Undergraduate Students

Your ideas, your creativity, and your perspective are the future.

You are a researcher from the moment you come to Carolina. You have the ability to enact positive change in the South and the world. This program will give you the opportunity to partner with faculty, researchers, artists, policymakers and storytellers doing extraordinary work to build a future where all southern communities can flourish.

Funding Opportunities

Southern Futures Fellows

New undergraduate students, both first-year and transfer, with an interest in contributing to the future prosperity of communities in the American South. Students interested in all majors are welcome.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Awards of $3,000 will be conferred by the Office of Undergraduate Research through the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURF) Students should indicate their interest in Southern Futures specifically when applying for this funding through SURF.

SOHP Summer Undergraduate Research Assistantship Awards

The Southern Oral History Program offers competitive summer undergraduate field research awards for students at UNC Chapel Hill. Summer field researchers will receive a $2,500 stipend for 10 weeks of summer oral history fieldwork that includes researching and collecting oral histories for one of SOHP’s research projects. 

Student Profile: Madd Heartley

The American studies major from Charlotte, who also plans to go to nursing school, received a Southern Futures Award to support her undergraduate research.

“Having the tools to do research is a valuable skill set. It helped me to understand more about my own history with the South and how much there is still for me to know and learn. Understanding the past has a lasting impact on how we see the world today.”

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