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SOHP, CSAS, Southern Futures

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 2024.

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 2024.

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, scholars meet to build a network of activist-artist-thinkers who work collaboratively and consider many driving concerns.

Each Scholar will receive $4,000 in summer research funds for both 2024 and 2025 ($8,000 total).

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.


Please email a single PDF that includes:

  • Your name, email, and home department at the top of the page
  • A two-page project proposal
    • describe the research questions, objectives, and significance of the proposed research to the study of the South
    • describe the sources and methodology employed
  • A one-page project outline
    • describe the structure of the project and a planned timeline of completion for the work
  • A two-page curriculum vitae

Separately, have your advisor send a letter of recommendation here.

Send all application materials here by April 1, 2024.


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.