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GRADUATE AND UNDERGRADUATE MINI-GRANT PROGRAM

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.

Established in the fall of 2010, the mission of the Center is to provide people of Indian country with pragmatic research products that can be employed to improve the quality of life for Native Americans throughout the U.S.  The Center fulfills this mission by bringing the resources of the University to Native communities.  The Center promotes research, offers mini-grants, fellowships, and training opportunities to Berkeley students, publishes findings, and hosts conferences, colloquia and other events open to the public on topics of concern to Native communities.

To see past projects funded, please click here.

 

Eligibility

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 November 2020.  Funds must be used by November 1, 2021.  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.  

 

Requirements

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 December 1, 2021 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

Access the online form and submit your application here. 

Applications are due on Monday, October 26, 2020 by 4:00pm.  Late applications will not be considered. All applications must include the following materials: (Incomplete applications will not be considered.)

 

  • Section I: Applicant Information and Agreement Form

  • Section II: Abstract (up to 250 words), description of your project (up to 1,000 words) and timeline (up to 250 words)

  • Section III: Budget and Explanation of Budget 

  • Section IV: Protection of Human Subjects Compliance

  • Section V: Curriculum Vitae or Resumé

  • Section VI: Signed Mentor Agreement Form

 

Please submit your application and upload your attachments via the online form here. 

 

For more information, please send an email to crnai@berkeley.edu.

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
crnai@berkeley.edu
 
 

 

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