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Grounded by a strong commitment to the worlds, histories, representations, and political struggles of indigenous peoples internationally, the intellectual project of the American Indian and Indigenous Studies minor uses interdisciplinary methods of critical inquiry as a means through which students engage research and scholarship in their major fields of study.

Graduate students pursuing the minor have many opportunities to participate in the intellectual life of the Program, which hosts speaker series, conferences and symposia, reading groups, and writer's workshops. Moreover, with American Indian Studies being a member of the Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies (NCAIS), students can take advantage of the resources, fellowships, and programs at The Newberry Library and McNickle Center.

Conference Travel Awards

Each academic year, the American Indian Studies Program (AIS) awards a select number of small travel or registration grants for graduate students to present their research at the annual Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAISA) conference. To be considered for the AIS NAISA Grant, the following criteria must be met:

  • Current UIUC graduate student
  • Paper or Panel accepted by the NAISA Program Committee

Preference will be given to graduate students who are minoring in American Indian Studies. Applicants are also expected to seek funding from their home department.

To apply for the AIS NAISA Grant, send a letter to Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert, Director of American Indian Studies (, describing the nature of your NAISA participation and your need for travel or registration assistance.

Graduate College Handbook

This handbook contains policies set forth by the Graduate College at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.