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Postdoctoral Fellowship Application


Past Recipients of Postdoctoral Fellowships

The UNC Center for the Study of the American South invites applications for two one-year postdoctoral fellowships in the history, culture, or society of the American South, broadly construed to include the states of the former Confederacy and adjoining areas.  The awards include a salary of $42,500 and health insurance, plus $3,000 in research and travel funds. The fellowships will support outstanding junior scholars as they revise book-length manuscripts on topics related to the South, and intended for publication by the University of North Carolina Press.

The Center especially welcomes proposals that will utilize the special collections of the UNC-CH Library or other research collections of the Triangle area, and explicitly engage issues of southern regional identity or distinctiveness.  In addition to working on their own projects, each fellow will also teach one course in Southern Studies in the second semester of the fellowship.  Depending on the needs of the Southern Studies/American Studies major, which is located in the Department of American Studies, a fellow may be asked to team-teach one section of the introductory Southern Studies course with a lead instructor from the American Studies Department, or take sole responsibility for one of its capstone seminars in Southern Studies for undergraduate majors.

Applicants must have received the PhD prior to the beginning of the fellowship year and no more than four years should have lapsed before the year begins. Scholars who have received tenure, published a previous scholarly book, or signed a book publication contract (except with UNC Press) are not eligible. The CSAS Fellowship is a residential award, so Fellows are expected to reside within the Chapel Hill area and take an active part in the intellectual life of the Center.

The awards include a subvention of $3,000 towards the publication of each manuscript by the University of North Carolina Press. Fellows must submit their revised manuscripts to the Press and grant it priority for publication before all other presses or media.  Consideration will follow the established peer-review procedures of the Press.

Applications must consist of three hard copies and one electronic copy of the following, with the exception of the letters of recommendation, and preferably sent together. The letters of recommendation may be sent separately, but they should be sealed with the writer’s signature across the envelope flap. Electronic and multiple paper copies of the letters are not required.

  • Cover sheet
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation (no electronic copies required)
  • A three- to five-page description of the project, including plans for revision of the existing manuscript
  • A writing sample from the project of no more than thirty pages. (Selected Fellow must submit a hard copy of the existing manuscript.)
  • A short description of courses about the South that the applicant has taught or would like to teach

Send applications to:
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Southern Studies
The Center for the Study of the American South
CB# 9127, 410 East Franklin Street
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-9127

If you have additional questions, please contact the Center at 919-962-5665 or csas @