CFP: CLIR/Library of Congress Mellon Fellowship (Washington, D.C.)

Deadline: February 29, 2016

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is offering one fellowship award to support original source dissertation research in the humanities or related social sciences at the Preservation Research and Testing Division of the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. The fellowship is offered as part of CLIR’s long-established Mellon Fellowship program and is generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The total award ranges from $23,500 to $31,000, depending on the length of the project. Fellows must begin their research between June 1 and September 1, 2016 and end within 12 months of commencing.

  • Be enrolled in a doctoral program in a graduate school in the United States (master’s thesis research is not eligible), and have already received approval of the dissertation proposal
  • Complete all doctoral requirements except the dissertation and be ready to start research for it no later than September 1, 2016
  • Plan to do dissertation research with original source material at the Library of Congress for a period of 9-12 months
  • Write the dissertation and receive the Ph.D. degree in a field of the humanities or in a related element of the social sciences (candidates for the Ed.D, J.D., or D.D. degrees are not eligible)

An applicant may be of any nationality but must be enrolled in a U.S. graduate school and be studying here, not on a campus abroad even if operated by a U.S. institution.
Proposed research must be conducted on-site at the Library of Congress for the entire duration of the fellowship.

Fellowship Tenure and Conditions:
  • The fellow will receive a stipend of $2,000 per month for a period ranging from 9-12 months, and will receive an additional $1,000 upon participating in a symposium on research in original sources and submitting a report acceptable to CLIR on the research experience. The fellow will also be granted an additional monthly stipend of $500 to support living expenses in Washington, D.C. Thus the maximum award for 2016 will be $31,000.
  • Fellowships must begin by September 1, 2016 and end within 12 months of commencing.
  • Fellowships cannot be renewed or extended.
  • Fellows are expected to devote full time to their dissertation research without holding teaching or research assistantships or undertaking other paid work.
  • Applicants may apply simultaneously for other fellowships, including other Mellon awards, but fellows may not hold other fellowships simultaneously with CLIR’s.
  • Fellows may use stipends to meet living expenses, travel costs, and other expenses that enable dissertation research to be carried out, but not to defray tuition.
  • Successful applicants will agree to the special provisions of the fellowship opportunity:
    1. Within one month of the end of the fellowship period, the fellow will send to CLIR a written analysis of the fellowship experience. The fellow may also have the opportunity to present his or her report at a Library of Congress TOPS event, and/or to develop the report into a CLIR publication.
    2. Following the fellowship period, the fellow will participate in a one-day symposium about the fellowship experience. The symposium will be held in mid-October 2017 at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The fellowship program will cover all costs associated with the fellow’s attendance at the post-fellowship symposium.
How to Apply:
  • A completed application form
  • The Research Proposal
  • A Qualifications essay
  • Transcripts for all graduate coursework taken to date
  • Two (2) reference letters (see the reference provider guidelines).
    **Reference letters may be submitted with the other application documents or emailed directly to CLIR by the letter writer. Letters sent directly to CLIR by the letter writer will be held confidential and will not be shared with the applicant.

The application documents can be combined into one PDF document or attached to the submission as individual files, but (with the exception of the reference letters) must be sent together in one email message to .

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