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Call for Applicants: Paul Evan Peters Fellowship for Information Studies

The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) announces the 2014 Paul Evan Peters Fellowship
http://www.cni.org/go/pep-fellowship
Applications due no later than June 24, 2014

The Paul Evan Peters Fellowship was established to honor and perpetuate the memory of CNI’s founding executive director. The fellowship is awarded every two years to students pursuing graduate studies in librarianship, the information sciences, or a closely related field, who demonstrates intellectual and personal qualities consistent with those of Paul Evan Peters, including:

–commitment to use of digital information and advanced technology to enhance scholarship, intellectual productivity and public life;

–interest in the civic responsibilities of information professionals and a commitment to democratic values;

–positive and creative approach to overcoming personal, technological, and bureaucratic challenges, and

–humor, vision, humanity, and imagination.

Two fellowships will be awarded in 2014:

• One to a doctoral/PhD student in the amount of $5,000 per year, to be awarded two consecutive years.
• One to a master’s student in the amount of $2,500 per year, to be awarded two consecutive years.

What Fellowship Recipients Say About the Award:
Jessica A. Koepfler received the Peters fellowship in 2010 and she completed her degree in 2014. She now serves as Director of Design Research & Strategy at Intuitive Company, a user-centered research, design, and development firm. On winning the award, Jes wrote, “The fellowship provided a source of funding that allowed me to commit myself to a ‘fringe’ topic like the study of values within the context of homelessness. Without the funding, I would have been beholden to a topic that my advisor was funded in rather than getting to be creative and do something I was truly passionate about. The award is also quite prestigious and put a spotlight on me early on in my program, which had the snow ball effect of people noticing me. This very likely impacted the number of great opportunities that came my way throughout my program and academic career. I am truly grateful for the fellowship and credit it with being very instrumental to me particularly in those early years of my PhD program.”

“The characteristics that have often been associated with Paul–positivity, creativity, humor, vision, humanity, and imagination–are, I hope, dimensions that I also bring to the work that I do as a scholar and as a teacher, ” wrote Phillip Edwards, 2004 fellowship recipient and currently at the Center for Teaching Excellence at Virginia Commonwealth University. Edwards credits the award with helping to broaden his professional horizons as a student: “Because of this funding, I was able to travel to conferences which I would have otherwise been unable to attend, and the interactions I had among other researchers and practitioners at these gatherings have been more valuable than I could have ever imagined.”

Cal Lee, who received the first Peters Fellowship, is currently Associate Professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he teaches classes for graduate and undergraduate students, as well as continuing professional education workshops, in a variety of subjects, including archival administration, records management, digital curation, understanding information technology for managing digital collections, and the construction of digital repository rules.

Links to the applications and more information about the Paul Evan Peters Fellowship and the application process are available at http://www.cni.org/go/pep-fellowship.

Last updated:  Thursday, May 15th, 2014