Native American Graduate Fellowships

The goal of the Montana INBRE Native American Graduate Fellowship is to provide an opportunity for highly motivated Native American students who have demonstrated leadership potential in the biomedical, social and behavioral health sciences, as well as in the development of STEM programs and research in tribal colleges, to pursue their doctoral degree. In some cases, applications for study at the master’s degree level will be considered, though applicants are strongly encouraged to pursue the Ph.D. as their terminal degree.

Fellows will have the opportunity to work closely with a mentor or mentors in a program of study and to immerse themselves fully in their coursework and research. Montana INBRE will provide a year-round stipend so that fellows can devote 100-percent effort towards their degree as full-time graduate students. Through regularly scheduled meetings with program staff, fellows will learn about best practices in reporting and presentation. Fellows at the Ph.D. level will also be provided funds to attend one national meeting annually in their area of interest.  Master’s level students who are presenting at a professional conference also are eligible to apply for travel awards.

Award Amount and Details

Native American Graduate Fellowships cover tuition and provide up to $25,000 stipend depending on other funding and scholarships available to the student. Receipt of the fellowship is contingent upon admission by the Graduate School at either Montana State University or the University of Montana. Proof of graduate school enrollment is required prior to awarding of the fellowship. Students who receive a fellowship or scholarship of equal or greater value may not be eligible for funding through this Fellowship. Fellowships are renewable for up to three years if students are meeting the expectation of progress to degree completion as determined through regular meetings with INBRE staff. Funding for this fellowship is also contingent on continued federal support by NIH.


During the 2019-2020 academic year, applications will be accepted for fellowships starting in Spring 2020 semester.  Application review will begin November 1, 2019

Application review for the 2020-2021 academic year will begin on February 15th, 2020.



For more Information, please contact:

Dr. Ann Bertagnolli
Montana INBRE Program Coordinator

Dr. Sarah Codd
Montana INBRE Student Programs Director

Graduate Student Travel Opportunities

Montana INBRE occasionally supports individual students through travel awards. When available, details can be found here.