Research Fellowship Opportunities — Deadlines approaching!

The American Heritage Center is pleased to announce three upcoming research fellowship opportunities.  Applications for all fellowships are due on February 20th.   Please address applications and further inquiries to:

Rick Ewig, Associate Director
American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
Department 3924, 1000 E. University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071-3924
Phone: (307) 766-4114
Fax: (307) 766-5511
E-mail:  rewig@uwyo.edu


Now, about those fellowships . . .

JOSEPH M. CAREY RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP

The Fellowship: The Joseph M. Carey Research Fellowship is funded by a generous donation by the Carey Family and is intended to provide research support for a recognized scholar in the area of Wyoming and Western history and to facilitate the use of archival collections at the American Heritage Center (AHC), University of Wyoming.  The AHC does hold a collection of Carey Family Papers.  The Fellow will be appointed for a period of one calendar year.  During this time the Fellow will carry the title of the Joseph M. Carey Research Fellow and will represent the University of Wyoming as such.  Administration of the Fellowship will be the responsibility of the Director of the American Heritage Center.

Joseph M. Carey: Joseph M. Carey had a long and influential career in Wyoming as a politician, judge, lawyer, and rancher.  Born in Delaware in 1945, he came to Wyoming in 1869 just after its creation as a territory when President U.S. Grant appointed him the territory’s first U.S. Attorney General.  He went on to serve as an associate justice of the Supreme Court for Wyoming Territory, mayor of Cheyenne during the early 1880s, and served as Wyoming’s Delegate to Congress from 1895 to 1890 and was instrumental in the movement to gain statehood for Wyoming in 1890.  He then became Wyoming’s first U.S. Senator, serving from 1890 to 1895 in that position.  He also served as Wyoming governor from 1911 to 1915.  He died in Cheyenne on February 5, 1924.

Obligations of the Fellow: The Fellow will receive a stipend of $2,500, which will be used to defray research costs at the AHC, travel, and other expenses associated with this research, or publication costs resulting from this research.  The Fellow will be responsible for scheduling and conducting the research within one year of receipt of the award and for making timely progress toward publication of the results of the research.  The Fellow will also be expected to provide a general interest lecture based on the Fellow’s research at the AHC during the fall semester.  The lecture may be aimed at audience groups including students, faculty, and the general public.

The Fellowship stipend will be paid in two disbursements: $500 upon the applicant’s acceptance of the Fellowship, and $2,000 upon completion of the first research session at the AHC.

Research Field: The Fellowship is intended to support research in the area of Wyoming history.  The AHC does hold the Carey Family Papers, but the Fellowship does not require that research apply specifically to Joseph M. Carey or the Carey family.  Any area of Wyoming history is acceptable.  The AHC maintains many archival collections which can be used by the Fellow as source material in conducting historical research.

Selection Committee: The Fellow will be selected by a committee comprised of faculty from the AHC and the UW History Department.  The Fellow will be selected early in the year and will receive prompt notification of their selection.  Research supported by the Fellowship should be conducted by the Fellow within one year of notification.

Qualifications: The Fellow will be a recognized scholar in the area of Wyoming or Western history.  The Fellow should have a record of publication in the field or show significant potential for publication.  Young scholars, minorities, and multi-disciplinary researchers are encouraged to apply.  Selection of the Fellow will be made on the basis of scholarly merit with no consideration of race, sex, ethnic background, or financial need.  The Committee shall, however, consider the applicant’s ability to complete the research project and bring it to publication in a timely fashion.

Application:  Applicants for the Fellowship should submit to the committee, prior to the application deadline, the following materials:

  • A research proposal of 2-3 pages outlining the specific research project proposed, the AHC’s archival collections to be used for this research, and proposed publications which the research will support.
  • A statement of the proposed timeline for the research project from initiation to completion.
  • A CV including a list of publications authored by the applicant and copies of two of the author’s most recent publications which pertain to the proposed research, if applicable.

