Traditional Knowledge Scholarship Application

The Traditional Knowledge Scholarship fosters participation in the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) by cultural practitioners and experts of indigenous traditional knowledge who are interested in promoting the recognition, understanding and respect of traditional knowledge and rights as it relates to marine resources and ecosystems (both fresh and salt water). The $1,500 scholarship, instituted by the NMEA Board of Directors, is available to help cover the costs of the NMEA annual conference registration, travel, accommodation and other expenses.

Criteria: Applicants should be cultural practitioners or experts of indigenous traditional knowledge who are willing to share their expertise to help the NMEA Traditional Knowledge Committee promote traditional knowledge as it relates to marine education, science and ecosystems. Applications should be received by March 15, 2019.

Selection: All applications that are received by the deadline will be acknowledged. Applications are confidential and will be seen only by the NMEA Traditional Knowledge Committee. All applicants will be notified of the results by April 15.

Award: The successful applicant will receive the award as a check mailed after the conference. The awardee will have 90 days (after the last day of the conference) to submit all paperwork and receipts to receive the scholarship check.

Special Note: The 2019 NMEA conference is being held at the University of New Hampshire from July 21-25. The winner of the scholarship will be given the opportunity to present at the conference and should be prepared to do so. The call for proposals to present during the session strands closes on March 15, 2019. If an accepted proposal had not been submitted by the deadline, the scholarship recipient will have an opportunity to present during the Traditional Knowledge Committee meeting.

For more information on the conference, please visit the conference website.

For more information on the Traditional Knowledge Committee and this scholarship, contact one of the committee’s co-chairs:

Linda Chilton: E-mail:
George Matsumoto: E-mail:
Sylvia Spalding: Phone: 808-522-8220; E-mail:

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I understand that: I am expected to attend the conference; • I am expected to participate in the TK Committee meeting and provide a presentation at the conference and I am also encouraged to also contribute a newsletter article to the NMEA News, the NMEA journal Current and/or the newsletter of the local NMEA chapter; • I understand that the award check will be mailed to me after the conference following my submission of receipts, which I must submit to the NMEA within 90 days after the last day of the conference; and • If awarded a scholarship, I will not be eligible for another NMEA TK scholarship for two subsequent NMEA conferences. I certify that all statements made above are true and correct.
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