Who We Are

The Undergraduate Readying for Burgeoning Research for American Indian Neuroscientists (URBRAIN) is a culturally aware and community oriented collaborative partnership between Diné College, the Center for Innovation in Brain Science at the University of Arizona, the Biomedical Learning and Student Training program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the National Institutes of Health. We are funded under the training grant R25-NS107185.

Scope of Work

The scope of our work is to create a pipeline of Navajo students to advance from Diné College to graduate programs at top tier research universities; creating a model of culturally grounded STEM education while bolstering NIH workforce and cultural diversity. We will implement this Native American STEM education curriculum through a series of interrelated aims.

1. Develop a cooperative training program between Diné College and the University of Arizona.

2. Build Diné College research capacity.

3. Create best practices for re-establishing trust between the Diné and neuroscience community.

2020 URBRAIN Fellowship Application

Thank you for your interest in the URBRAIN Fellowship!


Eligible participants are: Full-time Diné College students. Preferably students in the B.S. / A.S. in Biology, B.A. in Psychology programs, but all degree seeking students are welcome to apply. Students interested in pursuing a graduate or professional degree.

Program Length

The fellowship is yearlong, starting August/September, ending the following September. However students may be asked to participate in surveys, presentations and post program activities.

Financial Assistance

The URBRAIN fellowship offers:

  • $3,000 yearlong stipend,
  • $3,350 summer research experience in Tucson at the University of Arizona,
  • and URBRAIN covers transportation costs to and from conferences and conference registrations fees for up to $1,000.


Applicants must submit:

  • Completed application form (see below for application)
  • Statement of interest,
  • Resume/curriculum vitae,
  • Unofficial transcripts,
  • and 2 names of references.

2020 URBRAIN Fellowship Application

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