IPKC Outstanding Contribution to Indigenous Higher Education Research Award

Indigenous Peoples
Application Deadline: October 15, 2021 | Award Type: knowledge community

IPKC Outstanding Contribution to Indigenous Higher Education Research Award

This annual award honors an individual or multiple authors whose research has made an outstanding contribution to Indigenous higher education literature. Research can take the form of a thesis, dissertation, book, book chapter, journal article, or other types of work that have changed the thinking on an Indigenous higher education topic. This award recognizes a singular research accomplishment and is not meant to recognize an accumulated record of accomplishments.



Evaluation of nominees will be made based on demonstration of the following criteria:

  • The nominee’s research builds upon issues of interest in the field of Indigenous higher education.

  • The nominee’s research holds the potential to serve as a model for future research by opening up new areas of inquiry or new ways to conduct research.

  • The nominee’s research has influenced the creation of practices that center the experiences of Indigenous higher education communities.


If the IPKC award committee believes that none of the nominees meets the criteria for the award, the committee may recommend that no award be presented. Conversely, if the committee believes more than one nominee is worthy, multiple awards may be given.



Nominees must meet the following eligibility requirements to be recognized: 

  • The nominated work must have been published within the last three (3) years of the date of the award.

  • Previous award winners are eligible after five (5) years.


Nomination Requirements

  • Nominators must be current members of NASPA. Self-nominations are welcomed. 

  • Nominators must submit information via the nomination form. 

  • A 2-page letter of support must be submitted by an individual other than the nominator. The letter should include evidence that substantiates the nominee’s contributions.



  • The awardee will be recognized by the Indigenous Peoples Knowledge Community Leadership Team at the NASPA Annual Conference.

  • The award will consist of a cultural memento or a certificate of achievement.



Presented By

Indigenous People