James W. Scott Research Fellowships - Call for 2023 Applications

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January 31, 2023
Washington, United States
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Environmental History / Studies, Indigenous Studies, Political History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies

The James W. Scott Regional Research Fellowships promote awareness and innovative use of archival collections at Western Washington University (WWU), and seek to forward scholarly understandings of the Pacific Northwest. Fellowship funds are awarded in honor of the late Dr. James W. Scott, a founder and first Director of the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, and a noted scholar of the Pacific Northwest region. Up to $1000 funding is offered to support significant research using archival holdings at WWU’s Center for Pacific Northwest Studies (CPNWS), a unit of Western Libraries Archives & Special Collections.

Fellowship Requirements

Applications are accepted from individuals in doctoral programs as well as individuals who have finished the PhD. Successful applicants will be expected to:

  • Spend approximately one week examining CPNWS holdings in support of their research.
  • Share a presentation about some aspect of their research during the same calendar year in which the award is offered and accepted. Presentations will be recorded and made available to the public via WWU's institutional repository, CEDAR (format of delivery may vary depending on topic or time of year).


Applications are due by January 31, 2023, with award announcements expected by the end of February, 2023.

Applications must be submitted by email to Ruth.Steele@wwu.edu (please include "Scott Fellowship Application" in the subject line), and contain:

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

Detailed guides to archival collections at CPNWS can be accessed and searched on the Center's website. For more information about collections or the application process, please contact CPNWS Archivist Ruth Steele at Ruth.Steele@wwu.edu or (360) 650-7747. Funds will be awarded after a Fellow has conducted research at CPNWS and delivered their presentation. Applicants are advised that funds may be subject to taxation in accordance with the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, and that they may require a U.S. Taxpayer Identification Number (i.e. SSN or ITIN) to receive funds. 

Contact Info: 

Ruth Steele, Archivist, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies

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