The Institute for Advanced Study at IUB is now accepting applications for its 2021 Virtual Repository Research Fellowship (RRF). Revised for 2021, this year’s fellowship is entirely virtual. Fellows will be awarded $3,000 after successful completion of their fellowship terms, to be detailed in award letters. The fellowship period must be between June and August of 2021. 

This year’s fellowship provides funding for a fellowship for a community scholar or faculty member from outside IUB to conduct in-depth research in digital collections identified by the 2021 partner repositories. The ideal fellowship arrangement is two weeks of focused research using the collection items and tools provided (remotely) by the repository. If a different timing is desired, it should be proposed and explained in the application.

These repositories are participating in 2021:

  • Archives of Traditional Music

  • IU Moving Image Archive

  • IU Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology

  • IU Paleontology Collection

  • Wylie House Museum

  • University Archives

Individuals who wish to work with an IUB repository not listed here are not eligible for the RRF fellowship this year. Please check back in 2022. IU Bloomington partner repositories will make portions of their collections available online for selected faculty or community scholar research fellows. The mode of access will depend on the repository. For more information on specific collections please visit the link below. 

Prior to submission, proposals must be discussed with one or more staff members at the archive, library, or museum. Collaboration is encouraged. Fellows will be expected to make a virtual presentation of some aspect of the project. This will be facilitated by IAS staff members.

Eligibility: Non-IU faculty members and community scholars are eligible for this fellowship. Graduate or undergraduate students and previous SRRF/RRF fellows are not eligible to receive the fellowship. Applications from faculty members at Minority Serving Institutions and community colleges and from source community scholars are particularly welcome. 
Successful proposals will demonstrate:

  • understanding of the collection(s) proposed for use

  • the project’s anticipated impact

  • plans for wide-spread dissemination

  • benefit for the repository as well as the researcher

Questions about collections should be directed to listed repository contacts. Questions about the fellowship should be directed to

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