The TRLN Doctoral Fellows Program supports doctoral candidates interested in teaching and research in academic librarianship.

TRLN Doctoral Fellows Program

This program is funded through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) which was endorsed by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Medical Library Association (MLA). The program combines doctoral coursework with a research assignment in one of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) libraries, where the fellow will be mentored by senior academic library administrators.

Five of the selected doctoral students have been assigned to work on research issues at Duke, UNC at Chapel Hill, North Carolina Central University and North Carolina State University. The sixth student works jointly with the health sciences library directors of UNC and Duke. The program's long-term goal is to increase the supply of potential Library and Information Science faculty members, as well as the quality and depth of the education received by future library professionals.

The TRLN Libraries have combined holdings approaching 14 million volumes, employ more than 1,000 staff members and have budgets totaling more than $60 million. The TRLN Doctoral Fellows Program provides a unique and exciting environment for doctoral education in research librarianship.

Doctoral Study at the UNC at Chapel Hill SILS

SILS at UNC at Chapel Hill has an established doctoral program that marks its 25th anniversary in 2003. Many of the graduates have gone on to make significant leadership contributions to the field in both education and practice.

The doctoral program provides an environment that enables creative and energetic students to become innovative thinkers and leaders in information and library science. The program achieves this by providing the flexibility to customize student programs that coordinate student and faculty interests and activities.