Join the Program

Join our 2024 Community Data Fellowship Cohort!

Community Data Fellowship Goals

  • Nurture a diverse, inclusive, and collaborative workforce, ready to work across organizations to establish and maintain digital resources and stewardship practices that benefit a wide array of communities.
  • Build camaraderie among participants to encourage sharing of information and lessons.
  • Meaningfully address colonial collecting and description practices and support efforts to move forward with decolonization, post-colonial approaches to stewardship, and repatriation.
  • Promote practice-based research and data dissemination in ways that directly impact the lives of everyday citizens.

Organizations

CLIR is looking for partner organizations interested in developing and hosting fellowships tied to projects that ethically capture and share data relevant to historically underrepresented or misrepresented people, communities, and populations. Community data broadly encompasses digital or digitized records of researchers and community members, materials from community archives, information captured from the web and social media, and records of individuals or organizations. Projects should focus on collecting, aggregating, describing, preserving, and using these data.

 

Benefits

  • Guidance on position development: Take advantage of CLIR’s two decades of experience developing good practices for hiring contingent workers and bringing PhD-holders into libraries, archives, and museums.
  • Recruitment support: CLIR facilitates the candidate recruitment process, including advertising positions on the CLIR and DLF Job Board (usually US$200 for non-sponsors) and initial application reviews.
  • Administrative support: CLIR handles payment of a fellow’s research stipend and covers or reimburses program-related travel expenses.
  • Development for existing staff, including:
    • The opportunity to attend quarterly development sessions for fellowship supervisors and mentors
    • Participate in the prestigious Leading Change Institute once during the program for one supervisor or mentor 
    • Attend the DLF Forum once during the program for one supervisor or mentor 
  • A place in a unique and mutually supportive program designed to make long-term, meaningful impacts on how knowledge is created and shared.

 

Requirements

  • Partners may include any academic, independent, public, government library, archive, museum, or any partnership or consortium made up of the same. Partners may also include academic departments and nonprofit organizations.
  • The organization should have a demonstrable need for the fellow’s subject expertise to pursue a project or initiative that aligns with this program’s goals and the capacity to guide the work through and beyond the fellowship.
  • The organization should have funds secured to cover the fellows’ benefits, salary, and program participation for two to three years.
  • CLIR encourages partners to consider how they may retain the fellow in a permanent position after the fellowship.

 

Costs

  • Fellow’s salary and benefits. CLIR recommends a tenure of three years, with benefits equivalent to those of the partner organization’s regular full-time employees and a competitive salary (CLIR suggests a base salary of US$70,000 and a 2% annual cost-of-living increase); a minimum of 12 days per year to pursue independent research activities and to attend professional and academic meetings and conferences; and a workspace, supplies, services, and equipment necessary for the performance of fellowship duties, including an appropriate computer for the fellow’s use that is at least equivalent to the computers usually supplied to regular full-time staff. 
  • Pay an annual fee of US$13,900 to CLIR for a total of US$41,700 over three years. This fee goes towards the fellows’ and supervisors’ program participation, including all program-related travel, event attendance, and fellows’ annual research stipends.

 

Next Steps

  1. Check out our FAQ page.
  2. Register for our January webinar for prospective partners.
  3. Ready to get the ball rolling on hosting a fellow? Fill out this short interest form (it should only take 5 minutes), and you’ll get the chance to sign up to meet with a program officer as soon as possible.

Is your organization ready?

Scholars

Benefits

  • Participate in an intensive training program consisting of monthly workshops and in-person seminars.
  • Receive US$3,000 a year for research, travel, and development
  • Attend the DLF Forum each year of the program.
  • Join an active community of alumni working in various locations and contexts.
  • Opportunities to participate in research, publication, or other activities of broad interest among fellows and alums.
  • A place in a unique and mutually supportive program designed to make long-term, meaningful impacts on how knowledge is created and shared.

