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CSAS, Southern Futures, SOHP

CSAS Summer Research Grants

The Center for the Study of the American South invites UNC graduate and professional students in all disciplines to apply for $3,000 awards to support dissertation research, thesis research, and other academic projects pertaining to the U.S. South during the summer of 2023.

Letters of support should assess the intellectual merit of the project and confirm that the student is currently enrolled in good standing.

Jacquelyn Dowd Hall Grant

The Jacquelyn Dowd Hall Research Fellowship is made possible by its namesake fund, in honor of the founding director of the Southern Oral History Program. The summer research fellowship provides one graduate student currently attending UNC Chapel Hill with a $4,000 award to pursue oral history research or fieldwork during the summer of 2023.

The Townsend Family Southern Futures Graduate Scholars

The U.S. South plays a critical and influential role in the culture, economic success, and wellbeing of the nation and the globe. The Townsend Family Southern Futures Graduate Scholars are an interdisciplinary group of graduate students working to understand the promise and perils of the South and imagine a future where all southern communities can flourish. In addition to conducting individual research, the scholars work together to convene a three-day think-tank style summit in the spring of 2024, building a network of activist-artist-thinkers to work collaboratively and consider many driving concerns.

Each Scholar will receive $4,000 in summer research funds for both 2023 and 2024 ($8,000 total). The cohort will share an allocation of $24,000 for programming costs, including the costs of convening the Spring 2024 Southern Futures Summit.

Any graduate student enrolled and in good standing within the College of Arts & Sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill is eligible. Preference is shown for students with at least two years remaining in their graduate study. Applicants in the early stages of their graduate careers will be given priority.

The six scholars will be selected on the basis of complementary strengths and interests to form a cohort who are ready to work together. Successful applicants will demonstrate a combination of the following elements: research (in any discipline) that concerns the state of North Carolina, the U.S. South, or the Global South; a demonstrated interest in collaborative, multidisciplinary work.

Letters of support should speak to the student’s ability to work collaboratively.


Learn more and apply here by March 27, 2023.


Wilson Special Collections Library Doctoral Fellowships

Available through the University Libraries, these awards support research in Southern studies making significant use of the rich and deep research resources available in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s special collections. Pre-dissertation prospectus and dissertation research awards are available.