Funding Opportunities for
Undergraduate Students
Native Forward Scholars Fund offers funding opportunities for undergraduate students including AS, BA and BS degrees in all majors, with special scholarships for STEM majors

Funding Opportunities for
Graduate Students
Native Forward Scholars Fund offers a variety of funding opportunities for graduate students including MA, MS, PhD, STEM, Medical, Law, MBA, and other professional degrees.

BIE Professional Development Funding for STEM Educators and Students 2023-2024

Status: Closed

Native Forward Scholars Fund, in partnership with the BIE, provides funding specifically for training opportunities in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Typical awards for professional development will be between $1,200 to $10,000.

This is a great opportunity for TCU faculty, staff, and students who are focused in STEM fields to take advantage of this funding. Individuals who are seeking professional development such as continuing education, conferences, training, and certifications can apply for funding to assist with registration, travel, and other related costs. Educators (K-12) at a BIE funded school, a BIE controlled school, a school on a reservation, or a school with a 20% or more Native American population are encouraged to apply.


To be considered for the BIE Professional Development Funding, 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 1/2 degree Indian blood of a federally recognized Tribe.
  • Provide proof of Tribal eligibility through submission of a Tribal Eligibility Certificate OR provide proof of Tribal enrollment via a copy of your Certificate Degree of Indian Blood, Tribal membership card, OR a letter of enrollment/descendancy from your Tribal enrollment office.
  • Be employed at a Bureau funded school, a Bureau controlled school, a school on a reservation, a school with at least 20% Native population, attending a TCU, or attending an accredited-post secondary institution.
  • Exclusive consideration will be given to applicants using training in STEM in an education field.

For further questions, please reach out to our Scholarship Operations team at


My whole life I really didn’t think that was in the cards for me and Native Forward Scholars Fund believed in me and was able to provide me with the support and the community to be able to study what I wanted and also know that I had a place within the science world.