David and Norma Karr Fellowship on Environmental Activism and the Built Environment

This fellowship is sponsored by UO Libraries' Special Collections and University Archives at the University of Oregon.


The Karr Fellowship has been established to encourage research in Special Collections on Environmental Activism and the Built Environment. The fellowship supports a qualified individual, regardless of academic degree or institution, who is pursuing research in the areas listed below.

Fellowship Description

The environmental activism collections are heavily requested holdings, and they are regularly used by a variety of researchers, including, but not limited to, students, faculty, historians, geographers, documentary filmmakers, and journalists. These impressive archival holdings offer insight into the variety and complexity of the environmental movement and its influence on contemporary American culture. In addition, they demonstrate the broad range of interests and activities within the environmental movement at both the local and national level such as the preservation of endangered tracts of land and timber, pollution, public health, and the protection of the oceans, wildlife, and indigenous populations. The deep roots of environmentalism in the Pacific Northwest have meant that the UO Special Collections is ideally positioned to collect and to make widely available environmental collections of local, regional, and national significance.

Likewise, Special Collections holds more than 40 collections documenting the built and landscaped environment. These records span more than a century, 1890-2020, and contain primary source materials such as correspondence, reports, specifications, drawings, photographs, models, and artifacts. Though the archives' primary focus is the Pacific Northwest, designers, and projects from throughout the United States and the world are found in the collections.

The fellowship is offered in the amount of $1,500, to support study in the UO Special Collections. Fellows should be aware that, depending on their status and country of origin, the US government may consider their award taxable income. It is recommended that fellows familiarize themselves with their tax status and take necessary steps to plan for and pay any potential fees.

Fellows Will

  • Complete their research at the University of Oregon within a year of award notification;
  • Present a 30-45 minute, recorded lecture at a virtual speaker series hosted by SCUA, followed by a moderated Q&A;
  • Submit a copy of their final project or publication to SCUA;
  • Acknowledge the Karr Fellowship and its sponsor, UO Special Collections and University Archives, in all publications resulting from the research fellowship.

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  • A 1,000-word (maximum) proposal that describes the project for which these collections will be consulted, as well as the role that the applicant expects these collections will play in the project;
  • A curriculum vitae or resume;
  • Full contact information;
  • Full name of applicant must appear on each page of the application;
  • Two letters of recommendation (must be submitted separately to Emily Moore at mlemoore@uoregon.edu)

Fellows awarded funding will be notified by late March of the application year