Call for NAIS Editor(s), Editorial Board Members & NAIS Writing Fellowship Applications

Call for Applications: Editorship of the NAIS Journal (scroll down for Call for Applications: Editorial Board Members & Call for Applications: NAIS Writing Fellowship Applications)



1 July 2022 or until Editor(s) is named.
NAISA Council seeks applications for lead editor(s) and the editorial office of the journal Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS). The official term is to begin June 1, 2023, for a minimum of four years, with possible annual reappointment thereafter, to a maximum service of seven years. Individuals or teams are welcome to apply for the editorship. Applications are due by 1 July 2022. We encourage potential applicants to direct queries to Council at; the current coeditors will also be available to provide information on editorial office processes, budget, and other questions. Interviews will be conducted virtually by Council. The successful applicant(s) for editor will have a 6- to 9-month period, beginning no later than January 1, 2023, of “shadowing” the current editors in all work of the editorial office to ensure a smooth transition.
NAIS, the journal of Native American and Indigenous Studies, is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal dedicated to publishing the best interdisciplinary scholarship in international Native American and Indigenous Studies. NAIS publishes two issues per volume year through an agreement between NAISA and the University of Minnesota Press. The journal provides a forum for different kinds of research, intellectual traditions, and knowledge practices to be placed in conversation in order to extend our understandings across disciplinary and epistemological boundaries. See for more information on mission, submission guidelines, editorial policies and ethical guidelines, Editorial Board membership, and more.
The first issue was published in 2014 under the direction of founding editors Dr. Jean O’Brien and Dr. Robert Warrior. In 2015, the Council of Editors of Learned Journals recognized NAIS with the award for the Best New Journal. In June 2019 NAISA Council appointed the second set of editors, Dr. K. Tsianina Lomawaima and Dr. Kelly McDonough. Under both editorial teams, the editorial office has been staffed by two half-time graduate student Managing Editors. The Editorial Office is financially supported by the Press ($2,000/year stipend), royalty shares, NAISA Council, and the Editors’ home institution(s). Editorial processes operate independently of NAISA Council but the editors make an annual report to the Council at the association’s annual meeting.



Position Description
Key criteria for appointment
An established record of scholarship in Native and Indigenous studies, including strong awareness of the worldwide scope of Indigenous studies; managerial skills to oversee the editorial cycle and meet deadlines; the ability to attract high-quality manuscripts for submission and respected experts to the Editorial Board. Candidates must be members in good standing of NAISA and maintain their membership for the duration of the appointment.
Preferred criteria for appointment
rank of tenured associate professor or higher; editorial experience; and evidence of institutional support and commitment for the duration of appointment – such as release time for editor(s), salary &/or tuition support of graduate students as Managing Editors, general office support, and office space as necessary.
Major responsibilities of the editor(s) of NAIS include:
  • providing a clear vision for the direction of the journal within the larger mandate of NAISA;
  • managing the journal budget and planning for the future;
  • communicating in a timely and transparent manner with all stakeholders (e.g. those submitting manuscripts, reviewers, Council, the Press, and NAISA membership)
  • supporting ethical, rigorous, and supportive peer review processes, including developmental review to help guide authors into the peer review process;
  • managing the peer review process in a timely and professional manner;
  • assisting authors in polishing their manuscripts for publication;
  • working closely with the Press to meet deadlines, from submission of each issue through copy-editing and proof-reading stages;
  • drawing on the expertise and advisory capacity of the appointed Editorial Board for the benefit of the journal;
  • overseeing the NAIS Writing & Mentoring Fellowship, in conjunction with the Editorial Board;
  • delivering to Council in advance of the annual conference a written report on the journal’s yearly activities, which will also be made available to the NAISA membership;
  • attend the annual conference and be present at the general meeting to represent the journal to the membership.
The Editor(s) may have opportunities to make presentations to different constituencies engaged in Native American and Indigenous studies, scholarly editing, and related issues; this could involve travel and additional time and preparation commitments.
The application packet should include:
  • Cover letter (5 pages max.) that addresses your qualifications, offers a sense of your vision for NAIS, and clearly describes the structure of the editorial office and responsibilities as you envision them. We strongly encourage all candidates to discuss their intentions with their academic administrators (deans, department chairs, etc.) so that they can come to the interview prepared to articulate the institutional support they will receive if appointed to the editorship. Institutional support is not a requirement for application but is strongly preferred.
  • Curriculum Vitae or resumé
All application packets should be sent in PDF format to:



