Win up to $4,000 in the NIH Digital Storytelling Challenge

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Tribal Health Research Office (THRO) is pleased to announce a digital storytelling challenge in honor of Native American Heritage Month. The challenge, Storytelling about Health and Wellness in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities, is to develop a brief digital story (5 minutes or less) that communicates how traditions and heritage promote health within American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Submissions must be made by January 31, 2017.

Awards will be announced the week of March 6, 2017. The first place winner will also be invited to an upcoming meeting of the NIH Tribal Consultation Advisory Committee. Travel will be reimbursed for invitees.


January 31, 2017


1st Place: $4,000 and meeting invite
2nd Place: $3,000
3rd Place: $2,000
2 Honorable Mentions: $500

Submission Rules

Submitted videos must:

  • Describe how heritage and tradition leads to health and wellness in American Indian and Alaska Native communities
  • Show how future research can improve the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives
  • Be substantially free of scientific jargon and understandable by viewers without scientific or technical backgrounds
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