 

Requirements

Applicants should have received a PhD before applying; if a PhD has yet to be received, Candidates must complete all requirements for the degree (including dissertation defense and final dissertation editing) before starting the fellowship.

CLIR will share all applications that meet the basic program requirements with all partner organizations. Each partner organization may have additional requirements to qualify for consideration for a specific position. Candidates are encouraged to review each position description for additional requirements.   

2022 Fellowship Positions

New position descriptions may be added throughout the year. The hiring process can take as long as five months, so you may not hear anything from partners or CLIR immediately. Each partner organization determines who from the pool they are interested in pursuing and contacts those applicants directly. It is then incumbent on the partner organization and the individual applicant to discuss the exact nature and terms of employment. Since partner organizations employ fellows directly, they make final hiring decisions and determine salaries and benefits, except in cases where fellowships are supported by grant funds from CLIR.

The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to devote their time to research, training, teaching, and network activities. The fellow will attend weekly CDHI exec team meetings, monthly CLIR workshops, participate in monthly CDHI grad-postdoc learning community meetings, contribute to CDHI network programming, participate in the annual Digital Library Federation Forum, and will have the opportunity to present their research to the U of T community through a variety of CDHI and UTSC events and programming.

Working under the supervision of a UTSC faculty member, the postdoc will work on a community data project related to the faculty member and/or librarian’s research, collection, and partnership goals. The postdoc will take a leadership role in developing digital scholarship workshops and events at UTSC, in collaboration with CDHI, the U of T Libraries, and/or a community partner, to support the growth of critical DH work around community data.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate excellence in teaching and research and have an established track record in the digital humanities, with a focus on critical DH and community data. They will understand the history, development, and current state of the field; be able to assess institutional processes and policies; be willing to work with a range of scholars in and outside of their own field; desire to learn and pursue research in an interdisciplinary, collaborative environment; and be committed to open source development and open access scholarship.

The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to devote their time to research, training, teaching, and network activities. The fellow will attend weekly CDHI exec team meetings, monthly CLIR workshops, participate in monthly CDHI grad-postdoc learning community meetings, contribute to CDHI network programming, participate in the annual Digital Library Federation Forum, and will have the opportunity to present their research to the U of T community through a variety of CDHI and UTSC events and programming.

Working under the supervision of an iSchool faculty member, the postdoc will work on a community data project related to the faculty member and/or librarian’s research, collection, and partnership goals. The postdoc will take a leadership role in developing digital scholarship workshops and events at the iSchool, in collaboration with CDHI, the U of T Libraries, and/or a community partner, to support the growth of critical DH work around community data.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate excellence in teaching and research and have an established track record in the digital humanities, with a focus on critical DH and community data. They will understand the history, development, and current state of the field; be able to assess institutional processes and policies; be willing to work with a range of scholars in and outside of their own field; desire to learn and pursue research in an interdisciplinary, collaborative environment; and be committed to open-source development and open access scholarship.

The CLIR/OIDA Postdoctoral Fellow will pursue original, publishable research using materials housed in the University of California-Johns Hopkins University (UCSF-JHU) Opioid Industry Documents Archive and work closely with the Archive research team to enhance the accessibility and usability of archival materials for a diverse array of research communities. This will involve developing discovery tools and curating subject guides and other thematic “on-ramps” for potential users of OIDA data.  The fellows will take a leadership role in developing an effective organizational structure of the large volume of diverse materials housed in the Archive to facilitate a wide range of multi-disciplinary research endeavors. As part of their responsibilities, fellows will oversee research assistants charged with specific organizational and research tasks. Fellows will be mentored by and work closely with researchers and information specialists leading this work at JHU.  Fellows will be based at Johns Hopkins University, localized to the Baltimore area, housed at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing or the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and will be affiliated with the Center for Medical Humanities and Social Medicine and the Institute of the History of Medicine.

