Monday, January 9, 2012

2012 Dave Walter Research Fellowship

The Montana Historical Society Research Center is pleased to announce the availability of the 2012 Dave Walter Research Fellowship.  

This fellowship will be awarded to two Montana residents involved in a public history project focused on exploring local history. The award is intended to help Montanans conduct research on their towns, counties, and regions using resources at the Montana Historical Society. Research can be for any project related to exploring local history; including exhibit development, walking tours, oral history projects, building history/preservation, county or town histories, archaeological research, class projects, etc.  Fellowship awards of $1,250 each will be given to two researchers.

Recipients will be expected to:
travel to the MHS to conduct research 
spend a minimum of one week in residence conducting research 
provide a copy of their final product or a report on their completed project to the MHS Research Center 

Applications for the Dave Walter Research Fellowship are evaluated on the following criteria:
suitability of the research to the Society's collections 
potential of the project to make a contribution to local history 
experience in conducting local history research 

The application must include a cover letter; a project proposal, not to exceed 3 pages in length, describing the research, including the specific collections at the Montana Historical Society that you intend to use; a 1-2 page resume, and a letter of recommendation.

Applications must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2012, and sent to: 
Dave Walter Research Fellowship Selection Committee
Montana Historical Society
PO Box 201201
Helena, MT 59620-1201

Applications can also be submitted via email to mhslibrary@mt.gov. Applications submitted via email must be received on March 1, 2012.  

Announcement of the award will be made in early April. Questions about the fellowship should be directed to mhslibrary@mt.gov or 406-444-2681.

For more information about the Dave Walter Research Fellowship or the Montana Historical Society and its collections see: http://mhs.mt.gov/home.aspx

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