Ridge Scholarship Application

Applications will be accepted starting immediately and until the awards are exhausted, but no later than May 15, 2022. Early application is encouraged. Send email inquiries to ihh@mso.umt.edu.

Application Deadline: May 15, 2022 


The goal of the Ridge research awards is to foster creative student work that involves important issues that concern both health/healthcare and the humanities.  We construe “humanities” broadly to include both traditional humanities topics, but also the social sciences and the arts.  The awards also encourage the use of the Ridge Library resources.

The Ridge Library, supported by IHH and housed at The Learning Center at Providence St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, is an important resource in the medical humanities.  With a growing collection of about 1800 books and monographs, as well as many journals, the Ridge Library serves as a resource for health care providers, scholars and students who are interested in the rich nexus between community and individual health/healthcare and the humanities. Works in history, ethics, art, film, theater, literature, biography, anthropology, sociology and other fields allow users to gain insights into the very human experiences of health and illness and the provision of healthcare. Ridge scholars have the opportunity to enhance the collection through acquisitions related to their field of inquiry. Successful applicants will each meet with a Ridge librarian to discuss their project and explore available resources, including any necessary acquisitions for the project.

For this round of scholarships, applications related to health equity, narrative medicine and storytelling, end-of-life care options, climate change and health, suicide and community response to suicide, social determinants of health, and other current topics will be considered.  A focus on these issues in the Missoula region is encouraged but not required provided the research is relevant to that area.  “Research” includes traditional scientific and humanities research, as well as creative works.  Examples of appropriate creative works include a short film, play, or art piece suitable for public presentation.  All applicants must be able to articulate the relationship of the humanistic content of their project to health and/or healthcare. Here are examples of past research topics.

The Ridge Research Awards foster student research that utilizes the resources in the Ridge Collection and other resources.  Upper-division undergraduates and graduate students are eligible for the awards. Up to five awards of $1000.00, payable in two installments, are available.

There is a general expectation that the research will be completed, or advanced enough, in time for the student to present at a Ridge Symposium, although applicants with meritorious projects with a completion date slightly later will be considered for presentation in conjunction with later events. At the conclusion of the projects and after presenting, scholars will be required to write a short description of their project and how they used the Ridge Library materials (one page or less).  Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult and possibly collaborate with someone directly involved in providing health care or who is working in the community health setting.

  1. Undergraduate students must have completed at least two years of college and have junior or senior standing at the University of Montana.
  2. Graduate students must be officially enrolled in a master's or doctoral program.
  3. All applicants must have sufficient background in their discipline to conduct meaningful research that utilizes the resources of the Ridge Collection and the ability to develop and carry out a research project or creative work under the guidance of a faculty mentor.
  4. Applicants may be pursuing any major field of study and must have at least a 3.2 overall GPA.
  5. Undergraduate students must be enrolled for a minimum of 12 credits and graduate students for 9 credits in the semester(s) during which the research and/or creative work will be undertaken.

These are the materials you will need to prepare for the portal. Please have them ready. You must complete the application in a single session.
  1. A cover sheet (form provided by IHH)
  2. A brief description (approximately 3-5 pages) of the proposed project, including the objectives of the research and creative work (where applicable) including its relationship to health or healthcare and Humanities (broadly construed), and a plan of how the research will be organized and the work completed, and how the resources of the Ridge Collection will be used
  3. An abstract of no more than 250 words that summarizes the proposal and the methods involved; the abstract should be designed to convince the reader-judge of the project’s merit
  4. A current transcript
  5. A letter of support from the faculty mentor

Proposals will be judged by Institute of Humanities and Health board members assessing the extent to which they:

  1. Provide a sound thesis and rationale for the project
  2. Demonstrate originality
  3. Note the significance and/or contribution of the work
  4. Are written in a clear and understandable manner
  5. Articulate the relationship between the humanities and health and/or healthcare in the proposed project
  6. Meet all requirements noted in these guidelines

  1. Awards will be announced in late spring.
  2. Scholars meet with Librarian at the Ridge Library to discuss their project and available resources; the first 50% of the award amount provided
  3. Successful applicants are expected to make a presentation about their research and/or creative work at a Ridge Scholar Panel of GradCon typically in late February/early March (although applicants with meritorious projects with a slightly later completion date will be considered for presentation in conjunction with later or a Ridge Symposium). 

Online Application

NOTE: The online application must be completed in one session. Please gather all materials before beginning the application.

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