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Education: Newberry Library wants scholars for D'Arcy McNickle center in Chicago

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CHICAGO - Have you ever wanted to research your own family, community or tribal history or wanted to read primary source documents and examine Indian-produced images for yourself? And receive financial support while doing it?

Four fellowship programs at the D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History at the Newberry Library in downtown Chicago could make this dream possible for American Indian community members, tribal college faculty and American Indian graduate students and scholars. The Newberry Library, home to one of the nation's leading collections of American Indian materials, is announcing a new fellowship as well as three on-going research opportunities.

Established in 2002 by an anonymous donor, the Susan Kelly Power - Helen Hornbeck Tanner Fellowship is designed to support up to two months of residential research at the Newberry for Ph.D. candidates and postdoctoral scholars of American Indian heritage. It includes a stipend of $1,200 per month. This fellowship program honors two notable advocates of American Indian education: Susan Kelly Power, Yanktoanai Dakota historian and founding member of Chicago's American Indian Center, and Helen Hornbeck Tanner, senior research fellow at the Newberry Library and historical consultant for several American Indian communities. Applications for this program are due by Feb. 20, 2003.

The Rockefeller Foundation currently sponsors two fellowship programs. The short-term fellowship program is designed to promote research and improved teaching by historians working in reservation-based communities, tribal college faculty and librarians or curators at American Indian cultural centers and museums. Applicants may propose to work on projects in a variety of formats, including, but not limited to, curriculum development, artistic works or publications. Fellowships will support one to three months of residential research at the Newberry Library and carry a stipend of $3,000 per month, plus up to $1,000 in travel expenses. Application deadlines for short-term fellowships are Jan. 15, April 15 and Sept. 15, in 2003 and 2004.

The Rockefeller Fellowships Program also offers a long-term fellowship for individuals with a Ph.D. interested in a ten-month residential fellowship at the Newberry that includes a stipend of $40,000. Projects that explore the diversity of American Indian communities, various ways of knowing and telling American Indian histories and interdisciplinary issues in American Indian studies are particularly encouraged. The application deadlines for long-term fellowships are Jan. 21, 2003-04.

The Newberry Library also encourages applications for its long-standing Frances C. Allen Fellowship Program. Over the past 20 years, Frances C. Allen fellowships have supported research by women of American Indian heritage in graduate and pre-professional programs across the country. Its alumni include many of the nation's leading teachers, scholars and authors in American Indian studies. This program includes awards between $1,200 and $8,000 of approved expenses. Interested American Indian women should apply to the McNickle Center by Feb. 20, 2003.

Founded in 1887, the Newberry Library is an independent research library with two extensive collections on American Indian peoples. One of the largest collections of American Indian materials in the world, the Edward E. Ayer collection consists of 130,000 volumes including American Indian autobiographies, 19th-century linguistic works and numerous works by 20th-century American Indian authors. Researchers in the Ayer collection can also explore objects within the collection's 2,000 maps, 500 atlases, 6,000 photographs and 3,500 drawings and paintings.

The McNickle Center was established in 1972 under the directorship of D'Arcy McNickle, Salish-Kootenai, to encourage the use of these valuable materials and improve the quality of teaching and scholarship about American Indians. For nearly three decades the McNickle Center has initiated projects and supported innovative research in American Indian history, culture and literature. "The Atlas of Great Lakes Indian History" (University of Oklahoma Press, 1986), the Chicago Oral History Project, the American Indian Family History Project, numerous bibliographies and a series of Occasional Papers are among the more notable McNickle Center accomplishments.

As the title of its bi-annual publication suggests, the McNickle Center acts as a "Meeting Ground" where members of reservation, urban and academic communities share new ideas with each other and further the advancement of American Indian Studies. For additional information on these or other programs of the D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian history please see their web site at www.newberry.org, or contact them at mcnickle@newberry.org or by phone at 312-255-3564.