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Summer Undergraduate Research Assistantship Awards

The Southern Oral History Program is offering two competitive undergraduate awards ($2500 each) for students at UNC Chapel Hill during Summer 2020.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, March  27, 2020 by 5PM EST.

Plambeck Award

The Plambeck Award is for a student pursuing their own oral history project during summer 2020. The project must align with the expectations and standards of the SOHP’s work and mission. The stipend can be used for ongoing fieldwork or producing public-facing work using projects in the SOHP’s archive (this work must culminate in a final project for the SOHP to exhibit). Interviews conducted during the summer will be considered for deposit with the SOHP’s collection at the Southern Historical Collection in the Wilson Special Collections Library.

Vogel Award 

The Vogel Award provides funding for a student who wishes to spend the summer working in the office of the SOHP. This student will assist with collection processing, archival research, digital curation, and public engagement. The student will work 20 hours per week at the SOHP for 10 weeks, with daily hours being set by the student and SOHP.

To Apply

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

1. Letter of interest & resume

2. Answers to following questions:

  • Describe your experience with oral history.
  • What do you hope to gain from this experience?
  • How does this apply to your studies and future goals?

3. A faculty reference that includes name, department, email address, and phone number

4. Which award are you applying for [Plambeck or Vogel]?

Plambeck Award Applicants: Please submit a two-page description of your project that details your research plans, timeline, and connection to oral history.

Vogel Award Applicants:  In two pages, please answer the following—describe what unique and specific skills would you bring to the SOHP. What do you hope to accomplish by the end of summer? Tell us about one idea you would like to pursue during your time at the SOHP.

Deadline for applications is Friday, March 27, 2020 by 5PM EST