Graduate Student Funding Opportunities

Applications due Friday, March 11, 2022



Please use the single online application at the bottom of this page to apply for either, or both funding opportunities.


Only a single 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 grant recipients will have their work featured online and will be required to share their research at an event in the fall of 2022.


The Townsend Family Southern Futures Graduate Scholars

The U.S. South plays a critical and influential role in the culture, economic success, and wellbeing of the nation and the globe. The Townsend Family Southern Futures Graduate Scholars are an interdisciplinary group of graduate students working to understand the promise and perils of the South and imagine a future where all southern communities can flourish. In addition to conducting individual research, the scholars work together to convene a three-day think-tank style summit in the spring of 2023, building a network of activist-artist-thinkers to work collaboratively and consider many driving concerns.

Each Scholar will receive $4,000 in summer research funds for both 2022 and 2023 ($8,000 total). The cohort will share an allocation of $24,000 for programming costs, including the costs of convening the Spring 2023 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.

Southern Futures Summer Research Grants

Southern Futures at 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

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 $18,000. 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. Recipients are expected to devote their full efforts to the completion of the dissertation, and are not permitted any other form of employment while holding the fellowship. 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 2022-2023 Funding

Applications are due by March 11, 2022. Reach out to with any questions.

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