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Summer Grants & Fellowships

Each year the Southern Oral History Program offers grants and fellowships as a means for undergraduate and graduate students to have the opportunity to expand their skillset and conduct research using oral history.

Currently applications are open for both our Summer Undergraduate Research Assistantship Awards and the Jacquelyn Dowd Hall Research Fellowship for graduate students. Applications for both are due March 1, 2019 for consideration. We are also sharing a link to the Summer Visiting Research Fellowship through the Wilson Library.

Learn more about each award and how to apply below.

Special Collections Library Audiovisual Research Fellowship (Wilson Library)

The Special Collections Library Audiovisual Research Fellowship promotes the scholarly use of Wilson Library’s rich audiovisual collections (including the SOHP’s archive), thanks to The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, offering $2,500 to support the intensive, innovative, and impactful research use of its collections. Deadline for submissions is February 15, 2019. For more information and links to apply, visit UNC Libraries’ Summer Visiting Research Fellowship page.

Eligibility

  • Submit a research proposal and research plan that draws deeply and substantively on the collections of the Wilson Special Collections Library to support your research.
  • Commit to a full-time research residency of at least ten days at the Wilson Library that will occur between May 1 and September 1.
  • Agree to participate in the intellectual life of the Library and the fellowship program, which will include a public presentation of research findings and experiences and the submission of a brief research report. Fellows may be invited to submit papers to a capstone symposium in Southern Studies that will take place in 2022.
  • Have or be actively pursuing the terminal degree in their discipline.

Summer Undergraduate Research Awards

The Southern Oral History Program is offering three competitive summer 2019 undergraduate field research awards for students at UNC Chapel Hill.

Summer field researchers will receive a $2500 stipend for 10 weeks of summer oral history fieldwork that includes researching and collecting oral histories for one of SOHP’s research projects, Stories to Save Lives: Health, Illness and Medical Care in the South, or Southern Mix: Voices of Asians and Asian Americans in the American South. The SOHP will offer two field research awards for Stories to Save Lives, and one field researcher award (thanks to the Carolina Asia Center) for work on Southern Mix. Deadline for submissions is Friday, March 1, 2019 at 5PM EST.

Field researchers must commit to one week of intensive oral history training in late May 2019 at the SOHP, followed by nine weeks of field research, for an expected total of 200 hours inclusive of the bootcamp. See below for more detailed information on the research topics.

Learn more about each project and how to apply here.

Jacquelyn Dowd Hall Research Fellowship

The Jacquelyn Dowd Hall Research Fellowship is made possible by its namesake fund, in honor of the founding director of the SOHP. The award provides one graduate student with support to pursue research pertaining to oral history during the summer of 2019. One $4,000 summer fellowship will be awarded to a graduate student attending the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill who has taken Introduction to Oral History (History 670), or who can demonstrate competency and experience with oral history methods.

To apply, please visit this link to submit a CV and two-page project proposal that details your research plans, timeline, and connection to oral history.  Questions may be addressed to Sara Wood at swood@unc.edu.

Deadline for applications is Friday, March 1, 2019 by 5PM EST