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The NAF Scholarships

Every year, the Naga American Foundation awards scholarship to students enrolled in studies in the United States. These scholarships are open to all Naga/Naga-American students enrolled in graduate or undergraduate programs in the US.


In 2022-23, NAF will award two $500 scholarships: one scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student and the other to a graduate student.


How to Apply for the Scholarships


Compose an Essay:


Interested candidates must submit an essay of approximately 500 words describing themselves, their academic goals, and how they navigate multicultural issues as Naga/Naga-American students in colleges in the United States.


Candidates must be careful to leave out any identifying information such as name, tribe, village, or district in the essay.


Please note that candidates’ personal information will be redacted before submission to the judges, and each individual will be assigned a number to remain anonymous to ensure fairness in grading.


Judges for the essay submission are Dr. Temsumongla Longkumer, Dr. Ren Merry, and Dr. Paul Pimomo.


Lastly, please note that previous applicants are encouraged to apply under the provision that they are not past scholarship recipients.


Submit Your Information:


On a separate page, each candidate must provide the following:


  1. Full Name

  2. Address

  3. Telephone number

  4. School and degree program enrolled in

  5. Name, job title, and contact information of one reference (with relationship to student)


Documents must be submitted in electronic form (via an email attachment in Microsoft Word) to NAF Secretary Justin Aier at



All entries must be submitted by 11:59pm on Sunday, January 8, 2023.


Scholarship recipients will be determined and contacted by early February 2023 at the latest.

Questions? Please contact Justin Aier at


About the NAF Scholarships


The Inavi Saghu Undergraduate Scholarship is named in memory of Inavi Saghu, former NAF treasurer and pioneering member of the organization. Mr. Saghu passed away on October 6, 2020.

The Aryo Shishak Graduate Scholarship is named in memory of Dr. Aryo Shishak, an early pioneer of the NAF, and a former president and board member of the organization. Dr. Shishak passed away on September 24, 2017.

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