Cultural Survival Indigenous Youth Fellowship (Up to $6,000) 2024

  •  Fellowship
  •  30-Nov-2023
  •   Worldwide
  • $$  Varies

Cultural Survival has defended Indigenous Peoples’ rights and supported the self-determination, cultures, and political resilience of Indigenous communities since 1972.

Cultural Survival’s Indigenous Youth Fellowship Project was started to support young Indigenous leaders aged 17-28 in creating and disseminating knowledge through creative forms and critical thinking. It is an opportunity to develop capacities in Indigenous rights, Indigenous languages, cultures, and traditional knowledge. Fellows work to represent the voices of their communities and bring awareness of local issues to global conversations through their proposed projects while strengthening their cultural identities and leadership.

Area of Focus

Currently, the world is immersed in the challenges of mitigating the impacts of natural resource exploitation and its effects on the well-being of the planet. The demand for transition minerals (nickel, lithium, cobalt, and copper), related to the production of electric vehicles, wind turbines, and solar panels has skyrocketed due to the demand for renewable energy for a green, low-carbon economy. The field of green economy envisions this as a solution to address climate change issues, arguing that these energy generation technologies have low carbon emissions.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Indigenous youth between 17 and 28 years old: The application can be individual or collective.
  • Residents of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, Panama, South America, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, DRC, Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, Mali, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Taiwan, Indonesia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Sweden, Finland, Greenland, and Norway.
  • Those with access to the internet can collaborate creatively with other fellows, the Cultural Survival team, and can participate in video conferences.
  • They highly value the participation and inclusion of women and underrepresented genders (cis women, trans women, trans men, Two-Spirits, non-binary people, and other marginalized genders).
  • Individuals previously receiving a Cultural Survival grant will not be prioritized.

Offered Benefits

  • Funding between $2,500 – $6,000 is available.

Application Process

Go to Cultural Survival on to apply
  • Indigenous youth interested in participating in this call must fill out a form with general information about your proposed project.
  • Cultural Survival will conduct a first review and invite some applications to the second phase of the process to present a complete proposal narrative which will include a proposed budget.
  • During the third and final stage, interviews will be conducted with the finalists.
  • During the first stage of the review, unselected applicants will be notified within three months. In the second stage of the review of full narrative proposals, unselected applicants will be notified within three months.
  • Awarding the fellowship will take up to 6 months.
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