Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

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.

In 2012, responding to a growing recognition within the professional community that data management posed challenges to libraries and researchers, CLIR expanded this program’s focus. Through new fellowships partially funded through grants, CLIR seeks to help host institutions establish staffing models, policies, resources, and services related to research data curation through matching those institutions with recent Ph.D.s with expertise relevant to their needs. Working together with CLIR’s Postdoctoral Fellows in Academic Libraries, 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.

CLIR offers a variety of postdoctoral fellowships. Each has slightly different requirements and parameters, relating to eligible fields of study, funding, and terms of appointment.

Important Dates

  • 12/29/2017

    Applications Due

    Individual fellowship applications due. Review of fellowship applications begins at CLIR.

  • 2/2018


    Fellowship applications forwarded to all selected host institutions.

  • 6/1/2018


    Target deadline for all 2018 postdoctoral fellowship positions to be filled.

Core Goals


Build leadership capacity for libraries and higher education through establishing cohort unity, community building, and mutual support


Broaden awareness of financial, technical, professional, and social changes in higher education in libraries and the academy

Changing Roles

Help CLIR understand the changing roles of libraries, campus IT, and other research support units through direct, sustained contact with on-the-ground change

Young Scholars

Introduce young scholars to professional language and culture related to LIS, with a special focus on research data curation/data management

Relevant Resources

Provide young scholars relevant resources for further study and training, so that each can set and meet personal professional development goals to build careers as effective “change agents” in higher education or allied domains.




Host Institutions


Postdocs in the US


Postdocs in Canada and Overseas