The Newberry is now accepting fellowship applications for the 2017-18 academic year!
The Newberry Library’s long-standing fellowship program provides outstanding scholars with the time, space, and community required to pursue innovative and ground-breaking scholarship. In addition to the Library’s collections, fellows are supported by a collegial interdisciplinary community of researchers, curators, and librarians. An array of scholarly and public programs also contributes to an engaging intellectual environment.

The following fellowships are intended to support graduate students and faculty members from NCAIS member institutions:

Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies Long-Term Faculty Fellowship, which offers four to six months of support for a scholar to work in residence at the Newberry on a project relating to American Indian Studies; Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies Short-Term Faculty Fellowship, which supports one month in residence for work in the Newberry’s collections; Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies Short-Term Graduate Student Fellowships, available to PhD candidates for travel-to-collections grants at the Newberry or other research venues. Fellowship recipients are expected to present their research at the consortium’s annual graduate student conference or at a Newberry-sponsored seminar in American Indian and Indigenous Studies.

To learn more about eligibility requirements, application guidelines, and additional fellowship opportunities at the Newberry, please visit our website. Questions should be addressed to research@newberry.org.

Long-Term Fellowships are available to postdoctoral scholars for continuous residence at the Newberry for periods of 4 to 12 months; the stipend is $4,200 per month. Applicants must hold a PhD by the application deadline in order to be eligible. Long-Term Fellowships are intended to support individual scholarly research and promote serious intellectual exchange through active participation in the fellowship program. The deadline for long-term fellowships is November 15.

Short-Term Fellowships are available to postdoctoral scholars, PhD candidates, and those who hold other terminal degrees. Short-Term Fellowships are generally awarded for 1 to 2 months; unless otherwise noted the stipend is $2,500 per month. These fellowships support individual scholarly research for those who have a specific need for the Newberry’s collection and are mainly restricted to individuals who live and work outside of the Chicago metropolitan area. The deadline for short-term opportunities is December 15.

D’Arcy McNickle Center

The Newberry Library


Call for Applications: Graduate Spring Method Workshop


The ‘Textual Continuum’ : Media and Method in Native Archives

 Led by

Prof. Margery Fee, University of British Columbia

Prof. Phillip H. Round, University of Iowa


The Newberry Library

Chicago, IL

March 10-12, 2016

**Application Deadline: February 8, 2016**

The binary between orality and literacy, used to mark Native American cultures as backwards and white settler culture as uniquely civilized, has been called the “Great Divide” and “a relic of academic colonialism.” “Media and Method in Native Studies” moves beyond the longstanding scholarly obsession with writing to examine how Native people used a variety of media to disseminate their perspectives. This workshop will draw on the Newberry Library’s unsurpassed collection of Native American materials to offer students hands-on implementation of the newest interpretive methodologies in Indigenous media studies. It will be led by Margery Fee, author of the recent book, Literary Land Claims: The “Indian Land Question” from Pontiac’s War to Attawapiskat (Wilfred Laurier UP, 2015), and Phillip Round, whose monograph, Removable Type: Histories of the Book in Indian Country (UNC Press, 2010) won the MLA’s James Russell Lowell Prize. Readings and discussion will consider issues relating to locating and analyzing Native communicative forms in a variety of media, including courtroom and commission testimony, newspaper and periodical articles, speeches, art, and literature.

As a member of the Newberry Consortium in American Indian
Studies, UNM is entitled to send one graduate student to a
three-day workshop at the prestigious Newberry Library in Chicago. The successful applicant will be reimbursed up to $600 for travel and housing. A committee of UNM faculty members will choose our graduate representative from among the applicants. The participating UNM departments and schools include Native American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, English, College of Fine Arts, History, Linguistics, the Law School, and University Libraries.

To apply please send a letter of application stating why
you hope to attend and how this workshop will help further
your research interests and graduate program, a short 2 page c.v.,
and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member
familiar with your work to our NCAIS faculty liaison, Dr.
Jennifer Denetdale (jdenet@unm.edu).

If you have questions about your application, you can email Dr. Denetdale or Dr. Cahill cdcahill@unm.edu. Applications are due on Feb. 8, 2016

2016 Indigenous Book & Author Festival

Coming in March:  4th Annual Indigenous Book and Author Festival.

Beyond Stereotype, Prejudice, & Racism. March 3 & 4, 2015

UNM Student Union Building, Albuquerque, NM


Dr. Washburn to present in Feb.


Dr. Kathleen Washburn (English) will be presenting on February 17, 2016 at the Newberry Library, Chicago’s 2016 American Indian Studies Seminar Series. Her paper is “Sounding ‘the Indian’s share’ in Tsianina’s Where Trails Have Led Me
UNM-NCAIS students might want to think about this opportunity (though you’ll have to make your own way to Chicago). See our UNM-NCAIS Facebook page for the full schedule:

Seminar sessions are held on Wednesdays from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Newberry, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, Illinois with a meal included. We will pre-circulate papers to those planning to attend. If you cannot attend and want to read a paper, please contact the author directly. To receive a copy of a paper, email mcnickle@newberry.org or call (312) 255-3552. Papers are available for request two weeks prior to the seminar date. Please include your email address in all correspondence.

