x The AIGC & Choctaw Scholarship Advisement Program (SAP) Fellowship

The AIGC Choctaw SAP Fellowship is one of 3 multi-year graduate fellowships available to three (1) full-time, degree-seeking, tribally-enrolled graduate or professional level tribally-enrolled Choctaw students: 1 Law student (up to 3 years), 1 Master’s level student (2 years), one PhD level student (2 years).

Once chosen, the AIGC Director of Fellowships will work with the individuals’ institution to assure the following:

  • Student is or will be engaging in a project that has implications for the American Indian and Alaska Native communities;
  • Student has a project adviser, who will assist the student in completing the project;
  • Student is attending an accredited program in the United States;
  • Student will benefit from the project, as a rising professional;
  • Student has ample matching resources to devote the necessary time to the project, through completion.

Ideally, the recipient will be selected by mid-August of 2014 and have minimally, 2 full years of full-time study remaining, or be in dissertation/thesis status. AIGC will consider shorter projects with sufficient evidence that the project can be completed in the time frame stated in the application, including having IRB approvals already in place. All project proposals will be considered, until one is deemed to meet all aforementioned criteria in each of the funded areas: Law, Master’s and PhD.

Award
$20000 (up to 3 years for Law, 2 years for Master's, 2 years for PhD)
Deadline
06/06/2014
Supplemental Questions
  1. Choctaw SAP Fellowship: Please review these instructions and respond to the following question set to qualify for this opportunity.
    • A. "Student is or will be engaging in a project that has implications for the American Indian and Alaska Native communities." Please describe in detail, your research project and its implications for your community. You may use your research proposal language, dissertation proposal, thesis statement or other relevant statements to avoid having to recreate a new statement for AIGC.
    • B. "Student has an advisor, who will assist the student in completing the project." Please list the name of your advisor and provide an email contact for her/him.
    • D. "Student will benefit from the project, as a rising professional." Please explain how this project will benefit your intended career path. Refrain from generalizations such as, "...a PhD will teach me how to research, run statistics and do literature reviews." Rather, explain why this research project will be influential in your field and how it may advance your early career aspirations.
    • E. "Student has ample matching resources to devote the necessary time to the project, through completion." The AIGC Choctaw SAP Fellowship is not a scholarship. You will provide research and report back to AIGC any and all advancements in your program. In order for the program to be of the most benefit to you, you should have additional matching resources from your tribe, institution, department, industry or other foundations. Please list their names, amounts and any associated benefits. AIGC can provide funding for any recognized "gaps" in your education related research needs.
    • F. How did you choose the field of study for which you will use this fellowship?
    • G. Why did you choose to attend the institution where you will perform this research?
    • H. Data for American Indians and Alaska Natives is often hidden behind the words, "statistically insignificant". What does this mean for your chosen profession?
    • I. Disparities exist for many groups. What specific disparity or contributing factor(s) are you hoping to impact with your chosen degree program? How will this Fellowship help to achieve this goal?
    • J. Each year, a large portion of the fellowship will be applied to tuition, fees and other costs of attendance, or may be applied to a stipend, with the approval of the institution. The remaining money may be applied to other project or research costs. Please discuss how you plan to use the remaining fellowship to carry out your project or research/proposal, i.e., purchase of literature or memberships to databases, travel, profession specific software, etc. You may need to discuss this with your institution, prior to accepting the award, should you be selected.
    • K. Please upload a budget for your project. Your Advisor should be able to help you with this document.
    • L. I understand that should I be selected for this fellowship, I will be required to credit both the American Indian Graduate Center and the Choctaw Scholarship Advisement Program in all publications and presentation associate with the research funded through this fellowship. As such, I will supply AIGC with periodic (each academic term) research updates from me and/or my advisor.
    • M. Signature
  2. Choctaw SAP Academic References - 2 required
    • 1. Provide the name and email of one academic reference who can attest to your persistence in educational attainment.
    • 2. Provide the name and email of one academic reference who can attest to your persistence in educational attainment.
  3. Admission Letter from university or college: Upload here
  4. Please upload an unofficial transcript that indicates your GPA on an unweighted 4.0 scale. As a reminder, AIGC does not accept National Clearinghouse documents/information.

    Upload here by clicking "add a new file" below
  5. Proof of full-time Institutional Enrollment Status / Course Schedule for the academic term of this application. As a reminder, AIGC does not accept National Clearinghouse documents/information.
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