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Research & Funding Opportunities

The Center for Native American Research and Collaboration is proud to offer both research and funding opportunities hosted by CNRC and with collaborators such as the Institute for Research Education to Advance Community Health (IREACH).

Current Research Projects

New Beginnings for Tribal Students Research

We are still recruiting Native American participants for focus groups and interviews.

New Beginnings for Tribal Students is a new research opportunity available during the 2022 summer and the 2022 academic year.

We invite you to be part of a project we are working on which seeks to better understand and improve American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate student experiences at Washington State University  (WSU). We are wondering about anything  that affected your choice to attend WSU, to remain enrolled as  a student, to complete your degree, and to secure employment after graduation. We also want to know how WSU can better support students in culturally respectful and responsive ways.

We invite  undergraduate students who self-identify as American Indian or Alaska Native  and  are  current WSU rising juniors  or seniors or those who have graduated from a program at WSU  within the past five years  (during or after the 2015-2016 academic year).

We plan to hold focus groups and/or individual interviews over a ZOOM conference or over the phone based on participants’ preference. Participants will receive a $25 electronic gift card from Amazon. This research is funded by U.S. Department of Agriculture – New Beginnings for Tribal Students grant. The project is led by Dr. Zoe Higheagle Strong, Assistant Professor in Education Psychology and Executive Director of Tribal Relations at Washington State University. Please contact her with any questions or concerns: This study has been certified as exempt from the need for review by the Washington State University Institutional Review Board.

If you’d like to participate, please contact Cheryl Ellenwood at to schedule an interview. Please reach out with any questions and we hope to hear from you soon!

Current Funding Opportunities

Fall 2021 Tribal Communities Internship Program

Our full-time, paid internship opportunities are open to undergraduates, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows. The Fall 2021 Tribal Communities Internship program is hosted by the Institute for Research and Education to Advance Community Health (IREACH) in partnership with the Center for Native American Research and Collaboration and Native American Programs at Washington State University. This new internship will connect student researchers with tribal communities, Native Nations, and tribal organizations, and with ongoing health research projects. The work can be executed over the 9-month academic year, or the 12-month calendar year. The internship is accepting applications from all colleges and universities. The number of awards will vary and wards will range from $5,000 – $10,000. The internship is now open and available. The full application instructions can be found here and also includes the application form.

Contact Cheryl Ellenwood at for any questions about the internship program.