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Summer Research Grants

The application deadline for the 2015 Summer Research Grants is February 28, 2015.

UNC graduate and professional students are encouraged to apply for awards of up to $3,000 to be used for summer research pertaining to the American South, including dissertation research, thesis research, and other academic projects including those with a component of engaged scholarship. Proposals are welcome from graduate and professional students in any discipline.

As part of our new partnership with the Historic Black Towns & Settlements Alliance (HBTSA) to address the needs of to five historically black towns in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi, CSAS welcomes summer research grant proposals that incorporate one of the Alliance’s identified projects.  To learn more about HBTSA, please click here.  You can read more detailed descriptions of summer projects identified by the Alliance in Hobson City, AL; Tuskegee, AL; Eatonville, FL; Grambling, LA; and Mound Bayou, MS. Applicants with questions about these identified summer projects should contact Dr. Kenneth Janken, CSAS interim director, at or Patrick Horn, Associate Director, at 919-962-0553.

Graduate and professional student award recipients will present the results of their work in the annual Southern Research Circle Interdisciplinary Conference for Graduate Research. Recipients will also submit short summaries of the grant work. These reports will be posted on the Center’s website to provide a continuing file of research findings. Award recipients participate in the Southern Research Circle graduate-student working group during the subsequent academic year. The SRC working group meets three times per semester for discussion of research and topics relevant to the study of the American South.

The summer research grant can be used for direct research costs and/or a stipend to support the student’s full effort toward research for an extended period.

Please submit three hard copies and one electronic copy (which must be submitted as a single PDF file) of the following:

  • Cover page.
  • Double-spaced narrative of not more than 1,000 words describing the project, its guiding questions, and its relationship to existing scholarship. The narrative should also indicate the anticipated project completion date.
  • Complete budget.
  • Curriculum vitae, not to exceed three pages.
  • Letter of support from your faculty advisor under separate cover that
    • Assesses the intellectual merit of the project
    • Confirms that the student is currently enrolled and is expected to return next academic year in good standing
    • Only one copy of your advisor’s letter is needed; it can be sent on paper or electronically.

Please email one electronic copy of your application as a single PDF file to


Please send three paper copies of your application to
Summer Research Grants
Center for the Study of the American South
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The Love House and Hutchins Forum
410 East Franklin St, CB #9127
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-9127