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Chapman Center for Rural Studies

Internships and Awards

Guidelines for Internships at the Chapman Center for Rural Studies

Deadline for Chapman Center Internships for Spring 2020 is December 1st, 2019.

For information about the deadlines for each award application please call the office (785) 532-0380 or email the Chapman Center's Executive Director, Dr. Bonnie Lynn-Sherow, blynn@ksu.edu.


Interns in the Chapman Center shall be selected based on the following criteria:

  1. A letter of interest by the applicant regarding the awarding of an internship
  2. Clear demonstration of research skills in more than one area of evidence gathering: (eg, oral history, primary document research, government records, photographic records, GIS or historic maps)
  3. Strong writing and critical thinking skills (Submission of an original research paper/project)
  4. Academic transcripts 
  5. Resume


Internships in the Chapman Center are scholarshipped per semester and are not based on financial need. Awards can be as high as $2,000. Interns must enroll in a 1-3 credit research course in their department of origin (eg, History 798, Readings in History) and will be given access to the resources of the Center: general use of the research room, field equipment, photocopy machine, databases, etc. Their names will be listed in the Chapman Center online directory and inside the Center’s physical directory/display case. Under the direction of the Research & Curriculum Director, interns are expected to work a set number of hours per week on a thematic project leading to a larger goal (ie, publication of a book, database, website, museum installation) and keep a log of their activities each week that should be turned into the Research & Curriculum Director. Interns may also be called upon from time to time for the good of the Center, for example, making arrangements for outside speakers and guests, tours, presentations and being an exemplary representative of the Center’s goals and standards for the University Community and the general non-academic public.

Internships are generally one semester in length, with an option for a second semester to be made at the discretion of the selection committee. (Executive Director, Research & Curriculum Director and a faculty member currently serving on the Chapman Center for Rural Studies Board of Directors).

Applications for internships will be accepted beginning November 1 for internships beginning the following spring semester and May 15 for internships beginning in the fall semester. All applications are to be turned into the Executive Director of the Chapman Center for Rural Studies in 111 Leasure Hall. Selection of interns will be made by the Executive Director, the Research & Curriculum Director and a faculty member who is currently on the Chapman Center Board of Directors.

CCRS Internship Flyer


 The Broughton AwardBroughton Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Regional Kansas History

$250 awarded annually in May. Submission deadline to be determined.

The Broughton Prize in an annual award for the best researched and written project submitted in a Chapman Center foundational class (History 533, Kansas Communities or Public History, the History of Kansas or Kansas Geography) the previous year. All from the previously mentioned classes are welcome to apply with the exception of Chapman Center interns.

Selection Criteria:
      1. Paper should be a highly focused examination of person, place, or time in Kansas history
      2. The paper demonstrates a connection between regional Kansas history and the broader context of national and international history
      3. It makes a significant, fresh contribution to knowledge about the topic and demonstrates research beyond work previously published
      4. The sources for the paper are diverse and include field work: oral history, photographs, visits to sites if required, maps, a variety of local history documents. Secondary sources should clearly support the topic.
      5. The organization and writing are clear and effective, with consistent, accurate documentation in the form of footnotes and bibliography according to the Chicago Manual of Style for History

All papers are to be turned into the Executive Director of the Chapman Center for Rural Studies, Dr. Bonnie Lynn-Sherow, in 111 Leasure Hall. Selection of award is made by the Executive Director, Research & Curriculum Director, Dr. Ginette Aley, and a faculty member currently serving on the Chapman Center Board of Directors.


Fellowships in the Chapman Center will be selected based on the following:

  1. A letter of interest from the applicant describing their interest in the Fellowship
  2. Completion of a successful internship in the Center
  3. Must be a junior or senior in good standing with a GPA in their major of at least 3.0
  4. A written proposal of the research they intend to do as a Fellow in the Center
  5. Strong leadership skills and a superior ability to work collaboratively


Fellowships are for a term of an entire academic year, beginning in the fall semester and comes with an award of $5000.00. Fellows are not required, but strongly encouraged to enroll in at least one hour of research in their department of origin. Fellows will be given a private carrel/study area in the research room of the Chapman Center and will have access to all the resources of the Center: materials, equipment, photocopying, databases. A small research stipend to cover the cost of transportation and research will be available to fellows upon request of the research director. They will be listed in the Chapman Center's online directory as well in the physical directory outside the center office in Leasure Hall.

Fellows will act, in part, as the research director's assistants in helping to guide the research activities of the interns and students enrolled in the Center's core courses. In addition, Fellows will be responsible for the maintenance and inventory of the Center's materials and equipment, helping with the check-in and check-out process, answering intern and students' questions and representing the Center at official functions of the Center both on and off-campus. Fellows will also help to create and maintain content on the Center's webpage and printed materials with editorial oversight from the Center's Executive Director. In addition, Fellows will complete a research project based on original, primary research over the course of their fellowship year. Projects must be approved by the selection committee in advance of the Fellowship and should be consistent with the thematic goals of the Center. Fellows will be required to give updates of their work to the entire membership of the Center (faculty, interns and the general university community) at least twice before the conclusion of their Fellowship. Fellows are strongly encouraged to publish the results of their work, either individually or collectively in peer reviewed formats, whether in print, online or both formats simultaneously.

No more than two Fellowships per year will be awarded in any academic year. There will be no minimum of Fellowships awarded each year, but will vary according to funding and the strength of the applicant pool in each period. Applications for year-long Fellowships beginning in the fall semester will be accepted beginning on May 15 of the previous semester and will close at the conclusion of the spring semester. Selection of fellows will be made by the Executive Director, Research & Curriculum Director, and two faculty members currently serving on the Chapman Center's Board of Directors.