Graduate Fellowships

There are several fellowships available to UNLV students to work with libraries collections, archival materials, and information literacy.

Special Collections Fellowship

Special Collections and Archives provides graduate fellowships for UNLV students to work with our extensive archival collections.

Graduate students can use a variety of individualized collection and research projects including:

  • Processing of archival collections
  • Developing oral histories
  • Creating digital collections

Special Collections and Archives houses two research centers.

Our collections contain rich and diverse documents covering history, culture, and physical environment.

  • The city of Las Vegas
  • Southern Nevada
  • The American West
  • The international gaming industry
  • History of UNLV

For more information about the fellowship, contact Peter Michel, interim director of Special Collections.

Gaming Research Fellowship

The Gaming Research Fellowship program advances the mission of the Center for Gaming Research 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 program encourages both junior and senior academics to broaden their inquiry into the fields of gambling and gaming.

  • Two- and four-week residencies, supported by stipends, are offered at the Special Collections and Archives department located in Lied Library.
  • Students can 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.

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 of the History Department.

Research and Education Summer Fellowship

University 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. 

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