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The application deadline for the 2021-22 McColl Fellowship is March 29, 2021.

The Center for the Study of the American South offers the McColl Dissertation Year Fellowship in Southern Studies to support the completion of a dissertation by a doctoral candidate at UNC-Chapel Hill on a subject related to the history, culture, or society of the American south. We define the south broadly, to include the states of the former Confederacy, adjoining areas, and regions that are conceptually or ideologically southern. The fellowship includes in-state tuition for up to 3.0 credit hours, health insurance, and a stipend of $18,000. This fellowship is made possible through the generous support of Hugh L. McColl, Jr.

Fellowships begin at the start of the fall semester and continue through the last day of the spring semester. Recipients are expected to devote their full efforts to the completion of the dissertation, and are not permitted any other form of employment while holding the fellowship. Fellows will participate in campus discussions and present their research. Recipients may not defer the McColl Fellowship or receive its stipend simultaneously with any other major source of competitive funding.

Applicants should submit a single electronic copy (as a merged PDF file) of the following to

  • Cover sheet;
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • A three-page, double-spaced description of the project and its intellectual merits;
  • Your timetable for completion and your availability to attend CSAS/SRC events; and
  • A writing sample excerpted from one chapter of your dissertation (approximately 15 pages).

Under separate cover, your faculty advisor should email a letter to that

  • Certifies that you are a doctoral student in good standing who will have reached formal candidacy for the PhD by the beginning of the fellowship year, and
  • Evaluates the intellectual quality of your project as well as the likelihood that you can complete the dissertation during the year of the fellowship. Please note that this fellowship does not require completion of the dissertation, but should be awarded to students who are approaching the final phase of their writing and research.

Please contact the Center at 919-962-5665 with any questions. Our preferred email address is listed above, and our mailing address is 410 E. Franklin Street, CB#9127, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-9127.