Diversity Librarian Fellowship and Residency Program

The Diversity Librarian Fellowship and Residency Program, a collaborative initiative between the School of Computing and Information and the University Library System, offers candidates from underrepresented or marginalized communities an opportunity to pursue the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree while gaining valuable, hands-on experience in a large academic library system.  The goal of this two-year program is to increase the number of librarians in academic and research libraries who reflect the diversity of the overall U.S. population by providing the professional degree and the practical experiential learning critical for successful entrance into the academic library profession.

The Diversity Librarian Fellowship and Residency Program admissions process is competitive, and applicants are assessed across a range of characteristics.  The Program seeks applicants across all undergraduate and graduate disciplines or majors who have already demonstrated academic success, including those who improved their academic performance over their undergraduate careers. 

We encourage applications from those who may represent one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Racial, ethnic, national origin, or ancestry diversity;
  • Gender diversity;
  • Diversity in sexual orientation;
  • Abled or disabled;
  • First-generation undergraduate;
  • Pell Grant recipient as an undergraduate;
  • Status as a veteran

Program Structure

During the first year, the selected fellow will receive a full-tuition scholarship to cover the completion of the MLIS program (three-terms) at the School of Computing and Information. The fellow will also receive a stipend (currently $24,090/full year) and a 20 hours/week Graduate Student Assistant position within the University Library System (ULS), which will provide an unparalleled opportunity to experience academic librarianship from all the major perspectives (e.g., public services/reference, collection development, digital scholarship, archives, and technical services).

Upon successful completion of the MLIS program (minimum GPA of 3.0), the fellow will receive a 12-month residency appointment at the rank of Visiting Librarian I and will be paid the prevailing ULS entry-level librarian salary with full faculty benefits. The actual residency assignment will be made based on the particular interests of the fellow and the needs of ULS at that time. The fellow will be provided appropriate workspace and equipment, and will be given financial support to attend one professional conference per year. 

During the period as a GSA and subsequent full-time appointment, the fellow will report to a direct supervisor in each area of assignment. The ULS Director of Administrative Services will act as the program coordinator. The ULS will assist the fellow in any reasonable way to find permanent employment in academic librarianship upon successful completion of the full-time residency. In addition to the above assignments, the fellow will be expected to work closely with the program coordinator to revise the program for future participants.


To apply for consideration in the Program, the applicant must:

  • Apply and be accepted into the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program.
  • Pursue the MLIS degree full-time (Fall, Spring and Summer Terms).
  • Commit to a one-year appointment as a resident librarian within the University Library System immediately following successful completion of the MLIS program.
  • Possess excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrate genuine interest in academic librarianship.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident, or a DACA recipient.
  • Submit a personal statement:
    • Please explain how you will draw on your individual background and life experiences, as well as your commitment to contribute to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment in the two years of the Program and in your career as an academic librarian.