The John J. Brander and Christine E. Rundblad Research Fellowship Program at the Milwaukee Public Museum seeks to stimulate fundamental research by scientists doing research on Wisconsin biodiversity or environmental issues, especially those that utilize and strengthen the natural science collections at MPM.
MPM is the state’s oldest and largest natural history museum with over 4 million objects in its biology, geology, and cultural collections. It was established in 1882, but the collections date to the mid-1800s when its precursor, the Natural History Society, was established. As a result, the specimens and their associated data shape our knowledge of the past 170 years of the natural landscape in Wisconsin and the changes that have occurred through time. For more information on the collection resources, see Research and Collections.
The award is given annually to two or three Fellows for worthy proposals. MPM may direct the specific type research topic in its call for proposal. An award consists of a stipend of $10,000 ($12,000 for minority candidates). The Museum will provide an office space as well as access to the collections, the Museum library, and other equipment at the Museum. MPM may have funding available to attend professional meetings to present on the research (this would be a separate application).
Expectations for Fellows
Fellows will be expected to be at MPM for 10 weeks, full-time during the summer (exceptions may exist). Publications and presentations that result from the Fellows research will acknowledge The John J. Brander and Christine E. Rundblad Research Fellowship Program at the Milwaukee Public Museum for its support. It is anticipated that Research Fellows will be a resource for the Museum by providing expert input on future exhibits and reviewing exhibit materials, if needed. Copies of photos and field notes may be retained by the museum. Research Fellows will be listed on the Museum’s website. Fellows also will be encouraged to participate in the Museum’s BioBlitz.
The program is open to [pre- and post-PhD] scientists including students currently enrolled in a PhD program (in good standing) conducting research on Wisconsin biodiversity or environmental issues, especially those that utilize and strengthen the natural science collections at MPM. The Museum may choose to limit the research topic areas each year. Early career scientists -- those with less than eight years since PhD conferred -- are encouraged to apply.
Application Process and Deadline
Fellowships are awarded through a competitive process via electronic submission. Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are accepted beginning April 1, 2023. A decision will be made by mid-May, 2023, and the Fellowship will begin in the summer following application. The following information should be included in the proposal:
- Name and institution
- Description of proposed research and what you expect to complete during the summer (please limit to three pages)
- When you anticipate you will publish
- What you anticipate you will need to complete your project (equipment, etc.) -- the Museum may or may not be able to help with these additional resources
- Indicate if you have additional funding for the project
- Two-page CV
- For graduate students: Signed letter of support from PhD advisor confirming academic status and standing