CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program 2018 for recent Ph.D. graduates

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Application Deadline: December 29, 2017

The CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program offers recent Ph.D. graduates the chance to develop research tools, resources, and services while exploring new career opportunities. CLIR Postdoctoral Fellows work on projects that forge and strengthen connections among library collections, educational technologies, and current research. Host institutions benefit from fellows’ field-specific expertise by gaining insights into their collections’ potential uses and users, scholarly information behaviors, and current teaching and learning practices.

The Postdoctoral Fellowship Program currently consists of four tracks. Each has slightly different requirements and parameters, relating to eligible fields of study, funding, and terms of appointment.

CLIR’s Postdoctoral Fellows in Academic Libraries and Data Curation Fellows share information and experiences with one another, gaining a broad understanding of the importance of data and information management to the emerging research environment while becoming a cohort of highly skilled and deeply knowledgeable specialists.


To be considered for 2018 Postdoctoral Fellowships, applicants must:

  • have received a Ph.D. after January 1, 2013, but before beginning the fellowship;
  • be legally permitted to work in the United States and/or Canada between 2018 and 2020;
  • submit a complete application package, including all supporting documentation, and
  • attend the program’s mandatory seminar held July 29 – August 4, 2018 at Bryn Mawr College.

Available Positions

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Academic Libraries
Postdoctoral Fellowships in Data Curation for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Postdoctoral Fellowships in Data Curation for the Sciences and Social Sciences
Postdoctoral Fellowships in Data Curation for Energy Economics


  • Remuneration varies by sponsoring institution and by type of fellowship;
  • benefits and some travel expenses are routinely provided.
  • Fellowships are for either one, two, or three years.

Important Dates

  • September 2017: Fellowship application period opens.
  • December 29, 2017: Fellowship application deadline.
  • February-June 2018: CLIR will forward all qualified applicants’ information to relevant host institutions; each host institution conducts its own review process. The timeline and procedures for reviewing applications vary widely from institution to institution. For details, see Frequently Asked Questions.
  • June-September 2018: Fellowships begin (exact dates vary by institution).
  • July 29 – August 4, 2018: All fellows must attend an intensive introductory seminar held at Bryn Mawr College.

Application and Selection Process

Applicants must register and establish a personal user ID and password within the application system. A complete application consists of the following items:

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program 2018


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