Fellowships now available for digital curation

Release date: 
November 3, 2006

photo of girl at computerThe School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites candidates for its Carolina Digital Curation Fellowships (CDCF) program. This program is intended to support graduate students interested in research and work in data and digital curation.

Funded through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the fellows will combine coursework with an internship/research assignment in a UNC at Chapel Hill academic library, archive or data center, leading to a master's degree in Information Science or Library Science or a Ph.D.

The program's goal is to produce high-quality information and library professionals prepared to work in the 21st century environment of trustworthy digital and data repositories. It offers successful applicants the unique opportunity to interact and collaborate with key international leaders in digital preservation from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Italy, Australia and New Zealand.

The fellowship offers:

•  A work assignment in a data or digital repository
•  A stipend of $13,500 per year for two years
•  In-state tuition and health coverage
•  Mentorship by senior academic library, archives and data center administrators

Ranked number one in the Nation by U.S. News & World Report, UNC at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science (SILS) consistently takes a leadership role in today's ever-changing information and library science landscape. For 75 years SILS has educated individuals to work in the information and library science fields. Academic excellence has been a hallmark of the school since its establishment, with our graduates obtaining employment throughout the nation and the world. Visit our Web site to learn more about our graduate programs.

The deadline to apply for the Carolina Digital Curation Fellowships (CDCF) program is March 15, 2007; however, earlier applications are encouraged. In addition to following the school's regular admission procedures, candidates must submit an essay (1,200 words maximum) describing their:

•  Reasons for applying for the fellowship,
•  Any related background or experience,
•  Professional goals, and
•  Views on the challenges faced by institutions related to digital curation.

To learn more about the Digital Curation Curriculum (DigCCurr) project, please visit the Web site at: ils.unc.edu/digccurr/

For more information on these fellowship opportunities, send e-mail to Dr. Helen Tibbo or Dr. Cal Lee. Interested applicants may also direct correspondence to:

Digital Curation Fellowships
School of Information and Library Science
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Campus Box 3360 Manning Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3360