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Floyd O'Neil Fellowship

Floyd O'Neil

The American West Center at the University of Utah is pleased to offer two graduate student fellowships for research on the American West during the 2024-2025 academic year. The fellowships honor the late Professor Floyd A. O'Neil (1927 - 2018), Director Emeritus of the Center and Professor Emeritus of History.

O'Neil fellowships provide up to $2,000 to pursue research on an aspect of the American West, including the region’s history, politics, environment, society, culture, literature, geography, or peoples. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to submit applications. All applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Utah and remain so throughout the period of the fellowship.

Students are required to complete a research paper within the academic year. This paper may also be used as a seminar paper, thesis chapter, journal article, etc. A copy of the paper must be given to the American West Center, and the student is required to acknowledge the American West Center’s support in that paper, and all subsequent research and publications that might result. The recipient will also give a presentation on their research in Spring 2025. Upon request the recipient may be provided office space at the Center and may receive individual guidance from the Center's faculty and staff.

Margaret McGuirk Receives 2022-23 Floyd O'Neil Fellowship

mcguirThe American West Center  awarded Margaret McGuirk (she/her) one of the two Floyd O’Neil Fellowships for 2023-24. Ms. McGuirk’s work examines community-based collaborative conservation as a solution to socioeconomic changes in the rural West. Her Masters project in the Environmental Humanities, "Building a Permeable Landscape," will build a case study of ongoing changes and community collaboration in the remote community of the Centennial Valley, Montana. Funds awarded by the American West Center, along with the generosity of the Taft-Nicholson Center and Environmental Humanities Program, supported Margaret's summer-long immersion in this microcosm of the changing Intermountain West. Using data collected from community interviews, Margaret will combine ethnography and conflict resolution to explore how diverse stakeholders in a high-value natural resource area can build a model of cooperation that sustains culture, livelihood, and environment.

As a Floyd O’Neil Fellow, Ms. McGuirk can seek guidance and additional research support from the American West Center. In recognition of this support, she will present research findings at the American West Center during Spring ‘24. Environmental Humanities is grateful for the support of the American West Center and a proud beneficiary of Floyd O'Neil's legacy.

How to Apply

Deadline: May 31, 2024 | Awardees will be notified via email after July, 1, 2024

To apply, submit the following:

  • A completed application form
  • A research proposal, including a budget outlining how the research funds will be spent (up to four pages)
  • One letter of recommendation from an academic source
  • Current transcript
  • CV

Recipients will be selected on the following criteria:

  • The applicant demonstrates scholarly potential
  • The scholarly significance of the project
  • The applicant demonstrates knowledge of source materials related to the proposal
  • The applicant clearly states her/his research question
  • The American West is a central focus of the research project

Application materials should be submitted to Michelle Judd at or mailing address: Michelle Judd, University of Utah, American West Center, 1995 de Trobriand St., FD618C, Salt Lake City, UT  84113 by May 31st, 2024. If you have any questions, you can email Michelle or call her at 801-581-7611.


Last Updated: 3/19/24