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DLF Forum Fellowships

2017 DLF Forum attendees seated at table in conversation

In the spirit of DLF’s long-standing commitment to being an open, inclusive community, welcoming members from all parts of the digital library, museum, archives, and cultural heritage sectors, and making every effort to connect conversations that extend beyond our organizational borders, through Forum Fellowships DLF welcomes new, dynamic voices and valuable perspectives that have enriched our events and larger community.

All fellowships will include the following:

In return, Fellows agree to share a brief (500 word) reflection on their experiences to be published on the DLF blog after the Forum.

Applications must be submitted by Tuesday, May 31, at 11:59pm ET. Read more about each opportunity below. Applicants will not receive more than one award but may apply for as many awards as they are eligible.

Award Categories

The following awards are being offered in 2022 (two awards per category):

Forum Fellowships for Students

About the Opportunity

The DLF invites current or recently-graduated students (May 2020 and later) to apply for our DLF Forum Fellowships for Students. The Forum is an excellent place to learn about the latest advances in digital librarianship and allied fields, to meet new colleagues and contacts, and to get involved with DLF interest groups and initiatives.

Eligibility Requirements

• Open to graduate or undergraduate students seeking degrees in or considering a career related to libraries, archives, museums, cultural heritage, or digital humanities
• Recently-graduated students must not have received their degree prior to May 2020.

Forum HBCU Fellowships

About the Opportunity

In 2017, CLIR partnered with the HBCU Library Alliance to host a Liberal Arts Colleges (LACs) + Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Pre-Conference preceding the DLF Forum. Since then, the CLIR/HBCU Library Alliance partnership has expanded beyond the Forum with projects that include the Authenticity Project and season 3 of CLIR’s Material Memory podcast. We’re thrilled to commemorate the five years since we welcomed the inaugural cohort of HBCU Forum Fellows and to honor our ongoing partnership with this year’s DLF Forum HBCU Fellowships.

Eligibility Requirements

• Open to White House-designated Historically Black College or University (HBCU)-affiliated librarians, faculty, and other employees of HBCUs and current HBCU students interested in library and information careers.

Forum TCU Fellowships

About the Opportunity

For the first time, DLF is offering fellowships exclusively for employees, students, and alumni of Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs). In addition to extending our gratitude to the Indigenous peoples, past and present, who have cared for the lands we’re on, DLF aims to move beyond just land acknowledgements in an effort to exemplify our commitment to beginning the process of interrogating and dismantling the ongoing legacies of settler colonialism. Along with continuing the tradition of land reparations by making a donation to a local Native American organization, we are excited to invite those affiliated with TCUs to join us at the Forum for this year’s DLF Forum TCU Fellowships.

Eligibility Requirements

• Open to TCU-affiliated librarians, faculty, and other employees of TCUs; library practitioners with TCU backgrounds or experience who work in liberal arts colleges or serve undergraduates in other types of institutions; and current TCU students interested in library and information careers.

Forum Public Library Fellowships

About the Opportunity

Too often library and information professionals find ourselves in organizational silos, facing similar challenges in the digital landscape with too few opportunities to come together and share knowledge across disciplines. In our continuing efforts to bring new voices to the DLF Forum, we’re excited to announce the introduction of DLF Forum Public Library Fellowships.

Eligibility Requirements

• Open to librarians and paraprofessional staff currently employed at public libraries who engage in work with digital services and collections or scholarly communication.

Forum Fellowships for Grassroots Archives & Cultural Heritage Organizations

About the Opportunity

The DLF community is always looking to expand the conversation around digital collections and related activities and include a variety of organizational perspectives at the Forum. This year, we are actively seeking participation from those who work with digital collections and services in community-based archives and cultural heritage organizations. Knowing that many who serve these organizations do so without support for professional development, we are delighted to announce this year’s DLF Forum Fellowships for Grassroots Archives and Cultural Heritage Organizations.

Eligibility Requirements

• Open to all who work or volunteer in community, grassroots, or participatory archives or organizations engaged in community-centric history, heritage, and memory projects.

Preference will be given to those who have never received a Forum Fellowship. The DLF Forum Fellowship Committee, made up of community volunteers, will make award decisions. Applicants will be notified of their status by mid July.

Please contact awards@diglib.org with questions.

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