D’Arcy McNickle Center

The Newberry Library


Dr. Dentedale to be on Native America Calling 8/19 at 11am

Dr. Dentedale (American Studies) writes that she will be on Native America Calling on Wed. August 19th at 11AM: “The topic is Native homelessness and what does it take to bring our people home.”


Ph.D. Student Nick Estes helps shape this summer’s conversations

UNM Ph.D. student, Nick Estes (American Studies) had several articles and editorials appear on multiple websites this summer. Estes weighed in on many of the pressing issues in Indian Country including cultural appropriation, homelessness, and violence and the problems of jurisdiction on reservations.







Another Prize-Winning Article from a Former Fellow!

Congratulations to History Ph.D. candidate and former NCAIS fellow Maurice Crandall!

His article, “Wassaja Comes Home: A Yavapai Perspective on Carlos Montezuma’s Search for Identity,” was recently selected for the 2014 C. L. Sonnichsen Award by the editorial board of the Journal of Arizona History. It’s awarded for the best article of the year in the Journal of Arizona History.

Crandall notes that he did a majority of the research for his article at the Newberry Library while on an UNM NCAIS summer fellowship.


Former UNM-NCAIS Fellow Wins Grad Student Article Prize

Congratulations to History PhD student and former NCAIS fellowship recipient, Chris Steinke, who has just been awarded the Richard L. Morton Award for the best 2014 article by a graduate student in the William and Mary Quarterly (the leading journal in early American history), for his “‘Here is my country’: Too Né’s Map of Lewis and Clark in the Great Plains,” William and Mary Quarterly 71:4 (October 2014), 589-610!


CFP Graduate Student Conference Aug 7-8, 2015

Graduate Student Conference
August 7 – 8, 2015, The Newberry Library
Graduate students from NCAIS member institutions are invited to present papers in any academic field relating to American Indian and Indigenous Studies. We encourage the submission of proposals for papers that examine a wide variety of subjects relating to American Indian and Indigenous history and culture broadly conceived.

The conference will take place in conjunction with the NCAIS summer institute from July 13 -August 8, 2015. Faculty liaisons in attendance have agreed to provide feedback on individual
presentations relevant to their expertise. First-time presenters are encouraged.

To propose a paper, please send up to one-page proposal, a statement explaining the relationship of the paper to your other work, and a brief C.V. to mcnickle@newberry.org.
The deadline for submission is June 2, 2015.

If you are interested in proposing a paper and have questions, please contact McNickle Center program assistant, Nicolas Arms at armsn@newberry.org. NCAIS is unable to provide funds for travel or lodging, but can assist in locating discounted

If you would like to receive announcements and updates about NCAIS programs or to subscribe to the NCAIS mailing list, send an email request to mcnickle@newberry.org

Call for Applications — NCAIS Summer Institute

“Looking for Native Sovereignty: Property, Citizenship and the Violence of Settler Colonialism”

Summer Institute, Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies (NCAIS)

July 13th – August 8th 2015

led by

Prof. Jennifer Denetdale, University of New Mexico

Prof.  David Correia, University of New Mexico


The Newberry Library, Chicago

This institute addresses current topics in critical Indigenous Studies through an exploration of the intersections of tribal nations, concepts of property, capitalism, settler colonialism, and neoliberalism. We will begin with a focus on settler colonial violence and the way that violence has served to establish new legal statuses for tribal nations and move to explorations of the interconnections of settler colonialism, capitalism and neoliberalism as structures of violence that indigenous peoples must negotiate as they struggle for sovereignty and self-determination.  Drawing upon a number of archival sources, including the Edward Ayer and Everett D. Graff collections, students will investigate the Newberry’s primary sources, including oral history transcripts, photographs, and early publications on Native peoples.  Some of the questions this seminar raises include the following: How does an understanding of the history of settler colonialism continue to play out within the legal and political structures through which Native peoples were and continue to be dispossessed?  How has settler colonialism transformed indigenous landholding, homemaking, personhood, etc., to create modern tribal nations that in many ways have taken on the same structures as other modern Western nations? In what ways have modern notions of nation reshaped tribal nations to naturalize concepts of heteropatriarchy that extend to family, marriage and sexuality? How do we apply these analytics to archival documents?

As a member of NCAIS, UNM is entitled to send one graduate student to the four-week summer institute at the prestigious Newberry Library. The successful UNM applicant will be reimbursed up to $500 for travel, will have housing provided for free at the Canterbury Court Apartments, and receive a $600 stipend.  A UNM faculty committee will review applications and choose our graduate representative.

To Apply: Please send the following items to Dr. Jennifer Denetdale at jdenet@unm.edu as attachments or mail to her at the Dept. of American Studies, MSC 03 2011, Humanities 430:

  • letter of application stating why you hope to attend and how this institute will help further your research interests and program;
  • a short 2 page c.v.;
  • and two letters of recommendation from faculty members who are familiar with your work to our NCAIS Faculty Liaison by April 3, 2015 by 5pm

If you have questions about your application or the course you can email Dr. Denetdale at jdenet@unm.edu or Dr. Cathleen Cahill at cdcahill@unm.edu.

For information on other NCAIS programs our faculty and graduate students have access to through NCAIS see http://www.newberry.org/mcnickle/ncais.html