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2022 Call for Proposals for Indigenous Youth Arts Fellowships in the United States and Canada

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Application Deadline: August 15, 2022 

Cultural Survival is pleased to announce a call for applications for our Indigenous Youth Arts Fellowships Project for Indigenous youth based in the United States and Canada. This project will support youth knowledge holders and creators who through their leadership and creativity have the potential to significantly advance their work, leading to transformative and impactful spaces within their communities.

With years of experience coordinating capacity building through workshops, conferences, exchanges, and networks, Cultural Survival believes that it is essential to listen and respond to the self-determined needs of communities to provide the support that is sustainable and, most importantly, relevant to the needs of the communities we serve. Indigenous youth are changemakers and youth leadership development is an integral part of ensuring the well being of Indigenous communities.  

Number of fellowships to be awarded: 4

Fellowship amount: $4,500 USD

Ages: 16-28 years old

Region: United States and Canada

Execution period: 6 months (October 2022 - March 2023) 

Last day to apply: August 15, 2022



Support Indigenous youth leaders who are creating and disseminating knowledge through creative ways and critical thinking to advance their areas of work, ultimately leading to impactful transformative spaces in their communities. 


Areas of work:

The fellowship will support Indigenous youth leaders, including content creators, writers, artists, and communicators. Proposals for creative projects will be accepted in the following categories:

  • Arts: Painting, participatory murals, photography, craftsmanship, graphic illustrations, weaving, music. 
  • Writing: Journalism, storytelling, investigative reporting, poetry, opinion articles.
  • Capacity Building: Projects that support multidisciplinary arts and creative writing, communication, and art.


Fellowship Themes:

  • Lands and Livelihoods
  • Climate Change Solutions
  • Cultures and Languages

Candidate Profile:

  • Individual: Indigenous youth from 16-28 years old; or collective: Group of Indigenous youth between 16-28 years old. 
  • Residents of the United States/Canada.
  • Access to the internet and other forms of communication to collaborate creatively with other fellows, the CS team, and to be able to participate in video conferences.
  • Demonstrated participation in community life (Recommendation letter of a community organization/reservation or Indigenous authority)
  • The applicant should not have been a former Cultural Survival fellow. 


Fellowship Criteria:

  • If the project is executed by a group of youth, it is expected that there will be at least 50% of women or other genders involved in the project. 
  • The project is founded on Indigenous knowledge, practices, and worldview. 
  • Measurable and executable project in the stipulated period.
  • Dissemination of the project through media (radio, TV, social media), presentations, exhibitions, publication, etc. 
  • Budgeted items accordingly to the offered amount. 

Application Checklist:

  • CS Application Format.
  • CS Budget Format.
  • Recommendation letter
  • *Optional * If you have a piece of your work (audio, video, writing, photos, illustration, music) that you would like to share with us so we can understand your proposal better, please feel free to send it. 

The whole packet can be emailed to no later than August 15, 2022.  Please include the subject: Youth Fellowship Application 2022. Proposals in English and Spanish will be accepted.

Art by Global Youth Biodiversity.