Tamamta Fellowship Program - University of Alaska Fairbanks
The Tamamta (a Sugpiaq and Yup’ik word meaning ‘all of us’) program will transform graduate education programs in fisheries and marine sciences at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) with National Science Foundation support. This program provides funded graduate fellowships to Indigenous and allied M.S. and Ph.D. students, who will become the next generation of natural and social scientists, and managers that ethically bridge Western and Indigenous knowledge systems. The Tamamta program engages Indigenous approaches to reach widely across the University and partner organizations toward larger systems change in fisheries and marine sciences and management.
The Tamamta program provides a comprehensive and culturally appropriate mentoring approach for fisheries and marine science M.S. and Ph.D. graduate student fellows. Applicants can be prospective students (who plan to apply to a graduate degree program through the UAF Graduate School for admission after being notified if they are offered a Tamamta fellowship) or current students at UAF. The mentorship team will work with fellows to reach their academic and research goals with their chosen advisor. Innovative new classes centering Indigenous knowledge systems will form the foundation for the Tamamta Fellowship experience. All Tamamta fellows and participating faculty will be hosted in a rural village or fishcamp for a retreat each year. Tamamta will also offer optional internship opportunities with a diverse range of tribal, federal, and state partners to benefit professional development.
Tamamta centers Indigenous students at its core. Indigenous and allied applicants interested in applying to graduate school, as well as current graduate students enrolled in programs at UAF, are encouraged to apply to the Tamamta program. While we prioritize Alaska Native and Indigenous applicants, particularly those who show commitment to working in Alaska, we also encourage allies committed to this work to apply.
Only U.S. citizens are eligible for this fellowship.
Our selection committee will evaluate applications based on this criteria. Please be sure to address these in your application:
- Interest and commitment to place-based research in Alaska
- Interest and commitment to Indigenous knowledge systems
- Evidence of experiences in and/or commitment to transforming fisheries and marine sciences
- Demonstration of commitment to bridging Indigenous and Western sciences
Complete application packages must be received by January 17, 2023, 11:59pm Alaska time. Any applications received after the deadline will not be considered.