Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Fellowship - IREX Fellowship for International Librarianship

IREX Fellowship for International Librarianship

IREX announces a unique opportunity for three Library and Information Science graduate students with an
international orientation to take part in a fellowship focused on impact assessment and community building
in two national library development programs in Romania and Ukraine.
The selected fellows will serve for three months during the summer of 2010 in the Washington, DC
headquarters office of IREX and visit one of the participating countries for one to two weeks during the
summer for hands-on research. Each fellow will be expected to produce one scholarly article on a topic
related to impact assessment or community building, as agreed on with IREX staff. One of the fellows will be
selected to submit a proposal to co-present with an IREX staff member at IFLA 2011. If accepted, the trip
would be funded as part of the fellowship.
Fellow activities will include:

active participation in the administration and implementation of two major Gates Foundation-funded
library development programs

research and reporting on the impact of library field interventions in Ukraine and Romania

development and revision of community building and advocacy resources for librarians

preparation and presentation of new project ideas for improving library relevance and effectiveness

support IREX presence and participate in the ALA Annual Conference in Washington DC in June
Fellowship benefits include:

$2500/month stipend for three months

$250 travel allowance for travel to/from Washington, DC at start and end of fellowship

one research trip to either Ukraine or Romania

opportunities to participate in and present at public events in the Washington development and ICT4D

support in conceiving and writing an article for publication on a topic related to impact assessment or
community building in library reform in Romania and/or Ukraine
Successful applicants will have a background that includes the following elements:

currently studying for an MA or PhD in Library and Information Science

a record of academic excellence at the undergraduate and graduate level

exceptional writing skills, as evidenced by previous publications in journals or periodicals and/or
presentations at academic conferences

significant international experience, including time spent living and working abroad and proficiency in
at least one foreign language

significant experience working or volunteering in a library, preferably a public library
Fellows will be selected through a competitive process. For consideration, please submit:

a CV

a statement of interest that outlines your reasons for applying, the strengths you bring to the
fellowship and the contributions you feel you could make to the programs (no more than 500 words)

an essay that examines an element of library system development that you find of particular interest
and that you would like to pursue in your research with the program (no more than 1000 words)

three letters of recommendation, including at least one from a professor and one from a supervisor at
a library position
Completed applications must be emailed to no later than March 15, 2010