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Indigenous Writer in Residence Fellowship

The School for Advanced Research (SAR), with the generous support of Lannan Foundation, offers one Indigenous Writer in Residence fellowship annually. The purpose of this fellowship is to advance the work of an indigenous writer pursuing their creative project while enabling them to interact with local scholarly, artist, and Native communities. The seven-week residential fellowship includes a $6,000 stipend, on-campus housing, studio space, supplies allowance, library support, and travel reimbursement to and from SAR. The fellowship provides time for the writer to explore new avenues of creativity and develop ideas to further advance their work.

This fellowship runs from mid-June to early August.
Deadline to apply is the Monday, January 28, 2018.

Eligibility Criteria

SAR accepts applications for this fellowship from writers indigenous to the United States or Canada. Though applicants are asked to specify their affiliated tribe or nation on the Proposal Cover sheet, applicants do not need to provide a copy of their CIB or tribal enrollment card. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age by the application deadline. There is no upper age limit.

How to Apply

Application materials must be submitted using our online application system. Only fully completed applications that adhere to SAR’s guidelines and deadlines will be considered. All proposal components should be in 12-point type with at least 1-inch margins on all sides.

The application must include:

  • Current résumé (include education, relevant training, awards/honors, list of publications)
  • Proposal, not to exceed four double-spaced pages in length, describing the project you intend to work on during the fellowship term. Include information on the ideas or techniques you will explore and a timeline for the project’s completion. The proposal should also explain why obtaining an SAR fellowship is important to you as a writer at this stage in your career and how the fellowship will help you reach your goals and/or develop as a writer.
  • Writer’s Statement, 500 – 1,000 words in length, explaining, justifying, and contextualizing your body of work. The statement should address what, how, and why you do what you do, from your perspective.
  • Writing Sample of your current work, not to exceed 10 pages. The writing sample can be copies of recently published work or clean, double-spaced, numbered manuscript pages in a common font so it is easy to read. Your name and the date of completion should appear on the sample. Do not send books or bound manuscripts. Documentation of a stage or film production may also be included if applicable.

All submissions will be acknowledged within 72 hours. Award notifications will be emailed in early April. Fellowships are awarded competitively based on evaluations by a specially convened panel of reviewers.

Requirements of the Fellowship

A public presentation by the Indigenous Writer-in-Residence will complete the seven-week fellowship term and include readings and discussion.

Please acknowledge the School for Advanced Research in all publications resulting from this fellowship and send a copy of those publications to the Director of Scholar Programs.

For questions, please call (505) 954-7237 or email:

Poet and potter Max Early (Laguna Pueblo) reads from Ears of Corn: Listen, August 2015.