Please note that all scholarship opportunities listed below do require current NAI membership to apply.

National Conference Scholarships and Grants

Student Scholarships

The National Association for Interpretation scholarship program is for college students who are studying natural, historical, and cultural interpretation or a closely related field with career aspirations in the field of interpretation. The goal of the scholarship program is to recognize students who have the potential to make an outstanding contribution to the field of interpretation. Scholarships are awarded to both undergraduate and graduate students, and may include conference registration, travel, lodging, and per diem.

The College and University Academic Section has been the coordinator for this national project for nearly 15 years and is proud to be its supporter.

Student scholarship applications are generally due around April 15 each year.

Professional Grants

NAI has a program to provide grant assistance to professional interpreters to help offset the costs of professional development through NAI. Limited funds are available as part of NAI’s overall scholarship program, and can apply to attendance at the national conference. 

Professional Grant applications generally open at the same time as registration and open for one month.

Applications will open in May with a deadline of June 15, 2023.

NAI Community Scholarships

NAI communities often offer scholarships to the National Conference. We will post those opportunities here as they become available.

Certification and Training Scholarships

National Level Scholarships for Certification and Training

NAI offers scholarships to offset costs for individuals who wish to attend a professional development course or webinar. To apply for a scholarship, you must be a member of NAI, complete an application, submit a copy of your resume, and submit one letter of recommendation. Applications for the 2023/24 fiscal year are now open.

Apply for a Certification Scholarship

For more information, please contact the Director of Professional Development and Education at

NAI certification scholarships are awarded based on need and the availability of funds. The budget for certification scholarships resets on July 1 and funds are available until used.

NAI Community Scholarships

NAI’s membership is divided into communities based on location (regions) or special interest (sections). Several regions and sections offer scholarships for individuals in their area to help cover the cost of a workshop (typically a CIG course). Members can visit the Scholarship Opportunities page under the Membership banner for information on available funds.

Community Workshop Scholarships

Check back later for more opportunities.

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