NOTE: The application deadline for national grants and scholarships has passed. To see if your Region or Section is offering support, visit the NAI Communities page.

Professional Grants and Student Scholarships

Deadline: July 15, 2017

Professional Grant

NAI provides grant assistance to professional interpreters to help offset the costs of professional development. Grant applications to attend at NAI 2017 Spokane, Washington, November 14-18 are now being accepted. Recipients will be chosen based on financial need, past/current involvement in the field of interpretation, and the extent to which an individual’s career is likely to benefit from attending the conference.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be employed in the field of interpretation, either full-time or seasonal.
  • Applicants must be individual members of NAI through December 1, 2017.
  • Applicants must be able to attend the NAI National Conference November 14-18 in Spokane, Washington
  • NAI national, region, and section officers and members of their families are not eligible. Previous national scholarship winners are not eligible for a period of two years.

To Apply
Please download the NAI Professional Interpreter Grant form below and complete all fields. You may email the form to Jamie King at, or mail to: NAI Professional Grants, 230 Cherry Street, Fort Collins, CO 80521. Please include:

  • One letter of recommendation, preferably from a current supervisor
  • A current resume

Applications must be postmarked by midnight July 15, 2017. Grant recipients will be recognized at a scholarship lunch and during the business meeting. Recipients will also be asked to submit an article reflecting on their participation in the national conference to the NAI Now member newsletter, a regional/section publication, or to the newsletter of a related organization.

Download a PDF application form here.

Student Scholarships

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be members of NAI through December 1, 2017.
  • Applicants must be able to attend the NAI National Conference November 14-18, 2017, in Spokane, Washington 
  • Previous national scholarship winners, NAI national, regional, and sectional officers, scholarship committee members, and members of their families are not eligible.

To Apply
Before July 15, 2017 complete all of the fields in THIS FORM.

Use the submit application button at the bottom of this page to email the following to the scholarship review coordinator. Please combine all documents into one pdf file and email it to with subject “NAI scholarship”.

  • Two letters of recommendation (at least one must be from a current professor or instructor)

  • A resume

  • An unofficial copy of your transcripts
  • A statement of why you are interested in the field of interpretation. Include how you will benefit from attending the workshop. (500 word maximum)
  • A statement of your vision for the future of interpretation. (500 word maximum)
  • A budget that includes travel costs (see template provided)
  • For graduate students only: A statement of your graduate research/project goals and why you believe it is relevant to interpretation today (500 word maximum)

Budget Template

Cost Center
Rate  Total Explanation
Meals (pro-rated from federal per diem*
$40/day  $200 Meals not included in registration
Lodging (five nights, including taxes)
$129/2 = $64.50
 $322.50 Based on shared room
Registration $280  $280 Student member rate
Travel $350  $350 Sample round-trip airfare

Registration and lodging reflect actual costs and will automatically be deducted from the award amount. Award recipients must stay at the designated host hotel and the NAI office will make those arrangements directly.  Lodging is based on double occupancy; award recipients will be paired with roommates or may select a roommate from among the other recipients. Travel costs may include airfare, train, bus or mileage if less than a comparable airfare, plus parking, baggage fees, and transfers.

Selection Procedure & Timetable
Applications received by Scholarship Chair: July 15, 2017
Scholarship Committee screens applications: Through July 28, 2017
Students notified by Scholarship Coordinator: Approximately first week of August 2017
Students attend National Conference: November 14-18, 2017

Review Criteria
Undergraduate and Graduate student applications are reviewed separately. Applications are reviewed according to the following criteria:

  • Creativity/Sparkle (20 points) - Reviewers are looking for people with "sparkle" who will become the future leaders in our field. (Remember that our field is quite broad and includes a wide diversity of areas and disciplines from front-line interpreters in a local park to international ecotourism, and more.)
  • Potential (20 points) – Reviewers make a subjective judgment on the likelihood the applicant will be a future leader in the field of interpretation.
  • Knowledge of interpretation (15 points) - Scholarship winners should know something about our profession.
  • Vision (10 points) - Reviewers determine if the application articulates a vision that demonstrates higher thinking skills and an understanding of our profession. They assess if the applicant has valid ideas on where our profession is going in the next ten years.
  • Professional experience (10 points) – Reviewers examine what applicants have done already. Recognizing that most students may only have had one or two "real" job experiences, reviewers assess the quality of their work in the field so far.
  • Scholarship (10 points) – Reviewers consider how applicants are doing academically. This is important but reviewers recognize that a very creative interpreter may not be a straight A student.
  • Research Potential (for graduate students only) (15 points) – Reviewers make a subjective judgment on the likelihood the applicant will be a future research leader based on the graduate research statement in the application.        

NAI Membership
To become a member of the National Association for Interpretation, please visit click here.      

Additional Details
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.

Each award recipient must be able to attend the NAI National Conference November 14 to 18, 2017, in Spokane, Washington. Students will be recognized at a scholarship meal, participate with the Auction Committee in the Scholarship Auction and assist in the Interpretive Career Fair.

Note: Clicking the link above will start an email to the scholarship review coordinator. Attach the required documents in the email.

2017 NAI National Conference

Spokane, Washington

November 14-18, 2017



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