BERTHA KLAUSNER RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP

The Fellowship: The Bertha Klausner Research Fellowship is funded through the generosity of Ms. Klausner’s family and friends and is intended to provide research support for a recognized scholar. The Fellowship also is intended to facilitate the use of the Bertha Klausner Papers and other archival collections held by the American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming. The Fellow shall be appointed for a period of one calendar year. During this time the Fellow will carry the title of the Bertha Klausner Research Fellow and represent the University of Wyoming as such. Administration of the Fellowship will be the responsibility of the Director, American Heritage Center.

Bertha Klausner developed one of the first national newspaper syndicates during the early 1930s. The Independent Publishers Syndicate was the model for current features such as Parade and This Week. In 1938, she left her syndicate to become an agent for cartoonists and artists. By 1945, she decided to concentrate on representing writers and founded the Bertha Klausner International Literary Agency, Inc. She developed a wide reputation based upon her creativity, integrity, and dedication to promising writers. Her clientele included actors Basil Rathbone, Joe E. Brown, Lionel Barrymore, and Theda Bara, and authors Upton Sinclair, Anthony Burgess, Robert Payne, and Nikos Kazantazakis. Plays or films included Zorba the GreekYentl, and a musical version of Shop on Main Street.

Research Fields: The Fellowship will facilitate the use of the papers of Bertha Klausner and other related collections at the American Heritage Center. The Fellowship provides support for research by a scholar in the fields of Women’s Studies, Communications, Film, Literature, the History of Business, Journalism, Drama, or related areas. Because each of these research topics encompasses diverse theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of gender, fellows may represent a wide-range of academic topics. Examples of such topics are: The Impact of the Literary Agent on the Content and Subjects of Writers; The Agent and the Introduction of Foreign Authors to the American Literary Market; The Literary Agent as Mentor to Young Writers; The Agent for Literature in Support of Non-Literary Careers; and The Agent and the Careers of Editors in Publishing Houses.

Other possible topics might include; the impact of Bertha Klausner in opening the way for women in the powerful literary agencies of New York and Hollywood; Autobiographies of celebrities of stage and screen in support of their acting career; The literary agent as gatekeeper in the field of popular fiction; Problems, policies, and innovation in the negotiation of book contracts; or examinations of the careers of Klausner’s clients, such as playwright Philip Freund, Alex J. Goldman, author of religious biographies, Joachim Joesten, who wrote reports about wartime Germany, historical novelist Cornel Lengyel, or Marcel Marceau and his tales of Mime repertory. Whatever the topic, the role or contribution of Bertha Klausner to this topic should be featured along with that of other literary agents. Research in the Bertha Klausner Papers at the AHC must be a part of any research proposal.

An inventory of Bertha Klausner Papers is available to help formulate your research proposal.  To view inventories of other AHC collections, check out http://rmoa.unm.edu/results.php?inst=WyU-AH. You may also wish to search the AHC’s Catalog or contact the AHC reference department at ahcref@uwyo.edu.

Selection Committee: The Fellow will be selected by a committee of faculty from the American Heritage Center and members from the American Heritage Center’s Board of Faculty Advisors. The Fellow will be selected at the beginning of each year and will receive prompt notification of his/her selection. Research supported by the Fellowship should be conducted by the Fellow within one year of notification.

Qualifications: The Fellow will be a recognized scholar in one of the fields of research outlined. The Fellow should have a record of publication in the field or show significant potential for publication. Young scholars, minorities, and multi-disciplinary researchers are encouraged to apply. Selection of the Fellow will be made by the Selection Committee, as previously described, and will be on the basis of scholarly merit with no consideration of race, sex, ethnic background, or financial need. The Committee shall, however, consider the applicant’s ability to complete the research project and bring it to publication in a timely fashion.

