The Henry Luce Foundation has launched a new initiative to support the work of Native “knowledge makers and knowledge keepers” through a competitive fellowship program developed in collaboration with the First Nations Development Institute.
Funded by the foundation and administered by First Nations, the program will identify and provide $50,000 stipends to a cohort of Native leaders who “create new knowledge and share that knowledge publicly.”
The program has a broad definition of leadership. It includes “scientists and health professionals, academics, curators, artists and writers, and policy makers, among others,” according to the Luce Foundation’s press release. “The work of these leaders may take many forms, including journalism, visual art, film and video, speeches or sermons, educational curricula, music or theater, formal scholarship or research, public health strategies, legal arguments, fiction, policy analysis, etc.”
Applications for the first fellowship competition will be invited in the second half of 2019, with further details to be made available by First Nations. Additional information will be provided on the First Nations website, www.firstnations.org.