Application Deadline: September 28th 2018
OCLC and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) are now accepting applications for library professionals to participate in the 2019 Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program.
The Fellowship Program, sponsored by IFLA and OCLC, is a four-week program based at OCLC headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, USA, that provides education and professional development opportunities for early career librarians from countries with developing economies. The 2019 program will run from 16 March to 12 April 2019.
Promising library and information science professionals who are in early stages of career development and who meet all of the qualifications are encouraged to apply. Applicants must:
- Be employed in a library or information center.
- Be a legal national from a qualifying country (see Qualifying Countries) and be working as a librarian or information science professional in that country.
- Have a qualifying degree in library or information science. The qualifying degree may vary depending upon country of origin, but should be the general library or information science degree recognized in the country.
- Have obtained the qualifying degree within the past five years.
- Have at least three years, but no more than eight years, of library or information science experience.
- Read and speak English proficiently.
- Be prepared to work as a team member with other Fellows and to participate as required in this fast-paced program.
- Have a valid passport.
- Be able to obtain documentation permitting legal entry into the United States or any other country required for program participation.
- Provide documentation from your employer confirming support for your application and willingness to release you from work to travel to the United States for participation in the four- week Fellowship Program.
Provisions of Award
The award provides the following for each Fellow:
- Airfare, coach class, from the recipient’s home country to the United States and return trip to the recipient’s home country (transportation to and from the airport in the recipient’s home country is the responsibility of the award recipient).
Note: All travel arrangements must be made through OCLC’s travel agency.
- Transportation related to library visits (arranged by OCLC).
- Lodging (arranged by OCLC).
- Subsistence, including meals.
- Medical insurance (arranged by OCLC).
- For consideration, qualified applicants must prepare and submit a complete application package that includes the application form, two letters of recommendation with original signatures, and a letter from their employer confirming support for their application and willingness to release the applicant from work to travel to the United States for participation in the four-week Fellowship Program.
- Finalists will be required to submit an electronic copy of their qualifying library or information science degree before the Fellowship is awarded and a J-1 visa granted. The application, recommendation letters and employer support letter must be in English and received no later than 28 September 2018.
- Submit ONLY the four documents; no additional materials will be accepted or reviewed.
Selection Process and Award Notification
- All application materials received by the deadline will be reviewed for completeness and responsiveness to the application criteria. Materials (applications, letters of recommendation and employer support letter) received after 28 September 2018 will not be considered.
- Due to high volume, committee members will not respond to inquiries about application status Application.
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