About the Fellowships

Each cohort of the Public Broadcasting Preservation Fellowship will consist of one Fellow from each Graduate Program, for a total of five Fellows per cohort. Fellows must be currently enrolled in a partner Graduate Program. There will be two Fellowship cohorts, one in the spring semester of 2018, and one in the summer semester of 2018.

Prospective Fellows will 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.

Selected Fellows for the spring Fellowship will be notified in early December, and assigned a Faculty Advisor to supervise and support their work throughout the Fellowship. Fellows will also be matched with a Local Mentor in their region with experience in audiovisual preservation to provide additional guidance and training.

The first Fellowship will run from January through April, 2018. The Fellowship will begin with an Immersion Week, during which the Fellows will 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 will be held in Boston, with all costs covered for the Fellows’ travel.

Following Immersion Week, Fellows will be expected to work 16 hours a week over the course of 14 weeks. Approximately half the time will be spent at the Host Station, and half the time at a digitization station which has been set up by the Graduate Program. Each Fellow will:

  • inventory and assess the material identified by the Host Station for preservation
  • digitize the materials at the digitization station
  • create detailed catalog records for the digitized material
  • collaborate 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
  • research the significance of the collection and create a special collection to highlight the materials within the AAPB
  • write a blog post about the collection for the station and the AAPB
  • collaborate 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 will keep in touch with each other throughout their Fellowships virtually through online collaboration tools. Fellows will also attend three educational webinars over the course of the Fellowship.

Each Fellow will receive a stipend of $5,152 for their work over the course of the Fellowship, distributed on a bi-weekly basis.

All Fellows will be fully funded to attend the Society of American Archivists conference in 2018 to share their work with the broader archival community.

Information about summer Fellowships will be available in February 2018.