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Legacy Research Fellowships

There will not be Legacy Research Fellowships awarded in 2018. Please check back in Summer 2018 for more information about this program. 

 
The Minnesota Historical Society is pleased to announce the Legacy Research Fellowships. Eligibility for these Fellowships is open to any post-collegiate Minnesota scholar who is engaged in Minnesota-related research/scholarship that draws on the Gale Family Library resources and that adds to the body of knowledge and interpretation of Minnesota's history (pre- and post-statehood). Independent Scholars and scholars, including graduate students, not eligible for funding through employment at academic institutions are especially encouraged to apply. 
 
Awards of $1,000 or $5,000 are available to successful applicants. Fellows will work at the Gale Family Library and interact with MNHS staff. 
 

Applications will be evaluated according to how well a proposal directly relates to the library's research resources, fulfills the requirements of the particular fellowship for which the candidate is applying, and has the potential to educate and engage public and scholarly audiences about Minnesota history and cultural heritage.

 

Application Guidelines

Before Beginning

The best applications will clearly show what resources available in the Gale Family Library collections will be used and how the applicant plans to use these resources. Librarians are happy to help with questions regarding our collections, available resources, and services at reference@mnhs.org
 
For assistance with substantive issues related to the Legacy Research Fellowship Program, such as whether or not the research proposed is responsive to the solicitation, contact LegacyResearchFellows@mnhs.org
 

Application Components

  • Project title and author name, email address, mailing address, and phone number
  • Project Narrative: The narrative should not exceed 1,000 words, and should include: purpose, goals, and objectives; connection to Minnesota history and cultural heritage; research design and methods,including what MNHS collections will be used and how they will be used; plan for project outcome (published book or article, manuscript, etc.); a public dissemination strategy; and brief but relevant bibliography or references.
  • Stipend: Applicants should indicate whether they are applying for the $1,000 or $5,000 research stipend. The larger stipend will carry an expectation of a longer residency period at the Gale Family Library and a larger overall project scope. 
  • Curriculum Vitae: Limited to 2 pages and including any relevant professional publications
  • Two letters of support: Letters addressing the importance of the project and the ability of the applicant are to be e-mailed or mailed directly to the Legacy Research Fellows Program at MNHS by their writers and received by the deadline. Please include the applicant's name in the subject line for emailed letters. It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that letters of support are submitted on time.
 

Submission

  • Proposals must be submitted electronically as PDF or Word files.
  • Letters of support may be emailed or sent via standard mail.
  • All application materials must be emailed or postmarked on or before 11:59pm on Monday, October 3, 2016.
    • Email: LegacyResearchFellows@mnhs.org
    • Mailing address:
      Minnesota Historical Society
      ATTN: Legacy Research Fellows Program
      Library and Collections Division
      345 Kellogg Blvd. W.
      St Paul, MN 55102
 

Selection and Structure

Criteria for Selection

The following will be considered as positive factors in choosing successful candidates:
  • A deep and direct connection to Minnesota history and cultural heritage
  • A contribution that advances knowledge or fills a scholarly gap in Minnesota history and cultural heritage
  • Evidence of sound research intentions and practices
  • The project relies heavily on the collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, and the majority of research will take place at the Gale Family Library
  • The project scope coincides with the size of the award ($1,000 or $5,000), the time frame for research, and the resources available at the Gale Family Library
  • Currently available to only Minnesota residents
  • Undergraduates are not eligible to apply; Fellowships are not available for undergraduate work.
 

Program Structure

  • Awards allow for work to be conducted at the Minnesota History Center’s Gale Family Library.
  • Projects must use the Society’s collections and research library.
  • Fellows will attend bi-monthly Fellowship meetings with MNHS staff
  • Fellows will deliver final presentation for MNHS staff, volunteers and interns.
  • Fellows must write and submit a MNopedia article based on their research in order to receive the final payment of the fellowship award. Guidelines and consultation with MNopedia staff will be available during the scholar’s residency.
  • Public presentations of research are highly encouraged.
  • The MNHS Press will have the right of first refusal on manuscripts created with Legacy Research Fellowships; exceptions may be negotiated.
  • Fellows are expected to finish their work by December 31, 2017.
 

