Call for Proposals: 2014 – 2015 Resident Fellowships
Buffalo Bill Center of the West (Center) in Cody, Wyoming, invites proposals for its 2014 – 2015 Resident Fellowship Program. Fellowships are intended to fund research advancing knowledge, understanding, and passion about the extraordinary cultural and natural heritage of the American West and its timeless and global relevance. Fellows will be granted a stipend based on their submitted budget and the availability of funding, not to exceed $5,000
Fellows may conduct archival and artifactual research among the collections of the Center: McCracken Research Library, the Buffalo Bill Museum, the Whitney Western Art Museum, the Plains Indian Museum, the Cody Firearms Museum, and the Draper Natural History Museum. Fellows may also pursue field research in association with ongoing studies conducted by Center curatorial staff in 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 visit the Center’s website (http://centerofthewest.org) 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.
• 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.
• Fellowships require at least one-week residency or more, depending on the parameters of the Fellow’s research needs. The period of residency must be completed between June 9, 2014, and May 31, 2015.
• Fellows must arrange their own transportation, lodging, and meals during residency. (Note: Cody housing/lodging demands are very high during the months of June, July, and August. The Center strongly encourages Fellows to consider scheduling their research in the off-season, if at all possible.)
• Fellows are expected to prepare a professional presentation and/or publication crediting the support of the Center.
• Informal discussions of research findings and active collaboration with Center staff and other Fellows are encouraged.
• Fellows must submit a brief summary of findings upon completion of their residency.
• Please submit all application materials electronically to John C. Rumm, Ph.D., Director of the Center’s Curatorial Division, email@example.com.
• In a narrative statement (not to exceed two single-spaced pages), please outline your research project’s purpose, parameters and methodologies, and address specifically how the Center’s staff expertise, archival, photographic, and physical collections, or other resources will significantly contribute to the project’s ultimate success.
• Please include as an attachment a proposed budget for the Fellowship, not to exceed $5,000, and a timeline outlining the plan of research and dates for anticipated products.
• Please submit two letters of reference and any other relevant material.
Fellowships will be awarded based on the following criteria:
• A candidate’s professional background and accomplishments.
• The extent to which the proposed project draws upon the Center’s collections, resources, and/or expertise.
• The research project’s potential contribution to understanding of the cultural and natural heritage of the American West and its timeless and global relevance.
• The potential for professional presentation and/or publication upon completion of the Fellow’s research.
• The likelihood of the project to succeed based on the proposed approach, timeframe and budget.
May 16, 2014. Fellowships will be awarded by June 2, 2014; all applicants will be notified by email of the outcome of their proposal.
Please contact Dr. Rumm via email (preferably), firstname.lastname@example.org, or 307-578-4050.
John C. Rumm, Ph.D.
Director, Curatorial Division and Curator of Public History
Buffalo Bill Center of the West
720 Sheridan Avenue, Cody, WY 82414
Phone: (307) 578-4050
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