Special Collections Research Fellowship

The University of North Texas Libraries invite 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 who demonstrate the greatest potential for publication and the best use of special collections at UNT Libraries.

The Award

A total of $4,000 in funding will be awarded to two or more fellowship applicants. Fellowship awards are intended to defray the actual costs of conducting research and applicants must prepare a budget detailing their expenses as part of the application process. Fellows will be required to conduct research in residence at UNT (in either the department of Special Collections or the Music Library) for a minimum of four days and a maximum of three months to receive the award. Fellows 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 Fellowship is open to faculty, graduate students, and independent researchers. Any funding awarded must be used between May 15, 2018 and July 31, 2019.

Application Procedure

Applicants should demonstrate the specific relevance of UNT Special Collections to their current research through their essay and cover letter. You can locate information and explore the unique collections at Special Collections and Music Library Collections. Detailed finding aids for many collections (both Special Collections and Music Library Collections) are available through the UNT Libraries Finding Aids Database.

Deadline for applications is March 9, 2018. The recipient will be notified by April 1, 2018.

Please submit the following materials with your application:

  • An essay (3 pages maximum) describing your research interests, specific goals for research during the fellowship period and the specific collections intended for use. For the Special Collections Fellowship also indicate the dates that you will spend in residence.
  • An abstract of no more than 500 words describing your project.
  • A brief CV (3-5 pages).
  • Budget detailing travel expenses such as airfare, transportation or mileage, lodging, meals, or other expenses.
  • One letter of reference indicating the significance of the proposed research. Letters can be sent directly from the recommender or included in the application packet.

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

Send questions and application for the Special Collections Research Fellowship to Jodi Rhinehart-doty.