Medgar and Myrlie Evers Research Scholars Program 2016

Publish Date: Feb 02, 2016

Deadline: Mar 11, 2016

A new program at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History will facilitate increased use of the department’s holdings and the publication of original research findings. The Medgar and Myrlie Evers Research Scholars Program, a collaboration between MDAH and the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, encourages work in the history of civil and human rights at the state archives in Jackson.

A stipend of $4,000 will be awarded to the Evers Scholar. The funds may be used to cover travel, housing, and other expenses, including costs of research.

“The intent is to allow young university faculty and upper-level graduate students to settle in and complete a substantial project,” said Archives and Records Services director Julia Marks Young. “You really need several weeks to take full advantage of the world-class civil rights holdings of MDAH “

Candidates will submit a CV along with a detailed project description, sample of their work, breakdown of proposed expenses, and references. Click here for an application and more information. Applications must be received by March 11, 2016.


The Evers Scholars recipient must be an upper level student enrolled in a graduate program at an accredited college or university, or a faculty member early in their academic career.

Selection Criteria Scholastic contribution

  • How will this proposed work contribute to the scholarly research on Medgar Evers, Myrlie Evers, and the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi and/or the nation?
  • What is the potential of this applicant to contribute to new and unexplored understandings of Evers and the Civil Rights Movement?
  • How will this proposed work contribute to scholarly research on human rights, and contribute new understandings of this overall topic?
  • How will the product promote or encourage future study of the topic? Proposed research topic, methodology, use of MDAH holdings, and research product(s)
  • How will this research draw on the primary resources at MDAH? How appropriate is the Evers Collection and other MDAH holdings to this research?
  • What is the proposed research methodology?
  • How innovative is the proposed research?
  • What is the overall quality and clarity of the proposal?
  • Is the product appropriate to the research topic? Anticipated schedule
  • Is the schedule reasonable? Estimated expenses (travel, housing, and other)
  • Are expenses reasonable? Vita Sample of work Two letters of recommendation

Further Information

The Medgar and Myrlie Evers Research Scholars Program encourages and supports research in the history of civil and human rights at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. The program seeks to nurture upper-level graduate student and faculty scholars at the beginning of their academic careers, in order to increase their life-long interest in, and promote continued academic and public appreciation of, Medgar Evers’ life and work, the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi, and the struggle for human rights overall. Primary source research will be conducted in residence at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building in Jackson, Mississippi. One competitive scholarship of $4,000.00 will be awarded. The stipend may be used to cover travel, housing, and other expenses related to research during a two-week minimum stay in 2016. (Ineligible costs include computer equipment, hardware, or software and childcare.) The stipend will be paid in increments, with the final payment conditional upon submission of a summary report of research findings; the recipient will be asked to submit receipts to substantiate expenses. While at MDAH the Evers Scholar will make an informal presentation, open to the public, about their research.

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