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We’re piloting a new type of fellowship in 2022: Community Data Fellowships.

CLIR is looking for partner organizations interested in hosting postdoctoral fellows to develop three-year fellowships tied to projects that thoughtfully and ethically capture and share data relevant to historically underrepresented or misrepresented people, communities, and populations. Community data is construed broadly to encompass 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 the collection, aggregation, description, preservation, and use of these data.

The goals of these new fellowships are to:

  • 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 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 the dissemination of data in ways that directly impact the lives of everyday citizens.

Fellowship partner organizations receive:

  • Guidance on position development: Take advantage of CLIR’s 17+ years of experience in 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 the new fellow, including:
    • Participation in an intensive, three-year training program consisting of monthly workshops and in-person seminars
    • US$3,000 a year for research, travel, and development [NEW IN 2022]
    • Attending the DLF Forum each year of the program [NEW IN 2022]
    • Access to alumni working in a wide variety of locations and contexts
    • Opportunities to participate in research, publication, or other activities of broad interest among fellows and alumni
  • Development for existing staff, including:
    • The opportunity to attend quarterly development sessions for fellow supervisors and mentors
    • Participate in the prestigious Leading Change Institute once during the program for one supervisor or mentor [NEW IN 2022]
    • Attend the DLF Forum once during the program for one supervisor or mentor [NEW IN 2022]
  • A place in the first cohort of a brand new, unique fellowship built on years of experience developing fellows and supervisors.

Partner organization requirements:

  • Partners may include any academic, independent, public, or government library, archive, or 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 of the fellow’s subject expertise to pursue a project or initiative commensurate with its mission and in alignment with this program’s goals.
  • Develop a three-year fellowship position 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 COL 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.
  • Cover an annual fee of  US$13,900 per year, 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.
  • Interested in hosting but not sure about the requirements? Sign up for CLIR’s Programs & Grants Mailing List to keep up to date on funding opportunities or reach out to the team at

Fellow requirements:

Applicants must have received a Ph.D. in a discipline before applying; if a Ph.D. has not yet been received, all requirements for the degree (including dissertation defense and final dissertation editing) must be completed before starting the fellowship.


January – March 2022

CLIR and partner organizations (partners) confirm participation in the program.

Applications for fellowships will open on January 24, 2022. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. All applications before March 1, 2022 will be considered.

April – June 2022

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 2022

Successful candidates will be hired directly by the partner organization. CLIR encourages partners to complete fellowship hires by August 1, and all fellowships should begin by September 1, 2022.


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