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Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholars Grant

Applicant Information

Campus visitors should know that the University’s libraries and manuscript collections are open for public use on a non-circulating basis during normal hours and with minimal restrictions. In addition, advanced scholars who plan extended periods of research on the South at Carolina may apply for Visiting Scholar status through the Center.

Visiting Scholars may be faculty members at other institutions, post-doctoral fellows, or others holding terminal degrees in their fields. They are entitled to full privileges at all campus libraries and manuscript collections, with the opportunity to check out circulating materials, use the University gymnasium and recreational facilities (fees may apply), and apply for parking, carrel, and office space if available. The Center’s Visiting Scholars are invited to participate in its programs and the staff will help introduce them to UNC faculty members and facilities. We regret that we cannot offer our Visiting Scholars any stipend.

The University requires a criminal background check for Visiting Scholar status, which includes a $50.00 fee and a certain length of time for processing. Brief visitors and students from other institutions may therefore find official Visiting Scholar status unnecessary.

To apply, please complete this form and return it with the application fee. For more details or further information, please contact Patrick Horn at