The Fellowship Award

Applications are closed.

Thank you for your interest in the Spirit Aligned Leadership Fellowship Award.


Spirit Aligned Leadership program exists to elevate the lives, voices, and dreams of Indigenous women elders who are working to heal, strengthen, and restore the balance of Indigenous communities.

The Indigenous women elders invited to join our circle are called Legacy Leaders. They are connected knowers, co-creators empowered to identify their values, inherent purpose, and experiences in self-determined ways for the sake of their people, their communities, and the sustainability of meaning of the worlds they hold up.

Legacy Leaders are supported with specialized resources so that they may inspire and impact a larger, more public audience across interrelated focus areas: violence against girls, women and the earth; leadership of Indigenous girls and women; Indigenous cultural expression; healing from historic trauma and oppression; and Indigenous cultural education.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • APPLICATION OPENING: TBD
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: TBD
  • SELECTION ANNOUNCEMENT: TBD

YOUR SPIRIT ALIGNED FELLOWSHIP AWARD APPLICATION MUST INCLUDE

  • Complete application
  • Documentation of tribal membership
  • One letter of support

BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAM

  • Legacy Leaders are invited to a self-determined program that aims to build on the strengths of the individual in relation to self and others.
  • Legacy Leaders receive specialized support as they gather, develop and share their life teachings.
  • Legacy Leaders receive a $75,000 fellowship award annually for three years.
  • Legacy Leaders are provided opportunities to engage one another within their circle and gather together twice annually to create a strong foundation of Indigenous sisterhood.
  • Purpose of gatherings:
    • Build trust and sisterhood within their circle
    • Expand and deepen relationships with other Legacy Leaders circles and SAL program staff
    • Engage in shared, sacred ceremonial processes

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Each selected Legacy Leader agrees to stand with a three-year exclusive commitment to Spirit Aligned Leadership program, during which time they will:
    • Gather twice annually (April and October)
    • Participate in regular communications
    • Engage with peers in Legacy Leaders circles to deepen relationships
    • Work together with our Director of Legacy Collections to gather and share life teachings through a self-determined process

ELIGIBILITY

  • Must be a North American Indigenous woman elder (American Indian, First Nations, Métis, Inuit, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian)
  • Must provide documentation of membership within a North American Indigenous Nation or Tribe
  • If individual is urban-based, must have active ties and relationship to an Indigenous community