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Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholars Grant

Applicant Information

Campus visitors should be aware that the University’s libraries and manuscript collections are open for public use on a non-circulating basis during normal operating hours and with minimal restrictions. However, advanced scholars who plan extended periods of research on the South at UNC 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. We regret that we cannot offer Visiting Scholars any research 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

Fill out this form and email it, along with a copy of your CV, to Upon acceptance, our office will contact you about the background check process.

Applications will be considered on or after August 15th for the fall semester and on or after November 2nd for the spring semester.