Thursday, January 29, 2015

Consider applying for the Dave Walter Research Fellowship

Interested in coming to Helena to conduct your own research at the Montana Historical Society, using the fabulous resources of the library, archives and photo archives? This opportunity is for you!

The 2015 Dave Walter Research Fellowship will be awarded to two Montana residents involved in public history projects focused on exploring local Montana 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 local history, including exhibit development, walking tours, oral history projects, building history or preservation, county or town histories, archaeological research, and class projects. 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 the equivalent 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 are evaluated on:
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 the following:
project proposal, not to exceed 3 pages, describing the research including the specific MHS Research Center collections you intend to use
cover letter
1-2 page resume
letter of recommendation

Applications must be sent as one PDF document to mhslibrary@mt.gov no later than March 15. Announcement of the award will be made in mid-April. Questions should be directed to Molly Kruckenberg at mkruckenberg@mt.gov.

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