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Grant of the Week: Buffalo Bill Center of the West 2015 – 2016 Resident Fellowships

Jacob Ingram | Mar 27, 2015

Every week, AHA Today showcases a new grant, fellowship, or scholarship of interest to historians which has been posted to our free Calendar. We look for grants of potential interest to a wide range of scholars, but we also seek out grants for more specific fields. This week, we are featuring an opportunity for scholars of the history of the American West.

Call for Proposals: 2015 – 2016 Resident Fellowships


Buffalo Bill Center of the West (Center) in Cody, Wyoming, invites proposals for its 2015 – 2016 Resident Fellowship Program. Fellowships are intended to fund research advancing knowledge, understanding, and passion about the cultural and natural heritage of the American West and its global relevance. Fellows will be granted a stipend based on their submitted budget and the availability of funding, not to exceed $5,000. Note: While Fellowships generally are intended for individuals, the Center will consider group proposals from two or more individuals. If applying as a group, each member must submit the required application materials. If a Fellowship is awarded to a group, the maximum amount awarded will remain $5,000.

Research Topics


Working cowboy. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Fellows may conduct archival and artifactual research among the collections of the Center’s five museums (Buffalo Bill, Cody Firearms, Draper Natural History, Plains Indian and Whitney Western Art) and McCracken Research Library. Fellows may also pursue field research within northern Wyoming and the Greater Yellowstone region. Research and collection strengths at the Center include but are not limited to: western art and art history; Plains Indian art and cultures; Greater Yellowstone ecology, conservation and wildlife management, firearms history and technology; western history, and the life and times of William F. Cody. Please explore this website for more information on these areas. Note: Special consideration will be given to research proposals that incorporate an interdisciplinary approach and/or innovative methodologies in the study of the American West.

Fellowship Requirements

Projects must be relevant to the Center’s mission and tied to its resources and/or expertise. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Center staff in their area(s) of interest to determine the availability of resources and discuss their proposed research project.

Application Requirements

Please submit the following application materials electronically to John C. Rumm, Ph.D., Director of the Center’s Curatorial Division, johnr@centerofthewest.org:

  • A narrative statement (not to exceed three pages), summarizing the proposed project’s purpose, parameters and methodologies, and addressing how the Center’s staff expertise, archival, photographic, physical collections, or other resources will significantly contribute to the project’s ultimate success.
  • A proposed budget for the Fellowship, not to exceed $5,000
  • A timeline outlining the plan of research and dates for anticipated products.
  • A résumé, c.v. or similar evidence of qualifications.
  • Two letters of reference.
  • Any other material deemed relevant for consideration.

Deadline: May 13, 2015. Fellowships will be awarded by May 27, 2015; all applicants will be notified by email of the outcome of their proposal.

More information can be found at: http://centerofthewest.org/research/fellowship-program/

Questions should be directed to Dr. Rumm (preferably by email) or call him at 307-578-4050.

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