Call for Eadington Fellows 2024-25

Female gamblers in elegant dresses and fur stoles at the roulette table in the Sands Hotel.
Female gamblers at the roulette table, Sands Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas,
circa late 1950s-early 1960s. Sands Hotel Photograph Collection (PH-00287)

Special Collections and Archives at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites interested scholars to apply for the 2024-25 cycle of William R. Eadington Fellowships, which facilitate research into many aspects of gambling and Las Vegas using collections within the University Libraries.

In the 2024-25 academic year, Special Collections & Archives will award two types of fellowships:

  • Four-week resident fellowships offer a $3,000 stipend and can be completed any time before September 1, 2025.
  • Two-week visiting fellowships offer a $1,500 stipend and must be completed by June 30, 2025.

All Eadington fellows will complete a residency at Special Collections and Archives and deliver a public talk (which is live streamed and recorded for the Libraries YouTube channel).

Anyone currently in a graduate program (with a preference for Ph.D. candidates who are working on a dissertation) or serving as a university faculty member is eligible to apply. Applicants in the fields of history, economics, English, history, sociology, media studies, and anthropology, as well as any discipline with relevant research interests, are encouraged to apply. Suggested fields of research include Las Vegas history, the history of gambling, and comparative studies of gambling in literature, history, and society. Before applying, please review the scope of our collections. Priority is given to applicants who specify collections they plan to use.

To apply for the 2024-25 academic year, please submit the following by July 1:

  • A cover letter briefly introducing yourself, indicating clearly whether you are applying for the resident or visiting Eadington fellowship, and when you would prefer to schedule your residency
  • A short (2-3 page) description of the proposed research, with details on secondary research already done and sources to be used at UNLV
  • A full curriculum vitae
  • For graduate students, one letter of recommendation that evaluates your past research and current project

Email all application materials to Sarah Quigley, Director of Special Collections and Archives, at The cover letter, research proposal, and vitae should be combined in a single pdf. The letter of recommendation should be submitted directly by the recommender.. Successful applicants will be notified by August 2.

Awarded since 2007 and renamed in honor of William R. Eadington in 2013, the Eadington Fellowships are intended to foster scholarship focused on gambling issues and to encourage the use of the rare and unique collections at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Eadington (1946- 2013) pioneered the academic study of gambling, both in Nevada and worldwide. He was the first holder of the Philip J. Satre chair in Gaming Studies, a professor of economics, and founding director of the Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR).

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