MIT Solve Indigenous Communities Fellowship 2021 for Innovators in the U.S.

MIT Solve Indigenous Communities Fellowship 2021 for Innovators in the U.S.

Deadline: June 1, 2021

Applications are open for the MIT Solve Indigenous Communities Fellowship 2021. The Solve’s Indigenous Communities Fellowship seeks solutions by Native innovators across the U.S. that consider both technology and traditional knowledge to support and scale positive impact.

For 2021, Solve welcomes Native-led solutions that:

  • Increase access to community wealth, including through access to new economic sectors and diverse forms of capital. 
  • Support culturally-grounded K-16 education, including language, cultural revitalization, and non-traditional learners 
  • Provide greater access to healthy and sovereign food, sustainable energy, and safe water. 
  • Improve healthcare access and outcomes, including around telehealth, health systems infrastructure, and availability of traditional and Western medicines.


  • Fellow Funding: All solutions selected for Solve’s current Global Challenges will receive a $10,000 grant funded by Solve. Solver teams will be selected by a panel of cross-sector judges at Virtual Solve Challenge Finals on September 19, 2021.
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Prize: Open to solutions that directly address the health and well-being of people in the US. Up to $150,000 will be granted to up to four eligible teams from the Antiracist Tech Challenge, the Indigenous Communities Fellowship, and the Health Security & Pandemics Challenge.
  • The ASA Prize for Equitable Education: They will award a prize for digital solutions tailored to U.S.-based primary and secondary classrooms that provide career exploration or experimentation. Up to $250,000 will be granted to or invested in solutions from the Equitable Classrooms Challenge, the Digital Inclusion Challenge, the Antiracist Technology in the US Challenge, and/or Indigenous Communities Fellowship.
  • Innovation for Women Prize: Solutions that use innovative technology to improve quality of life for women and girls are eligible for the Innovation for Women Prize. Up to $75,000 will be granted across up to three Solver teams from any of Solve’s current Global Challenges.


  • Open to Native innovators across the U.S.
  • Applicant’s solution must align with the areas of interest listed above.


If you are an applicant in need of a low-bandwidth option, fill out the form here and they will send you a PDF version of the application. Type your responses in the document and return completed applications to [email protected]

Click here to apply online

For more information, visit MIT Solve.