Graduate Student Funding Opportunities

Deadline extended! Applications due Monday, March 27, 2023


The Southern Oral History Program and Southern Futures are partnering to offer a single online application for summer funding at The Center for the Study of the American South.


Please use the application at the bottom of this page to apply for one or multiple funding opportunities.


Only one letter of recommendation is required for your application, even if you are applying for multiple opportunities. Your advisor can learn more and upload a letter of support here, or email it directly to


All recipients of summer funding will be required to submit a mid-summer progress report of what has been accomplished so far, and detailing a plan for work yet to be done. By the end of the summer award period, recipients will submit an impact statement and will share their findings at an event at The Center for the Study of the American South in the fall of 2023.


*Students receiving an "Emerging Scholar Award" or a "Townsend Family Southern Futures Graduate Scholar Award" during the summer of 2023 are not eligible for additional competitive funding from Southern Futures during the summer of 2023, but are encouraged to apply during the next award cycle.


Jacquelyn Dowd Hall Graduate Summer Research Fellowship

The Jacquelyn Dowd Hall Research Fellowship is made possible by its namesake fund, in honor of the founding director of the Southern Oral History Program. The summer research fellowship provides one graduate student currently attending UNC Chapel Hill with a $4,000 award to pursue oral history research or fieldwork during the summer of 2023.

The Townsend Family Southern Futures Graduate Scholars

Each Scholar will receive $4,000 in summer research funds for both 2023 and 2024 ($8,000 total). The cohort will share an allocation of $24,000 for programming costs, including the costs of convening the Spring 2024 Southern Futures Summit.

Any graduate student enrolled and in good standing within the College of Arts & Sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill is eligible. Preference is shown for students with at least two years remaining in their graduate study. Applicants in the early stages of their graduate careers will be given priority.

The six scholars will be selected on the basis of complementary strengths and interests to form a cohort who are ready to work together. Successful applicants will demonstrate a combination of the following elements: research (in any discipline) that concerns the state of North Carolina, the U.S. South, or the Global South; a demonstrated interest in collaborative, multidisciplinary work.

Letters of support should speak to the student's ability to work collaboratively.

CSAS Summer Research Grants

The Center for the Study of the American South invites UNC graduate and professional students in all disciplines to apply for $3,000 awards to support dissertation research, thesis research, and other academic projects pertaining to the U.S. South during the summer of 2022.

Letters of support should assess the intellectual merit of the project and confirm that the student is currently enrolled in good standing.


Featured opportunity:

The McColl Dissertation Year Fellowship in Southern Studies

Deadline extended until Monday, March 27, 2023.

The Center for the Study of the American South offers the McColl Dissertation Year Fellowship in Southern Studies to support the completion of a dissertation by a doctoral candidate at UNC-Chapel Hill on a subject related to the history, culture, or society of the U.S. South. We define the South broadly, to include the states of the southeastern U.S., adjoining areas, and regions that are conceptually or ideologically southern. The fellowship includes in-state tuition for up to 3.0 credit hours, health insurance, and a stipend of $20,000. This fellowship is made possible through the generous support of Hugh L. McColl, Jr.

Fellowships begin at the start of the fall semester and continue through the last day of the spring semester. Fellows will participate in campus discussions and present their research. Recipients may not defer the McColl Fellowship or receive its stipend simultaneously with any other major source of competitive funding.

Letters of support should certify that the doctoral student is in good standing and will have reached formal candidacy for the PhD by the beginning of the fellowship year, and evaluate the intellectual quality of the student's project as well as the likelihood that they can complete the dissertation during the year of the fellowship. Please note that this fellowship does not require completion of the dissertation, but should be awarded to students who are approaching the final phase of their writing and research.

Application for 2023-2024 Funding

Applications are due by March 22, 2023. Reach out to with any questions.

Please have your advisor complete a letter of support and submit here, or by email.