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Graduate Fellowships

Special Collections

The Special Collections Division houses two research centers and rich and diverse collections documenting the history, culture and physical environment of the city of Las Vegas, southern Nevada and the American West, the international gaming industry, and the history of UNLV. Special Collections provides graduate fellowships for UNLV students to work with its extensive collections in a variety of individualized collection and research projects which have included the processing of archival collections, oral history, and the creation of digital collections. For more information, contact Michelle Light, Director, Special Collections.

Gaming Fellows

The Gaming Research Fellowship program encourages both junior and senior academics to broaden their inquiry into the fields of gambling and gaming by granting two- and four-week residencies, supported by stipends, at UNLV Special Collections, where they investigate the historical, social, and cultural impact of gambling in a variety of disciplines and methodologies.  As part of their residency, Fellows give a public talk about their research and contribute a paper to the Center’s Occasional Paper Series.

The Gaming Research Fellowship program advances the mission of the Center and the university by fostering interdisciplinary scholarship focused on broadly-defined gaming issues and by encouraging the use of the rare and unique collections at UNLV Special Collections in new ways. The broader academic study of gambling, engaging scholars from differing disciplines with a broad spectrum of perspectives and intellectual contexts beyond its simple economic impact or pathological etiology, is essential for the importance and complexity of this now global industry and social phenomenon to be fully recognized and understood. Since its founding in 2007, the program has created an international community of scholars who have the benefit of having worked in one of the finest archival repositories for gambling in the world and who have established the Center for Gaming Research and UNLV as the international focal point for gaming research. For further information, see:

Hal Rothman Fellowship

The UNLV History Department and the College of Liberal Arts, in partnership with University Libraries and Special Collections Division, each year selects a graduate student as a Rothman Fellow, named for the late UNLV History Professor Hal K. Rothman. The award is granted through a competitive process to an outstanding graduate student in American Western History. This creative partnership provides an outstanding student the opportunity to conduct intensive research in library collections, particularly in Special Collections. For further information, contact the Chair, History Department.

Research and Education

The UNLV Libraries partners with academic colleges to offer summer fellowships to graduate students interested in expanding their instruction experience. The Summer Fellows program takes advantage of the experience graduate students develop working closely with undergraduates. Two masters or Ph.D. students are hired by the University Libraries each summer to find ways to better support information literacy in their program's introductory curriculum. Summer fellows have developed online tutorials, sample lesson plans, learning style inventories and assessment instruments that help students unpack the research process and approach their research writing with more confidence and stronger skills.