Applications

This image is a Cartes de Visite showing the 1865 Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team. It's not held in the Williams collection, but since all of their images had watermarks, this is what we had to use.The Summersell Center offers short-term research fellowships intended to assist scholars from outside the Tuscaloosa area with their use of the archival collections and resources held on The University of Alabama campus. Endowment of these fellowships allows us to continue them indefinitely and possibly to expand the number of them we can offer, while freeing up resources for other projects.

To support the study of southern history and promote the use of the collections housed at The University of Alabama, the Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South, in partnership with The University of Alabama Libraries, offers a total of eight fellowships in the amount of $500 each for researchers whose project entails work to be conducted in southern history or southern studies at the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, the A.S. Williams III Americana Collection, or in other University of Alabama collections.

Applications should include two copies each of the following:

  • A current CV.
  • One letter of recommendation (which may be sent under separate cover).
  • A description of the research project, no longer than two double-spaced pages, which includes a description of the particular resources to be used during the term of the fellowship.

Applications must be received by March 30. Decisions regarding awards will be made by May 15 and research may be conducted anytime between June 1 of the awarding year and May 31 of the following year.

Academic and non-academic researchers at any stage of their careers are encouraged to apply.

Because fellowships are designed primarily to help defray travel and lodging expenses, eligibility is restricted to researchers living outside the Tuscaloosa area.

Send all completed application materials to:

The Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South
c/o The University of Alabama Department of History
Box 870212
202 ten Hoor Hall
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0212

Any questions about the fellowships may be directed to Dr. John Giggie, Director of the Summersell Center: jmgiggie@ua.edu or 205.348.7100.

Current Fellowship Recipients

Author Project Title
Butler, Clayton “‘Homemade Yankees’: White Unionists in the Deep South during the Civil War.”
Carson, Adam “Changing the Heart of Dixie: Political Realignment in the Mid-South at Mid-Century.”
Charlety, Elsa “‘Sister Outsider’ – ‘Outsider Within’: Slave Women, Resistance and the Domestic Space in the Antebellum Plantation Household.”
Powers, Michael “The Commercial Union of the Three Americans: Major Edward A. Burke and Transnational New South Visionaries, 1870-1928.”
Stanonis, Anthony “Emancipated Spirits: Race, Voodoo, and Music in American Popular Culture.”