Historical Commission grants funds for research

The Historical Commission of the U.S. and Canadian Mennonite Brethren churches is pleased to announce two competitive awards made possible by the Katie Funk Wiebe fund: one research grant (worth $1,500) and one 5-week summer internship (with travel, housing, and stipend of $2,000).

Research grant

The open research grant of $1,500 will promote research and publication on the history and contributions of Mennonite Brethren women around the world. Projects may include, but are not limited to, books, articles, lecture series, symposia, and multimedia presentations.

To apply, send a two- or three-page summary of the project, stating its significance to the field of Mennonite Brethren women studies, a budget of anticipated expenses, a curriculum vitae, and one letter of recommendation to executive secretary Jon Isaak by Apr. 1, 2013.

Recipients of the award will be announced at the June meeting of the Historical Commission. Disbursements will be made June 10, 2013. The prize selection committee may choose not to award the grant, if none of the applications is deemed acceptable.

Archival internship

The summer 2013 archival internship is designed to give a student practical archival experience at each of the four Mennonite Brethren archival institutions in North America. Spanning five weeks from the middle of July to the middle of August (exact dates to be determined), the intern will spend a week at each of the MB archives (Winnipeg, Hillsboro, Fresno, and Abbotsford).

Each archival site will host the intern, providing orientation to the context and collection, and involve the intern in its ongoing projects. In addition to experiencing a functioning archive, the intern will gather stories, images, and video during the four weeks, spending the fifth week producing a compelling and image-rich report that promotes the mission of church archives.

Airline travel and accommodations will be provided by the Historical Commission. The internship comes with a stipend of $2,000.

To apply, send a statement indicating why/how the internship would be helpful to you, a curriculum vitae, and one letter of recommendation to executive secretary Jon Isaak by Mar. 1, 2013. The internship award will be announced Apr. 1, 2013, allowing scheduling to be made in consultation with the intern. The selection committee may choose not to award the internship, if none of the applications is deemed acceptable.

Contact information:

Jon Isaak
Historical Commission, executive secretary
jisaak@mbconf.ca
1310 Taylor Ave.,
Winnipeg, Man., R3M 3Z6

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