Call for Applications: NAIS Journal Editorial Board Members

1 July 2022 or until Board is named.
NAIS seeks applicants for editorial board members.  The term of service is four years.  More information about the journal may be found by clicking here.
Scope of NAIS
NAIS is an anonymous/peer-reviewed scholarly journal published two times a year by the University of Minnesota Press.
Qualification and requirements of candidates
Key qualities sought for the position of editorial board members: an established record of scholarship in Native and Indigenous studies, including strong awareness of the worldwide scope of Indigenous studies; commitment to actively serving in an advisory capacity to the editors and to furthering their vision of the Journal and fulfilling its mandate; and willingness to take up various duties appropriate to the role of the editorial board, including (at the editor’s discretion) the assessment of manuscripts. Candidates must be members in good standing of NAISA and maintain their membership for the duration of the appointment.
The applications packet should include:
  • Cover letter providing information about the applicant’s qualifications.
  • Curriculum Vitae or resumé
All application packets should be sent in PDF format to:


Call for Applications: NAIS Writing Fellowship

Writing Fellowship for Emerging and Early Career Native American and Indigenous Studies Scholars
1 August 2022
Mission: To encourage a collegial, productive, and supportive community of writing practice
Please direct questions and submit applications to
The journal Native American & Indigenous Studies (NAIS) sponsors an annual Writing Fellowship Program to workshop a manuscript for submission to a professional academic journal (submission to NAIS is not required but is warmly encouraged).
The Writing Fellowship seeks to support emerging scholars — such as graduate students, early-career faculty, and community-based scholars — working within or across the international, interdisciplinary arenas of Indigenous studies. We particularly encourage applications by Indigenous scholars who are from, or who do research in, communities and/or areas currently underrepresented in the field.
Each Writing Fellow (cohort of 4 – 6) will be partnered with an Editorial Board or NAISA member and will participate, with NAIS coeditors, in a series of virtual gatherings scheduled over the academic year from September through April. Writing Fellows will be mentored through the process of drafting an essay, with the goal of submitting the essay for publication to NAIS or other relevant venue by the end of the fellowship. Frames, practices, and expectations related to writing inside and outside the academy will be integrated into the Writing Fellowship’s conversations. The journal editors and Board hope to host a culminating gathering at the 2023 NAISA annual meeting, whether virtual or in person. Writing Fellows will receive a small stipend of $595 to assist their travel to an in-person NAISA meeting. We hope that as the Writing Fellowship gains more participants over time, the journal and Editorial Board will host a past & present Writing Fellows gathering at each annual NAISA meeting.
  • The Writing Fellowship is designed for NAISA members including community-based scholars, advanced graduate students, untenured scholars without an institutional affiliation, and tenure-track early-career faculty working to publish in a professional academic journal.
  • Co-authors may apply – please submit one application and attach a resumé or C.V. for each co-author.
  • Authors who have previously published in NAIS are not eligible. The committee will not consider work that is under active consideration by any publisher.
Writing Fellows will not be obligated to submit Fellowship manuscripts for consideration to NAIS but the editors welcome and encourage the submission of Fellowship manuscripts.
Applicants should submit
  • Title
  • Abstract (300-word maximum): Briefly describe the proposed manuscript (for example – tell us about the topic, thesis, theoretical frame, questions, sources of evidence or examples, method, findings/conclusions). For tips, click on Writing an effective abstract.
  • Bibliography (10 sources maximum)
  • 1-page statement (double-spaced) describing your relationship to the work,  the stakes of the work, how you see your work as connected to the field of Native American and Indigenous studies, and what you see as the stakes and potential impact of your broader work for Indigenous studies and Indigenous communities.
  • Resumé or C.V. (2 pages maximum): please include any previous publications and manuscripts under review as well as names of current or former advisors, mentors, dissertation, or thesis chairs. Include names of 2 references with contact information (email &/or phone number).
  • If you have a preference for a mentor, please list 2 or 3 names from the NAIS Editorial Board and/or NAISA membership (different than current or former advisors, dissertation chairs, or other close mentors with whom you have already worked).
Please direct questions and submit application materials to
Constitution of Review Committee
Applications will be screened for completeness, and complete applications will be sent to all members of the Editorial Board. Scores and comments from the Board (see below for the Rubric) will go to a Review Committee made up a subset of the Editorial Board, who will select the Writing Fellows and identify potential mentors for each. Mentors will be designated as NAIS Journal Writing Fellowship Mentors.
Rubric for Evaluation:
  • Compelling relationship of proposed work to Indigenous studies &/or communities
  • Degree of engagement with theory, methodologies, praxis of Native American and Indigenous studies
  • Potential contribution of project to the field, applicant aspirations for connections to field of Native American and Indigenous studies
  • Area of under-representation or particular need for development in the field
  • Potential contribution to or impact of the Writing Fellowship for applicant