Indian Graduate Student Scholarships


To provide financial aid to eligible Indian students to enable them to obtain advanced degrees.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Bureau of Indian Education, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Snyder Act of 1921, Public Law 67-85, 25 U.S.C. 13.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Individual applicants must be Indian students who are members of Federally Recognized Indian Tribes, who have been admitted to a graduate program and have unmet financial need.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Members of Federally Recognized Indian Tribes who are a member of or are at least one-fourth degree Indian blood descendant of a member of an Indian tribe which is eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States through the Bureau of Indian Affairs to Indians because of their status as Indians.
Individual applicants must have proof of membership or one-fourth degree of Indian blood or descendant of a member of a Federally Recognized Indian Tribe.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is not required for this listing. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. Applicants should contact the American Indian Graduate Center which administers the program on behalf of the Bureau. The 2014 AIGC award includes $1,443,000 for scholarships and $707,000 for financial assistance loans with a service pay back option. (The American Indian Law Center also receives $342,000 for pre-law courses.).
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Application forms may be obtained from the local BIA agency or BIE Education Line Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Award Procedure
The applicant will be notified of the amount of the award by the financial aid office of the admitting university.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
20 to 30 days from the receipt of the application by the American Indian Graduate Center.
Not applicable.
Individuals must reapply annually.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Grant funds may be used to defray the costs of obtaining a graduate degree.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards made are not to exceed one academic year. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Ms.Juanita Mendoza, Bureau of Indian Education, MS 4657-MIB, 1849 C Street, N.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Email: Phone: (202) 208-3559.
Headquarters Office
Juanita Mendoza
1849 C Street, N.W.
Bureau of Indian Education, MS 4657-MIB
Washington, DC 20240 US
Phone: 2022083559
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$0.00; FY 23 est $0.00; FY 24 est $0.00; FY 21$0.00; FY 20$0.00; FY 19$0.00; FY 18$0.00; FY 16 est $2,992,000.00; FY 17 - This CFDA is used as requested by the Indian Tribes. A $0.00 obligation projection for FY2022 does not mean this CFDA will not be used, rather it means Indian Tribes have not yet requested support under this CFDA as of the time of this entry.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range is $250 to $4,000; Average $3,947.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
25 CFR, Part 40.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2024 Obligations are reliant on Tribal requests. Indian Tribes have not yet requested support under this program as of the time of this entry.


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