The Great Smoky Mountains Conservation Association announces the availability of the Carlos C. Campbell Memorial Fellowships to support research in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Other than the requirement that the studies be directly related to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, there is no limitation to the subject matter. Results of any proposed research are intended to help the natural and human history of the Park or to improve the management of the Park’s natural and cultural resources. A special emphasis is placed on projects that demonstrate an applied research approach and produce lasting results for conservation of the Park’s resources.

An award consists of a maximum amount of $7,500 per year (an increase from the previous $5,000 maximum). Awards may be extended for a longer period if justifiable. Special grants also may be made for unusual needs. Recipients of the awards are selected by the Executive Committee of the Association. Awards are granted in January of each year. A list of previously funded projects is available here.

Proposal guidelines: provide 4 copies of the proposal or as a pdf file via email (; maximum 3 single-spaced pages, including the names and affiliations of the investigator(s), a statement of research needs, proposed methodology, expected outcomes, and an itemized budget, including other sources of support for the project. Proposals that do not adhere to these criteria may not be considered. Each applicant should name one person who is familiar with the applicant and the proposed research and who can help evaluate the proposed project.

Proposals should be received at the address below by 20 December for consideration of funding in the subsequent year.

Each applicant should name two persons who are familiar with the applicant and the proposed research and who can help evaluate the proposed project.

Applications are due to be received at the following address by December 20th, and are awarded in January of the following year.

Submit proposals to:

Joseph D. Clark, Chairman
Fellowship Committee, GSMCA
U.S. Geological Survey,
Southern Appalachian Field Branch

University of Tennessee
2512 Jacob Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996
Work: 865-974-4790
Attn: Carlos C. Campbell Memorial Fellowship


Carlos Clinton Campbell (1892-1978) is a name synonymous with the history of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. As the manager of the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce in the 1920s, Campbell was in a position to be vocal about the park movement, but at the same time he was also a prodigious hiker and trail blazer.

He was a longstanding member of the Great Smoky Mountains Conservation Association, which he served as Secretary from 1940 until his death in 1978. He was a charter member of the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club, and a keen writer and photographer.

In the late 1950s, Campbell researched the Park’s story, published in 1960 as Birth of a National Park in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 1960. In 1963, he co-authored Great Smoky Mountain Wildflowers: When and Where to Find Them. His memoir, Memories of Old Smoky, although written in the 1960s, wasn’t published until 2005.

In 1981, Campbell was honored by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with the “Carlos Campbell Overlook” on US Highway 441 south of Sugarlands Visitor Center, with a view looking up to majestic Mt Le Conte, one of the peaks that he hiked so many times.