2013-2014 James W. Scott Research Fellowships

Posted on: Monday, July 8, 2013 - 1:48pm

Western Washington University’s Center for Pacific Northwest Studies welcomes applications for the James W. Scott Regional Research Fellowships, established to promote awareness and use of archival collections at WWU and to forward scholarly understandings of the Pacific Northwest. The fellowships are awarded in honor of the late Dr. James W. (Jim) Scott, a founder and first Director of the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, and a noted scholar of the Pacific Northwest region. The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies is a program of Western Libraries' Heritage Resources, located in the Goltz-Murray Archives Building.

About the Fellowships: 

Two awards of $500 each will be granted during 2013-2014 to scholars who propose to undertake significant research using archival holdings at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies (CPNWS):

  1. An award to a junior scholar (those in graduate programs or who have finished the Ph.D. within the last two years and/or are relatively new to the field of historical research and writing).
  2. An award to a senior scholar (generally published authors or those more than three years out from the Ph.D.).

Fellowship Requirements:

  • Fellows will be expected to spend approximately one week examining CPNWS holdings in support of their research, and to be in residence at CPNWS prior to September 1, 2014. Additional information about CPNWS collections is available at:  http://library.wwu.edu/cpnws
  • Fellows will be asked to give a presentation about some aspect of their research during the course of their scheduled visit.  The audience will vary depending on the time of the year, but may include members of the general public as well as area students, faculty and staff.
  • After completing their residency, Fellows must submit a brief (300-500 word) written statement describing their research and use of CPNWS holdings to support scholarly understandings of the Pacific Northwest. This statement may be quoted from and/or otherwise published by Western Washington University.


Applications may be submitted via mail or electronically and should include:

  • Cover letter
  • Research plan outlining on-site use of CPNWS holdings and proposed presentation topic.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Please mark applications “Scott Research Fellowship Application” and submit either by mail to Ruth Steele, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Western Washington University, Bellingham WA 98225-9123 or by email to Ruth.Steele@wwu.edu

Applications will be reviewed after September 13, 2013, with announcements of awards expected in October 2013. If there are insufficient applications in both fellowship categories, two awards may be granted in the same category. Funds will be awarded after a Fellow(s) has conducted her/his research at CPNWS and delivered their presentation and written statement.