Fellows should be well-versed in the history and social context of the ongoing harms associated with opioid overuse—which has become known as the “opioid epidemic” in the US, and/or be knowledgeable about research in related areas, such as the history, regulation, and impact of the pharmaceutical, tobacco, or food industries; agnotology; and the commercial determinants of health. We especially welcome applicants with training in social inequities, racism, perspectives on intersecting identities and society and political economy. Scholars with relevant prior publications and/or dissertation research are encouraged to apply. Fellows should also be familiar with methods in digital and computational humanities, and means of using digital platforms to build research communities and enhance dissemination and engagement. Fellows should be innovative scholars with excellent research, communication, and organizational skills; be comfortable working on  multiple projects in a dynamic  research setting; and have interest in helping work with many parties to build an important and accessible field of research.

Applicants with doctoral degrees in areas such as anthropology, sociology, history, history of medicine, information studies, political science, public health, health policy, nursing, American studies, and related fields with experience or interest in the digital humanities are eligible to apply. Dual-degree trained scholars and health care providers, and interdisciplinary scholars are welcome.

The University Libraries at Carnegie Mellon University seek exceptional researchers with an interest in data literacy, environmental justice, and community engagement. We invite applications for the position of Postdoctoral Fellow for Community Data Literacy as part of the CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship. The successful candidate will have an interest in developing data literacy programs and community data initiatives that cross disciplinary boundaries. We enthusiastically welcome candidates with broad experience working across the data lifecycle: generation, collection, aggregation, description, visualization, or preservation. 

This three-year position is central to the goal of the University Libraries to 1) Develop pedagogy to promote data literacy skills through the CMU Libraries and university partners, 2) Organize key events related to inter-disciplinary and inter-departmental community data interests at CMU 3) Identify, build, and create management strategies for data that can be used at Carnegie Mellon Universities for outreach and educational purposes. The fellow will have the opportunity to work with CMU’s Sustainability Initiative to explore the university’s connectedness across the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and with the Center for Shared Prosperity, particularly addressing themes around air quality, environmental justice, and internet equality. We will strive to match the postdoc’s skills and research interests with these and other initiatives.

Virginia Tech seeks a CLIR Postdoctoral Associate to collaborate between the University Libraries and Department of English to work with an Inuit-led interdisciplinary team of scholars, librarians, and Alaskan Arctic Inuit community members to create a justice-oriented, Indigenous-first digital archive. In the first year, the Postdoc will research and develop a design process that prioritizes the use cases and needs of Indigenous communities while incorporating archival practice and data standards. In the second year, the Postdoc will work with the team to create a digital home for the Pungowiyi Collection, the personal and professional papers of Caleb Lumen Pungowiyi, a noted Siberian Yupik climate and conservation leader. Pungowiyi’s materials reflect his deep dedication to prioritizing Indigenous perspectives and knowledge within major discussions on climate and conservation policy. The Postdoc must mirror this dedication to including Indigenous perspectives and use cases within the development of the archival processes and the digital library. The Postdoc should also be interested in engaging with questions around Indigenous data sovereignty and operationalizing post-custodial archives. Priority will be given to applicants who have experience working with or in Indigenous communities.

Next Steps

Interested in applying?

Applications for fellowships will open in the Winter of 2023. CLIR and partner organizations will review applications on a rolling basis. Sign up for CLIR News for updates.

Timeline

Now – October 2023

Organizations confirm participation in the program and work with CLIR to develop fellowship positions.

November 2023 – February 2024

Applications for fellowships will open in the Winter of 2023. CLIR and partner organizations will review applications on a rolling basis. 

March – June 2024

CLIR and partners will continue to review applications on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. Partners will contact selected candidates directly for additional application materials and interviews.

July – September 2024

Successful candidates will be hired directly by the partner organization. CLIR encourages partners to complete fellowship hires by July 2024, and all fellowships should begin by August 1, 2024.

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