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Host Institutions Sought: CLIR/DLF Fellowships in Data Curation

Washington, D.C., August 22, 2013-CLIR, in cooperation with its Digital Library Federation (DLF) program, is now seeking academic libraries, data centers, or other research institutions interested in hosting a 2014-2016 CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for the Sciences and Social Sciences.

These two-year fellowships will provide recent science and social science Ph.D.s with professional development, education, and training opportunities in research data curation. The fellows’ work must draw upon their disciplinary expertise in order to advance research data practices and services at their host institutions.

Hosts may include any academic, independent, public, or government library, archive, or museum, or any partnership or consortium made up of the same, provided it has a demonstrable need of a fellow’s subject expertise to pursue a project or initiative specifically related to data curation that is also commensurate with its mission. Fellowships are open to any specialty or domain in the sciences or social sciences in which the Ph.D. is the terminal degree.

Participating host institutions will pay all salary and benefits costs for the 2014-2016 fellowships. Through a generous grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, CLIR will pay all costs for each fellow’s education and training.

As with all fellowships in CLIR’s program, host institutions benefit from having the expertise of accomplished researchers who can invigorate approaches to collections and services. The program offers early career scholars and scientists exposure to new methodologies, the chance to develop new technical skills, and an opportunity explore alternative career paths.

Additional information, including instructions for fellowship candidates and example job descriptions for current and past CLIR postdoctoral fellows, is available on CLIR’s website.

Aspiring hosts with questions about hosting CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellows in Data Curation for the Sciences and Social Sciences should contact Program Officer Christa Williford at

Host applications will be accepted through October 1, 2013 on CLIR’s website at

CLIR is an independent, nonprofit organization that forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning. It aims to promote forward-looking collaborative solutions that transcend disciplinary, institutional, professional, and geographic boundaries in support of the public good.

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