Applications are now being accepted for Kamehameha Schools‘ First Nations’ Futures program. The fellowship is designed to develop emerging Hawaii leaders who will be influential in the areas of land stewardship and cultural practices.
The First Nations’ Futures program is an international collaboration between Kamehameha Schools, Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu of New Zealand, Stanford University, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. It will involve academic leadership development and place-based research with the goal of improving the well being of indigenous communities. The program will also show how values-based philosophies can be applied to natural-resource management.
There are five Kamehameha fellowships available for the 2011-2012 program. A one-year commitment is required, which involves up to 10 weeks of actual programs, including an orientation, a two-week leadership development institute at Stanford, a leadership aha (“gathering”) and a research project in Hawaii. The fellowship concludes with a final presentation to the incoming fellows.
Ideal candidates will be well rounded and have professional or volunteer experience working within the Native Hawaiian community and a degree or extensive experience in natural-resource management, urban and regional planning, Hawaiian studies, and public administration, among other things.
For program information, including eligibility requirements and scheduling, visit the First Nations’ Futures Program website or call 541-5346. Applications can be downloaded Kamehameha Schools’ admissions website and must be received by June 17.