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Fellowship Descriptions and How to Apply

McColl Research Program

The McColl Research Program was established to attract visiting scholars, (who reside beyond commuting distance of UWM), whose research would benefit from extensive use of the collections and who are interested in communicating their research results to a broad, educated general audience. The intended goal is to promote geographical literacy to the broadest possible community, especially those who can apply the data and analyses. This program is made possible through a generous grant from Dr. Robert W. McColl.

Fellowships last four weeks, and Fellows will receive a stipend of at least $5,000* to help defray the travel and living expenses relative to their research visit, at the conclusion of their residency.

Research projects supported by the Fellowship program must fall within the wide range of subject areas that could be supported by the Library’s collections. Examples include area studies, discovery and exploration, history of cartography, history of geographical thought, historical geography and geographical themes with a significant historical component, and any topic that would have policy, business or similar applications.

The grantee is expected to be in residence during the term of the award, which may be taken up any time of the year. On the conclusion of his or her tenure, fellows will be expected to submit short written reports on their research and to make acknowledgment of the Fellowship program in any publication, report or dissertation issuing wholly or in part from the AGSL Fellowship. Recipients of this fellowship program will have the added responsibility to publish their research for the benefit of a broad, educated general audience; plans to satisfy this requirement should be discussed with the AGSL Curator and presented in writing.

Eligibility: Candidates for Fellowships should be established scholars, doctoral students who have completed degree requirements and are at the stage of writing their dissertations, individuals with a record of publication in accord with the fellowship program, or those with government or business ties who could use the Library’s resources to further policy studies.

To Apply: Application must be made in writing to the AGSL. The application shall include:

  • a two-page letter describing the project to be pursued, the proposed end result of the project (including publication venue), and an explanation of how the AGS Library will be utilized in completing the project;
  • a brief curriculum vitae;
  • and a letter of support from a reputable scholar, business leader or public official.

American Geographical Society Library Research Fellowships

The American Geographical Society Library Research Fellowship program is intended to help bring to the AGS Library scholars who reside beyond commuting distance of UWM, and whose research would benefit from extensive use of the Library. Established by Helen and John S. Best, this fellowship opportunity now continues through the generous donations of members of the AGSL community who wish to continue the vision of the Bests. The Best family members are longtime supporters of UWM and the UWM Libraries and we are happy to continue to provide support for research in the AGSL collections.

Research projects supported by the Fellowship program must fall within the wide range of subject areas that could be supported by the Library. Examples include history of cartography (including cartobibliography), history of geographic thought, discovery and exploration, historical geography, and other history themes with a significant geographical component.

Fellowships can last up to four weeks and provide a weekly stipend of $500.00 ($2,000 maximum)* to help defray the travel and living expenses relative to the residency.

The grantee is expected to be in residence during the term of the award, which may be taken at any time during the year. On the conclusion of their tenure, fellows will be expected to submit short written reports on their research and to make acknowledgment of the Fellowship program in any publication or dissertation issuing wholly or in part from the Fellowship.

Eligibility: Candidates for Fellowships are either established scholars, or doctoral students who have completed their course work and are at the stage of writing their dissertations.

To Apply: Application must be made in writing to the AGSL. The application shall include:

  • a two page letter describing the project to be pursued, the proposed end result of the project (publication, dissertation, etc), an explanation of how the AGS Library will be utilized in completing the project, and the number of weeks of support requested (up to 4);
  • a brief curriculum vitae; and
  • a letter of support from a reputable scholar in the field.

Electronic submission is encouraged. Applications may be submitted via email or by post (email: bidney@uwm.edu; post: Marcy Bidney, Curator, AGS Library, UWM Libraries, 2311 E. Hartford Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53211).

Application deadline for both fellowship programs is: December 16, 2018

The awards will be made by the UWM Director of Libraries, after consultation with the AGSL Curator.

Awards will be announced in December 2018 for fellowships to be held during 2019

For further information on either fellowship program, write, call or e-mail:

Marcy Bidney, Curator
American Geographical Society Library
P.O. Box 399, Milwaukee, WI 53201-0399
Tel. (414) 229-6282
E-mail bidney at uwm.edu

* Please note: Stipends are subject to IRS withholdings.