The fellowship is hosted by the Native Land Conservancy (NLC), the first Native-led land conservation nonprofit east of the Mississippi. Our mission is to preserve healthy landscapes for all living beings and restore land wherever possible. Our all-Indigenous board of directors come from four local tribal groups. We draw upon our collective traditional cultural knowledge with generations of direct experience in the woodlands, coastlines, and waterways of our homelands.
The fellowship intends to open up pathways to diverse careers in conservation for rising Native Americans. Whether you’re a student of ecology or considering a career switch, you’re in the right place! We believe that it is in all our best interests when the next generation of Indigenous conservationists are encouraged to bring their whole selves to their training, including their culture.
The 10-week, 35 hour/week program begins June 10, 2024 and ends August 16, 2024. Based in the NLC office in the town of Mashpee on Cape Cod, the program will focus on land within the ancestral homelands of the Wampanoag, people of the first light.
- To be eligible for this opportunity, you must be a member of a Native American tribal group and be between the ages of 18 – 25.
- NLC is able to offer each fellow a $7,500 stipend with additional support available for housing, travel, and technology.
2024 Land of the First Light Fellowship Opportunity Flyer (PDF)
The newsletters below highlight some of the 2023 First Light Fellowship Program experiences.
2023 NLC Summer Newsletter
2023 NLC Fall Newsletter
2024 Winter Newsletter
NLC is able to offer each fellow a $7,500 stipend with additional support available for housing, travel, and technology.