The NDN Changemaker Fellowship

This 12-month Fellowship will be offered to 21 Indigenous Changemakers each year across Turtle Island (also known as North America), which includes the post-colonial regions of the United States and the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as Canada and Mexico.

NDN Collective The NDN Changemaker Fellowship

The Changemaker Fellowship application process is now closed for 2022.

We expect to share more about the next grant application cycle in [September 2023]. Please check back around that time.


The process begins with a form to determine your eligibility for the Changemaker Fellowship.


Each accepted nominee will be invited to formally apply by completing the NDN Changemaker Plan.


Candidates with the strongest NDN Changemaker Plans will be invited for a final interview.

NDN Collective’s mission is to build the collective power of Indigenous Peoples, communities, and Nations to exercise our inherent right to self-determination while fostering a world that is built on a foundation of justice and equity for all people and the planet. NDN works to transform systems, shift power, and generate sustainable solutions through three core strategies: 

Defend – Indigenous Peoples, communities and Nations defend and protect our land, air, water, and natural resources 

Develop – Indigenous Peoples, communities and Nations are developed in a regenerative and sustainable manner based on our values and connection to land, culture, and identity 

Decolonize – Indigenous ceremonies, cultures, languages, and ways of life are revitalized, recognized, and celebrated 

Grant Cycle

Grant applications will open in September 2022. Please register by 3pm US Central Standard Time on October 19th to ensure a timely submission. Full applications are due by 5pm Central on October 21st, 2022. Fellows selections will be made in February 2023 with the new cohort of fellows beginning April 1, 2023.


This opportunity is open to individual Indigenous Peoples over the age of 18 who are working in the defense, development, or decolonization of their communities and Nations whose vision aligns with an honoring of: the interconnectedness of all things, Indigenous self-determination, and equity and justice for all people and the planet. 

This 12-month Fellowship, slated to begin April 1, 2023, will be offered to 21 Indigenous Changemakers across the continental United States, Canada, Mexico, Islands of Hawaii, and the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Boriken/Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

The Changemaker Fellowship Regional Map:

NDN Collective defines Indigenous peoples as ethnic communities whose ancestry descends from the earliest, original inhabitants of a given region, in contrast to groups that have settled, occupied, and/or colonized the region more recently. The land on which we live and the natural resources on which we depend are inextricably linked to our identities, cultures, livelihoods, as well as our physical and spiritual well being. We use Indigenous peoples with an “s” to recognize the diversity of individuals and groups that identify with the term, which has been distilled to a singular noun throughout history in an attempt to group our people together rather than recognize our differences and diversity. This is consistent with the UN Declaration on The Rights of Indigenous peoples.

Fellowship Purpose

The NDN Changemaker Fellowship is designed to invest in the visions, leadership, and development of Indigenous Changemakers. We believe that our people have the creativity, innovation, and determination to build healthy, resilient futures; defending our homelands and rights, developing model regenerative Nations, and decolonizing and healing our communities and families.

This 12-month Fellowship, slated to begin April 1, 2023, will be offered to 21 Indigenous Changemakers across the continental United States, Canada, Mexico, Islands of Hawaii, and the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Boriken/Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

Changemakers will receive flexible cash awards to invest in and support their innovation as leaders. Indigenous leaders oftentimes lack the financial wellbeing and stability required to fully invest their time and talent in creating social change in their communities. Changemakers will therefore receive flexible cash awards of $75,000.00 USD to provide direct investment in the NDN Changemaker Fellows, their leadership development, and their work in their communities. 

We believe that by directly supporting Indigenous changemakers we are also investing in their communities, organizations and the collective movement. While the NDN Changemaker Fellowship was designed specifically to support individuals, there are other grant programs and opportunities for organizations and communities.

The Application, which becomes available on September 21st, 2022,  includes questions of Fellowship’s required components that will support them as leaders including Theory of Change Mapping, Education & Building Skills, Healing & Wellbeing. All sections of the application must be completed and submitted by 5 p.m. Central Time on Friday, October 21, 2022

Theory of Change Mapping

It is important for Indigenous leaders to have a bold vision for the world they are working to create as well as a theory behind how they will get there. This will help fellows increase their depth of understanding of their work and enable them to continue to refine and increase their impact. Each fellow will be required to create their own individual Theory of Change, which encapsulates their philosophy for how they believe they can ignite change in the world.

