Graduate Students

Your focus on, and understanding of, the American South is truly innovative.

You think creatively about narrative power, and you communicate across disciplines. Your work sparks truth-telling conversations that are necessary to move the region and nation forward. Your commitment to listening as both a skill and an ethical value is exactly the type of scholarship we are looking to encourage.

Funding Opportunities

Emerging Scholar Award

Interested incoming applicants to graduate programs within the College of Arts & Sciences can request to be nominated by their Department for an award recognizing their leadership and promise in their field of study.

Summer Research Grants

During the spring semester, UNC graduate and professional students in all disciplines are invited to apply for $3,000 awards to support dissertation research, thesis research, and other academic projects reimagining the American South.

Townsend Family Southern Futures Scholars

Supported by the Townsend Family, 6 scholars invested in the future of the American South, tasked with convening a national conversation around Southern Futures.

Student Profile: Moriah James

Moriah James received a Southern Futures Award to pursue her research, which will involve interviews with some of her family members. Although COVID-19 prohibited her from returning to Green Valley this past summer, she is conducting interviews remotely with residents.

In spring 2021, James received a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to support doctoral research, an ethnography “on the Black elite and Black elite identity formation.”

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