The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is accepting applications through Thursday, July 27, for the 2017–2018 Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence, a program designed to introduce undergraduate students from historically underrepresented ethnic and racial groups at ARL member institutions to the library and information science discipline. The program offers a paid internship with a focus on digital stewardship in a partner ARL library or archive, participation in the annual ARL Leadership Symposium, formal mentorship, financial support for student membership in a professional organization, and attendance at a capstone institute. Participants will develop leadership skills and will train in diversity, equity, and social justice topics.
The Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
Successful applicants will meet all of the following criteria:
- Identify as a member of an underrepresented racial or ethnic group, based on the categories outlined by the US Census Bureau or Statistics Canada, as well as Native, Aboriginal, and Indigenous classifications
- Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
- Currently be enrolled as an undergraduate at an ARL member institution
- Express an interest in exploring possible career and graduate school options in the library and information science or archives field, as well as training in diversity, inclusion, and social justice topics
- Express commitment to the fundamental values and mission of libraries and archives
All applicants are required to submit the following materials by 11:59 p.m. eastern daylight time on Thursday, July 27, 2017:
- Online application form
- Essay (500 words maximum) on your interest in the fellowship and the knowledge, skills, interest, or abilities you would bring to the library or archives environment
- Unofficial undergraduate school transcripts, including your last academic semester completed
- Two letters of recommendation (See application requirements for details.)
For more information about the program and the application process, visit the Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence website.