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Lewis P. Jones Research Fellowship in South Carolina History


This award will be offered for the summer of 2018.
Applications must be received by February 16, 2018.


Summer Fellowships

A permanently endowed research fellowship was established in 1996 as a tribute to Dr. Lewis P. Jones by an anonymous gift.

Dr. Jones, a native of Laurens, S.C., received B.A. and M.A. degrees from Wofford College and a Ph.D. in history from the University of North Carolina. He served as a member of the Wofford faculty from 1946 to 1987, during which time he was secretary to the faculty, chair of the Department of History, and the first holder of the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professorship. In 1987, Dr. Jones was presented with South Carolina's highest award, the Order of the Palmetto.  Dr. Jones passed away in Spartanburg on July 20, 2007.

As professor at Wofford and author of South Carolina: A Synoptic History for Laymen (1971) and numerous other works on Palmetto State history, Dr. Jones had a tremendous impact on the appreciation and teaching of history in South Carolina.

This endowment provides researchers with the opportunity to conduct research during the summer months at the South Caroliniana Library.  Applicants must be conducting research in South Carolina history. The fellowship is available to non-professional historical researchers, public school teachers, college students, and university instructors. United States citizens and interested internationals are encouraged to apply.  Internationals coming from abroad will be expected to participate as a J-1 Exchange Visitor sponsored by the University of South Carolina.  Internationals already in the U.S. must hold a valid U.S. immigration status that allows payment for a summer research fellowship.

Each proposal will be evaluated on its merits. Primary consideration will be given to projects involving the substantive study of issues of general interest and doctoral and post-doctoral studies. Each proposal should be aimed at a discrete end product such as a book, dissertation, thesis, article, documentary, film, or exhibit. Budgets will be examined and may be approved in whole or in part.

In return for accepting support, each award recipient is required to acknowledge the Lewis P. Jones Research Fellowship in South Carolina History in any resulting published works and donate a copy (or copies) of said works to the library.  The recipient may be requested to submit a brief article summarizing his or her findings and research experience for publication in the Library’s newsletter.

Applicants should submit the following:

● Cover letter with contact information, including full name, mailing and physical address, telephone, and email.
● An essay of not more than 1,000 words discussing the topic of research and how the Library’s collection will be utilized.
● A research prospectus including proposed length of stay and overall project budget clearly stating the amount requested and how the award will be spent.
● Current curriculum vitæ.
● Two letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant's scholarly ability and significance of their research project.


Send materials to:

South Caroliniana Library at Thomas Cooper Library
University of South Carolina
Attention: Todd Hoppock
1322 Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29208

Applications must be received by February 16, 2018.

For further information, please contact Todd Hoppock at, or call 803-777-3131.

The award recipient(s) will be announced on or before March 19, 2018.