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Grants and Fellowships

The American Heritage Center supports a variety of scholarly activities through the grants and fellowships we offer. For more information or questions about fellowships or grants, please contact AHC Archivist Leslie Waggner or call 307-766-2557.

Peter K. Simpson Fellowship on the American West

Canceled for 2020. Look for an Announcement for the 2021 Fellowship Competition

Buffalo Bill Center of the West – Cody, Wyoming

American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming – Laramie, Wyoming

The Buffalo Bill Center of the West (BBCW) in collaboration with the University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center (AHC) invites applications for the annual Peter K. Simpson Fellowship on the American West through April 15, 2020. The fellowship aims to support a 20-day stay divided between the BBCW and the AHC to research extensive collections on the American West in both repositories. Academic scholars at any level, from graduate students to tenured faculty, may apply. Fellowships will fund original research advancing knowledge, understanding, and passion about the history and myths of the American West

BBCW archival materials housed in the McCracken Research Library and the collections held by the BBCW’s five museums support the Center’s mission of connecting people to stories of the American West. Subject strengths include Plains Indian cultures, the history of Euro-American explorers and settlers, western artists, American firearms, and the life and legacy of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody.

AHC archives on the American West include information on the lives of men and women who shaped the West. Strengths are Wyoming and the Rocky Mountain West (including politics, settlement, and western trails) and the “Western image” as represented by writers, artists, historians, and others.

Send completed application materials electronically by April 15, 2020, to BBCW Human Resources Director Terry Harley. Candidates will be selected in May and notified by e-mail.

Alan K. Simpson Fellowship in Western Political History

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.

George A. Rentschler Fellowship on the Study of the American West

The University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center (AHC) is accepting applications for the 2020 George A. Rentschler Fellowship on the Study of the American West through April 30, 2020. The fellowship aims to support a 20-day research stay at the AHC.

Women in Public Life Fellowship

The University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center (AHC) invites applications for the Women in Public Life Fellowship through April 30, 2020. The fellowship aims to support a 20-day research stay at the AHC.

The annual competition is designed to encourage academic scholars to disseminate their findings from the AHC’s abundant collections relating to women’s lives and careers in the public sector. Academic scholars at any level, from graduate students to tenured faculty, may apply. Members of under-represented communities and multi-disciplinary scholars are encouraged to apply.

Bernard L. Majewski Research Fellowship

The University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center (AHC) is accepting applications for the 2020 Bernard L. Majewski Research Fellowship through April 30, 2020. The fellowship aims to support a 20-day research stay at the AHC.

The fellowship is named for Bernard L. Majewski, a petroleum executive who began working in 1917 for Deep Rock Oil Corporation of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and eventually became a vice-president. In 1951, he established the Great American Oil Company. He served the U.S. government before and during World War II in petroleum administration. The 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 the AHC’s archival collections. Academic scholars at any level, from graduate students to tenured faculty, may apply.

Travel Grants

The American Heritage Center annually offers travel grants of up to $750 each to provide support for travel, food and lodging to carry out research using the AHC's collections.

Two options to apply:

  • 2020 Travel Grant Online Application (Online Form)
    • This is a Google Form, a Google account is required to complete the application
  • 2020 Travel Grant Application (PDF)
    • If you don't have access to Google or prefer not to submit electronically, please download this application and follow the instructions for submitting additional documents.

The deadline for Travel Grant applications is April 30, 2020. 

Undergraduate Research Awards

Each semester the AHC offers a research award to a University of Wyoming undergraduate in the form of a cash prize to the best research paper or project, based substantially on materials (manuscripts, archives, rare books, photos, maps, audio, film and video, etc.) at the AHC.  The award is entirely funded by voluntary donations from faculty and staff at the AHC.

Send complete proposal no later than April 13, 2020, to AHC Archivist Leslie Waggener.

Teaching and Research Grants

The American Heritage Center supports the University of Wyoming's charge of teaching, research, public service, and cultural outreach by enabling and promoting the study and interpretation of our nation's history. This grants program offers an opportunity to pursue projects such as independent or collaborative research projects, course development, and symposia that use AHC's resource material as the basis of the project/course/symposia.

Grants are available to University of Wyoming and Wyoming community college students, faculty, academic professionals, and staff.

Send complete proposal no later than January 15, 2021, to AHC Archivist Leslie Waggener

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