Audiovisual Research Fellowship Program

The Southern Folklife Collection (SFC) is pleased to announce the SFC Audiovisual Research Fellowship. Created through support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Fellowship program seeks to encourage scholarly use of the the Southern Folklife Collection’s rich audiovisual collections.

We invite proposals in the areas of the SFC’s collection strengths: American vernacular music and Folklore. Information about the SFC’s holdings is available at: The SFC is especially rich in documentation of the early commercial development of country music and the folk revival movement of the 1960s. We are particularly interested in innovative use of digitized audio and audiovisual recordings and/or metadata from SFC collections.

A stipend of $2,500 will support travel and lodging for a one-week residency in Chapel Hill. The Research Fellowship provides an opportunity to work closely with the Curator of the Southern Folklife Collection and SFC staff to define a universe of audiovisual materials that would be most useful for the Fellow’s research. The SFC will allocate studio time or funds for outsourcing to fulfill requests for digitization and online access of audiovisual materials not currently accessible online. Those requests will be limited to thirty audio or video recordings and will be available within three months following the research visit in Chapel Hill. Travel to the Southern Folklife Collection must be completed before June 15, 2018.

Eligibility and Requirements:

Faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars who plan to use the AV resources available in the Southern Folklife Collection are eligible. Preference will be given to applicants residing outside central North Carolina.

Foreign nationals must independently obtain a social security number and a visa before grant funds can be issued to them.

Each award recipient must make a one-week in-person research visit to the SFC before June 15, 2018.

At the conclusion of their research visit, the Fellow is required to give a 30-minute public presentation in the Library and to provide feedback to collection staff on how outreach and access of the collections can be improved, with focus on potential future uses of the materials by researchers.


To apply, submit:

  1. Curriculum vitae (maximum two pages)
  1. Narrative (maximum 500 words):
  • A description of your project’s anticipated use of the Southern Folklife Collection. Please discuss specific SFC collections and their relevance to your project.
  • A description of the anticipated research outcomes and audiences (e.g., print publications, audio or audiovisual publication, exhibition, public event, teaching, web-based resources).
  1. Letter of recommendation from a professional colleague familiar with the applicant’s work. For graduate degree candidates, the recommendation must be from the professor directing the applicant’s research. Applicants are responsible for contacting and obtaining letters from those providing recommendations. 

Proposals or inquiries should be sent to:

SFC Audiovisual Research Fellowship
c/o Steve Weiss
Southern Folklife Collection,
CB#3926, Wilson Library
Chapel Hill, NC 27515
(with email subject line: SFC Audiovisual Research Fellowship)

All applications must be postmarked or time stamped no later than November 10, 2017. Applicants will be notified regarding the status of their applications by December 1, 2017.

If you have questions, please email Steve Weiss, Curator of the Southern Folklife Collection at: