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.

Miller Indigenous Economic Development Fellowship

Status: Open
Deadline: December 2, 2023 

Recognizing the current economic climate and the underrepresentation of Native researchers in the field of economics and economic development, the Miller Indigenous Economic Development Fellowship was established through the generous support of Native Forward Alumnus, Robert J. Miller. The Miller Indigenous Scholarship provides financial assistance to eligible American Indian and Alaska Native doctoral students to cover the costs related to data collection and analysis. Doctoral candidates pursuing research in economic and economic development focusing on or influencing Native Communities are encouraged to apply. This award covers fees incurred to cover research-related expenses like travel, supplies, data analysis or subscriptions, transcription services, analysis review, or edit fees.

Research assistance is limited to one single award. This program will award up to three students a total of $10,000 per academic year.

Students must meet the following requirements to be considered for this scholarship:

  • Be an enrolled member or a descendant of a federally or state-recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native group or first- or second-generation descendant.
  • Documentation is required via a copy of Certificate Degree of Indian Blood (CIB), Tribal membership card, or an enrollment or descendant letter from the Tribal Enrollment Office.
  • Be enrolled full-time at an accredited non-profit college or university.
  • Be a current doctoral candidate and must provide a letter of candidacy or proof of candidacy.
  • Doctoral candidates must be in their current data collection or analysis phase of their research.
  • Applicants must submit an itemized list of research-related expenses (i.e., research travel, research supplies, data analysis or subscriptions, transcription services, analysis review and edit fees, etc.) to show how this award will be used, if awarded.


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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.

Mitchell Rose Bear Don’t Walk | Native Forward Alumna | Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes, Crow Nation, Lone Pine Shoshone Paiute