Indian Country Scholarship

The National Native American Law Students Association (NNALSA) has partnered with the National Native American Bar Association (NNABA) to create the Indian Country Clerkship Scholarship to provide funding for a law student undertaking a summer legal clerkship with a tribe or a non-profit organization. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide assistance to ensure that a student is able to commit to a summer clerkship that focuses on  Indian Country issues.


Eligible applicants include first and second-year law students who have commitments or offers of employment from an organization or tribe AND who will be working on legal projects involving issues affecting individual Indians or Indian Nations. Please note that employment opportunities with law firms will not qualify for the scholarship. Eligible applicants must be a current, dues-paying NNALSA members


Deadline for submission was April 10th, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. MDT. Future submissions should be sent to National NALSA Secretary, Julia Giffin, at Individual applicants for the 2019 year were notified on April 11, 2019  during the NNALSA Annual Conference if their application was approved.  


Applications should be no more than one page and should include:

·      Short description of the organization or tribe where the work will take place.

·      Short description of the position or project applicant will complete.

·      Location (city and state) of the employment/internship.

·      Projected start and end dates. 

·      If the employment or internship is a paid position, please indicate amount of salary to be received.

·      Other funding, if any, that will be provided to the applicant for work in this position (scholarship, fellowship, tribal funding, etc.).

·      Amount of funding requested. Requests for funding can range from $500 - $2,000.  Applications for fellowship positions that have no other source of salary or funding will receive priority consideration. 

·      A separate letter of support from the supervising attorney for the project.