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Public Broadcasting Preservation Fellowship (2022-23)

The University of Oklahoma (OU) School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) invites applications for one paid fellowship to run from August 2022 through May 2023. This IMLS grant-supported fellowship is for students with a demonstrated interest in audio and visual media archives. The fellow will engage in the digital preservation of broadcasts of the OU radio station KGOU, using equipment that is located within KGOU.

The following summary of the fellowship is excerpted from this project website. For more details, please read the website thoroughly.

  • Each fellow will receive a stipend for their work over the course of the fellowship, at the rate of $23/hour for $5,152 per semester (total $10,304. Tuition waivers are not included. Due to university rules, students may not simultaneously hold a graduate assistantship).
  • Fellows are expected to work 16 hours/week on the fellowship over fourteen weeks in the fall and fourteen weeks in the spring semesters, for a total of 224 hours per semester. The weekly fellowship work site is on the OU Norman campus in the OU radio station KGOU. This is an in-person fellowship and includes an archivist mentor and a faculty advisor.
  • The fellowship will begin with a three-day, in-person Immersion Training, with all travel costs covered and organized by the fellowship. Dates, location, and schedule for the Immersion Training will also be finalized by May of 2022.
  • Fellows will receive travel funding to attend the AMIA 2022 fall conference.
  • Prior to the start of the fellowship, fellows will be included in a series of free educational webinars over the summer of 2022 to provide basic training in audiovisual preservation concepts.
  • Fellows will inventory, assess, digitize, create metadata records, and submit materials to the American Archive of Public Broadcasting. Fellows may also create manuals, blog posts, workshops, and conference presentations.


Details about the Grant

This is an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant awarded to WGBH (GBH) Educational Foundation in Boston. The OU SLIS is one of several project partner programs around the country. This is the second IMLS grant awarded to WGBH for public broadcasting preservation. OU SLIS was also a partner on the previous grant in 2018 and had two MLIS student fellows who were funded.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be students in the OU SLIS Master of Library and Information Studies program and must have a demonstrated interest in archives, preservation, or broadcast media.
  • Must have a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher.
  • Be able to attend a three-day immersive training out of state (fully funded).
  • Students from historically marginalized communities are especially encouraged to apply.


Application form here

Applications due March 15, 2022.