2020 Awards and Funding from the BYU Charles Redd Center for Western Studies

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2020 Awards and Funding from the BYU Charles Redd Center for Western Studies

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Applications are due March 15, 2020.

The Charles Redd Center for Western Studies is pleased to announce multiple awards for 2020 that are available for scholars, students, or organizations conducting research or producing public programming related to the Intermountain regions of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming. Please see the descriptions below. Follow the link http://reddcenter.byu.edu/Pages/Apply-for-an-Award for further information and application instructions. Applications for 2020 are due by 11:59 p.m. MST on March 15, and awardees will be notified by May 1.
 
 
The Redd Center offers the following funding opportunities:
 
  • Charles Redd Fellowships in Western American History provide between $1,000 and $3,500 to students and scholars interested in pursuing research regarding the American West in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections of the Harold B. Lee Library at BYU. Awards fund up to one month's research. Funds are to be used for research support including travel and lodging expenses, but not as salary. Awards are to be used for scholarly projects including preparation of seminar papers, theses, dissertations, monographs, and books.
  • Faculty Research Awards funded by the John Topham and Susan Redd Butler Research Endowment provide up to $3,000 to faculty members at any academic institution to conduct research on any topic related to Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming. Research may be conducted at any location. Awards are to be used for research support and not as salary. Both new and ongoing projects are eligible.
  • Independent Research and Creative Awards provide up to $1,500 to researchers who are not connected to an academic institution for studying Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming. Both new and on-going projects are eligible. Award funds are to be used for research support and not as salary. Research may be conducted at any location.
  • Summer Awards for Upper Division and Graduate Students at any academic institution provide up to $1,500 for research support for any topic related to Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming. Research may be conducted at any location. The funds are to be used for research support and not as salary. Awards may be used for any worthy project including the preparation of seminar papers, theses, and dissertations.
  • The Annaley Naegle Redd Student Award in Women's History provides up to $1,500 for research support concerning any aspect of women's history in the American West (not limited to the Intermountain West). Applications not receiving the Redd Award but dealing with Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming will be considered for the Summer Awards for Upper Division and Graduate Student Awards. Research may be conducted at any location. The funds are to be used for research support and not as salary. Awards may be used for any worthy project including the preparation of seminar papers, theses, and dissertations.
  • Public Programming Awards provide up to $3,000 to any private or public organization planning a conference, museum exhibit, lecture series or similar public program on a topic related to Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming. Funds may be used for research or the actual costs of presenting the program. Indirect costs are not eligible to be covered under this award.
  • The Clarence Dixon Taylor Research Grant is named for Clarence Dixon Taylor, a representative of the Taylor and Dixon families who establishment an endowment in memory of these families’ contribution to the economic development of Provo and central Utah. The grant provides up to $1,500 to encourage and facilitate research about central Utah (Utah, Carbon, and Wasatch counties). The funds are to be used for research support, including travel and lodging expenses, and will be determined by the research needs of the applicant. The funds cannot be used for salary or capital equipment. Expected research outcomes include articles, monographs, books, theses, dissertations, symposiums, dramatic presentations, lectures, etc. Undergraduate and graduate students, independent scholars, and academic faculty are all invited to apply. Proposals in all areas of the arts, humanities, and social sciences are welcomed.
  • Clarence Dixon Taylor Historical Research Awards provide up to $2,500 for completed works from research regarding Central Utah (Utah, Carbon, and Wasatch Counties). Nominations can include theses, books, papers, monographs, articles, symposia, dramatic presentations, lectures, etc. Students and faculty of Brigham Young University or other institutions are eligible, as are other recognized scholars.
  • The Visiting Scholar Program enables university faculty of all ranks, independent scholars, freelance authors and other public intellectuals to conduct research and write at the Redd Center. It provides a stipend of $2,500 per month for two to four months, office facilities, a networked computer, a research assistant, a limited photocopying budget, and campus library and activity privileges. Visiting Scholars participate in Center activities and deliver public and classroom presentations on their work. Visitors may be in residence for two to four months during either the Fall Semester (September-December) or the Winter Semester (January-April).
  • Publication Grants to Presses provide up to $3,000 to assist in the publication of scholarly studies on Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming. The grants will be given to academic publishers to help offset the costs of publishing books and to lower the books' selling price. At the time of application, the book should already have been accepted for publication by the press. The Redd Center may honor authors whose books receive a publication grant with a public lecture and book signing at Brigham Young University. The Center will defray the author's travel and lodging expenses.
  • Butler Young Scholar Award (BYU Faculty Only) in Western Studies, sponsored by the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, has been created to promote significant scholarship in Western American studies by junior faculty members. The award acknowledges outstanding academic promise, based upon a faculty member's record of research, teaching and citizenship. The Butler Award is funded from the John Topham and Susan Redd Butler Research Endowment which was established in 1986 through the instrumentality of Karl Butler. The award carries a $3,000 annual salary stipend and a $5,000 annual research support award, subject to all university financial policies, and with any capital equipment purchased from these funds becoming the property the university. Any unused funding may carry over for the duration of the award. Appointments are for three consecutive years and may not be renewed. Any accumulated funding not expended within three (3) years after the expiration of a Young Scholar Award will revert to the Charles Redd Center for reallocation. A faculty member should have been in a faculty position for at least three years, but not more than ten years since completing the terminal degree, and in a rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. The faculty member should be engaged in significant scholarship in Western American studies and is nominated by his/her department chair. If you are interested in being considered for this award, please contact your department chair and make arrangements for a complete nomination packet. 

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION:
 
  • To apply for an award, visit the Redd Center website (http://reddcenter.byu.edu), and click on "Apply for an Award." You will then be taken to our awards application page. After you have completed your application, you will receive a message indicating that your application has been successfully submitted. In addition, you will receive an email confirmation at the email address you list on your application. If you have any questions about the application process or about submitting your application, please contact Amy Carlin at 801-422-4048 or amy_carlin@byu.edu. If you have questions about the substance of your application you may contact either Brenden Rensink at bwrensink@byu.edu or Jay Buckley at jay_buckley@byu.edu. You may also follow the Redd Center on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BYUReddCenter/) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/BYUReddCenter/) to stay up to date with events, awards, and announcements.