Doctoral Candidate, Western Michigan University
Stephen Staggs has won two prestigious research fellowships that will allow him to spend the entire 2010-2011 academic year completing the research for his dissertation, "Indian-Dutch Relations in New Netherlands and New York during the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries."
The first is the NY400 Fulbright Grant, a commemorative grant that celebrates 400 years of Dutch-American friendship and the 60th anniversary of the Fulbright Program in the Netherlands. The Netherlands Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the U.S. State Department, together with the Netherland-America Foundation and the Holland America Friendship Foundation, created this special scholarship to enable one student at the graduate level to conduct research in the Netherlands for one academic year.
Shortly after accepting the Fulbright award, Stephen learned he had also been awarded the Larry J. Hackman Research Award from the New York State Archives Trust. Stephen will use this award to return to his archival work in Albany, the other key collection he is using for his project.