Alaska Fellows Program Position Description
Institute of the North, Northern Research Fellow
This position is part of the Alaska Fellows Program. All fellows live together, “in community,” in their respective host site. Each host site is unique and remarkable.
Fellows receive housing, a $1000 monthly living stipend and a $500 relocation stipend. The fellowship includes facilitated and funded opening and closing retreats.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. If you are applying to a position in Juneau, please note that the program will last seven months (October-April) while other programs will run nine months (September-May).
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Work Term: September 2021 – May 2022
Employer: Institute of the North
Contact: Hanna Eklund
Title: Northern Research Fellow
Organization Description: The Institute of the North is a think tank founded in 1994 to study Alaska’s unique governmental and economic system under the belief that commonly owned resources should be managed for individual and community prosperity. The organization has programs within Alaska, around the Arctic, and internationally. Its mission is to research, educate, and advocate management of commonly-owned land and resources for the maximum benefit of current and future generations.
Position Description: The Institute of the North is looking for a Northern Research Fellow to join our team, starting September 1. We are in the process of rebuilding our organization around its new mission and have some exciting projects ahead. This offers interesting opportunities for individuals interested in the Arctic, management of the Commons, Alaska Native issues and/or international development. This position will focus on one of the three projects listed below, based on the Fellow’s interest and skill set. We have a particular need for capacity on Project 3, but the Fellow may choose to focus on any of these options. Applicants should indicate their project preference in a cover letter. All work can be conducted remotely, though office space is available if so desired.
Project 1: Arctic Organizational Mapping & Gap Analysis
Identify, research, and categorize organizations around the world, engaged in Arctic policy. Use this work to assist with a gap analysis of related activity in the Arctic ecosystem. Assist technical team with communicating this information in a visually appealing way on our website.
Project 2: Nation-Building Organizational Map
Research institutions and programs involved with nation-building and constitutional development to support developing nations to adopt resource management models that benefit citizens. Assist with research and refinement of the Owner State governance model and with development of a matrix to assess which nations are most compatible with ION’s mission and vision.
Project 3: Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act
Provide research assistance, assessment and analysis of historical documents of the economic and cultural status of Alaska Natives 50 years after the signing of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). ANCSA extinguished aboriginal land title in Alaska and represented a new approach to federal Indian policy that pushed Alaska Natives into western corporations in exchange for nearly $1 billion and fee simple title to 44 million acres of Alaska. The law transformed Alaska Native corporations into economic powerhouses that are set to rival the biggest corporations in the state for economic – and eventually, political power.
Time & Compensation: This is a full-time, nine-month fellowship position through the Alaska Fellows Program. Housing and a $1000/mo stipend are provided.
More than anything, we are looking for individuals that are quick on their feet, have advanced communication skills and an aptitude for learning. For Project 2, it would help to have an intermediate understanding of international affairs, governance and diplomacy. For Project 3, it would be helpful to have some understanding of the ANCSA and ANILCA. All projects will involve some combination of research, conducting interviews, and assimilation and communication of research results.
Application Materials: Resume and cover letter explaining which project(s) appeal to you and why.
Submit materials to: Hanna Eklund, at email@example.com
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