About the Fellowships

Fellows must be currently enrolled in a partner Graduate Program. Prospective Fellows may apply for the Fellowship through their Graduate Programs, in accordance with the application requirements set by their University. For more information about the Graduate Programs and the application requirements, see the Project Partners page.

Fellowships originally spanned one semester, with two different Fellows working each semester (Spring and Summer). After the first year of PBPF, a questionnaire was sent out for feedback from participants. As a result of the feedback, WGBH is currently seeking to fund a single long Fellowship spanning two semesters in order for Fellows to better learn the process of digitization and have more time with the equipment.

Selected Fellows are notified prior to the start of their Fellowships and are assigned a Faculty Advisor to supervise and support their work throughout the Fellowship. Fellows are also matched with a Local Mentor in their region with experience in audiovisual preservation to provide additional guidance and training.

The Fellowship begins with an Immersion Week, during which the Fellows gain a primer in the handling and digitization of sound and audiovisual material, metadata schemas, appraisal of public broadcasting materials, and key digital preservation concerns for audiovisual materials. Immersion Week is held in Boston, with all costs covered for the Fellows’ travel.

Following Immersion Week, Fellows are expected to spend half of their time at the Host Station, and half the time at a digitization station which has been set up by the Graduate Program. Each Fellow:

  • inventories and assesses the material identified by the Host Station for preservation
  • digitizes the materials at the digitization station
  • creates detailed catalog records for the digitized material
  • collaborates with AAPB archivists to implement the AAPB’s workflow for submission of the materials into the AAPB for digital preservation, including creating proxy files, generating preservation and technical metadata, and ingesting metadata into the AAPB’s Archival Management System
  • researches the significance of the collection and creates a special collection to highlight the materials within the AAPB
  • writes a blog post about the collection for the station and the AAPB
  • collaborates with the Faculty Advisor at the Graduate Program to document their audiovisual preservation work with the creation of a 3-5 page handbook and a video tutorial on use of the equipment for the benefit of future students

Fellows keep in touch with each other throughout their Fellowships virtually through online collaboration tools. Fellows also attend three educational webinars over the course of the Fellowship.

Each Fellow receives a stipend for their work over the course of the Fellowship.

All Fellows have been fully funded to attend an archives conference to share their work with the broader archival community.