Wilson Special Collections Library  Public History Fellowship

Amount: $5,000

Term: AY 2021-22

Eligibility: Doctoral students in humanities and humanistic social sciences enrolled in a degree program in one of sixteen departments in the College of Arts & Sciences*

Application Due: Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Supervisor: Sarah Carrier, NC Research & Instructional Librarian

The Site

The mission of the UNC University Libraries is to collect and curate what matters to Carolina and to help our users find, evaluate, use, and create information and knowledge. Our pillars are preservation, student success, and enabling the research enterprise. We value innovation, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The Fellowship Project

The 2021-2022 Public History Fellow will work in Research and Instructional Services at Wilson Special Collections Library, a library with thriving public programming and exhibits, a robust and innovative instruction program, and dynamic collections.

The Research and Instructional Services Department in Wilson Library is a public services unit connecting community, pedagogy, and collections in numerous ways. Wilson R&IS employs primary source education, outreach, and participatory democratic processes to engage the archive in innovative ways. Public-facing work is central to the department’s mission to connect community to the library, and we seek a Public History Fellow who would not only support this work but help lead projects with a particular focus on the history of UNC-Chapel Hill. The Wilson Public History Fellow will therefore focus on university history engagement which will include exhibitions, walking and virtual tours, and other programs. This person could also help with teaching any number of classes where there is a focus on UNC-Chapel Hill history, as the case arises. This fellow would also work closely with the staff of University Archives and Records Management at Wilson, with opportunity for further collaboration across the libraries and campus.

*Due to COVID, in-person experience may be limited and safety measures will be taken into account when designing fellowship activities and goals.

More Information

Applicants must submit a cover letter explaining their academic background and professional qualifications, as well as their goals for professional development through this fellowship; a C.V.; and a letter of support from an advisor in their department or their Director of Graduate Studies. The completed application  should be submitted to the HPG website no later than the end of the day on Wednesday, September 8, 2021.

Queries which are not answered in the FAQ may be directed to Ashley Melzer, HPG Initiative Director.  Open interest meetings (at this link) will be held on Tuesday, August 24 at 4pm, Friday, August 27 at 12pm, and Wednesday, September 1 at 5pm. Email the director to setup a different time or ask a question.

*Eligible graduate programs will be affiliated with American Studies; Anthropology; Art & Art History; Classics; Communication; Dramatic Art; English & Comparative Literature; Geography; Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures; History; Linguistics; Music; Philosophy; Religious Studies; Romance Studies; and Women & Gender Studies. Graduate students within the College of Arts & Sciences who are not affiliated with one of these programs, but are pursuing a course of study which makes significant use of humanities methods or content, may write to Ashley Melzer to petition for eligibility. Graduate students in programs outside of the College of Arts & Sciences are not eligible.

The Application

Wilson Special Collections Library Public History Fellowship

Submit materials for a Graduate Fellowship with the Wilson Special Collections Library
  • e.g., first year, fourth year
  • Please note who will write your reference letter.
  • Please upload a statement of your credentials, professional intentions, and relationship with socially impactful humanities research as relates to this fellowship opportunity.