CLIR Receives Mellon Grant for Postdoctoral Fellowships in Data Curation for Medieval Studies

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Contact: Kathlin Smith

Washington, DC, June 26, 2015-The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) $900,000 to support a program of Postdoctoral Fellowships in Data Curation for Medieval Studies. The program will fund a cohort of five fellows for two years at five institutions of higher learning, starting in July 2016.

The fellowships will build on the success of the 2013-2015 cohort of fellows in data curation for Medieval Studies. “Extending the program another round allows for a more intensive exploration and investigation of the complexities of data management, providing an opportunity for the second cohort to build upon the work of the first,” said Principal Investigator and CLIR Senior Program Officer Alice Bishop.

The second postdoctoral cohort for Medieval Studies will be integrated into CLIR’s 2016 Postdoctoral Program, including Postdoctoral Fellows in Academic Libraries; Postdoctoral Fellows in Data Curation for the Sciences and Social Sciences, who are supported by the Sloan Foundation; and Postdoctoral Fellows in Data Curation for Visual Studies, supported by the Mellon Foundation.

“The renewal of the data curation fellowship for Medieval Studies presents CLIR with an exciting prospect: extending a program in one of the most robust, vibrant, and productive disciplines engaged today in digital humanities research,” said CLIR President Chuck Henry. “With this grant we can more thoroughly assess the needs of the Medieval Studies community, undertake more extensive research on standards and protocols, and creatively build upon the work of the current community of fellows.”

CLIR launched its Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in 2004. To date, it has educated and placed 116 fellows at 53 host institutions across the United States and Canada.

CLIR will post fellowship openings in October 2015 at The application deadline will be December 31, 2015, and awards will be announced in June 2016.

The Council on Library and Information Resources (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.

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