Application for the Bertha Klausner Fellowship: Applicants for the Fellowship should submit to the committee, prior to the application deadline, the following materials:

  • A research proposal of 2-3 pages outlining the specific research project proposed, how the papers of Bertha Klausner will be used, what other archival collections at the American Heritage Center are important to this research, and proposed publications which the research will support. Significant use of the Bertha Klausner Papers will be an important factor in the selection of the Fellow.
  • A statement of the proposed timeline for the research project from initiation to completion.
  • A resume including a list of publications authored by the applicant and copies of two of the author’s most recent publications which pertain to the proposed research, if applicable.

Obligations of the Fellow: The Fellow will receive a stipend of $2,500, which will be used to defray research costs at the American Heritage Center, travel and other expenses associated with the research and fall lecture, or publications costs from this research. The Fellow will be responsible for scheduling and conducting the research within one year of receipt of the award and for making timely progress toward publication of the results of the research. The Fellow will also be expected to provide a general interest lecture based on their research at the American Heritage Center during the fall semester. The lecture may be aimed at audience groups including students, faculty, and the public.

The Fellowship stipend will be paid in two disbursements: $500 upon the applicant’s acceptance of the Fellowship, and $2,000 upon completion of the first research session at the American Heritage Center.


BERNARD L. MAJEWSKI RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP

The Fellowship: The Bernard L. Majewski Research Fellowship is funded by an endowment provided through the generosity of Mrs. Thelma Majewski and is intended to provide research support for a recognized scholar in the history of economic geology and to facilitate the Fellow’s use of archival collections in the American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming. The Fellow shall be appointed for a period of one calendar year. During this time the Fellow will carry the title of the Bernard L. Majewski Research Fellow and represent the University of Wyoming as such. Administration of the Fellowship will be the responsibility of the Director, American Heritage Center.

Application: Applicants for the Fellowship should submit to the committee, prior to the application deadline, the following materials:

  • a research proposal of 2-3 pages outlining the specific research project proposed, the archival collections to be used for this research, and proposed publications which the research will support
  • a statement of the proposed timeline for the research project from initiation to completion
  • a resume including a list of publications authored by the applicant and copies of two of the author’s most recent publications which pertain to the proposed research, if applicable.

Research Fields: The Fellowship is intended to support research in the history of economic geology. For the purposes of the Fellowship, economic geology is defined as the activities of exploration and development of petroleum, base, precious and industrial minerals, including basic geological research. Acceptable related fields include: history, oral history, and historical archaeology pertaining to economic geology, environment and natural resources history, and business or economic history related to economic geology. The American Heritage Center maintains many archival collections, which can be used by the Fellow as source material in conducting historical research. Research projects which integrate archival data with data gathered from other sources (such as historical archaeology and the earth sciences) are also encouraged.

Selection Committee: The Fellow will be selected by a committee consisting of faculty from the American Heritage Center and various University of Wyoming academic departments. The Fellow will be selected at the beginning of each year and will receive prompt notification of their selection. Research supported by the Fellowship should be conducted by the Fellow within one year of notification.

Qualifications: The Fellow will be a recognized scholar in one of the fields of research outlined. The Fellow should have a record of publication in the field or show significant potential for publication. Young scholars, minorities, and multi-disciplinary researchers are encouraged to apply. Selection of the Fellow will be made by the Selection Committee, as previously described, and will be on the basis of scholarly merit with no consideration of race, sex, ethnic background, or financial need. The Committee shall, however, consider the applicant’s ability to complete the research project and bring it to publication in a timely fashion.

Obligations of the Fellow: The Fellow will receive a stipend of $2,500 which will be used to defray research costs at the American Heritage Center, travel and other expenses associated with this research, or publication costs resulting from this research. The Fellow will be responsible for scheduling and conducting the research within one year of receipt of the award and for making timely progress toward publication of the results of the research. The Fellow will also be expected to provide a general interest lecture in their field of research during the fall semester. The lecture may be aimed at audience groups including students, faculty, and the public.

The Fellowship stipend will be paid in two disbursements: $500 upon the applicant’s acceptance of the Fellowship, and, $2,000 upon completion of the first research session at the American Heritage Center.


We encourage you to apply and look forward to reviewing your application materials.  

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