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How to Apply


The Tamamta graduate fellowship application period 
is open through January 17, 2023

Tamamta Mission

The Tamamta (a Sugpiaq and Yup’ik word meaning ‘all of us’) program will transform graduate education programs in fisheries and marine sciences at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) with National Science Foundation support. This program provides funded graduate fellowships to Indigenous and allied M.S. and Ph.D. students, who will become the next generation of natural and social scientists, and managers that ethically bridge Western and Indigenous knowledge systems. The Tamamta program engages Indigenous approaches to reach widely across the University and partner organizations toward larger systems change in fisheries and marine sciences and management.

Fellowship Description

The Tamamta program provides a comprehensive and culturally appropriate mentoring approach for fisheries and marine science M.S. and Ph.D. graduate student fellows. Applicants can be prospective students (who plan to apply to a graduate degree program through the UAF Graduate School for admission after being notified if they are offered a Tamamta fellowship) or current students at UAF. The mentorship team will work with fellows to reach their academic and research goals with their chosen advisor. Innovative new classes centering Indigenous knowledge systems will form the foundation for the Tamamta Fellowship experience. All Tamamta fellows and participating faculty will be hosted in a rural village or fishcamp for a retreat each year. Tamamta will also offer optional internship opportunities with a diverse range of tribal, federal, and state partners to benefit professional development.

Who should apply?

Tamamta centers Indigenous students at its core. Indigenous and allied applicants interested in applying to graduate school, as well as current graduate students enrolled in programs at UAF, are encouraged to apply to the Tamamta program. While we prioritize Alaska Native and Indigenous applicants, particularly those who show commitment to working in Alaska, we also encourage allies committed to this work to apply.


Only U.S. citizens are eligible for this fellowship. 


Our selection committee will evaluate applications based on this criteria. Please be sure to address these in your application:

-Interest and commitment to place-based research in Alaska

-Interest and commitment to Indigenous knowledge systems

-Evidence of experiences in and/or commitment to transforming fisheries and marine sciences

-Demonstration of commitment to bridging Indigenous and Western sciences

If you apply for a Tamamta fellowship and are selected, this
National Science Foundation [Award No. 2022190] fellowship includes:

  • Fellowship stipends of $34,000 per year.

  • Graduate student health insurance.

  • Full tuition + fees (6-10 credits/academic semester).

  • Expenses are covered for participation in rural village/fishcamp immersion experience.

  • Expenses are covered for participation in Tamamta fall retreats.

  • Tamamta will fully fund fellows for 2 years and assist our students in pursuing additional funding as needed to complete their graduate studies.

Application Deadline

​Complete application packages must be received by January 17, 2023, 11:59pm Alaska time. Any applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Overview of Application Process

Step 1. Submit completed and signed application, together with all required materials. There are two submission options. You may submit everything via the online form below or email all documents to with “2023 Application” in the subject line. (See details below)

Step 2. Applicants will be notified of the selection committee’s decision after February 1, 2023.

Step 3. A Tamamta fellowship offer is contingent upon admittance to a graduate degree program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. If offered a fellowship, you will work with Tamamta program mentors to submit your application to the UAF Graduate School well in advance of departmental deadlines.

Step 4. Applicants will be notified of their UAF admission decision on or before May 1, 2023. 

Apply online
  • Complete the online application form

  • We suggest preparing your responses in a text editor, then copy/pasting them into the forms. See questions here.

  • To submit your online application, you will be asked to attach the following PDF files:

    • Resume or Curriculum Vitae

    • Unofficial (or official) academic transcript

    • Names and contact information for three references [we DO NOT require letters of recommendation]

Apply by email

If you do not wish to use the online form, please email the following to as PDF attachments with “2023 Application” in the subject line:

  • Application form (PDF version)

  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae

  • Unofficial (or official) academic transcript

  • Names and contact information for three references [we DO NOT require letters of recommendation]

Application form

Tamamta Fellowship Application

Please prepare your responses to open-ended questions in a text editor, then paste them in the form where appropriate.

Important! Please use Google Chrome or Firefox.

Required questions are marked with an asterisk (*)

Applicant information
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