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Summer Undergraduate Research Assistantship 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.

Stories to Save Lives: Health, Illness and Medical Care in the South

The SOHP is undertaking Stories to Save Livesa major research initiative on health, illness, and medical care in the south.  We began research in North Carolina in summer 2018. By recording and documenting oral histories with North Carolinians about their attitudes, beliefs, and thoughts about healthcare in their communities, we hope to assist providers and physicians with qualitative data to bridge gaps and deficiencies in care, and assist in patients’ engagement with care across the state. By collaborating with partners such as UNC’s School of Medicine and the Gillings School of Global Public Health, it is our hope that these stories will not only be archived at SOHP, but will begin to build a model of oral history research and training that can make a real difference in ensuring quality care in our state’s diverse communities.

Southern Mix: Asian and Asian American Voices in the South 

Southern Mix was inspired by Asian American UNC alumni and focuses on collecting oral histories from Asian and Asian American residents of the Triangle, of North Carolina, and of the larger region of the South. For this project, the SOHP is collaborating with the Carolina Asia Center and the Alumni Committee for Racial and Ethnic Diversity (ACRED) to gather these personal biographies. This project will include a wide range of stories of escape, immigration, and cultural assimilation. Students may propose their own research focus or rely on advice from SOHP and our partners. This award is made possible by the Carolina Asia Center.

To Apply

Email the following in one PDF document to Sara Wood, SOHP project manager (

  1. Resume (1-2 pages)
  2. Answers to following questions (3 pages max):
    • Describe your experience with oral history.
    • What project are you applying for: Stories to Save Lives or Southern Mix? (Applicants may designate no preference.)
    • What unique and specific skills would you bring to the SOHP’s summer research?
    • What do you hope to gain from this summer research experience?
    • How does this apply to your studies and future goals?
  3. A faculty reference that includes name, department, email address, and phone number

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