Fellowships in Data Curation for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

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 Latin American and Caribbean 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, 2018. All new fellows must complete a training seminar held July 29 – August 4, 2018 at Bryn Mawr College.

  • Eligibility: All 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 Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

  • Host institutions: For 2018-2020, an advisory panel of experts will select five institutions in the United States and/or Canada with nationally recognized strengths in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the management of large-scale digital projects, and data curation. Preference will be given to those institutions that exhibit strong, existing partnerships with institutions or organizations in Latin America and/or the Caribbean and have not previously hosted a CLIR/DLF fellow in this area. Prospective hosts should submit a fellowship proposal by October 18, 2017.

  • Previous fellowship position descriptions (for reference only)
  • Subject areas: Open to any specialty or domain related to Latin American and Caribbean Studies in which the Ph.D. is the terminal degree. Although the boundaries of Latin American and Caribbean Studies are quite permeable and sometimes even contested, for this program we take an expansive and inclusive approach that encompasses the Caribbean and all of the Americas. Our approach is consistent with the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), the largest professional association in the world for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America and the Caribbean.

  • Salary: Set at $65,000 per year. Benefits should be comparable to other academic staff at the host institution.

  • Funding: Salary costs ($65,000 per year) will be paid by CLIR to the host institution in semi-annual installments. A portion of the benefits costs ($18,850) 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 2017: Host application period opens.

  • October 18, 2017: Host applications must be submitted through the online proposal submission form.

  • November/early December 2017: 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.

  • December 29, 2017: Fellowship applications due from candidates. Review of fellowship applications begins at CLIR.

  • February 2018: Applications from qualified candidates will be forwarded to host institutions.

  • June 1, 2018: Target deadline for all 2018 postdoctoral fellowship positions to be filled.

  • July 29 – August 4, 2018: Introductory seminar for all 2018 postdoctoral fellows at Bryn Mawr College.

Other Information

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