Mellon Foundation Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI) Digital Knowledge Sharing Fellowships


The American Philosophical Society's Library & Museum in Philadelphia invites applications for short-term Digital Knowledge Sharing Fellowships to support digital projects that connect archives and Indigenous communities. These funding opportunities are part of the Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI), supported by the Mellon Foundation. Fellows will work with the Library & Museum’s Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR), which aims to promote greater collaboration between scholars, archives, and Indigenous communities throughout the Americas. 

Selected fellows will travel to the APS in Philadelphia in July 2024 to participate in a workshop to share their projects, and discuss opportunities and challenges for accomplishing their goals. Following the workshop fellows will continue to work with APS staff and affiliates to complete their objectives. Past projects have focused on materials housed at the APS as well as collections held at other archives and libraries, and have included language reclamation initiatives, recording oral histories, territorial and historical research, and the establishment and growth of community-based archives, among others.

The fellowship stipend is $3,000 plus the costs associated with visiting the APS for the summer workshop with other DKS fellows. The exact dates of the workshop will be coordinated with successful applicants.

These fellowships are open to people at any stage of their career, regardless of academic background, including those based in communities or universities, and scholars and researchers in any field. Preference will be given to those who have sustained personal engagement or lived experience with Indigenous communities. We particularly encourage applications from Native American and Indigenous Studies scholars in training, tribal college or university faculty, and members of Indigenous communities, as well as from scholars working closely with Indigenous communities on community-based and community-directed projects.

The Center for Native American and Indigenous Research works with Indigenous communities throughout North America and with scholars in many disciplines.The heart of CNAIR’s mission is working collaboratively to reconnect collections to communities. These efforts focus on enhancing access by providing digital copies of APS materials to Indigenous cultural centers, archives, language programs, and schools, and building lasting, collaborative relationships based upon our shared values of preserving knowledge of the past for the benefit of future generations. To learn more about CNAIR, available fellowship and internship opportunities, and to browse the APS's Library & Museum’s holdings related to over 650 different Indigenous cultures, visit


This fellowship is open to applicants anywhere in the world, including those who are not US citizens or residents, but it does not provide visa sponsorship.


  • $3,000 stipend
  • Travel costs for attending summer DKS Fellows workshop in late July 2024

Application Instructions

The following materials should be submitted via the Application Form (

PLEASE NOTE: you must be signed in to a Google Account to access this application form

  • C.V. or Resume,
  • A proposal (2 pages double-spaced) that outlines the work to be undertaken during the fellowship term
  • Two letters of recommendation that offer support of the proposed project and speak to the credentials of the applicant. For those working on a community-based project, one of these letters should be from the Indigenous community where the project is based.

For questions, or if you have any problems accessing the Application Form, please contact Ruth Rouvier at

Deadline: March 15, 2024

Application date
Humanities : Anthropology & Ethnology, Archaeology, Arts and Art history, History, Linguistics, Literature, Philosophy, Theology and religion
Social sciences : Law, Geography, Gender studies, Identities, gender and sexuality, Political science, Environmental Sciences, Sociology