The Montana Historical Society Research Center awards two competitive fellowships annually to researchers conducting an in-depth study of Montana history. The James H. Bradley Fellowship supports academic research that makes a significant contribution to the study of Montana history. The Dave Walter Research Fellowship supports researchers involved in public history projects focusing on the study of local history.
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The Research Center offers up to two James H. Bradley Fellowship(s) every summer to graduate students, faculty, and/or independent scholars pursuing research on Montana history. Each Fellowship includes a stipend of $2,500.
The recipient(s) of the award is expected to be in residence conducting research for the equivalent of four weeks between June 1 and October 31. Fellows are expected to make use of the MHS's collections and to submit a written report upon completion of the research. Bradley Fellows also agree to submit an article based on the research for possible publication in the Society's quarterly journal, Montana The Magazine of Western History , within one year of their residency.
Applications must include a cover letter, a project proposal not to exceed three double-spaced pages, a 2-3 page resume, and one letter of recommendation. The proposal should indicate what specifc material in the MHS collections the applicant intends to consult. Montana Historical Society employees and previous Bradley Fellows are not eligible to apply.
Applications must be sent electronically as one PDF document to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than March 1st. Announcement of the award will be made in early April.
In an effort to encourage the study of local history in Montana and honor a beloved colleague, the Montana Historical Society has created the Dave Walter Research Fellowship. This fellowship will be awarded to a Montana resident involved in a public history project focused on exploring local history. The award is intended to help Montanans conduct research on their towns, counties, and regions using resources at the Montana Historical Society. Research can be for any project related to exploring local history; including exhibit development, walking tours, oral history projects, building history/preservation, county or town histories, archaeological research, class projectsetc.
Fellowship awards of $1,250 each will be given to two researchers. Recipients will be expected to:
Applications are evaluated on:
The application must include a cover letter; a project proposal, not to exceed 3 pages in length, describing the research, including the specific collections at the Montana Historical Society that you intend to use; a 1-2 page resume, and a letter of recommendation.
Dave Walter Fellows will not compete with the Bradley Fellowship applicants for awards.
Applications must be sent as one PDF document to email@example.com no later than March 15th. Announcement of the award will be made in early April.
For more information about the Montana Historical Society and its collections see: www.montanahistoricalsociety.org
The James H. Bradley Fellowship and the Dave Walter Research Fellowship are supported by funds from the James H. Bradley Memorial Trust.