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Fellowship in Western Political History

Alan K. Simpson Institute for Western Politics and History

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The American Heritage Center’s Alan K. Simpson Institute is accepting applications for the 2020 Alan K. Simpson Institute Fellowship on Western Political History through April 30, 2020. The fellowship aims to support a 20-day research stay at the Center to make use of its extensive collections in this area.

The annual competition is designed to encourage academic scholars investigating the role of western politics and politicians in American history to explore the the AHC’s rich political collections. Academic scholars at any level, from graduate students to tenured faculty, may apply.

Research Fields

Research projects may address any topic related to western political history. AHC archives include information from the careers of men and women who entered local politics, attained state positions, or served at the national level. In particular, the Center also contains numerous archives concerning women’s entry into the political process over past 150 years. Other of the Center’s political materials form a broad swathe. Its political history collections run the gamut of political attitudes from members of the John Birch Society to members of the American Communist Party, from war veterans to peace activists, from political cartoonists to motion picture scriptwriters, from news announcers and political commentators to poll takers, from agronomists to stock growers.

Features of the Fellowship

The fellowship includes a $3,000 stipend. Fellows will be in residence at the AHC for one month (20 business days), during the fifteen months following notification of the award. (For in-residence research of less than 20 days, the stipend will be pro-rated.)

Fellows are expected to prepare a precis outlining sources consulted, how those sources shaped the research findings, and how the Fellow will incorporate this information into a final product. Fellows are expected to credit the AHC in publications which use its collections and to provide copies to the AHC of final publication or work.

Payment of Stipends
The Fellow will receive the stipend at the end of their stay and receipt of the precis. No advances will be authorized.

Fellows are responsible for arranging their transportation, lodging, and meals during residency. Visit UW Admissions website for travel directions to Laramie, Wyoming, University of Wyoming campus maps, and possible lodging.

Application

Proposals for the 2020 fellowship should include a three-page research proposal that includes specific indication of which AHC collections will be used, placement of this project within investigator’s larger research program, plans for publication or other form of dissemination, and a timeline outlining the research plan and dates for anticipated products. Proposals should also include the applicant’s CV and names and contact information of three referees.

Proposals will be awarded based on the following criteria:

  • The extent to which the proposed project draws upon the collections of the AHC.
  • The research project’s potential contribution to the understanding of western politics and politicians in American history.
  • The potential for professional presentation and/or publication upon completion of the Fellow’s research.
  • The applicant's ability to complete the research project in a timely fashion.

A selection committee composed of AHC staff and University of Wyoming faculty will choose each year’s Fellow. The recipient will be informed by e-mail.

Please email all application materials by April 30, 2020, to AHC Archivist Leslie Waggener

Information about the Simpson Institute

Launched in 2000, the Alan K. Simpson Institute for Western Politics and Leadership is a program at the AHC focused on the acquisition, preservation, and research use of the papers of prominent individuals, businesses, and organizations that have provided leadership – political, economic, social, and cultural –  for Wyoming and the Rocky Mountain West. 

Information about the American Heritage Center

The AHC is a public research institution with collections of local, regional and national significance. Its holdings emphasize the American West, from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century. It has extensive collections in military history, popular entertainment (including Hollywood and comics), mining and petroleum, as well as environment and natural resources. The Center also serves as the University of Wyoming’s manuscripts repository, rare books library, and university archives. With more than 90,000 cubic feet of material and 3500 collections, the Center stands among the largest non-governmental repositories in the nation.

For more information, please contact AHC Simpson Institute Archivist Leslie Waggener or call 307-766-2557.

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