Information for recipients of the CLIR Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources can be found below. This page includes details on upcoming meetings and quick links to useful documents and staff contact information. Fellows can also find information on the fellowship guidelines including: adherence to stated policies, communications, payment and taxation of stipends, reimbursement of travel expenses, the research schedule, the final report, and the post-fellowship symposium.
Information for Fellowship Recipients
- 2018-2019 fellows’ discussion community (login required)
- 2017-2018 fellows’ discussion community (login required)
- 2016-2017 fellows’ discussion community (login required)
- 2015-2016 fellows’ discussion community (login required)
- 2014-2015 fellows’ discussion community (login required)
- 2013-2014 fellows’ discussion community (login required)
- Nicole Ferraiolo and Amy Lucko oversee the program, supported by other CLIR staff. For all program-related inquiries, email email@example.com.
- Diane Ramirez handles reimbursement requests and payments.
- With support from CLIR staff, Dr. Elliott Shore and Dr. Ryan Kashanipour manage the educational components of this program. Dr. Kashanipour also serves as primary coordinator for the regular chats held during the fellowship year.
Adherence to Stated Policies
The fellowship is offered in support of the research proposal described in your application, and for the period of time set forth in the award letter or agreed upon in subsequent correspondence. Fellowships cannot be renewed or extended; nor may paid employment be held simultaneously with the CLIR fellowship. You are expected to devote full time to your dissertation research without undertaking paid work, and you may not use the stipend to defray tuition costs.
Fellows are required to acknowledge, by completing and signing the stipend disbursement form, that they will abide by all the fellowship regulations posted on this website under the Fellowship Tenure and Conditions
Fellows with questions for CLIR during their tenure should contact Nicole Ferraiolo and the rest of the program team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Communication from CLIR to the fellows regarding this fellowship is primarily conducted by email. Fellows should ensure CLIR has a current email address on file at all times.
Fellows should complete the stipend disbursement form and return it to CLIR prior to their fellowship. This form should also be used to communicate any changes in fellows’ addresses or disbursement schedules during the fellowship tenure.
Payment of Stipends
Unless other arrangements are specifically requested and agreed to in writing, CLIR issues stipends to U.S. banks via direct deposit. Payments may also be made to non-U.S. accounts (in compliance with U.S. regulations); these payments will be made by wire.
Complete the provided stipend disbursement form and direct deposit form and return them to CLIR. CLIR cannot issue stipend payments to you until we have signed and dated copies of these forms on file. If you are unable to complete the form prior to the pre-fellowship workshop, please do so as soon as possible. The forms should be emailed to Diane Ramirez, copying email@example.com.
Stipend payments are made monthly, on or before the first day of the month for which the stipend is intended. (Should those dates fall on a weekend or U.S. bank holiday, the payment will be made the last business day prior to that date.) You may direct that your stipend payment be allocated to two or more accounts, as indicated on the direct deposit form.
Taxation of Stipends
The IRS’s current guidelines include the following statement:
Do not use Form 1099-MISC to report scholarship or fellowship grants. Scholarship or fellowship grants that are taxable to the recipient because they are paid for teaching, research, or other services as a condition for receiving the grant are considered wages and must be reported on Form W-2. Other taxable scholarship or fellowship payments (to a degree or nondegree candidate) do not have to be reported by you to the IRS on any form.
Source: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i1099msc.pdf (accessed January 24, 2017)
Because fellows in this program are not being paid for teaching, research or other services rendered to CLIR, CLIR’s interpretation of the guidelines is that these fellowship grants are not to be considered as wages, and thus it is not necessary for CLIR to report these stipend payments to the IRS. Accordingly, CLIR will not report these funds or issue tax forms unless the IRS guidelines change.
However, CLIR staff are not qualified to provide tax advice and fellows are encouraged to review the tax regulations for themselves at the Internal Revenue Service’s website, www.irs.gov.
Reimbursement of Travel Expenses
Mellon Fellows are asked to attend two meetings, one before and one after the fellowship period. CLIR will reimburse you for your costs to attend these meetings in accordance with CLIR’s travel policy for this fellowship. These reimbursements are separate from and in addition to the fellowship stipend. Requests for reimbursement must be made using CLIR’s travel reimbursement form.
Fellows’ travel to their research sites may be paid for using stipend funds, and is not otherwise reimbursable. Fellows do not need to seek approval from CLIR prior to making travel arrangements related to their research.
The Research Schedule
Fellows are expected to adhere to the schedule they proposed in the application approved by CLIR. However, CLIR recognizes that fellows may find they need to revise their research schedule as they progress with their research. CLIR understands and encourages such exploration and revision, but it is important that fellows notify CLIR of changes to the accepted research schedule before acting on them (email Nicole Ferraiolo and the program team at firstname.lastname@example.org). Fellows should keep track of the reasoning behind such changes, as this is part of the information which should be included in the final report to CLIR.
Minor breaks, such as a visit home for the holidays, do not need to be approved by CLIR. If a serious matter arises, requiring a significant amount of time and changes to the accepted research schedule, CLIR should be notified as soon as possible.
The Final Report
Your final report will be due to CLIR no later than 30 days after your last month as a CLIR fellow, and should be submitted by e-mail to Nicole Ferraiolo and the program team at email@example.com. Reports should be about 3,000 words in length.
The report should not focus on the information you gleaned from various archives and libraries in your research. Rather, CLIR is interested in hearing about the processes you developed and established over the course of your research.
- What worked, what didn’t work?
- What can libraries and archives do better from a researcher’s perspective, and what did you learn about the way they do business in different locations and situations?
- How difficult or otherwise was it to find the records or information you sought, and to then gain access to it?
- Did you find what you expected based on your preliminary research, or did you find situations different than ‘advertised’?
- What tactics did you have to employ to gain access to libraries, archives and items?
- What advice would you offer to archivists and librarians?
- What advice would you offer to fellow researchers?
- How could graduate study best prepare scholars for such research?
The Pre-Fellowship Workshop
Before fellowships begin, CLIR convenes each cohort for an orientation and information-sharing workshop designed to prepare the group for their archival fieldwork. This mandatory meeting takes place at the Library of Congress in May or June.
The Post-Fellowship Symposium
Shortly after the Mellon Fellows have completed their fellowships, CLIR will reconvene the group. This mandatory meeting takes place at the Library of Congress in mid-October. At the post-fellowship seminar fellows will be issued a final stipend payment, pursuant to CLIR’s acceptance of the final report and the fellows’ attendance at the meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to allow fellows to exchange experiences and thoughts, and to advise CLIR on the results of their research experience.