Advisor Support for Student Funding Opportunities

Applications due Friday, March 11, 2022



Only a single letter of recommendation is required for students being considered for funding, even if they are applying for multiple opportunities.


You can upload a letter of support below, or email it directly to


*Your emailed submission of a letter of support certifies that the student is enrolled in good standing.

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.

Advisor Recommendations for 2022-2023 Graduate Student Funding

Student applications are due by March 11, 2022. Reach out to with any questions. Feel free to use the form below to submit your recommendation, or submit by email.