Augustana Faculty Research Award

The Center for Western Studies of Augustana College, established by the Augustana Board of Trustees in 1970, invites applications for a $2,000 research award made possible, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The award provides $1,500 for the researcher and $500 for a student assistant. The proposed research must be based, in part, on the use of primary-source documents in the archives of the Center for Western Studies and address a topic related to the northern Great Plains (defined as including but not limited to the Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, and Wyoming). Use of the Center’s Krause Library of books and periodicals about the Great Plains and American West is also encouraged.

Eligibility:  Applicants must be full-time faculty members of Augustana College who have been issued (or have a reasonable expectation of being issued) a contract for the academic year following award notification. Both new and on-going projects are eligible.

Student Engagement:  Applicants are encouraged to involve a student in some aspect of the proposed research. Upon the recommendation of the faculty member receiving the award, the student will be granted a separate award commensurate with his/her participation up to $500.

Award Committee:  The Center for Western Studies Executive Director and Collections Committee serve as the Award Committee.

Available Collections:  The award recipient will confer with the CWS Collections Assistant to identify suitable research materials. Descriptions of the archival collections at CWS are also available on-line.

Requirements:  The recipient will deliver a report of work completed to date at the Dakota Conference on the Northern Plains, sponsored by the Center for Western Studies, in April 2015. The recipient will also be encouraged to seek publication in such scholarly journals as South Dakota History, North Dakota History, Great Plains Quarterly, Western American Literature, Western Historical Quarterly, Journal of the West, or Social Science Journal. The recipient must acknowledge the Center for Western Studies and the National Endowment for the Humanities in any publication.

Schedule:  The award will be given annually, and a recipient may not apply again for three years. Applications must be submitted to the Executive Director by July 18, 2014. The award recipient will be notified by August 1, 2014. One-half of the award amount will be available shortly thereafter, and the balance upon submission of a final report, due by August 31, 2015. The final report should be a draft of an article intended for submission to a scholarly journal.


Augustana Faculty Research Award
The Center for Western Studies
APPLICATION for 2014-2015

The Center for Western Studies of Augustana College, established by the Augustana Board of Regents in 1970, invites applications for a $2,000 research award made possible, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The award provides $1,500 for the researcher and $500 for a student assistant. The proposed research must be based, in part, on the use of primary-source documents in the archives of the Center for Western Studies and address a topic related to the northern Great Plains (defined as including but not limited to the Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, and Wyoming). Use of the Center’s Krause Library of books and periodicals about the Great Plains and American West is also encouraged.

Please complete this application and send as a Word.doc attachment to Harry Thompson, Executive Director, Center for Western Studies, Augustana College. The application should include the following:

Applicant’s Name.

Departmental Affiliation.

Description of the proposed project (250 words).

Indicate the specific collections in the CWS archives you will consult. For guidance and access, contact Collections Assistant Liz Thrond.  Descriptions of the archival collections at CWS are also available online.

If your project requires the assistance of an Augustana student, for which funding is available, explain how this student will participate in a substantive way. For example, will the student’s name appear as co-author of the article? Do you recommend that the student receive a stipend?

Name of the professional journal(s) to which you plan to submit your article.

Important Dates
Application Due:                                  July 18, 2014
Award Notification:                              August 1, 2014 ($750 payable)
Dakota Conference Paper Title:       February 13, 2015
Dakota Conference Presentation:   April 24-25, 2015
Final Report (draft of article):            August 31, 2015 ($750 payable)