Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation Native American Graduate Fellowship

Required Qualifications:

  • Accepted to a Master’s or Doctoral degree at Montana State University
  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Earned a baccalaureate degree from a four-year regionally accredited institution of higher learning anywhere in the U.S. and have graduated with at least a 2.5 undergraduate cumulative GPA
  • Montana resident
  • Be an enrolled member of a Montana tribe, i.e. enrolled in a federally recognized tribe that once called Montana home
  • US citizen
  • Full-time student

Additional Award Information:

  • Upon receipt of the Fellowship, the student will receive one (1) year of funding.
  • The student will be allowed to reapply and may be selected to receive a maximum of one (1) additional year for a master’s program or two (2) years of funding for a PhD program (provided the recipient remains eligible, i.e. maintains a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA).
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have provided a letter of support from the department in which they are enrolled as a graduate student, indicating that said department will provide them with a GRA or GTA stipend.

American Indian and Alaska Native
Supplemental Questions
  1. Are you an enrolled member of a federally recognized Montana American Indian tribe (including the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe)?
  2. Select the tribes that you are an enrolled member.
  3. Describe your motivations for wanting to earn a graduate degree in your specific field of study. How does being a member of a Montana American Indian tribe contribute to your motivations?
  4. Describe your current research focus, or, if a newly admitted student, your research area of interest.
  5. Please indicate if you will receive a graduate appointment from your department for this academic term. If so, indicate if you will be appointed as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and/or Graduate Research Appointment.
  6. How will receiving the Washington Fellowship enable you to do make progress toward your degree?
  7. What would you like to do professionally once you have earned your degree?
  8. As a Washington Fellowship recipient, how would you envision upholding the Washington Foundation’s vision of “promoting the betterment of society and the development of a highly diverse workforce through education.”
  9. Letters of Recommendation
    • Please provide the name and email address of three individuals who would be willing to recommend you for this scholarship based on your potential to be successful as a graduate student.
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