Education and Building Skills

It is vital that Native leaders obtain the education and skills they need to be successful in implementing their work and vision. Each NDN Changemaker Fellow will engage in skills building or education experiences during the fellowship. This can range from pursuing formal education through a degree or certificate program, to specialized training in areas such as grant writing, facilitation, community engagement, etc. Each fellow will identify the skills he/she/they would like to develop over the course of the fellowship to contribute to their effectiveness as a leader.

Healing and wellbeing

Native leaders take on the pain and struggle of their communities, oftentimes at the expense of caring for themselves. The reality is that their own wellbeing is fundamental to sustaining their leadership and creating impact in the world. Therefore, each NDN Changemaker Fellow will commit to focusing on their personal physical, social, spiritual, and emotional wellbeing during the fellowship. Fellows will create a plan for how they will practice self-care and create a path forward for their individual wellbeing.

Mentorship and coaching

Mentorship and coaching are fundamental to the development of strong Indigenous leaders, and can lead to increases in goal attainment, wellbeing, and overall leadership effectiveness. Fellows will be required to engage with a mentor and/or coach of their choosing at least four times (once per quarter) during the fellowship. Mentors can range from an elder or spiritual leader from your community to a professional executive coach.

Network and community building

To continue learning, growing, and creating social change, it is essential that Indigenous leaders have a strong community and network. Fellows will be required to work towards expanding their network and building a community of support around them during the fellowship. This will occur through reflections and information-sharing with other fellows and NDN staff, as well as networking and community building opportunities or conferences identified by each fellow. 

Tax Implications

Fellowship funding is taxable income in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. All NDN fellows, upon notification of acceptance, should consult a qualified tax advisor on the implications of receiving the Fellowship, in order to properly plan and manage their finances. We do not control, evaluate, endorse or guarantee any of the advice provided by an independent tax advisor. Further, we do not assume any responsibility or liability for the actions, products, services, and content provided by an independent tax advisor.

Fellowship Requirements

Preparatory online meetings

An online Welcome & Orientation Convening will take place February 2023 to begin introductions of the Fellowship cohort, build connections and provide guidance as fellows begin building their Changemaker Fellowship Plan in preparation of their fellowship starting.

Virtual or In-person gatherings

NDN Changemaker Fellows have two mandatory convenings over the course of the fellowship year.  The first Convening is Welcome and Orientation prior to the Fellowship start date, with the purpose of building connection between fellows and NDN Collective’s team, ensuring clarity around logistics of the NDN Changemaker Fellowship, and offering support for the development of their NDN Changemaker Plan. The second convening is an Indigenous Leadership Training Retreat designed to deepen and catalyze their work, leadership and development.


A reporting guide will be provided to each selected fellow at the beginning of their fellowship. NDN Changemaker Fellows will be required to submit short monthly reflections through the “Changemaker Journal” online, a mid year report and final report at the end of their fellowship year.

NDN Changemaker Alumni Circle

All NDN Changemaker Fellows that successfully complete the fellowship may participate in the Alumni Network. Alumni can join an optional virtual community called “Chatter”, a private platform to stay connected with other Fellows and share new resources and opportunities with one another.

The application process opens on September 21st, 2022. Please submit your completed Full Application and supporting documents by 5 p.m. Central Time on Friday, October 21, 2022. 

Grant Selection Information 

Applications will be reviewed from October 22nd, 2022 through December 2nd, 2022. Applicants will be notified if their application was advanced to the Interview phase of the Application Process by December 5, 2022. Selection of the Changemaker Fellowship Finalists is expected to be made by January 30th, 2022. Final grant selections are expected to be made by January 30, 2023 with Fellowship start dates of April 1, 2023. 

Grant Application Link Instructions-The link below will bring you to the grant application portal. Please note that the Fluxx Grants Application portal will show two options: 

1) New to the Grants Portal- If you are a first time user, you must register in order to receive log-in credentials to complete the LOI and potentially a grant application.  Please allow for up to 2 business days to receive login credentials.  Please check your email and spam or junk folders for your login credentials before inquiring further.  

2) Log-in Now –  If you’ve  registered in the past for any NDN grant opportunity, please click Log-in Now. You do not need to register again.  

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