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The Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues invites UC Berkeley graduate and undergraduate students to apply for grants to assist with the development of student research projects on issues affecting Native American communities in the U.S. today.

Download an application here.


Full-time UC Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students who are conducting individual research projects on issues affecting Native American communities in the U.S. are eligible to apply.  Proposals that support undergraduate thesis or graduate dissertation research are strongly encouraged.  Undergraduates may apply for grants up to $500.  Graduate students may apply for grants up to $1,000.


Grant Period and Use of Funds

Applications will be reviewed and grants will be awarded in October 2019.  Funds must be used by September 1, 2020.  Any unused funds will be retained by the Center.  Funds may be used only to pay direct costs related to the proposed project, such as travel to research sites, research supplies, photocopying, transcription services, and equipment rental.  Funds may not be used for equipment purchases, stipends, living expenses, conference attendance or educational travel.  Grant payments will be made in the form of reimbursement for expenses.  



All students must work with a faculty mentor.  (Faculty mentors may include Lecturers and other non-Senate Academic Staff.) The student’s mentor must commit to supporting and advising the applicant throughout the research project. 

Students must submit a final report no later than October 1, 2020 containing an itemized expense report, a statement of what was accomplished, and a list of papers and/or publications that directly or indirectly result from the grant. 


Application Process

Download an application here.

Applications are due on Monday, October 14, 2019 by 4:00pm.  Late applications will not be considered. All applications must include the following materials: (Incomplete applications will not be considered.)


  • Applicant Information and Agreement Form (Section I)

  • 250-word Abstract of the project (Section II)

  • Project Description (Section III):  The project description should be no more than 1,000 words. It should include a description of the problem being studied, the research question and hypotheses, a description of the research methodology, and the contribution the research will make to the study of contemporary issues that are of concern to the Native community where you will be doing your research.

  • Budget and Explanation of Budget (Section IV)

  • Project Timeline (Section V)

  • Protection of Human Subjects Compliance (Section VI)

  • Curriculum Vitae or Resumé (Section VII)

  • Signed Mentor Agreement Form (Section VIII)


Please send your applicationi via email to or drop off one copy (single-sided, no staples) at:

Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues

Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

2420 Bowditch Street, MC 5670

University of California

Berkeley, CA  94720-5670


For more information, please send an email to

Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issue
The Myers Center is part of the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues 
2420 Bowditch Street #5670
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-5670
TEL: 510.642.0813
FAX: 510.642.8674


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