ARL Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence 2019–2020 Call for Applications from Undergraduates—Deadline April 26, 2019

2019–2020 Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence, a program that introduces undergraduates from historically underrepresented ethnic and racial groups to the library and information science discipline.

The Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence offers a paid internship with a focus on digital stewardship in a partner ARL library or archive, participation in the ARL Annual Leadership Symposium, formal mentorship, financial support for student membership in a professional organization, and attendance at a capstone institute. Participants will develop leadership skills and will receive training in topics related to diversity, equity, and social justice.

This program is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Applicant Criteria

Successful applicants will meet all of the following criteria:

  • Identify as being from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group, based on the categories outlined by the US Census Bureau or Statistics Canadaor Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) people classifications
    • Be a resident of the United States or Canada
    • Currently be enrolled as an undergraduate at an institution whose library is an ARL member
    • Express an interest in exploring possible career and graduate school options in the library and information science or archives field, as well as an interest in receiving training in topics related to diversity, equity, and social justice
    • Express commitment to the fundamental values and mission of libraries and archives

    To Apply

    All applicants are required to submit the following materials by 11:59 p.m. eastern daylight time on Friday, April 26, 2019:

    • Online application form
    • Résumé
    • Essay (500 words maximum) on your interest in the fellowship and the knowledge, skills, interest, or abilities you would bring to the library or archives environment
    • Unofficial undergraduate school transcripts, including your last academic semester completed
    • Two letters of recommendation (See application requirements for details.)

    For more information about the program and the application process, visit the Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence webpages.

    About the Association of Research Libraries

    The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in Canada and the US whose mission is to advance research, learning, and scholarly communication. The Association fosters the open exchange of ideas and expertise, promotes equity and diversity, and pursues advocacy and public policy efforts that reflect the values of the library, scholarly, and higher education communities. ARL forges partnerships and catalyzes the collective efforts of research libraries to enable knowledge creation and to achieve enduring and barrier-free access to information. ARL is on the web at

Author: Leslie L Morgan

Leslie serves as the Africana Studies and Education Librarian within the Hesburgh Libraries.