Scholars researching the South now have an opportunity for funded research in the collections of the Department of Archives and Special Collections at the J. D. Williams Library at the University of Mississippi. The Study the South research fellowship, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture and the Department of Archives and Special Collections, will provide funding of $1,500 to one qualified scholar, who will also have access to a carrel in the library and an opportunity to publish an essay in Study the South based on their research.

Special Collections has particular strengths in areas that include political history, the blues, civil rights, and the antebellum and Civil War eras. Subject guides and finding aids at Archives and Special Collections can be found at

The funds will support travel and lodging expenses, and the remainder serves as a stipend. Research should take place between June 2020 and May 2021. The deadline for application is March 30, 2020, and the selection committee will notify the awardee by May 1.

Study the South is an online scholarly journal at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture. We will ask the successful fellow either to give a public presentation at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture or a short, recorded interview about her or his work, to be shared through Study the South,

All scholars, including advanced graduate students, are eligible for the fellowship. Candidates should send a 1–2 page description of a research agenda, citing research questions and specific collections that seem most useful, to James G. Thomas, Jr., editor of Study the South, at