Research Fellowship Opportunity with the Southern Folklife Collection

by Victor Szabo on December 18, 2015

The Southern Folklife Collection is pleased to announce the Southern Folklife Research Fellowship Program. Created through support from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the program seeks to broadly support humanities scholarship, disseminate content, encourage research, and increase exposure of the Southern Folklife Collection.

The program will provide travel funds of up to $1,500 per fellow, for three artists, graduate students, or scholars who plan to make use of the Southern Folklife Collection for a major project. Projects may include dissertations, theses, articles, monographs, composition, artistic work, and performance.  Travel to the Southern Folklife Collection must be completed before October 31, 2016.

Eligibility and Requirements:

Artists, graduate students, and independent scholars who plan to use the 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 at least one in-person research visit to the SFC before October 31, 2016.

At the conclusion of their research visit, award recipients will present a free public talk or performance about their research in the library, which will be documented and added to the SFC.


To apply, submit:

  • Curriculum vitae (maximum two pages).
  • Brief prospectus (maximum 500 words) describing the project and the relevance of specific SFC collections to that project.
  • Proposed dates of residence.
  • Signed statement from either an advisor or a colleague in support of the proposed work in the SFC for this project.

SFC Research Fellowship Program
c/o Steven Weiss
Southern Folklife Collection
Wilson Library, CB# 3926
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

All applications must be postmarked or time stamped no later than January 15, 2016. Applicants will be notified regarding the status of their applications by February 26, 2016.

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

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