Grants and Fellowships

 

American Heritage Center

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 Waggener or call 307-766-2557.

Alan K. Simpson Fellowship in Western Political History

The American Heritage Center's Alan K. Simpson Institute invites applications for the 2025 Alan K. Simpson Institute Fellowship on Western Political History through March 31, 2025. This fellowship supports a 20-day research stay at the Center, providing scholars with the opportunity to explore the AHC's extensive collections in this field.

We encourage applications from scholars at any level, from graduate students to tenured faculty, and from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. The AHC is committed to fostering an inclusive research environment and supporting innovative research that sheds new light on the complex history of western politics in America. For more information about the fellowship, including eligibility requirements, application guidelines, and selection criteria, please download the detailed fellowship document.

Send completed application materials electronically by March 31, 2025, to AHC Archivist Leslie Waggener at lwaggen2@uwyo.edu. Candidates will be selected in April and notified by e-mail.

Bernard L. Majewski Research Fellowship

The University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center (AHC) is accepting applications for the Bernard L. Majewski Research Fellowship through March 31, 2024. 

The annual competition 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.

 

Peter K. Simpson Fellowship on the American West

Buffalo Bill Center of the West – Cody, Wyoming

American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming – Laramie, Wyoming

The American Heritage Center (AHC) at the University of Wyoming and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West (BBCW) in invites applications for the annual Peter K. Simpson Fellowship on the American West through March 30, 2024. The fellowship aims to support a 20-day stay divided between the AHC and the BBCW 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 March 30, 2024, to BBCW Research Assistant/Fellowship Coordinator Nathan Bender at NathanB@centerofthewest.org. Candidates will be selected in April and notified by e-mail.

Women in Public Life Fellowship

The University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center (AHC) is accepting applications for the Women in Public Life Fellowship through March 31, 2024.

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.

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.

The deadline for Travel Grant applications is March 31, 2024

Send completed application materials electronically to AHC Archivist Leslie Waggener at lwaggen2@uwyo.edu. Candidates will be selected in April and notified by e-mail.

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 completed application materials electronically by February 28, 2024, to AHC Archivist Leslie Waggener at lwaggen2@uwyo.edu.

Undergraduate Research Awards

Each spring 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 completed application materials electronically by March 29, 2024, to AHC Archivist Leslie Waggener at lwaggen2@uwyo.edu. Candidates will be selected in May and notified by e-mail.

Graduate Student Research Awards

Each spring semester the AHC offers a research award to a University of Wyoming graduate student in form of a cash prize for the best research paper or project based substantially on materials (manuscripts, archives, rare books, photos, maps, audio, film and video, etc.) at the AHC.

Send completed application materials electronically by May 17, 2024, to AHC Archivist Leslie Waggener at lwaggen2@uwyo.edu. Candidates will be selected in June and notified by e-mail.

Fellowship for the Study of 20th Century American Popular Culture

The American Heritage Center (AHC) at the University of Wyoming offers the 2025 Fellowship for the Study of 20th Century American Popular Culture, providing a $3,000 stipend for a 20-day research visit. With applications due March 31, 2025, this fellowship enables scholars to study the AHC's extensive popular culture collections, including papers and records of entertainment industry professionals, unique materials documenting the cartoon and comic book industry, and collections related to the "Western image" in various media. These resources offer valuable insights into the significant impact of popular culture on American society.

Funding is available to late postdoctoral investigators and new faculty (those at or below the rank of Assistant Professor). The AHC is committed to fostering an inclusive research environment and supporting innovative scholarship that sheds new light on the evolution and impact of 20th century American popular culture. For more information about the fellowship, including application guidelines and selection criteria, please download the detailed fellowship document.

Send completed application materials electronically by March 31, 2025, to AHC Archivist Leslie Waggener at lwaggen2@uwyo.edu.