University of Illinois at Chicago Library

Special Collections Graduate Student Fellowships (2017)

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Library is now offering Graduate Student Fellowships to further research using the holdings of Special Collections and University Archives.

Special Collections at the Richard J. Daley Library houses manuscripts, rare books, photographs, and artifacts on the social, political, and cultural history of Chicago. The Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago Special Collections documents the city’s rich history as a center for the education and practice of the medical arts. Premier collections include the papers of Richard J. Daley, the Chicago Urban League, the Century of Progress, exemplars of 21st century design, the Chicago settlement house movement, and the Chicago Board of Trade. Special Collections also holds the Sierra Leone collection, 1792-1825. More information is available at

ELIGIBILITY: The award is open to graduate students enrolled in graduate degree programs at UIC. All academic disciplines are eligible. Preference is given to applicants who plan to use UIC political manuscript collections. Past UIC Special Collections fellows are not eligible.

AWARD: $2,000 per semester for one semester, summer 2017, fall 2017, or spring 2018. The Fellowship does not include a tuition waiver. The stipend will be paid in two installments – one before the semester and one after the Fellow submits the midterm report. Up to three Fellowships will be awarded.

DEADLINE: January 15, 2017

REPORTING REQUIREMENTS: Fellows are required to submit a midterm report and final report. At the discretion of UIC, the final report may be a presentation.

APPLICATIONS: A completed application consists of the following components:

  1. A cover letter that includes a title and description of your research project and preferred semester of the fellowship, summer 2017, fall 2017, or spring 2018.
  2. Statement of purpose (300-500 words): Explain the nature of your project and the sources you expect to use in the UIC Library’s Special Collections and University Archives.
  3. Proposed outcome of research such as a paper, thesis, etc. (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 in your application please include the name, email address, and affiliation of the person who will be writing the recommendation.)

Electronic submissions only:

Library Human Resources

The University of Illinois at Chicago

Incomplete applications will not be processed. Applications will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary committee and selections will be announced in early May 2017.

For questions regarding the fellowship, contact Sonia Yaco, head of UIC Special Collections and University Archives