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Call for proposals: BBHC

The Cody Institute for Western American Studies (CIWAS) at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody invites proposals for its Resident Fellowship program. Fellowships are intended to fund research and thereby promote scholarship on any aspect of the American West. Fellowships carry a stipend of $5,000 and a residency requirement of one to five months. The period of residency must be completed between June 1, 2008 and May 31, 2009. Up to five fellowships will be awarded for this period.

Fellows may pursue field research in the Cody area (i.e., the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem or the Big Horn Basin and Mountains) or work in the collections of the McCracken Research Library, or one of the five museums of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center: the Buffalo Bill Museum, the Whitney Gallery of Western Art, the Plains Indian Museum, the Cody firearms Museum, of the Draper Museum of Natural History.

Research and collection strengths at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center include, but are not limited to, Western American art and artists; William F. Cody and Buffalo Bill’s Wild West; western exploration and settlement; the rise of American Western Culture; Plains Indian cultures; history of firearms technology and use; Western American literature and music; and distribution, movements, and ecology of Greater Yellowstone Area wildlife in relation to environmental change and human dimensions of wildlife conservation and management in the American West. In addition to more than 300 manuscript collections, the McCracken Research Library also has an extensive image and photo archive.

Proposals (no more than three single-spaced pages) should outline the parameters of the project, describe what the fellow hopes to accomplish during his or her residence, and explain how the collections at the BBHC or field research in the Cody area will contribute to the ultimate success of the project. A current c.v. should also be included with the proposal.

Resident Fellows are expected to give one public talk while in residence and as a direct result of the fellowship, to prepare either a professional presentation or publication. Manuscripts of interest to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center may be offered financial support for publication.

Please submit a c.v. and a proposal by March 16, 2008 to:

Resident Fellowship Program
Attn: Dr. Robert B. Pickering, Director
Cody Institute for Western American Studies
Buffalo Bill Historical Center
720 Sheridan Avenue
Cody, WY 82414-3428

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