Fellowship Program

Fellowship Program

Promoting New Scholarship

Each year, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West offers a limited number of research stipends for promising and established visiting western scholars in our fellowship program. Scholars research, write, and develop ideas and manuscripts that expand the horizon of western studies. Fellows may pursue field research in the Cody area (i.e., the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem or the Big Horn Basin and Mountains), or work in the collections of the McCracken Research Library or one of our five museums.

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Call for Proposals: 2015 – 2016 Resident Fellowships

Overview

Buffalo Bill Center of the West (Center) in Cody, Wyoming, invites proposals for its 2015 – 2016 Resident Fellowship Program. Fellowships are intended to fund research advancing knowledge, understanding, and passion about the cultural and natural heritage of the American West and its global relevance. Fellows will be granted a stipend based on their submitted budget and the availability of funding, not to exceed $5,000. Note: While Fellowships generally are intended for individuals, the Center will consider group proposals from two or more individuals. If applying as a group, each member must submit the required application materials. If a Fellowship is awarded to a group, the maximum amount awarded will remain $5,000.

Research Topics

Fellows may conduct archival and artifactual research among the collections of the Center’s five museums (Buffalo Bill, Cody Firearms, Draper Natural History, Plains Indian and Whitney Western Art) and McCracken Research Library. Fellows may also pursue field research within northern Wyoming and the Greater Yellowstone region. Research and collection strengths at the Center include but are not limited to: western art and art history; Plains Indian art and cultures; Greater Yellowstone ecology, conservation and wildlife management, firearms history and technology; western history, and the life and times of William F. Cody. Please explore this website for more information on these areas. Note: Special consideration will be given to research proposals that incorporate an interdisciplinary approach and/or innovative methodologies in the study of the American West.

Fellowship Requirements

Projects must be relevant to the Center’s mission and tied to its resources and/or expertise. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Center staff in their area(s) of interest to determine the availability of resources and discuss their proposed research project.

Application Requirements

Please submit the following application materials electronically to John C. Rumm, Ph.D., Director of the Center’s Curatorial Division, johnr@centerofthewest.org:

  • A narrative statement (not to exceed three pages), summarizing the proposed project’s purpose, parameters and methodologies, and addressing how the Center’s staff expertise, archival, photographic, physical collections, or other resources will significantly contribute to the project’s ultimate success.
  • A proposed budget for the Fellowship, not to exceed $5,000
  • A timeline outlining the plan of research and dates for anticipated products.
  • A résumé, c.v. or similar evidence of qualifications.
  • Two letters of reference.
  • Any other material deemed relevant for consideration.

Application Requirements

  • Please submit all application materials electronically to John C. Rumm, Ph.D., Director of the Center’s Curatorial Division, johnr@centerofthewest.org.
  • In a narrative statement (not to exceed two single-spaced pages), please outline your research project’s purpose, parameters and methodologies, and address specifically how the Center’s staff expertise, archival, photographic, and physical collections, or other resources will significantly contribute to the project’s ultimate success.
  • Please include as an attachment a proposed budget for the Fellowship, not to exceed $5,000, and a timeline outlining the plan of research and dates for anticipated products.
  • Please submit two letters of reference and any other relevant material.

Selection Criteria:

Fellowships will be awarded based on the following criteria:

  • The extent to which the proposed project draws upon the Center’s collections, resources, and/or expertise.
  • The research project’s potential contribution to understanding of the cultural and natural heritage of the American West and its timeless and global relevance.
  • The potential for professional presentation and/or publication upon completion of the Fellow’s research.
  • The likelihood of the project to succeed based on the proposed approach, timeframe, budget and candidate’s qualifications.

Deadline: May 13, 2015. Fellowships will be awarded by May 27, 2015; all applicants will be notified by email of the outcome of their proposal.

Questions: Please  e-mail Dr. Rumm (preferably) or call him at 307-578-4050.


