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McColl Early-Stage Research Fellowship

Due to funding shortfalls, the Early-Stage Research Fellowship will not be offered in the 2018-19 academic year.

The Center for the Study of the American South offers the McColl Early-Stage Research Fellowship in Southern Studies to support one semester of dissertation research by a doctoral candidate at the University of North Carolina at 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 will include one semester of in-state tuition for up to three credit hours, health insurance, and a stipend of $8,000. This fellowship is made possible through the generous support of Hugh L. McColl, Jr.

Recipients are expected to devote their full efforts to their dissertation research, and are not permitted any other form of employment while holding the fellowship. Fellows will also participate regularly in our graduate student “Southern Research Circle.” Recipients may not defer the McColl Fellowship or receive its stipend simultaneously with any other major source of competitive funding. Recipients who receive other funding awards may decline the McColl funding and retain the title of McColl Fellow.


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

  • cover sheet
  • curriculum vitae
  • your availability to attend CSAS/SRC events
  • a three-page description, double-spaced, of the dissertation, its intellectual merits, and the specifics of the research to be undertaken during the fellowship semester.


Your faculty advisor should submit a letter via mail, campus mail, or email that

  • certifies that the applicant is a doctoral student in good standing who will have reached formal candidacy for the Ph.D. by the start of the fellowship; and
  • evaluates the intellectual quality of the project, the capabilities and potential of the student, and the applicant’s ability to complete the dissertation in a timely fashion.