Council on Library and Information Resources Postdoctoral Fellowship Program 2017, USA

Publish Date: Sep 08, 2017

Deadline: Dec 29, 2017

CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

About the Program

CLIR Postdoctoral Fellows work on projects that forge and strengthen connections among library collections, educational technologies, and current research. The program offers recent PhD graduates the chance to help develop research tools, resources, and services while exploring new career opportunities. Host institutions benefit from fellows'  field-specific expertise by gaining insights into their collections' potential uses and users, scholarly information behaviors, and current teaching and learning practices within particular disciplines.

Types of fellowships offered:

  • CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowships in Academic Libraries
  • CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellowships in Data Curation for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellowships in Data Curation for the Sciences and Social Sciences

Information for Hosts

For over a decade, this program has prepared new generations of librarians and scholars for work at the intersections of scholarship, teaching, and librarianship in the emerging research environment. CLIR is currently offering the following fellowships for 2018:

  • Postdoctoral Fellowships in Academic Libraries (open to any discipline; designed and funded by hosts, who also pay fees to CLIR to cover the costs of fellows' education)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships in Data Curation for the Sciences and Social Sciences (for recent PhDs in the sciences and social sciences; educational benefits fully funded through CLIR for selected hosts and partial salary support for fellows in software curation for selected hosts.)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships in Data Curation for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (for recent PhDs with expertise in any aspect of Latin American and Caribbean Studies; salaries and educational benefits fully funded through CLIR for selected hosts)

What are the benefits to host institutions?

Host institutions benefit from the expertise of accomplished scholars who can invigorate approaches to collection use and teaching, contribute field-specific knowledge and provide insight into the future of scholarship. Library fellows work on projects that exploit current information technology to forge, renovate, and strengthen connections between academic library collections and their users. The program offers scholars the chance to develop new research models, collaborate with information specialists, and explore new career opportunities. The fellow is a full-time member of the host institution's staff and works on a project or projects relevant to the institutional mission. Examples of work undertaken by past fellows include:

  • consulting on the best, pedagogically sound ways to integrate technology and digital materials into curricula;
  • collaborating with librarians, archivists, and information technologists on the development of writing and research guides;
  • participating in the development of digital collections and data curation services;
  • providing data management planning for faculty research projects;
  • conducting user assessments;
  • planning workshops, conferences, colloquia or other public programs connected with their areas of expertise;
  • training faculty and/or staff to use particular research tools or applications;
  • improving library sites and portals to reflect user needs;
  • advising on and contributing to inventories of digital projects in area collections; and
  • writing and consulting on grant proposals for digital projects.

Information for Applicants

Applicants may indicate which fellowship opportunity or opportunities best suit their qualifications when completing their online application, but applicants are normally considered for all potentially relevant and available positions. The same application is used for all positions.


To be considered for 2018 Postdoctoral Fellowships, applicants must:

  • have received a Ph.D. after January 1, 2013, but before beginning the fellowship;
  • be legally permitted to work in the United States and/or Canada between 2018 and 2020;
  • submit a complete application package, including all supporting documentation, and
  • attend the program's mandatory seminar held July 29 - August 4, 2018 at Bryn Mawr College.

Important Dates

  • September 2017: Fellowship application period opens.
  • December 29, 2017: Fellowship application deadline.
  • February-June 2018: CLIR will forward all qualified applicants' information to relevant host institutions; each host institution conducts its own review process. The timeline and procedures for reviewing applications vary widely from institution to institution.
  • June-September 2018: Fellowships begin (exact dates vary by institution).
  • July 29 - August 4, 2018: All fellows must attend an intensive introductory seminar held at Bryn Mawr College.

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