Fellowships in Data Curation for African American and African Studies

The host application deadline has passed, and we are no longer accepting applications. Please check back in September 2019 when we will reopen the host application for a second cohort of Postdoctoral Fellows in Data Curation for African American and African Studies. The following information pertains to the 2019-2021 cycle that has now closed for hosts.

For Hosts and Prospective Hosts

These two-year fellowships, supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will provide five recent Ph.D.s with professional development, education, and training opportunities in data curation for the humanities or related social sciences focused on African American and African Studies. The fellows’ work must draw upon their disciplinary expertise in order to help advance data curation practices and services at their host institutions.

  • Calendar and duration: The two-year fellowships must begin between June and September 2019. All new fellows must complete a training seminar held July 28 – August 3, 2019 at Bryn Mawr College.

  • Eligibility: Fellows must have completed the Ph.D. within the five years preceding the fellowship appointment. Fellows’ research expertise must be in an area that relates to African American and African Studies. Host institutions 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 the fellow’s subject expertise to pursue a project or initiative commensurate with its mission.

  • Host institutions: For 2019-2021, a review panel of experts will select five institutions in the United States and/or Canada with nationally recognized strengths in African American and African Studies, the management of large-scale digital projects, and data curation. Preference will be given to institutions that have not previously hosted a Mellon-supported data curation fellow through this program. Prospective hosts were required to submit a fellowship proposal by November 15, 2018; prospective hosts for 2020-2022 will be invited to submit proposals in autumn, 2019.

  • Previous fellowship position descriptions (for reference only)
  • Subject areas: Open to any specialty or domain related to African American and African Studies in which the Ph.D. is the terminal degree. For this program we take an expansive and inclusive approach to the field of African American and African Studies in the interest of encouraging a variety of host institutions, scholars, and practitioners to engage with the fellowship program. We actively seek host partners prepared to support fellows who will engage in work that transcends the interests of single institutions, cultivating and strengthening inter-institutional partnerships in data curation that show genuine promise for outlasting the two-year fellowship term.

  • Salary: Set at $67,500 per year. Benefits should be comparable to other academic staff at the host institution.

  • Funding: Salary costs ($67,500 per year) will be paid by CLIR to the host institution in semi-annual installments. A portion of the benefits costs ($20,250) will also be paid by CLIR to the host institution at the time of these installments. The host institution will be responsible for making up the difference between this portion and the full benefits package offered at the institution. CLIR will pay all costs for the fellows’ education and training throughout the fellowship year (a $10,000 value), including all travel, room, and board costs for required program meetings held each summer and winter, as well as monthly online symposia. All additional costs related to the fellowship (such as recruitment costs, moving expenses, and indirect costs) are the responsibility of host institutions.

Key Dates

  • September 2018: Host and candidate application period opens.

  • November 15, 2018: Host applications must be submitted through the online proposal submission form.
  • Early December 2018: Five host institutions will be selected by a review panel of experts and job descriptions for the selected positions will be posted on this website.

  • January 4, 2019: Fellowship applications due from candidates. Review of fellowship applications begins at CLIR.

  • February 2019: Applications from qualified candidates will be forwarded to host institutions.

  • June 1, 2019: Target deadline for all 2019 postdoctoral fellowship positions to be filled.

  • July 28 – August 3, 2019: Introductory seminar for all 2019 postdoctoral fellows at Bryn Mawr College.

Other Information

  • Questions about the Fellowships in Data Curation for African American and African Studies should be directed to postdoc@clir.org.