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Grants and Fellowships

2018 Summer Visiting Research Fellowships

Wilson Special Collections Library is pleased to announce that it will award up to eight short-term summer research fellowships in the amount of $1,250 to support intensive, innovative, and impactful research use of its collections.

For applicants whose permanent residence is within the Research Triangle region, an award will be adjusted to $625 (fifty percent of the residential stipend) to support the expenses of commuting rather than travel and housing.


A successful candidate for the 2018 Summer Visiting Research Fellowships will:

  • Submit a research plan that draws deeply and substantively on the collections of the Wilson Special Collections Library. The Library’s collections include the North Carolina Collection, the Rare Book Collection, the Southern Folklife Collection, the Southern Historical Collection, and University Archives.
  • Commit to a research residency of at least ten days at the Louis Round Wilson Library that will occur between May 1 and September 1, 2018.
  • Agree to participate in the intellectual life of the Library, which will include a public presentation of research findings and experiences and the submission of a brief research report.
  • Have or be actively pursuing the terminal degree in their discipline.


Applications will be evaluated based on:

  • Merit of the proposal
  • Applicant’s qualifications
  • Demonstrated need to access in person the holdings of the Wilson Special Collections Library

Fellowship Sponsors

UNC Libraries and the Louis Round Wilson Special Collection Library gratefully acknowledge the generous gifts that support our research fellowships:

  • The John Eugene & Barbara Hilton Cay Library Fund supports the study of literary culture and traditions of the American South.
  • The Guion Griffis Johnson Fund supports research concerning women in the American South.
  • The Documenting Social Change Library Fund supports the study of American culture, politics, and social changes from 1960 to 1975.
  • The Hugh L. McColl Library Fund supports research about banking and business in the American South.
  • The Parker-Dooley Fund for Southern History supports research about North Carolina.
  • The J. Carlyle Sitterson Fund for Southern Historical Collection supports research about Antebellum America.
  • The Joel Williamson Fund for the Southern Historical Collection supports research about African-American life, culture, and history.
  • The Lucinda Holderness Wilcox and Benson R. Wilcox Library Fund supports research about North Carolina.


To apply for a Summer Visiting Research Fellowship, please submit the following:

  1. A brief research plan that describes the proposed project, discusses its intellectual significance, and lists the specific materials to be consulted at Wilson Library during the fellowship. Please name the document: Applicant_Last Name_First Name_research_plan.pdf.
  2. Current curriculum vitae. Please name the document Applicant_Last Name_First Name_cv.pdf.
  3. Letter of recommendation in support of your proposed project sent directly from the email address of the letter’s author. Please have the document named Applicant_Last Name_First Name_recommendation_letter.pdf
  4. Send all application materials by February 15 to with the email subject line: 2018 Summer Visiting Research Fellowships. Please contact Matt Turi with any questions.

Important 2018 Fellowship Dates

  • January 1: Application period opens.
  • February 15: All application materials must be received by this date.
  • March 15: Successful applicants are notified by email.
  • March 29: Accepting applicants must return all required documentation by this date.
  • May 1: Opening of Sumer Research Season
  • September 1: Close of Summer Research Season
  • October 1: Final deadline for submission of summer research report

Awarding of Funds

Payment will be issued in two parts. Half of the award is disbursed prior to the planned visit and the balance is released upon the successful completion of the defined visit.

Other fellowship opportunities

Additional funding opportunities to support research in the Wilson Special Collections Library include: