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Library Fellowship Program 2016-11-23T15:05:31+00:00

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Program Overview

American Center for Mongolian Studies is pleased to continue the ACMS Library Fellowship. This fellowship supports advanced US graduate students, faculty members, or professionals in library and information sciences from colleges and universities to conduct short-term library development projects and/or research in Mongolia for a period of up to 12 weeks between May and October. The fellowship is supported with funding from the US State Department Education and Cultural Affairs Bureau through a grant by the Council of American Oversees Research Centers.

The ACMS Library Fellowship program is intended to help support the development of the ACMS research library and build stronger connections among local library partners through specific defined projects designed to enhance collection content, resource accessibility, and training. Fellows are hosted by the ACMS and should propose projects that have measurable positive outcomes for the scholarly community served by the ACMS. Project proposals with similar outcomes and impacts on local partner libraries are also especially encouraged. Fellows spend a minimum of 4 weeks and a maximum of 12 weeks onsite in Mongolia at the ACMS library. Projects must begin after May 1 and end no later than September 30. Prior experience working in Mongolia is not a requirement. One to two Fellowships of up to $4,000 will be awarded to fund travel and living expenses.

Award Amounts

The program will provide up to $4,000 per individual award (allowable expenses include domestic and international airfare, in country transportation). Applicants are encouraged to apply for funding from other sources in addition to the ACMS Library Research Fellowship program to support their work. Demonstrations of other applications or receipt of other sources of support will be viewed favorably by the review committee. Successful projects must require fellowship recipients to be in Mongolia for at least 4 weeks but not more than 12 weeks to complete.

Selection Process

Library development projects in any area that address enhancing collection content, resource accessibility, and training are eligible. Prior experience conducting research, studying, or working in Mongolia is not a requirement for applicants. Final selection is made by a selection committee comprising members of the academic and professional communities in Ulaanbaatar utilizing uniform evaluation criteria. The application is due by February 15, 2017, and selection announcements will be made by the end of March 2017.

The ACMS is committed to equitable access and participation without regard to gender, race, national origin, color, disability or age. Due to the requirements of the funding organization, participants must be citizens of the United States. The ACMS will work with all applicants to overcome barriers, however applicants with disabilities should be aware that disability accommodations in Mongolia may be limited. Applicants need to be aware that there may be limited to no access to regular medical treatment in Mongolia, and applicant’s health status should permit travel to and within Mongolia in order to be eligible for this program.

2017 Library Fellowship Information