$190K program to promote data equity in economics & economic development research
Albuquerque, New Mexico – October 13, 2021 – American Indian Graduate Center is now accepting
applications for the Miller Indigenous Economic Development Fellowship, a research grant geared
toward funding Native doctoral research in economics and economic development. Applications for the
fellowship are due November 19, 2021.
The Miller Indigenous Economic Development Fellowship, which was created with the generous
support of American Indian Graduate Center Alumnus Robert J. Miller (Eastern Shawnee Tribe),
empowers Native doctoral students who are currently conducting research in the data collection or
analysis phase, whose work centers economics and economic development impacting Native
“Recognizing the current economic climate and the underrepresentation Native researchers in the field
of economics and economic development, this research grant is a significant contribution to amplifying
Native voices and creating opportunities for data equity in research,” said Dr. Corey Still (United
Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians), American Indian Graduate Center’s Director of Student
Programming and Research.
“Gaps and limitations exist within the current data collections that either exclude Native perspective
entirely or depict a deficit-based narrative surrounding Indian Country. By empowering Native scholars
to conduct their own research, data collection, and analysis, we are creating opportunities to promote
Indigenous research,” Still added.
With the launch of the Miller Indigenous Economic Development Fellowship, American Indian Graduate
Center continues working to bridge the opportunity gap for Native students. For more than 50 years, the
Native scholarship provider has awarded over $350 million and empowered more than 16,000 Native
scholars pursuing higher education. In 1969 there were only 38 Native lawyers, 15 Native doctoral
students, and 30 Native medical doctors. As of 2019, American Indian Graduate Center has contributed
to over 2,000 law degrees, 1,700 postgraduate degrees, and 450 medical degrees for Native students.
The Miller Indigenous Economic Development Fellowship is American Indian Graduate Center’s
second research grant, in addition to it’s catalogue of 30+ Native-focused scholarships and
programming initiatives. To apply for funding, please visit www.AIGCS.org.
About American Indian Graduate Center
American Indian Graduate Center is a national private 501(c)(3) non-profit providing scholarships