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Open to US citizens and non US citizens
Deadline: 02/28/2025 (Tentative)

General Information

The Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR) at the APS Library & Museum works with Indigenous communities throughout the Americas and with campus- and community-based scholars in many disciplines and traditions. Its goal is to assist people in finding and utilizing the extensive archival collections at the Library and Museum of the APS in innovative ways that honor Indigenous knowledge, cultivate scholarship, and strengthen languages and cultural traditions.

The Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI) complements the collaborative, community-engaged work undertaken by the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research. With funding from The Mellon Foundation, NASI promotes research in the field of Native American and Indigenous Studies and related fields by undergraduates, Native American scholars, Tribal College faculty members, and researchers who work closely with archives and Native communities. NASI offers annual opportunities through pre- and post-doctoral fellowships, undergraduate internships, workshops and other resources.

The Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI) Undergraduate Summer Internship provides an opportunity for three talented undergraduates to conduct research, to explore career possibilities in archives and special collections, and to learn about advanced training in Native American and Indigenous Studies and related fields. This eight-week paid internship program at the American Philosophical Society Library & Museum in Philadelphia will offer a hands-on research experience and will include mentorship and networking opportunities. Working with mentors, interns will develop their own archives-based projects or pursue research projects identified by the Indigenous communities with which the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR) interacts and collaborates.

During this program students will work at the APS’s Library & Museum and will also have the opportunity to share their work with a variety of audiences. NASI Summer Interns will join a vibrant intellectual community at the APS that includes other scholars working with Native American and Indigenous materials as well as undergraduate summer interns and library fellows from different scholarly fields.

Interns will receive a stipend ranging between $3000 and $3500 (depending on housing costs). Several college campuses in Philadelphia offer summer housing for interns; the APS will work with NASI interns to identify housing and will help facilitate payment. Additionally, the internship includes a travel allowance of approximately $1,500.

Eligibility Guidelines

  • This fellowship is open to those who are not US citizens or residents, but it does not provide visa sponsorship.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have sustained personal engagement or experience with Indigenous communities.

Application Details

Applicants will submit to the following link:

  • A resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of reference
  • A single document containing three short essays addressing each of the following topics (250 words each):
    • 1. A summary of academic background;
    • 2. A statement of interest in the internship;
    • 3. A statement describing the extent of their experience working collaboratively within an Indigenous community or as a member of an Indigenous community.

Please visit the Fellowships information page for the latest updates on application details and deadlines.

Funding Type


Research Offering Type




Undergraduate School

College, Engineering, Nursing, Wharton



Contact Information

Questions about the NASI internship program can be submitted using the online contact form.