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Archie K. Davis Fellowships
To promote more extensive and intensive research in North Carolina’s history and culture, the North Caroliniana Society offers on a competitive basis Archie K. Davis Fellowships to assist scholars in gaining access to resources contributing to knowledge of the state’s past. Modest stipends vary and are intended to cover a portion of travel and subsistence expenses while fellows conduct research in North Caroliniana. In evaluating proposals, the Society considers the qualifications of applicants; individual need; quantity, quality, and location of sources; length of research stay; plans for publication or other “product”; and, especially, potential of subject to advance among citizens of the state knowledge and understanding of their own history and culture.
Research in pre-twentieth century documentation is particularly encouraged, but awards also have been made for studies of more recent materials. The Society has no political or other issue-oriented agenda to promote, however, and it is not likely to support studies along those lines. It is also unlikely that the Society can support students in the earliest stages of their research, preferring instead to give greater weight to proposals for which the availability of resources has been surveyed and the researcher can identify specific bodies of materials requiring more intensive study. Although most of the documentation for North Carolina history and culture is located within the state, consideration will be given for assistance in the study of significant materials located elsewhere.