Alaska Indigenous Research Program call for applicants

March 11, 2019

Are you Alaska Native or American Indian and interested in health research? Are you a researcher or public health professional interested in Alaska Native health research? Are you at least 18 years old?

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and Alaska Pacific University invite you to attend the first Alaska Indigenous Research Program: Promoting Resilience, Health, and Wellness in Anchorage, Alaska. The program will include three weeks of different courses from May 6-24 at no cost to attendees. The courses will cover Indigenous and Western research methodologies; community-based participatory research; culturally responsive community engagement and communication; health research ethics; and health research and historical trauma.

Each week will feature courses focused on different levels of research experience:

  • May 6-10 will have advanced research courses
  • May 13-17 will have intermediate research ethics courses
  • May 20-24 will be a week of introductory research courses

Those interested in attending can choose the week(s) that best fits their needs. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on program days. Additionally, a limited number of scholarships to cover airfare, room and board on the APU campus are available. College and professional development credits are also offered.

Alaska Native and American Indian individuals attending the introductory research courses who are looking for an exciting way to start out the summer and experience college campus life can also apply to one of four paid internship openings. The internships will take place from May 28-June 28 and interns selected will gain hands-on research skills and experience.

Historically, Alaska Native and American Indian individuals have been underrepresented among researchers and health scientists, and there is a need for Western-trained researchers to be culturally grounded, respectful and responsive in meeting the health needs of Alaska Native and American Indian communities. The goal of this unique research program is to increase the health research capacity of Alaska Native and American Indian individuals and communities by providing cross-cultural research education.

For questions, contact Lauren Smayda at or (907) 729-4551. To learn more about the program and apply, visit the website at

Browse More Stories

Share This Story