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Bernard L. Majewski Fellowship

American Heritage Center

Bernard L. MajewskiThe Bernard L. Majewski Research 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 archival collections in the American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming. The Fellow shall be appointed for a period of one calendar year. During this time the Fellow will carry the title of the Bernard L. Majewski Research Fellow and represent the University of Wyoming as such. Administration of the Fellowship will be the responsibility of the Director, American Heritage Center.

All application materials must be received by the selection committee on or before March 15.

Research Fields

The Fellowship is intended to support research in the history of economic geology. For the purposes of the Fellowship, economic geology is defined as the activities of exploration and development of petroleum, base, precious and industrial minerals, including basic geological research. Acceptable related fields include: history, oral history, and historical archaeology pertaining to economic geology, environment and natural resources history, and business or economic history related to economic geology. The American Heritage Center maintains many archival collections, which can be used by the Fellow as source material in conducting historical research. Research projects which integrate archival data with data gathered from other sources (such as historical archaeology and the earth sciences) are also encouraged.

Selection Committee

The Fellow will be selected by a committee comprised of faculty from the American Heritage Center and various University of Wyoming academic departments. The Fellow will be selected at the beginning of each year and will receive prompt notification of their selection. Research supported by the Fellowship should be conducted by the Fellow within one year of notification.


The Fellow will be a recognized scholar in one of the fields of research outlined. The Fellow should have a record of publication in the field or show significant potential for publication. Emerging scholars, members of under-represented communities, and multi-disciplinary researchers are encouraged to apply. Selection of the Fellow will be made by the Selection Committee, as previously described, and will be on the basis of scholarly merit with no consideration of race, sex, ethnic background, or financial need. The Committee shall, however, consider the applicant's ability to complete the research project and bring it to publication in a timely fashion.


Applicants for the Fellowship should submit to, prior to the application deadline, the following materials:

  • a research proposal of 2-3 pages outlining the specific research project proposed, the archival collections to be used for this research, and proposed publications which the research will support
  • a statement of the proposed timeline for the research project from initiation to completion
  • a resume including a list of publications authored by the applicant and copies of two of the author's most recent publications which pertain to the proposed research, if applicable.

Obligations of the Fellow

The Fellow will receive a stipend of $2,500 which will be used to defray research costs at the American Heritage Center, travel and other expenses associated with this research, or publication costs resulting from this research. The Fellow will be responsible for scheduling and conducting the research within one year of receipt of the award and for making timely progress toward publication of the results of the research. The Fellow will also be expected to provide a general interest lecture in their field of research during their fellowship. The lecture may be aimed at audience groups including students, faculty, and the public.

The Fellowship stipend will be paid in two disbursements: $500 upon the applicant's acceptance of the Fellowship, and, $2,000 upon completion of the first research session at the American Heritage Center.

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Dept. 3924

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-4114

Fax: (307) 766-5511


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