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), work in the collections of the McCracken Research Library or one of our five museums, and, in the case of the Peter K. Simpson Fellowship, at the American Heritage Center in Laramie, Wyoming.
If scholars wish to apply for more than one of our Fellowships, they must submit separate applications for each.
Call for Proposals for our 2020–2021 Resident Fellowships
For full details on each fellowship and application criteria, click on the appropriate fellowship title.
Buffalo Bill Center of the West (CENTER) in Cody, Wyoming, invites proposals for its 2020–2021 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 may pursue field research in association with ongoing studies conducted by CENTER curatorial staff in the Greater Yellowstone region or 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, or the Draper Natural History Museum. Research and collection strengths at the CENTER include but are not limited to these: western art and art history, Plains Indian art and cultures, Greater Yellowstone ecology and conservation, firearms history and technology, western history, and the life and times of William F. Cody. Projects must be relevant to the CENTER’s mission and tied to its resources and/or expertise. Special consideration will be given to research proposals that incorporate an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the American West.
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 March 30, 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.
In addition to our Resident Fellowships, the Center of the West is also seeking proposals for the 2019–2020 Citizens of a Wider Commonwealth Fellowship, generously funded by Edwina S. Campbell, author of Citizen of a Wider Commonwealth: Ulysses S. Grant’s Postpresidential Diplomacy, published by Southern Illinois University Press, 2016.
This fellowship is intended to fund research topics related to the transnational legacy of the American West and the European reception of Buffalo Bill and other high-profile American contemporaries who traveled abroad, such as President Ulysses S. Grant.
In addition to our Resident Fellowships, the Center of the West is also seeking proposals for the 2020–2021 Alexander Phimister Proctor Fellowship, generously funded by the Alexander Phimister Proctor Foundation.
This fellowship is intended to fund research topics related to sculptor Alexander Phimister Proctor (1860–1950) and drawing on the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s extensive collection of material related to the artist.