Past Awardees

2016

  • Johannes Allert: "In the Shadow of the Great War: Minnesotans Reflections and Remembrances of the War to End All Wars"
  • Greg Gaut: "Fighting on the Home Front: The Minnesota Home Guard in World War I"
  • Katherine Goertz: "Art of the North: Visual Arts in Minnesota"
  • William Millikan: "Financing the Development of Minnesota with Indian Lands: Public Schools and the Lumber and Mining Industries"
  • Tamatha Perlman: "Fallen: Murder, Madness and Unrequited Love in 19th Century Minneapolis"
  • Marjorie Savage: "Frances Andrews: Minnesota Philanthropist and Conservationist"
  • Thomas Shaw: "Post US-Dakota War of 1862 Forts of Southern Minnesota"

2015

  • Kirsten Delegard: “City of Light and Darkness: The Making of a Progressive Metropolis in Minneapolis,” a comprehensive history of Minneapolis, post-1940
  • Mary Krugerud: History of tuberculosis treatment at Minnesota's sanatoriums
  • Eric Colleary: Social history and cookbooks, based on research into the James J. Hill House kitchens
  • David LaVigne: Ethnic and multi-ethnic public commemorations on Minnesota's Iron Range from the 1960s to the 1980s

2014

  • William Millikan: "Indian lands and the financing development of Minnesota's industrial, transportation, and mining empires"
  • Lois Glewwe: "Jane Williamson and mission schools"
  • Howard Vogel: "Rev. Stephen R. Riggs and his role in the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux of 1851"
  • Ellen Manovich: "Urban renewal and neighborhood change in the Minneapolis University Districts in 19th and 20th centuries"
  • Andrea Klein Bergman: "Socio-cultural integration of Tibetan Americans in Minnesota"
  • Therese Cain: "Analyzing the voting patterns of Swift County, MN, from 1932-present"
  • Bruce White: "Biography of Henry M. Rice"
 
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Should I apply for a Fellowship or a Legacy Grant? What is the difference between this Fellowship and Legacy Grants?
A: Legacy Research Fellows are for independent scholars. MNHS considers “independent scholars” to be individuals seeking support outside of traditional academic settings, who are not employed as, or seeking to be employed as, full-time academic faculty or graduate student. Appropriate applicants may include scholars, journalists, writers, filmmakers, public historians, and other humanists. Fellowships are available to graduate students and to historians and independent scholars who are not affiliated as employees of scholarly institutions or other nonprofit organizations. (The Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants program is available to researchers who can apply through sponsoring organizations.) Applicants must be Minnesota residents.
 
Q: What determines the size of the award?
A: The award size is determined by the scope and duration of the research project. Generally the $1,000 award is equivalent to 100 hours of work and the $5,000 award is equivalent to 500 hours. Applicants must choose which award amount to apply for. Applicants who apply for $5,000 awards will not be considered for $1,000 awards and vice versa. 
 
Q: Are Fellows considered employees of MNHS?
A: No, they are considered visiting Fellows. However, in addition to the award, Fellows are provided with parking at the History Center and a photocopying budget. 
 
Q: What is the requirement for a MNopedia article?
A: Recognizing that not all Fellowships will immediately result in completed work, it is required that Fellows write an article based on their research to be published in MNopedia. This article must be submitted and accepted before the final Fellowship payment is made. The topic will be agreed on by the Fellow and the MNopedia editorial team.
 
Q: What if I have additional questions?
A: Please direct questions about the Legacy Research Fellowship or application process to LegacyResearchFellows@mnhs.org.
 
Questions about the Gale Family Library and its collections should be directed to reference@mnhs.org.
 
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