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Building Sustainability Pathways

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The Building Sustainability Pathways Program is currently funding Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) and faculty fellowships in North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Minnesota, and student fellowships and summer internships in North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Montana.


Tribal College and University Grants

TCUs will be funded to develop new and expand existing Environmental Sustainability programming, degree programs and certificates. The intent of these grants is to provide TCUs the opportunity to integrate cultural knowledge and traditional values surrounding Native life ways and sustainability into curriculum and institution that suits their tribal community’s needs and values. Funding will be up to $10,000 for the expansion of existing programs, and up to $50,000 for the creation of programs at TCUs.

TCU Faculty Fellowships

Faculty fellowships are being funded for TCU faculty in North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Minnesota to obtain advanced degrees. The intent of these fellowships are to help TCUs grow their own faculty and students to meet the needs to their specific TCUs and tribal communities. By obtaining advanced degrees, faculty are eligible to teach at a bachelors level. The Faculty fellowship will provide $20,000 over 2 years towards the pursuit of a master’s degree or towards the coursework segment of a doctoral degree.


TCU Student Fellowships

Student fellowships are being funded to support students’ pursuit of 4-year degrees in Environmental Sustainability fields in North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Montana. The intent of the student fellowships are to produce a well-educated student cohort from TCUs to lead tribal institutions, programs and communities toward a more sustainable lifestyle. The student fellowship provides $10,000 over 2 years towards the pursuit of a 4-year degree and $4,000 for a summer research internship. Junior and senior level students who are committed to earning a 4-year degree are encouraged to apply.


TCU Student Internships

Tribal community and TCU place based summer internships will also be available for students in North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Montana. These will provide students will relevant experience in their home communities and provide critical research about environmental sustainability driven by Native people. The summer internships will provide $2,000-4,000 per project.


If you have any questions about any of the grants or fellowships, please contact April Negrette, Pathways to Environmental Sustainability Program Coordinator at anegrette@collegefund.org, or (720)214-2555.

April Negrette, Building Sustainability Pathways Program Coordinator at anegrette@collegefund.org, or (720)214-2555


The deadline for the following programs is September 23, 2014. The application for the 2014-15 academic year are available below.

Building Sustainability Pathways Faculty Fellowship Application

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Building Sustainability Pathways Student Fellowship Application

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If you have any questions about any of the grants or fellowships, please contact April Negrette, Building Sustainability Pathways Program Coordinator at anegrette@collegefund.org, or (720)214-2555


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