Rare Book Collection Fellowships
Due to the continuing impact that the COVID-19 emergency is having on our Library and Campus operations, we are not accepting applications for any Wilson Fellowships for the 2021-2022 academic year. We anticipate accepting applications in December 2021 for the 2022-2023 fellowship cycle. The guidelines below are available for reference.
Fellowship awards overview
The Rare Book Collection Fellowships support scholarly research that makes significant use of the rich and deep rare book resources available in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s special collections.
Two types of awards are available:
- The Hanes Graduate Fellowship supports UNC-Chapel Hill graduate students working on a thesis or dissertation that significantly relies upon Rare Book Collection materials. This research award is open to all Carolina Masters and Doctoral students and will be granted for one, two, or three months depending upon demonstrated need to consult Rare Book Collection materials. The research residency must take place during the summer research season, which extends from June 1 to September 1 in the year awarded. Fellowships will be funded at the rate of $3,000 per month.
- The Marjorie Bond Research Fellowship supports scholarly research projects that draw deeply and substantively on the Wilson Library’s Rare Book Collection. This research award is open to the broader community of advanced graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars and will be granted for one, two, or three months depending upon demonstrated need to consult Rare Book Collection materials. The research visit must take place during the summer research season, which extends from June 1 to September 1 in the year awarded. Fellowships will be funded at the rate of $3,000 per month.
- The Hanes Fellowship is open to Masters or Doctoral students enrolled in a graduate program in the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill who are currently working on a thesis or dissertation project.
- The Bond Fellowship is open to all scholarly researchers who have or who are actively pursuing the terminal degree in their discipline.
- Submit a research proposal and research plan that draws deeply and substantively on the Rare Book Collection.
- Commit to a full-time research residency at Wilson Library for the duration of the award.
- Agree to participate in the intellectual life of the Library and the fellowship program, which will include a public presentation of research findings and experiences and the submission of a brief research report.
All application materials must be received by midnight January 31 and be submitted electronically via Interfolio using the Rare Book Collection Fellowship Application.
The online application requires the submission of the following supporting materials:
- Research Proposal: A brief narrative (no more than 1200 words) that describes your proposed research and its intellectual significance.
- Research Plan: A substantive preliminary list of Wilson Library Rare Book Collection materials that will be consulted during your residency. Brief annotations concerning the relevancy of a collection should be included.
- Curriculum vitae
- Two confidential letters of recommendation. For graduate students, one letter must be from your academic advisor.
- For graduate students, a letter from the Director of Graduate Studies confirming your current academic status.
Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
- Merit of the proposal
- Applicant’s qualifications and letters of recommendations
- Demonstrated need to access in person the holdings of the Wilson Special Collections Library
- December 1: Applications open for electronic submissions via Interfolio
- January 31: All application materials must be received by this date.
- March 31: Successful applicants are notified by email.
- April 30: Accepting applicants must return all required documentation by this date.
- June 1: Opening of Research Year
- September 1: Close of Summer Research Season
- October 1: Summer Research Reports due.
Awarding of funds
Fellowship awards will be disbursed after the completion of a fellowship residency. It is strongly recommended that fellows arrive with the funds necessary to support their research visit.
These Fellowships are generously supported by the Marjorie Bond and Hanes Family Funds.
Questions about the fellowships program or application instructions should be directed to Matt Turi via firstname.lastname@example.org.