February 2, 2017

The Alaska Salmon Fellows program aims to bring together users who all have one thing in common: the desire to protect the fish.   

“The purpose of the Salmon Fellows Program is to connect established and emerging promising leaders from all different sectors across Alaska’s salmon communities.3 People who are passionate, engaged in important work, and engaged in many different facets – bringing them together for an 18 month journey.”

Kitty Farnham is Director of Leadership Programs for the Alaska Humanities Forum, sponsor of the Fellows program.  Salmon can be a flashpoint for conflicts among users. The Salmon Fellows aim to build a common foundation.

“That’s the goal by bringing different perspectives together people who care about the future and want to work together, letting them shape some strategies and initiatives by learning from each other.  We really believe our mission and our vision is connecting Alaskans through our experiences, stories and ideas in order to improve communities and lives. So this notion of holding a space where we can have difficult dialogs but it’s promising because it helps people listen and learn differently. We really believe it takes all thinkers and all residents to be part of different solutions.”


The Fellows each will receive $10,000 to support their participation in the program.

“Truly, there are no restrictions on that. It may be used to cover child care or elder care for someone’s participation.  They might choose to use that money to invest in their existing work; they can spend the $10,000 however they want individually. “

Travel expenses to four gatherings starting in May also are covered.  Other funds will be used to advance Salmon Fellow projects –

“Projects they come up with as a result of listening and talking with each other. Things they can do together that they can’t do alone. Those initiatives will be separately funded.”




A webinar on the Salmon Fellows program is set for Feb. 8.  Deadline to apply is February 28.  Visit the Alaska Humanities Forum here –