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: 2014 – 2015 Resident Fellowships


Buffalo Bill Center of the West (Center) in Cody, Wyoming, invites proposals for its 2014 – 2015 Resident Fellowship Program. Fellowships are intended to fund research advancing knowledge, understanding, and passion about the extraordinary cultural and natural heritage of the American West and its timeless and global relevance. Fellows will be granted a stipend based on their submitted budget and the availability of funding, not to exceed $5,000.

Research Topics

Fellows may conduct archival and artifactual research among the collections of the Center: McCracken Research Library, the Buffalo Bill Museum, the Whitney Western Art Museum, the Plains Indian Museum, the Cody Firearms Museum, and the Draper Natural History Museum. Fellows may also pursue field research in association with ongoing studies conducted by Center curatorial staff in 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.
  • Fellowships require at least one-week residency or more, depending on the parameters of the Fellow’s research needs. The period of residency must be completed between June 9, 2014, and May 31, 2015.
  • Fellows must arrange their own transportation, lodging, and meals during residency. (Note: Cody housing/lodging demands are very high during the months of June, July, and August. The Center strongly encourages Fellows to consider scheduling their research in the off-season, if at all possible.)
  • Fellows are expected to prepare a professional presentation and/or publication crediting the support of the Center.
  • Informal discussions of research findings and active collaboration with Center staff and other Fellows are encouraged.
  • Fellows must submit a brief summary of findings upon completion of their residency.

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:

  • A candidate’s professional background and accomplishments.
  • 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 and budget.

Deadline: May 16, 2014. Fellowships will be awarded by June 2, 2014; 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

2013 – 2014 Fellows:

Bryn Potter: Adjunct Curator of Anthropoligy, 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 in 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; researching cowboy music of the frontier and Buffalo Bill’s Wild West at the turn of the twentieth century.

Martin Woodside: Doctoral candidate in Childhood Studies, Rutgers University-Camden, New Jersey; researching 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; researching German interest in native North American Indians.

Samantha Sommers: Doctoral candidate in 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 Fellows:

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 Fellows:

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, and 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 Fellows:

Angela DeMontigny: 20 years experience in all aspects of the fashion industry from designing, manufacturing and marketing own line of apparel and accessories for wholesale and retail markets to creating, buying, merchandising, and marketing for own boutique; producing, coordinating, and exhibiting in international trade shows and producing fashion-related shows/events.

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

Andre Kohler: Public Relations Manager, Karl-May-Museum, Deutschland, 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: Curate and teach Summer Institute program on “Dressed Just Right: An Evolution of Western Style from Function to Flamboyance.”

Lacy Winninger: To explore the intricacies of Western dress through researching the evolution of garment construction and materials using BBHC photographs and physical collections.

2008 – 2009 Fellows:

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

Gordon R. Andrus: Independent Scholar, Cody, Wyoming. “Saddle Making in the Northern Rocky Mountains and Plains Region.”

Patricia A. Billingsley: Independent Scholar, Williamsburg, Massachusetts. “Annotating the 1932-33 Valley Ranch Journal of Philip H. Cummings.”

Jim Garry: Independent Scholar, Cody, Wyoming. “Sights and Sounds of Yellowstone Archive.”

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

Jeremy Johnston: Northwest College, Powell, Wyoming. “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, Wyoming. “Wyoming Cultural Landscapes: The Big Horn Basin.”

Dorothy H. Patent: Author, Missoula, Montana. Children’s book on relationship between Plains Indian peoples and horses.

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

Sandra Sagala: Independent Scholar, Erie, Pennsylvania. “William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody’s Movie – The Indian Wars – Filmed in 1913.”

2007 – 2008 Fellows:

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, Wyoming. European views of Native Americans.

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

Jim Garry: “Yellowstone Bears and Bear People”

Mary Murphy: Montana State University. “Old Men, Friendship, and Photographs.”

Lynn Saltonstall: Yale University. “Fleeting Fixity and the Limits of Photography: William Henry Jackson’s Yellowstone Views.”

Michael Wise: Montana State University. “Five Minutes Work: Photography, Animals, and Oil in Progressive-era Montana.”