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Berea College Special Collections and Archives

Media Archives Fellowships 2024 

Application Deadline Extended To March 30

How to Apply

There is no standardized application form. Applicants are asked to submit a proposal that includes:

1. Contact information and notes about the applicant's background and interest in the subject area of the fellowship

2. A summary of the proposed project and a project title

3. A project timeline including the proposed residency period

4. A description of the anticipated use of Berea collections. Please discuss specific collections and their relevance to the project.

5. Anticipated research outcomes and audiences (e.g., print publication, audio/video documentary, exhibition, public event / performance, teaching, web-based resource, etc.)

6. Successful applications will demonstrate originality, in-depth use of Berea College SCA resources, and potential to add to existing knowledge of Appalachian individuals, communities, cultures, genres, or practices.

7. Three letters of recommendation from colleagues familiar with the applicant's work. For graduate and post-graduate degree students, the recommendations must include the professor directing the applicant's research or the department chair.


Proposals and inquiries should be sent to Harry Rice at  or mailed to Harry Rice, Berea College, CPO LIB, Berea, KY 40404.

Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College only admits academically promising students with limited financial resources—primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia—but welcomes students from 41 states and 76 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly to earn money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.

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