Cultural Survival Indigenous Youth Fellowship 2024: (Deadline 30 November, 2023)

Cultural Survival has defended Indigenous Peoples’ rights and supported the self-determination, cultures, and political resilience of Indigenous communities since 1972.

Cultural Survival’s Indigenous Youth Fellowship Project was started to support young Indigenous leaders aged 17-28 in creating and disseminating knowledge through creative forms and critical thinking. It is an opportunity to develop capacities in Indigenous rights, Indigenous languages, cultures, and traditional knowledge. Fellows work to represent the voices of their communities and bring awareness of local issues to global conversations through their proposed projects while strengthening their cultural identities and leadership.

Area of Focus

Currently, the world is immersed in the challenges of mitigating the impacts of natural resource exploitation and its effects on the well-being of the planet. The demand for transition minerals (nickel, lithium, cobalt, and copper), related to the production of electric vehicles, wind turbines, and solar panels has skyrocketed due to the demand for renewable energy for a green, low-carbon economy. The field of green economy envisions this as a solution to address climate change issues, arguing that these energy generation technologies have low carbon emissions.

About Cultural Survival

Cultural Survival (founded 1972) is a nonprofit group based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, which is dedicated to defending the human rights of indigenous peoples. Cultural Survival was founded by anthropologist David Maybury-Lewis and his wife, Pia,in response to the opening up of the Amazonian and South American hinterlands during the 1960s, and the drastic effects this had on Indigenous inhabitants. It has since worked with Indigenous communities in Asia, Africa, South America, North America, and Australia, becoming the leading US

Cultural Survival Indigenous Youth Fellowship

  • Type Fellowship
  • Organisation Cultural Survival
  • Country to study
  • School to study
  • Course to study Not specified
  • State of Origin
  • Gender Men and Women
  • Application Deadline 30 November, 2023

Aim and Benefits of Cultural Survival Indigenous Youth Fellowship

  • Funding between $2,500 – $6,000 is available.

Requirements for Cultural Survival Indigenous Youth Fellowship Qualification

  • Indigenous youth between 17 and 28 years old: The application can be individual or collective.
  • Residents of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, Panama, South America, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, DRC, Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, Mali, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Taiwan, Indonesia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Sweden, Finland, Greenland, and Norway.
  • Those with access to the internet can collaborate creatively with other fellows, the Cultural Survival team, and can participate in video conferences.
  • They highly value the participation and inclusion of women and underrepresented genders (cis women, trans women, trans men, Two-Spirits, non-binary people, and other marginalized genders).
  • Individuals previously receiving a Cultural Survival grant will not be prioritized.

Interview date, Process and Venue for Cultural Survival Indigenous Youth Fellowship

Type of Projects

Creative and innovative projects that are community-based and involve actions pertaining to transition minerals (nickel, lithium, cobalt, and copper) or climate change-related disaster prevention and response, climate change solutions, and a land and livelihoods approach.*

  • Advocacy: campaigns, lobbying, and proactive strategies.
  • Writing: journalism, storytelling, investigative reporting, community research, articles.
  • Capacity Building: training and workshops, meetings and exchanges.
  • Arts and Multimedia: audiovisuals, photography, cinema, documentaries, radio, podcasts, graphic illustrations, murals and paintings.
  • Technological Innovation: development of alternative technologies that do not harm the environment or protect the environment and strengthen communities without altering Indigenous traditions.

*The health of Indigenous lands, including the forests and rivers, is also integral to Indigenous livelihoods. The ability of Indigenous Peoples to maintain their traditional livelihoods and economies, harvest foods, fish, hunt, keep bees, herd animals, and gather materials for housing, crafts, clothing, and ceremony are all dependent on uninterrupted access to their land; hence, we include livelihoods in our land approach.

Application Deadline

30 November, 2023

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Cultural Survival on to apply

  • Indigenous youth interested in participating in this call must fill out a form with general information about your proposed project.
  • Cultural Survival will conduct a first review and invite some applications to the second phase of the process to present a complete proposal narrative which will include a proposed budget.
  • During the third and final stage, interviews will be conducted with the finalists.
  • During the first stage of the review, unselected applicants will be notified within three months. In the second stage of the review of full narrative proposals, unselected applicants will be notified within three months.
  • Awarding the fellowship will take up to 6 months.

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