The Power of International Education- Indigenous Biocultural Exchange Fund

Conferences Opportunities
United States of America
Posted 3 years ago

The Indigenous Biocultural Exchange Fund provides financial assistance to an individual to attend global biocultural events/exchanges or meetings of international significance which impacts the applicant’s home territory or region.

The focus of the fund examines biocultural issues such as:

  • the rich but neglected adaptive interweave of people and place,
  • culture 
  • ecology

This fund supports indigenous peoples and local communities to have a voice in the policies and forums that concern biocultural diversity at a global level. 

The fund aims to encourage an active and participatory exchange of knowledge systems. Of special interest are indigenous people and local communities who have been traditionally under-represented in biocultural events, including but not limited to, women, youth, and first-time travelers.

Conference duration: March 1, 2018, to July 31, 2018.

Nationalities eligible: African Rift Valley, Central Asia & Turkey, Southwest U.S. & Northern Mexico, Northern Australia, and Melanesia.

Award Benefits:
Award recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process and must use the award to defray costs, which include international airfare, hotel/lodging, conference fees, meals, incidentals, local transportation, visa fees, and travel insurance.
A maximum of $5,000.00 USD is awarded to selected applicants (flexibility will be considered pending review of an applicant’s budget submission).


  • Applicant must be Indigenous (definition below) or a member of a local indigenous community.

The modern understanding of this term used and advanced by the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) is based on the following:

  • Self-identification as indigenous peoples at the individual level and accepted by the community as their member
  • Historical continuity with pre-colonial and/or pre-settler societies
  • Strong link to territories and surrounding natural resources
  • Distinct social, economic or political systems
  • Distinct language, culture, and beliefs
  • Form non-dominant groups of society
  • Resolve to maintain and reproduce their ancestral environments and systems as distinctive peoples and communities  


For applicants who meet the above criteria, additional preference will be given to:

  • Women
  • Youth (18+)
  • Exchange in the following regions: African Rift Valley, Central Asia & Turkey, Southwest U.S. & Northern Mexico, Northern Australia, and Melanesia
  • First-time traveler (or applying to an organization to support a first-time traveler)

Application: You can find the application form online. Please take time to review the eligibility requirements before completing the application.

Please send any questions to

Deadline: January 29, 2018


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