Archives & Special Collections Now Accepting Applications for the 2024 James W. Scott Fellowship

Now Accepting Applications for the 2024 James W. Scott Fellowship

Western Libraries Archives & Special Collections is currently accepting applications for the James W. Scott Regional Research Fellowship. Applications are accepted from individuals in doctoral programs as well as individuals who have finished the Ph.D.

The James W. Scott Regional Research Fellowships promote awareness and innovative use of archival collections at Western Washington University and seek to forward scholarly understandings of the Pacific Northwest. Fellowship funds are awarded in honor of the late Dr. James W. Scott, a noted scholar of the Pacific Northwest region and a founder and first Director of the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies (CPNWS).

Up to $1000 funding is offered in 2024 to support significant research using archival resources at Western. Successful applicants will be expected to:

  • Spend approximately one week examining CPNWS holdings in support of their research.
  • Share a presentation about some aspect of their research during the same calendar year in which the award is offered and accepted. Presentations will be recorded and made available to the public via WWU’s institutional repository, Western CEDAR (format of delivery may vary depending on topic or time of year).

Applications are due by January 31, 2024, with award announcements expected by the end of February, 2024. Applications must be submitted by email to (please include “Scott Fellowship Application” in the subject line), and contain:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research plan outlining on-site use of CPNWS holdings and proposed presentation topic
  • Two letters of recommendation

Detailed guides to archival collections at CPNWS can be accessed and searched at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies.

For more information about collections or the application process, please contact Ruth Steele at or (360) 650-7747. Funds will be awarded after a Fellow(s) has conducted research at CPNWS and delivered their presentation.