Special Collections and University Archives Department

UIC Graduate Student Fellowships 2016


The University Library is now offering Graduate Student Fellowships to further research using the holdings of Special Collections and University Archives at the Richard J. Daley Library and the Library of the Health Sciences. Special Collections at the Daley Library houses collections of rare books, manuscripts, photographs, and artifacts with particular strength in the social, political, and cultural history of Chicago. Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago Special Collections documents Chicago’s rich history as a center for the education and practice of the medical arts. The University Archives at both locations is the depository for historical records of the University of Illinois at Chicago and contains selected papers of prominent faculty, staff, students, and alumni. More information is available at: http://library.uic.edu/home/collections/special-collections-university-archives.

Up to three Fellowships will be awarded per semester.


FIELD OF STUDY: All academic disciplines are eligible.


ELIGIBILITY: The award is open to graduate students enrolled in graduate degree programs at UIC.


AWARD: $2,000

The Fellowship does not include a tuition waiver.


DEADLINE: February 15, 2016 


APPLICATIONS: A completed application consists of the following five components:

  1. A cover letter describing your research topic and preferred semester of the fellowship
  2. Statement of purpose (300-500 words): Explain the nature of your project and the sources you expect to use in Special Collections and University Archives.
  3. Proposed outcome of research (100 to 200 words): Briefly explain how this fellowship will aid in the completion of your project
  4. Curriculum vitae
  5. Letter of recommendation from your advisor evaluating your proposed project. (The letter may be sent separately, but please include the name, email address, and affiliation of the person writing the recommendation.)


Electronic submissions only:

Library Human Resources

The University of Illinois at Chicago



Incomplete applications will not be processed. Applications are reviewed by an interdisciplinary committee and will be announced in April.


For questions regarding the fellowship, contact Sonia Yaco, head of UIC Special Collections and University Archives syaco@uic.edu.