The Culture & Animals Foundation and the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) at the NC State University Libraries have established a fellowship in memory of Tom Regan to promote scholarly research in animal rights.

The Tom Regan Visiting Research Fellowship supports the use of the SCRC’s Animal Rights Archive—the largest scholarly archive of animal rights collections in the country. In addition to Tom Regan’s papers extending over fifty years and the Culture & Animals Foundation collection from 1985 to 2001, the Archive contains pamphlets on animal protection from 1874 to 1951, the records of the Animal Rights Network and the Animal Welfare Institute from 1903 to 2003, the Argus Archives of work from 1937 to 2004, and Wim DeKok’s Animal Rights Collection from 1911 to 2016. In sum, the archive and Fellowship offer an unparalleled opportunity for scholars to explore many dimensions of the global animal advocacy movement through the decades.

The Fellowship provides a $4,000 stipend awarded to a qualified applicant for research completed in residence at the SCRC for a term of no less than four weeks to begin on or after July 1. You can learn about the requirements and deadlines below. For more information and to submit an application, click here.


  • Applicants must submit (electronic preferred) the researcher’s curriculum vitae, a cover page including name, address, phone, email, institutional affiliation, current position/title, a project outline and rationale for use of the collections, the names of three appropriate references, and a detailed budget. Eligible expenses include travel (air, train, or bus ticket charges; car rental; mileage using a personal vehicle; and parking fees.) Also included are lodging, meals, and reproduction expenses.
  • Graduate students should also submit a letter of recommendation from a faculty advisor or theses director on the significance of the research topic and abilities of the candidate.
  • At the end of the research fellowship, awardees are expected to submit a final report on their research and may be invited to discuss their work at a Libraries event during their stay. Awardees should also submit copies of publications that result from their research to both SCRC and to CAF.


  • Applications are due annually by April 30.
  • Awardees will be notified by June 1 for support to begin on July 1 and to be completed by August 15 of the same year.


  • You do not need to have a Ph.D. or Master’s to apply  or be affiliated with a university for the Fellowship.
  • College housing will not be provided.