WESTERN HISTORY COLLECTIONS RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS
The University of Oklahoma Libraries Western History Collections (WHC) invites applications from established and emerging scholars for two newly-endowed research fellowships. The fellowships support research residencies in the Western History Collections and are designed to connect researchers to the rich archival, print and visual resources.
Fellowships for visiting scholars
The Masterson Fellowship, endowed by Conrad and Ellen Masterson of Cee Vee, Texas, provides opportunities for visiting scholars to conduct research in the Western History Collections for one to three months. The fellowship is open to advanced graduate students, faculty, or independent scholars engaged in an original research project of significant scholarly merit that will benefit directly from the utilization of materials in the Western History Collections. Several awards of one to three months will be made, and priority consideration for at least one fellowship line will be given to research on range management history, the impact of cattle ranching in the American West, or related topics. The stipend for the Masterson Fellowship is $2,500 per month.
Fellowships for University of Oklahoma Graduate Students
Graduate fellowships support two-month summer appointments in the Western History Collections for students in masters or doctoral programs at OU. Graduate fellows will evenly divide their time between using WHC materials to advance their dissertation or thesis research, and working on WHC projects that will advance their exposure to curatorial work. Stipend: $1,500 per month. Deadline for applications: March 25, 2019 for consideration for summer 2019 fellowships.
- The Jack Haley Fellowship, endowed by Fred and Patricia Schonwald of Oklahoma City, provides fellowships for graduate students in the Department of History at the University of Oklahoma. Two fellowships will be awarded.
- The Dale Society Fellowship, supported by the Association of Western History Collections Endowment, supports graduate students in other University of Oklahoma graduate programs outside of the Department of History. Two fellowships are available.
The Western History Collections
Founded in 1927 and an integral part of the OU Libraries' Special Collections, the Western History Collections are one of the nation’s most important collections of Western Americana. The WHC's greatest strengths are in documentation of Oklahoma and the southern Great Plains, and constitute exceptional resources for scholarly research across many disciplines, including environmental history, economic geology and extractive industries, Native studies, art history and visual culture, transportation and settlement, military history, local and regional studies, and community life. Collections include more than two million historical photographs, more than 2,000 collections of rare manuscript material, and more than 80,000 rare books relating to the history of Native peoples, Oklahoma, the Southern Plains, and the American West. The WHC is also home to the institutional archives of the University of Oklahoma. Through resident fellowships, the WHC seeks to serve as a site of intellectual exchange as well as one of individual research. Learn more at the Western History Collections page.
The University of Oklahoma Libraries
The University Libraries develops and maintains programs that provide access to the informational resources necessary to fulfill the academic, research, artistic, scholarly, and community leadership objectives of the University of Oklahoma. The University Libraries also recognizes its obligation to the local community, the state, other libraries, and scholars who may benefit from the Libraries resources. The Libraries’ Special Collections hold unique and significant materials and include the Western History Collections, the History of Science Collections, the Chinese Literature Translation Archive, the John and Mary Nichols Rare Books and Special Collections, the Harry W. Bass Business Collection, the Boorstin Collection, and the Bizzell Bible Collection. The Libraries support scholarship, teaching, and community engagement through open learning environments, digital initiatives, and public programs.
The University of Oklahoma
OU’s extensive resources for the study of the West include the WHC, the OU Press, the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, the Charles M. Russell Center, Carl Albert Center for Congressional Research, the recently acquired Western Historical Quarterly (WHQ, the flagship journal for western historians), History and Art History graduate programs, and the departments of Anthropology, English, Geography and Environmental Sustainability, and Native American Studies.
The Application Process
Applications must be submitted online at the WHC Research Fellowship Application Form. All candidates must submit the following:
- Indicate the fellowship for which you wish to be considered.
- A research proposal (1,500 words) outlining the research project and plan of work, citing specific WHC collections and their centrality to the research project
- A curriculum vitae
- Candidates for graduate student fellowships must submit transcripts demonstrating a GPA of no less than 3.5 and a letter of support from an OU faculty member familiar with their work
- Candidates for the Masterson Fellowship must attach two letters of support for their specific project from individuals familiar with their work
Successful applications will describe the importance and impact of the research inquiry and will identify defined resources in the Western History Collections that are essential to their work. Fellows will be asked to present their work to the OU community as part of their award. Incomplete applications will not be considered.