the Community Impact Research Scholarship. This one-time research scholarship will be awarded to doctoral candidates that are in their current data collection or analysis phase whose work centers on issues of social and racial diversity and equity in Indian Country. These funds will support candidates in need of assistance with costs related to their data collection and data analysis processes. This can include:

  • Research travel,
  • Research supplies,
  • Data analysis tools or subscription,
  • Transcriptions services,
  • Analysis services,
  • Analysis review or edit fees

Eligibility:

  • Must be enrolled in a U.S. accredited non-profit institution.
  • Must be a current doctoral candidate, provide a letter of candidacy or proof of candidacy from your committee chair or program.
  • Must provide a budget detailing the proposed use of the funds.
  • Must provide a narrative describing the following (750-words maximum):
    • Purpose and significance of their study,
    • Brief descriptions of the methodology, data collection, and data analysis methods,
    • How their research will impact Indian country regarding social and racial diversity and equity. 
  • Provide details on any other funding sources they have received or applied to.
  • Provide information for one academic reference that can speak to your work as a doctoral candidate. 
  • Must be a federally or state-recognized enrolled tribal member or 1st/2nd generation descendant.
  • Must provide proof of enrollment via a copy of their Certificate Degree of Indian Blood, Tribal membership card, Tribal Eligibility Certificate (TEC), OR a letter of enrollment/descendency from your Tribal enrollment office. Faxed and emailed documents will no longer be accepted. 

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To learn more about Graduate Student Scholarships, contact American Indian Graduate Center!