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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Summer Research Fellowship

Have a history project you've always wanted to research? This summer may be your chance.

The Montana Historical Society’s Research Center is pleased to announce the availability of the 2014 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 one letter of recommendation.

Applications must be sent as one PDF file to mhslibrary@mt.gov. Applications must be received on March 15, 2014.

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 visit the Research Center's web page.

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