Pharr/Buchenau Grant


The Pharr/Buchenau grant memorializes the collaboration between Henry Neal Pharr II and the UNCC history department. Inspired by Pharr's intellectual curiosity and lifelong determination to educate himself and others, it aims to provide graduate students with resources to help them find the answers to their vital research questions. This grant will be awarded to graduate students pursuing a thesis for the M.A. in History (or Latin American Studies, if the thesis is of a historical nature), to defray costs such as travel, board, subsistence, and research expenses associated with research outside of the state of North Carolina.  (Public history students are eligible if the request is for travel, including unpaid internships, related to their thesis project.  Latin American Studies students are eligible if their thesis project is history-oriented and their main advisor is a historian.)

To be eligible, History students must have completed at least six hours of graduate-level coursework toward the MA and have taken or be enrolled in the Historiography Seminar at the time of application.  An applicant’s thesis advisor must submit a letter directly to the Graduate Program Director attesting to the merit of the proposed project as well as to the student’s achievement, interest, and potential in the field (please write “Pharr/Buchenau” in the subject line); and applicants must submit a one-page statement of the project, describing how the proposed travel is necessary to complete the thesis, and one-page budget justification, explaining how the funds will be used (please write “Pharr/Buchenau” in the subject line).  A sample project and budget justification are at this link. Applications are due via email (  to the Graduate Program Director by 5 p.m. on April 1, 2023.

The recipient must be enrolled in the MA program full-time (at least six hours) during the semester following the awarding of the scholarship.  In addition, he/she must submit to theGraduate Program Director a one-page report on how the grant advanced the thesis project, within 2 weeks of returning from the research trip.  Finally, the recipient must submit two extra bound copies of the finished thesis to the Graduate Program Directo, to be given to the donors.

Award Amount: $2,500 each for two students, based on the merit of the proposed research project, per summer. 

Selection process:  The selection committee for these two awards will consist of:  the instructor of the historiography seminar; the department chair; the graduate program director; and the two donors.  On this committee, there must be representation from each of the following fields: U.S., Europe, and Latin America or “Non-Western.”  If not, another faculty member from the missing field(s) must be appointed to the committee. All members of the committee except the donors will vote, with the majority deciding.




Past Recipients 


  • Olivia Dobbs
  • Olivia Hughes


  • Bree David
  • Abby Fryman
  • Hannah Glynn


  • Jillian Mitchell
  • Carter Wyatt


  • Bailey Hardin
  • Julia Poppell


  • Kei Roberson
  • Tabitha Wood


  • Adam Hasian
  • Daniel Underwood
  • Leah Walton


  • Olympia Mastrokolias
  • Brenda Paredes Guerrero


  • Hallie Gillespie Chu
  • Nicole Hannah


  • Marissa Nichols
  • Chris Kinley


  • Alison Steigerwald
  • Candie Almengor


  • Drew Hill
  • Maria Labbato
  • Daniel Norby