CU Boulder is one of twenty institutions in the Newberry Library's Consortium in American Indian Studies (NCAIS), headquartered in Chicago.  Our membership provides grad students and faculty working in Native American Studies with the valuable opportunities listed below:

1) One CU grad student each year will be funded to attend the NCAIS annual Spring Workshop in Research Methods. This two-and-a-half-day workshop is an intensive introduction to cutting-edge approaches to research in Native American Studies. While it often focuses on the Newberry's particular strengths and collections, it can also focus on methods and collections in other archives, as it did in spring 2014 when UNLV served as host and students probed Indian Gaming.

2) One CU grad student per year will be fully funded to attend the NCAIS four-week interdisciplinary Summer Institute, held in Chicago in late July and early August. The institute gives graduate students a chance to work in Newberry collections while honing new approaches to their research topics. Students typically receive CU course credit for their participation.  This should be arranged through your home department.

3) CU grad students can apply to participate in the NCAIS Annual Graduate Student Conference, held in Chicago each summer. Participants get feedback from peers as well as established scholars in the field.

4) Grad students are eligible to apply for NCAIS Graduate Student Fellowships.  These are usually dispensed in 1- to 2-month chunks, with recipients selected by a Newberry committee that includes NCAIS faculty. Please note that this fellowship does not have to be used at the Newberry.  It can also be used for field work or for research at other institutions. If you are working on a Native American dissertation topic, you should consider applying.

5) NCAIS offers Faculty Fellowships.  This program awards a one-semester residential fellowship to one consortium faculty member per year working on a Native American topic.  While the preference is for junior faculty, all faculty members working on Native American topics should consider applying.  Recipients also present work at the Newberry Seminar in American Indian Studies.

For more information, please contact CU NCAIS liaison Elizabeth Fenn at