Grants and Fellowships

Wilson Special Collections Library Research Fellowships The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The Wilson Special Collections Library offers research funding in five categories of awards as described below. The next application period for fellowships will open in Fall 2020.

Southern Studies Doctoral Fellowships

Wilson Library invites applications from advanced graduate students studying the American South for its Southern Studies Doctoral Fellowships. Two types of award are available: 1) an exploratory one-month Pre-Dissertation Prospectus Fellowship, and 2) a one- to three-month Dissertation Research Fellowship.

Further details about these fellowships, applicant eligibility, and the application process can be found on our Southern Studies Doctoral Fellowships page.

Summer Visiting Research Fellowships

Wilson Library invites applications from advanced graduate students, faculty, independent scholars, and established performing and creative artists for two-week summer research fellowships that support intensive, innovative, and impactful research and artistic use of its collections.

These awards support research focused on North Carolina and the American South.

Further details about these fellowships, applicant eligibility, and the application process can be found on our Summer Visiting Research Fellowships page.

Rare Book Collection Fellowships

Wilson Library offers two types of award to support the intensive use of its Rare Book Collection. 1) The Hanes Graduate Fellowship supports Carolina graduate students whose research requires direct and sustained use of Rare Book Collection materials.  2) The Bond Fellowship invites applications from the broader community of advanced graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars. These awards will support research residencies of between one and three months.

Further details about these fellowships, applicant eligibility, and the application process can be found on our Rare Book Collection Fellowships page.

Audiovisual Research Fellowship

Wilson Library invites applications from advanced graduate students, faculty, independent scholars, and established performing and creative artists for a fellowship that supports intensive, innovative, and impactful research and artistic use of its audiovisual holdings.  Sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this award supports research residencies of at least two-weeks.

Further details about this fellowship, applicant eligibility, and the application process can be found on our Audiovisual Research Fellowship page.

Incubator Awards: Research Grants for Creative Artists

The Incubator Awards provide financial and research support for current Carolina undergraduate and graduate students using historical and rare library materials at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill towards projects in the arts. Guidelines, timeline, and application information can be found on the Incubator Awards page.

Other fellowship opportunities

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

  • Wilson Library is pleased to participate as a host institution for the Archie K. Davis Fellowships offered by the North Caroliniana Society. The Davis Fellowships encourage research using North Carolina’s historical and cultural resources and have an annual application deadline of March 1.