The University of North Texas Libraries invites applications for the UNT Special Collections Research Fellowship. Research in special collections is relevant to studies in a variety of disciplines including history, journalism, political science, geography, fine art, art history and American studies. We encourage applicants to think creatively about new uses for special collections. Preference will be given to applicants that demonstrate the greatest potential for publication and the best use of special collections at UNT Libraries.

The Award:
A total of $2,000 in funding will be awarded to one or more fellowship applicants. Fellows will be required to conduct research in residence at UNT for a minimum of four days and a maximum of three months to receive the award. The fellow will be required to write a brief (under 500 words) overview of their research experience and may also be asked to present an informal lecture on their research. The Special Collections Fellowship is generously supported by the Friends of the UNT Libraries.

The Fellowship is open to faculty, graduate students, and independent researchers. Any funding awarded must be used between June 1, 2014 and August 30, 2015.

Application procedure:
Applicants should demonstrate the specific relevance of UNT Special Collections to their current research through their essay and cover letter. Information on library holdings can be located through the UNT Libraries catalog, the Special Collections department website, on-line finding aids for archives and manuscript collections or by contacting the department directly.

Deadline for applications is February 15, 2014. The recipient will be notified by April 1, 2014. Please submit a completed application form along with the following materials:

  1. A brief essay (3 pages maximum) describing your research interests, specific goals for research at UNT and the specific collections intended for use.
  2. A brief CV (3-5 pages)
  3. Brief budget for travel and lodging expenses
  4. Dates to be spent in residence
  5. One letter of reference indicating the significance of the proposed research.

Application materials should be submitted electronically in PDF or Microsoft Word format to Morgan Gieringer.