Salmon is a defining factor in the culture of Alaska; it’s something we all have in common. But salmon, Alaska’s third largest industry, is also frequently a flash point of conflict over difficult issues such as racial justice, the urban-rural divide, and balancing sustainability against the needs of resource development.
Alaska Humanities Forum, along with partner organizations, has designed the Alaska Salmon Fellows program to facilitate demanding conversations about salmon issues among leaders from a cross section of salmon policy, management, industry, activism, research, and cultural sectors.
Salmon Fellows receive a $10,000 award ($5,000 at the beginning of the program and $5,000 upon successful completion of the program) to advance their efforts to achieve innovative, systems change. The program also covers travel expenses throughout the Program.
The Salmon Fellows program is rigorous. Much of the work, both individually and in collaboration with other Fellows, will be self-driven. To be successful requires a high level of personal investment by the Fellows in all aspects of this unique learning program including: gatherings, readings, virtual connections, coaching, feedback, and completion of innovative projects.