The Carrie Johnson Fellowship is gifted to graduate students, faculty, and/or independent scholars pursuing research on Butte, Montana or Silver Bow County history.* Fellowship awards of $1,000 – $3,000 will be made on an annual basis. Award 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 book-length projects.

Each recipient is expected to be in residence conducting research for the equivalent of three weeks between May 1 and October 31. Fellows are expected to make use of the Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives collections and to submit a written report upon completion of the research. Recipients will acknowledge the Friends of the Butte Archives in the publications and projects produced from their residency and provide a copy of any projects created from their research.

Award criteria:

  • How clearly and persuasively does the applicant explain and justify the research question?
  • Does the project contribute significantly to the understanding of Butte, Montana and/or Silver Bow County?
  • Does the applicant clearly describe what else is written on the subject?
  • Does the applicant explain how his/her study is unique and/or important in light of existing research?
  • Does the applicant demonstrate a clear knowledge of what is available at the Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives and how the research materials will help his/her research? Does he/she clearly explain how long it will take to do the research?
  • What will the final products be? How valuable and accessible will the end products be?
  • Is the budget realistic, conservative, and specific? Does the applicant explain how he/she estimated the costs (internet, travel, housing, etc.)?

Application requirements:

  • Project proposal, not to exceed 3 double-spaced pages, including specific materials the applicant intends to consult.
  • Budgeted costs of the proposed residency, providing details of expenses as appropriate.
    • The Friends of the Butte Archives will provide between $1,000 and $3,000. Include a detailed budget of how you will spend the funds. Although your research may cost more, describe only how you will use the Friends of the Archives money.
    • Provide an explanation of each budget category and how you determined the amount. If you are driving, list the number of miles and the total cost using the federal mileage rate. If you are flying, please list where you found the airfare. If you are listing lodging expenses, explain where you found the cost. The Friends of the Archives provide $20 per day for per diem.
    • The Friends of the Archives does not fund capital equipment, faculty salaries, personal salaries, childcare or other personal expenses, conference expenses, or overhead.
  • Cover letter
  • 2-3 page resume
  • Letter of recommendation

Applications must be sent electronically as one PDF document to bsbarchives@bsb.mt.gov no later than March 1. Announcement of the awards will be made in early April. Questions about the fellowship should be directed to the attention of Aubrey Jaap at bsbarchives@bsb.mt.gov.

* Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives employees and previous Carrie Johnson Fellowship recipients are not eligible to apply. Applicants must be a United States resident.