Together with our generous sponsors and partners, the Digital Library Federation will offer a number of fellowship opportunities meant to enable attendance of a diverse group of practitioners at the 2017 DLF Forum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We welcome applications from everyone–DLF member affiliation is only required for our DLF Student & New Professional Fellowships.
Applicants cannot not receive more than one award, but may apply for as many as they are eligible. No fellowships will exceed $1250, and we ask that applicants apply local professional development funding where available, so that we may give as many awards as possible. Want to know about past Forum fellows? Read about their experiences here.
The deadline to apply to most fellowships for the 2017 Forum has passed, and recipients have been announced. Only our new DLF HBCU Fellowships program is still accepting applications.
This year’s DLF Forum Liberal Arts Pre-Conference is a collaboration between the HBCU Library Alliance and the Digital Library Federation’s liberal arts college community! We’re offering a limited number of full travel fellowships, primarily designed to bring practitioners from Historically Black Colleges and Universities to the pre-conference and DLF Forum. These fellowships will offset or completely cover travel and lodging expenses associated with attending. Fellows will additionally receive complimentary full registration to the pre-conference (a $50 value) and–if desired–to the DLF Forum (up to a $750 value), as well as an invitation to special networking events.
Priority for travel support will be given to: HBCU Library Alliance-affiliated librarians, faculty, and other employees of HBCUs; library practitioners with HBCU backgrounds or experience who work in liberal arts colleges or serve undergraduates in other types of institutions; and current HBCU students interested in library and information careers. We also welcome more general applications from people who can articulate a connection to the theme of the pre-conference and are members of groups historically underrepresented among library, cultural heritage, and information professions. For more information, See ‘To Apply’ below.
The DLF Forum typically achieves good gender balance, both for speakers and attendees—but our project to increase participant diversity and create an ever more inclusive community is an ongoing one. To this end, DLF began partnering with the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) in 2013 to welcome “Forum Fellows from Underrepresented Groups,” now known as the ARL+DLF Forum Fellowships.
These fellowships are designed to offset travel and lodging expenses associated with attending the Forum. ARL+DLF Forum Fellows additionally receive complimentary full registration to the Forum (up to a $750 value) and an invitation to special networking events. Fellows will be required to write a blog post about their experiences at the Forum, to be published by the DLF and shared in ARL news venues.
Applicants should identify as members of a group (or groups) underrepresented among digital library and cultural heritage practitioners. These include—but are not limited to—people of Hispanic or Latino, Black or African-American, Asian, Middle Eastern, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, First Nations, American Indian, or Alaskan Native descent. Applications from people who could contribute to the diversity of the Forum in other ways are also warmly welcomed.
The DLF warmly welcomes newcomers to the profession and new voices to our community and signature event, the annual DLF Forum. To that end, once again this year, we will fund a number of DLF Forum Fellowships for Students and New Professionals. 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.
These fellowships are designed to offset travel and lodging expenses associated with attending the Forum. DLF’s Student and New Professionals Fellows additionally receive complimentary full registration to the Forum (up to a $750 value) and an invitation to special networking events. Fellows will be required to write a blog post about their experiences at the Forum, to be published by the DLF.
Applicants must come from a current DLF member institution. The following full- or part-time individuals are eligible:
Library employees (regardless of employment classification) at DLF member institutions who have been in the profession for fewer than 3 years, and whose work is wholly or predominantly related to the creation, maintenance, and/or use of digital libraries. Graduate and undergraduate students at DLF member institutions who make a significant contribution to a digital library endeavor and who may be considering a digital library career.
For the second year in a row, Library Juice Academy/Library Juice Press will sponsor a fellowship and travel award meant to support one mid-career professional in digital libraries and related fields.
These fellowships are designed to offset travel and lodging expenses associated with attending the Forum. Library Juice+DLF Forum fellows additionally receive complimentary full registration to the Forum (up to a $750 value) and an invitation to special networking events. Fellows will be required to write a blog post about their experiences at the Forum, to be published by the DLF.
Library Juice + DLF Forum Fellowship applicants should identify as mid-career library professionals. We define “mid-career” broadly and intend for this fellowship to support those who would not be eligible for our Students and New Professionals Fellowship or other funding targeted at early-career professionals. Eligible applicants are likely to consider themselves fairly well-established in their careers. Applications from people who could contribute to the diversity of the Forum are especially warmly welcomed.
As part of a reciprocal arrangement with Electronic Resources and Libraries, these fellowships will be awarded to members of the ER&L community. The purpose of these grants is to extend the opportunity to attend the DLF Forum to two library professionals who would not typically be able to go, but who can envision and articulate a connection with their ER&L-related work and who see great value in building a dynamic and diverse peer network.
These fellowships are designed to offset travel and lodging expenses associated with attending the Forum. DLF/ER&L Cross-Pollinator Fellows additionally receive complimentary full registration to the Forum (up to a $750 value) and an invitation to special networking events. Fellows will be required to write a blog post about their experiences at the Forum, to be published by the DLF.
Applicants should be practicing library professionals with expertise in e-resources and digital services, active in the ER&L community, who have not attended the DLF Forum and are willing to share their perspectives with both groups.
Through a generous Kress Foundation grant and the partnership of AIC (the American Institute for Conservation), ARLIS/NA (Art Libraries Society of North America), MCN (Museum Computer Network), and VRA (Visual Resources Association), the Digital Library Federation seeks to bring new voices and perspectives to our Forum–particularly those from the art museum community–and will continue our practice of “cross-pollination” by sending accomplished DLF practitioners and Forum attendees to valuable conferences they might not otherwise visit. Museum and library staff face similar challenges in the digital landscape and yet have too few opportunities to come together.
Four $1000 fellowships will be offered to non-DLF-affiliated GLAM professionals to attend the 2016 DLF Forum. In addition to travel funding, each DLF/GLAM Forum Fellow will receive Forum registration, courtesy of DLF and its partners.
To be eligible for an award to attend the 2016 DLF Forum, an applicant must be a member in good standing of one of the four organizations listed above. Special consideration will be given to professionals working in art museums or with art collections.
For any of the above fellowship opportunities, submit the following components by filling out THIS FORM
HBCU Fellowship applications will be accepted until 11:59pm PST on September 7, 2017. All other fellowship opportunities are currently closed.