What is a fellowship?
A fellowship or fellows program is a leadership development program in which individuals develop skills to apply in a professional environment. Our fellowship focuses on conservation and advocacy, and includes a $5,000 scholarship per semester. As part of the fellowship, we require you to meet regularly with your cohort during Virtual Qargi gatherings, work one on one with a mentor, and take advantage of a range of opportunities including paid personalized internships, travel grants to return to your home community or attend conferences etc, and more. Are you passionate about Inuit-led conservation advocacy and willing to dedicate time to build your advocacy skills with others? If so, the fellowship program may be right for you!
Ready to apply?
The Caleb Scholars Program awards a limited amount of fellowships on an annual basis following the typical academic year (fall-spring), which includes a $5,000 scholarship per semester.
The next opportunity to apply is for the Fall 2024/Spring 2025 semester. Deadline to apply is July 15, 2024 at 11:59pm in your local timezone. If you have any questions about the application or our program, you can reach us via email at
You are eligible to apply as a new Scholar if you meet all of the following requirements:
- Alaskan Inuit heritage from the CSP service area (i.e., enrolled as a tribal member, or a direct descendant, of a tribe from the Norton Sound region, Northwest Arctic region, or Arctic Slope region)
- Currently enrolled at an accredited university or college
- Undergraduate requirements:
- 36 credit hours completed
- full-time status
- minimum cumulative and current GPA of at least 2.5
- Graduate requirements:
- full-time status
- minimum cumulative and current GPA of at least 3.0
- Completed New Application online form
- Responses to all Short Answer and Essay questions (see prompts below)
- A copy of current unofficial transcripts from all universities attended
- Class registration for the upcoming semester showing full-time status
- One letter of recommendation that specifically addresses your “fit” for the Caleb Scholars Program (View our Letter of Recommendation packet here).
Please submit your completed online form when prompted.
Please answer all questions below.
View our Essay examples here.
Short Answer Questions (up to 100 words):
- Are you tribally enrolled or a direct descendant of a tribal member from the Caleb Scholars Program service area (Norton Sound, NW Arctic, or Arctic Slope regions of Alaska)? Please specify tribe and enrollment status.
- What is your connection to an Alaskan Arctic Inuit community in the Caleb Scholars Program service area?
Essay Question (100 – 300 words):
What does Inuit-led conservation advocacy mean to you, and how will your education and degree program help to support it?
CSP Fellows have access to supplemental funding, including travel grants, paid internships, and monies to be used for program-related events (e.g. attending and participating in conferences, funding to purchase equipment for classes or research, giving presentations in your home community etc.).
What are some ways you would be interested to apply for this funding if you were a Caleb Scholars Fellow?
Expectations of Caleb Scholars
Students selected into the Caleb Scholars Program are passionate and talented. They demonstrate understanding and vision for how their unique interests can make an impact in the various fields contributing to conservation. While in the Program, Scholars are expected to:
- Participate in a mentorship (we provide mentors for you!)
- Engage in extracurricular activities (such as participating in conferences and webinars, attending our Virtual Qargi learning sessions, practicing advocacy, and more)
- Complete our required Positive Community Citizenship Training
- Maintain eligibility as outlined in our Program Policies
Scholars may be supported through additional funding such as paid internships, travel grants, and extracurricular support.