NAIS funds are intended to support students who are pursuing independent research relating to Native American/Indigenous Peoples in projects of their own design and away from campus during a leave term. Preference will be given to projects that relate in some tangible way to a student's on-going academic research interests in the study of Native American/Indigenous Peoples, e.g., foundational research preparatory for a thesis or fellowship project (whether in NAIS or another college department or program). As these projects are undertaken during a leave term, students may not earn academic credit for their work, though their research may serve as the basis for an independent study course (NAIS 85) taken upon their return to campus.
Written proposals are submitted to the chair of NAIS and must include the following information:
1. an overview of the project that clearly explains your academic plan in some detail, including the subject matter and the essential research question(s) to be investigated.
2. a description of the research site, community or archive where you will be working and evidence that you have the requisite permission from an authorized source to conduct such work (including the necessary clearances from the host and the college to conduct research involving human subjects);
3. a description of your preparation for undertaking such work; here, your basic goal is to show that you're prepared to undertake a project of this magnitude & have the requisite academic and personal qualifications to do so, working mostly independently (though supervised by a faculty member). Your evidence could include prior coursework; other independent study projects; work experiences, etc. that respond to the points above;
4. a description of prior research in your proposed research area, including a bibliography of source material (primary and secondary sources) that you have or will consult as part of the research for this project;
5. the name of your faculty supervisor (you should consult with and confirm the agreement of an NAS faculty member to serve as your advisor before submitting your proposal).
Students receiving funding to support either an internship or leave term independent research projects will be required to make a presentation before the NAIS faculty (and any invited guests) during their next term in residence describing their experiences and any work product developed during their time away from campus. They will also be required to submit a brief report of their experiences to the donor, Gordon Russell '55, whose gift to Dartmouth allows NAIS to support these academic experiences.