Graduate Funding Information Service

May 1, 2019

American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC): Science Post Graduate Scholarship Fund & The Special Higher Education Program

Application Deadline: June 1, 2019

Science Post Graduate Scholarship

AIGC administers a Bureau of Indian Education contract to provide financial assistance in the form of scholarships to eligible American Indian and Alaska Natives seeking undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The maximum amount of an undergraduate award is up to $20,000 and the maximum amount of a graduate award is up to $30,000 in an academic year.  This opportunity is a merit-based award.

To be considered for the SPGSF the applicant must:

  • Must be an enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native group OR provide documentation of ancestry to possession of one-fourth degree Indian blood of a federally recognized tribe to be verified only through submission of a TEC;
  • A completed financial needs analysis, FNF;
  • Must be (or will be) pursuing an associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degree as a full-time degree-seeking student at an accredited graduate school in the United States.  Exclusive consideration is paid to degree candidates in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields (may include:  Medical and Life Sciences; Engineering and Physical Sciences; Mathematics and Computational Sciences, Earth, Environmental and Agriculture Sciences; and Technology) to be verified through the submission of current transcripts or proof of acceptance to an eligible program.

Special Higher Education Program

The Special Higher Education Program provides approximately $1,200,000 in fellowships to over 400 American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and professional students each year.  Graduate fellowships are monetary awards made to American Indian and Alaska Native graduate or professional full-time, degree-seeking students, who meet all eligibility criteria.  The fellowship amount is typically between $1000 and $5000 per academic year (not including summer), and varies from year to year, depending on the number of qualified applicants, the availability of funds and unmet financial need.

To be considered, applicants must be:

  • Pursuing a post-baccalaureate graduate or professional degree as a full time student at an accredited institution in the U.S.;
  • Able to demonstrate financial need through submission of the AIGC Financial Need Form (FNF), and;
  • Must be an enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native group OR provide documentation of ancestry to possession of one-fourth degree Indian blood of a federally recognized tribe as verified through submission of a Tribal Eligibility Certificate (TEC).

For more information about these opportunities, including how to apply, click here.