Massachusetts Institute of Technology SOLVE in the USA invites applications worldwide for the Indigenous Communities Fellowship in 2021.
Native innovators are charting a bright future led by and for their communities. The number of Native-owned businesses in the US is growing—Native American women have started at least 17 new businesses a day since 2007. Native scientists are both analyzing environmental damage and developing new community-based solutions. A wave of language revitalization efforts is driving a new generation of fluent speakers. Lastly, a recent shift towards tribal control of healthcare aims to provide better access to care and a culturally integrated approach to healing.
Challenges still remain from centuries of exploitation, and a system that has led to high unemployment rates, language and cultural loss, the crisis of murdered and missing indigenous women, and environmental injustice from both local pollution and global climate impacts. Native communities are equipped with Indigenous knowledge systems and new technologies to solve these contemporary issues. Whether it’s closing the digital divide and creating new job opportunities, or leading a shift to renewable electricity and training a new generation of Native leaders, Indigenous Communities have the answers.
Worth of Award
A $10,000 grant will be provided to each selected Fellow.
Solve’s Indigenous Communities Fellowship seeks solutions by Native innovators across the US that consider both technology and traditional knowledge to support and scale positive impact. To that end, Solve welcomes Native-led solutions that:
- Increase access to jobs, financial capital, and skill development opportunities
- Support language and cultural revitalization, quality K-12 education, and support for first-generation college students
- Provide healthy and sovereign food, sustainable energy, and safe water
- Improve healthcare access and outcomes, including around mental health and substance use disorders
- Alignment: The solution addresses the challenge that has been set forth using technology.
- Potential for Impact: The planned implementation of the solution has the potential to impact lives.
- Scalability: The solution can be grown and scaled to affect the lives of more people.
- Feasibility: It is feasible to implement the solution, and the team has a plan for the solution to sustain itself financially.
- Innovative Approach: This is a new technology, a new application of a technology, a new business model, or a new process for solving the challenge
- Partnership Potential: The applicant clearly explains how the solution would benefit from the broad range of resources that the Solve community is positioned to provide.
How to Apply
You can submit your solution through the application link on their website
Deadline: Deadline to apply is June 1, 2021.