Past Fellows

2014 – 2015:

John Clayton, Freelance writer, Red Lodge, MT: Revisiting the 1988 Yellowstone Fires

Michelle Anne Delaney, Director, Consortium for Understanding the American Experience, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC: Advance Work: Art and Advertising in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West

Jennifer R. Henneman, Doctoral candidate, History, University of Washington, Seattle: Her Representation Precedes Her: Transatlantic Feminine Celebrity and American Identity, 1865 – 1895

Bryn B. Potter, Adjunct Curator of Anthropology, Riverside (CA) Metropolitan Museum: The Baskets of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West: the Plains Indian Museum Collection

Charlotte L. Quinney, PhD, Adjunct Lecturer, Gender and Women’s Studies; Media, Film and Journalism Studies, Colorado Women’s College, Denver: Embodied West: The Material Coordinates of the American West

Monica Steinberg, Doctoral candidate, Art History, The Graduate Center, City University of New York: “Billy’Al’Bengston’s ‘Public’F(r)ame”

Julia Yezbick, Doctoral candidate, Social Anthropology and Media, Harvard University; Liza Belby, Co-Director, The Hinterlands Performance Ensemble, Detroit, MI; Ben Gaydos, Assistant Professor of Design, University of Michigan-Flint; Richard Newman, Co-Director, The Hinterlands Performance Ensemble: Manifest Destiny! Docufiction and Western Myth-Making from Buffalo Bill’s Wild West to the Frontier of Contemporary Detroit

2013 – 2014:

Bryn Potter, Adjunct Curator of Anthropology, Riverside (CA) Metropolitan Museum: Authenticity in Western American Paintings: An Examination of Native American Basketry in the Studio Collections of Three Artists

Rebecca Wingo, Doctoral candidate, History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Dr. Shoemaker’s Traveling Lantern Slides: Constructing Domesticity on Crow Reservation, 1910

Allison Robbins, Assistant Professor, Music, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg: Cowboy Music of the Frontier and Buffalo Bill’s Wild West at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

Martin Woodside, Doctoral candidate, Childhood Studies, Rutgers University-Camden, NJ: Child Performers, Children of Adult Performers, and Child Spectators of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West

Nicole Perry, Post-doctoral Fellow, Institut for Germanistik, University of Vienna: German Interest in Native North American Indians

Samantha Sommers, Doctoral candidate, English, University of California-Los Angeles: Unexpected Traces: Searching for Nineteenth-century African American presence and print culture in the McCracken Research Library Archives

2012 – 2013:

Emily Burns: The Native as Naive: Playing Indian in France

Maryrose Casey: Performing Native Americans: Buffalo Bill and the Embodiment of the Wild West

Karen Jones: The Bison in the Room: Taxidermy Animals, Storytelling, and the American West

Stephanie Knappe: Art Perpetuating Fame: The Posters of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West

David J. Silverman: Thundersticks: Firearms and the Transformation of Native America.

2011 – 2012:

Chris Dixon, University of Strathclyde, Scotland: Buffalo Bill in Barcelona

Andrew Hershberger, Bowling Green State University: Photography and Geology: Interdisciplinary Readings on Early USGS-Era Photographers

Gregory Hinton, author, filmmaker, independent curator: Out West at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center

Ashley Hlebinsky, University of Delaware: Westerns and Western (Classical) Theatre: The Glamorization and Demonization of Firearms in the Arts

Jameson Sweet, University of Minnesota: Indians, Dressed and Half Dressed and Undressed: Army Wives, Indian Women, and Clothing in the West, 1848 – 1890

2010 – 2011:

Angela DeMontigny, Independent scholar, Six Nations Indian Reservation, Ontario, Canada: western clothing and accessory research

Chris Dixon, Senior Research Fellow, University of Strathclyde, Department of Modern Language: Researching book, Buffalo Bill in Barcelona

Andre Kohler, Public Relations Manager, Karl-May-Museum, Deutschland, Germany: Buffalo Bill and the Wild West in Germany

Herb Thompson: Professor/Division Chair, Neff Education Center, Emory & Henry College. Research for book The Edges of the West: A Literature of Hope for the Future

Laurel Wilson, Professor, Textile and Apparel Management, Curator of Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection, University of Missouri, Columbia: Curate and teach Summer Institute program on Dressed Just Right: An Evolution of Western Style from Function to Flamboyance

Lacy Winninger, Independent scholar, Powell, WY: Explore the intricacies of western dress through researching the evolution of garment construction and materials

2009 – 2010:

Steven Bradley, PhD, Associate Professor of Art History, Mesa State College of Colorado, Grand Junction, CO: Study of Frank Tenney Johnson and W.H.D. Koerner collections

Michelle Anne Delaney, PhD, Senior Program Officer / Director of the Center for the American Experience, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC: Study of the Kasebier photograph collection and exhibit plan

Arthur Middleton, Graduate student, Department of Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming, Laramie: History and changing status of the Clarks Fork elk herd; effects of environmental change, predators, and harvest

Elaine Nelson, Independent scholar, Albuquerque, NM: Posing for Profits, Heroes in the Hills: Tracing America’s National Identity in the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming

