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The University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is now accepting applications for the Incubator Awards: Research Grants for Creative Artists.


The Incubator Awards provide financial and research support for students using historical and rare library materials at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill towards projects in the arts. It aims to foster engagement with Carolina’s rich cultural and historical resources and encourage students to pursue new directions, topics, or methods in their work and creative process. Complete applications are due by midnight October 23, 2022


Incubator Awards: Research Grants for Creative Artists


The Incubator Awards support UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduate and graduate students in artistic projects. Students are encouraged to follow their curiosity and use archival and special collections items as source material and/or inspiration. Projects do not need to rely exclusively on materials in library collections at UNC-Chapel Hill


Students from all artistic disciplines are invited to apply. Projects may include, but are not limited to

  • Artists’ books
  • Costume or set design
  • Creative fiction, non-fiction, or poetry
  • Dance choreography and performance
  • Documentary film or videos
  • Music composition or performance
  • Drawings, paintings, installations, sculptures, or videos
  • Performance of historical music or drama
  • Plays or screenplays

Recipients will receive

  • A stipend: $1,000 for individual projects or up to $3,000 for collaborative group projects
  • Instruction in special collections research practices
  • Support from library staff as they conduct their artistic research


Further information about these fellowships, applicant eligibility, and the application process can be found on the Incubator Awards web page.


Have questions or want to discuss your project? Make an appointment to speak with a librarian

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