CLIR Offers Dissertation Fellowship in Partnership with the Library of Congress

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) announces a new fellowship award, in an amount up to $25,000, to support original source dissertation research in the humanities or related social sciences in the Preservation Research and Testing Division of the Preservation Directorate at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. The fellowship is offered as part of CLIR’s long-established Mellon Fellowship program and is funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

CLIR seeks proposals from applicants whose dissertation projects will benefit from the opportunity to examine primary sources using an array of new technologies and equipment available at the Library of Congress.

New technologies and methods of analysis used in preserving original sources, such as hyperspectral imaging, environmental scanning electron microscopy, and handheld x-ray fluorescence analyzers, use new forms of non-destructive or direct examination to enable new interpretations of those sources. Applicants should explain how they propose to use new technologies, sophisticated analysis, or restoration methods to reveal content and properties of original sources to elicit new interpretations.

The fellow will work onsite with professional staff in the Preservation Research and Testing Division. A mentor from the Division will work closely with the fellow, as well as the fellow’s dissertation advisor(s) and other professors at the fellow’s home institution, to ensure that the fellow receives the training and support needed to successfully complete the full year of research.

All application materials must be submitted following CLIR’s application guidelines no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, March 11, 2011. The fellowship award will be announced by May 1, 2011. Fellowship tenure will begin between June 1 and September 1, 2011, and end within 12 months of commencing.

Details on the fellowship and links to the online application form are available at

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