Indian Graduate Student Scholarships

To provide financial aid to eligible Indian students to enable them to obtain advanced degrees.

Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Program Accomplishments

Annually approximately 325 Indian students receive support to help finance graduate studies. Law and health professions are the most often selected areas of concentration.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grant funds may be used to defray the costs of obtaining a graduate degree.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Individual applicants must be Indian students who are members of Federally Recognized Indian Tribes, who have been admitted to a graduate program and have unmet financial need.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Members of Federally Recognized Indian Tribes who are a member of or are at least one-fourth degree Indian blood descendant of a member of an Indian tribe which is eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States through the Bureau of Indian Affairs to Indians because of their status as Indians.


Individual applicants must have proof of membership or one-fourth degree of Indian blood or descendant of a member of a Federally Recognized Indian Tribe.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Applicants should contact the American Indian Graduate Center which administers the program on behalf of the Bureau.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Application forms may be obtained from the local BIA agency or area education office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Award Procedures

The applicant will be notified of the amount of the award by the financial aid office of the admitting university.




Snyder Act of 1921, Public Law 67-85, 25 U.S.C. 13.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

20 to 30 days from the receipt of the application by the American Indian Graduate Center.




Individuals must reapply annually.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awards made are not to exceed one academic year.

Post Assistance Requirements


Successful applicants are required to show proof of satisfactory performance.





Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $2,198,000; FY 08 est $2,164,000; and FY 09 est $2,164,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$250 to $4,000; $3,200.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

25 CFR, Part 40.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

American Indian Graduate Center, 4520 Montgomery Boulevard, Suite 1-B, Albuquerque, NM, 87109. Telephone: (505) 881-4584.

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