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Leadership Programs

TSAF Scholarship Program 

The TSAF scholarship program aims to provide scholarship support for Tribal College and University (TCU) students and mainstream college and university students to strengthen educational achievement, project-based learning opportunities, and career development pathways in renewable energy, particularly in the solar industry.

This program is responsive to several needs that have been identified by the TSAF, in particular TCU and mainstream students with interests in renewable energy struggle to find academic support and resources to achieve their renewable energy educational goals.

2022 Applications Closed

Tribal Solar Research Internship

The TSAF internship program provides a virtual learning experience in many aspects of the non-profit solar industry, with an opportunity to participate in a hands-on tribal solar project installation. Interns will assist in developing research and literature reviews, website presence and social media outreach, and some exposure to philanthropic fundraising. The internship will meet the requirements to be taken for college credit for interested students. The internship does not require a formal education or enrollment in higher education. All applicants are encouraged to apply.

2022-2023 Applications Closed

Tribal Energy Innovators Fellowship

The Tribal Energy Innovators Fellowship is designed to develop and strengthen tribal energy sovereignty and resilience in Indian Country by supporting tribal members who are entrepreneurs or a member of a social/business enterprise that advances sustainable renewable energy solutions and capacity building in tribal communities. 

During the year-long, stipend fellowship, fellows learn from GRID staff, from one another, and from industry mentors and professionals on best practices in renewable energy planning, business, workforce development and training, and other areas of technical support. GRID Alternatives and the Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund have partnerships across the U.S. to provide a network of professional, educational support and opportunities with industry leaders, and exposure to advanced technologies from around the world. The fellowship culminates with a business presentation to GRID staff, industry professionals and other renewable energy changemakers looking to invest in innovative approaches to the unique energy needs across Indian Country.

2022-2023 Applications Closed


TSAF Summer Associates *NEW* Starting Summer 2022

The TSAF Summer Associates program is an eight-week summer learning opportunity learning about renewable energy within tribal communities. Our summer associates program is for federally-recognized tribal members with a passion for learning and sharing knowledge about renewable energy and how it impacts Tribal communities. Summer Associates will spend the eight weeks learning from and engaging with the TSAF team who are creating access to renewable energy technologies for tribal communities.

2022 Summer Associates Applications Closed