Recognizing the current economic climate and the underrepresentation of Native researchers in the field of economics and economic development, American Indian Graduate Center established the Miller Indigenous Economic Development Fellowship. Through the generous support of American Indian Graduate Center Alumnus Robert J. Miller, this fellowship is established to award research fellowships to doctoral candidates in their current data collection or analysis phase whose work centers on economics and economic development focusing on or influencing Native communities. These funds will support candidates in need of assistance with costs related to their data collection and data analysis processes. This can include, but is not limited to:

  • Research Travel
  • Research Supplies
  • Data Analysis Tools or Subscriptions
  • Transcriptions Services
  • Analysis Services
  • Analysis Review or Editor Cost

Program applicants should meet the following criteria to be eligible to apply for research funding:

  • Must be enrolled in an accredited non-profit institution of higher education.
  • Must be a current doctoral candidate (applicant must provide a letter of candidacy or proof of candidacy from your committee chair or program).
  • Must provide a budget detailing the proposed use of funds.
  • Must provide a narrative (1,000 words or less) describing the following:
    • Purpose and significance of their study,
    • Brief description of their methodology, data collection methods, and data analysis.
  • Provide details on any other funding sources the applicants have received or applied.
  • Provide a letter of support from the applicant’s committee chair that speaks to their research knowledge and study.
  • Must be an enrolled member of a federally or state-recognized tribe or have 1st or 2nd generation descendant and provide proof of enrollment via a copy of their Certificate Degree of Indian Blood, Tribal Membership card, or letter from Tribal enrollment office.