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Andrew W. Mellon Impact Fellowship

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NAS Mellon Impact Fellowship

Native American Studies and the OU Native Nations Center received a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support an undergraduate fellowship in Native American and Indigenous Studies at the University of Oklahoma. 

The Mellon Impact Fellowship emphasizes experiential learning, faculty mentorship, and transferable skills. Mellon Impact Fellows will take two required courses in Native American Studies that focus on professionalization and leadership. Fellows will also complete an internship for which they will receive a $5,000 stipend to help with associated costs. 

Graduates of this program will be in a strong position to transition into careers or undertake further graduate or professional education. ​

Questions can be directed to the Mellon Impact Fellowship Coordinator, Dr. Amanda Cobb-Greetham, at

Program Highlights

  • Up to twelve fellows will be selected annually. 

  • Fellows will have two years to complete the program but it can be completed in one year.

  • The application is open to all current OU students as well as incoming freshmen and transfer students. Priority will be given to NAS majors and minors.

  • Fellows will take two required courses in Indigenous leadership and professional development​:
        Fall semester: NAS 4970 - NAS Mellon Leadership Seminar
        Spring semester: NAS 4970 - NAS Mellon Pro Seminar 

  • Fellows will each receive a ​$5,000.00 stipend to help with the costs of a required internship, which can be completed during any semester within their 2-year term. (The internship satisfies the NAS 3013 Native American Studies Internship requirement for NAS majors. It does not satisfy any requirements toward the NAS minor.)

  • The application will open on October 1st for the following academic year. The priority application deadline is February 1st. Applications will continue to be accepted until the cohort has been selected.

Resources for Current Fellows

Amanda Cobb-Greetham
Professor of NAS

NAS Mellon Impact Fellowship Program
Coordinator and Advisor

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A $5000 internship stipend will be disbursed directly to students on the first day of classes during the semester that they are completing their internships. 

Students must:

  • be enrolled in NAS 3013-002 Native Amer Studies Internship
  • be set up as Suppliers in the OU Peoplesoft Financials system
  • sign a Scholarship Payment form

Email Katie Bayliss for an override to enroll in NAS 3013.  Katie will also assist with Supplier set-up and the completion of the Scholarship Payment form. Any questions to