University of Washington


Area Studies and Indigenous Ways of Knowing

Deadline for Proposals: May 11, 2015
Emerging from the fruitful convergences of an emergent Arctic Studies program and on-going cross-campus projects on Native and Indigenous Studies, the Canadian Studies Center, the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, the Jackson School of International Studies, American Indian Studies and the Comparative History of Ideas program invite graduate students to apply for support of research that contributes to a dialogue between Area Studies and Indigenous Ways of Knowing. With support from an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant administered by the College of Arts and Sciences, we will be able to fund 3 graduate student grants of $5,000 each.*

Area Studies and Indigenous Ways of Knowing
This fellowship grant is part of a broad effort to re-think the epistemological, methodological and geographical orientations of area studies, and explore the transformational encounters with Native and Indigenous intellectual traditions and frameworks. Applicants are encouraged to consider projects that engage central and long-standing debates in area studies research like sovereignty, governance, territory, natural resource management, social movements, and security (to name only a few) and put these in dialogue with knowledge-systems, intellectual traditions, and Native knowledge-production as they take place in various sites throughout the world. Projects may take the form of an article manuscript or an artistic, creative work (film, video, fiction, poetry etc.).

Qualified applicants must be graduate students at the UW in any department (humanities, social science, natural sciences, professional schools). Applicants must be in good academic standing. Projects can be focused on any location in the world and comparative explorations are welcome.

Application Process and Proposal (1,500-3,000 words)
All materials will be submitted to on-line Jackson School Student Application website:

Applications must submit (1) a completed application form: (2) brief proposal (1,500-3,000 words); and (3) a letter from a faculty advisor indicating support for the proposal and agreeing to advise the student throughout the project from research design to submission to a peer-reviewed journal, (or in the case of alternative media or creative project, final production and dissemination).

The research proposal must include (in a single PDF) a paper title, research question, preliminary argument, project significance, theoretical framework and methodology; a research plan; and a 1page bibliography (not counted as part of the word limit).

In addition to single-authored applications, we welcome collaborative projects.** Projects may propose to integrate Indigenous perspectives with existing work in the social sciences, humanities, and art worlds. Fellows will be invited to share their work at a Fall 2015 symposium.

Letters of Recommendations 
References will have an extra week to submit letters after the application closes. Students will need to list their reference name and email in their application and a link will be sent to references to submit their letters. More information in application.
* Funds will be paid out in two installments, in Spring and Fall 2015. Fellows will receive $3,000 on submission of a progress report (due 10 June 2015); and, $2,000 after participating in a Fall symposium.
** Each funded project will receive $5000, regardless of number of collaborators.

Steering Committee

Nadine Fabbi, Canadian Studies
Vince Gallucci, Aquatic & Fishery Sciences and Canadian Studies
Maria Elena Garcia, Comparative History of Ideas
Sven Haakanson, Anthropology
Tony Lucero, Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Dian Millian, American Indian Studies
Saadia Pekkanen, Jackson School of International Studies
Christopher Teuton, American Indian Studies

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Arctic & International Relations
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Vincent Gallucci, Chair
Nadine Fabbi, Associate Director
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