Laura L. Scheiber, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN: Conceiving the Wilderness: Image, Place, and Ritual in the Rocky Mountain West

2008 – 2009:

Jaime Allison III, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA: Life in the Semi-Sovereign Nation: Energy Development, Sovereignty, and Change Among the Crow and Northern Cheyenne

Gordon R. Andrus, Independent scholar, Cody, WY: Saddle Making in the Northern Rocky Mountains and Plains Region

Patricia A. Billingsley, Independent scholar, Williamsburg, MA: Annotating the 1932 – 1933 Valley Ranch Journal of Philip H. Cummings

Jim Garry, Independent scholar, Cody, WY: Sights and Sounds of Yellowstone Archive

Robert D. Jakubowski, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO: Research for a Systematic Investigation of Museum Relevant Factors and Promoting Sustainability in a Four-Phase Approach

Jeremy Johnston, Northwest College, Powell, WY: Four-Toes, Three-Toes, Two-Toes, Wahb: Ernest Thompson-Seton and the Literary Creation of Renegade Bears in the Yellowstone Ecosystem

Mary L. Keller, University of Wyoming, living in Cody, WY: Wyoming Cultural Landscapes: The Big Horn Basin

Dorothy H. Patent, Author, Missoula, MT: Children’s book on The Relationship between Plains Indian Peoples and Horses

Marcy Lee Reiser, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO: Dendrochronology in the Greybull River Sustainable Landscape Ecology Program

Sandra Sagala, Independent scholar, Erie, PA: William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody’s Movie—The Indian Wars—Filmed in 1913

2007 – 2008:

Michael Amundson, Northern Arizona University: Wyoming Time and Again Revisited: A Third Look at the Wyoming Scenes of Photographer Joseph E. Stimson

Margaret Ball, University of Colorado, Boulder: ‘A Barbarous Practice:’ Trophy-taking, Race, and Gender in America

Ken Blackbird, Independent photographer, Cody, WY: European Views of Native Americans

Walter R. Echo-Hawk, Jr., Attorney, Boulder, CO: Law & History dinner lecturer, 2008.

Jim Garry, Independent scholar, Cooke City, MT: Yellowstone Bears and Bear People

Mary Murphy, Professor, History and Philosophy, Montana State University, Bozeman: Old Men, Friendship, and Photographs

Lynn Saltonstall, Graduate student, Yale University, New Haven, CT: Fleeting Fixity and the Limits of Photography: William Henry Jackson’s Yellowstone Views

Michael Wise, Doctoral candidate, University of Minnesota: Five Minutes Work: Photography, Animals, and Oil in Progressive-era Montana

2006 – 2007:

Gretchen Adams, PhD, Department of History, Texas Tech University, Lubbock: William F. Cody, An American Life

Dan Gagliasso, Independent scholar, documentary film maker: After the Wild West Fades: Buffalo Bill in Popular Culture, 1918 – 2006

Jim Garry, Independent scholar: Oral histories and CD, Cowboy Songs and Range Ballads

Andrea Green, Doctoral candidate in Biological Sciences, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville: Evaluation of Sagebrush Mowing Treatments as Habitat Enhancement Strategy for Greater Sage-grouse

Jeremy Johnston, Northwest College, Powell, WY: Buffalo Bill and Teddy: The Distant Relationship of Two Rough Riders and the Economic Development of Northwest Wyoming

W. Hudson Kensel, PhD, Professor Emeritus, California State University-Fresno: The Valley Ranch and Irving H. “Larry” Larom: A History of Dude Ranching on the South Fork of the Shoshone River

Craig M. Lee, PhD, Anthropology Lecturer, Doctoral candidate, University of Colorado, Boulder: Program Development and Ethnohistoric Context for Assessing the Prehistoric Ecology of Greater Yellowstone Area Snow and Ice Resources

Anne MacKinnon, PhD, Adjunct Professor, University of Wyoming School of Environment and Natural Resources, Laramie, WY: Buffalo Bill Cody’s Dam Project

Naomi Ollie, Master of Arts candidate, Colorado State University, Fort Collins: An Environmental Archaeology Study of Landscape Change and Stability in the Absaroka Range, Park County, Wyoming

Julie Schimmel, PhD, Independent scholar, Inaugural Curator of Stark Museum of Art, Orange, TX: John Mix Stanley, A Frontier Painter and Entrepreneur

Marie Watkins, PhD, Assistant Professor, Art History, Furman University, Greeneville, SC: Expanding the Discourse on Joseph Henry Sharp