The Library of Congress invites emerging conservators to apply for The Harper-Inglis Post-Graduate Fellowship at the Library of Congress. The grant is made possible by a generous gift from Thomas B. Inglis (1927-2014) in memory of his mother. Further information is available at www.loc.gov/preservation/outreach/intern/HIcons.html
The goal of the fellowship is to provide emerging conservators or scientists who have completed their formal education in book, paper, or photograph conservation or preservation science with the opportunity to focus on a research project while refining their practical/laboratory skills.
The Fellow will pursue and present/publish an independent research project, and will refine practical skills by participating in lab activities as conducted by Library Preservation Directorate staff.
• In the Conservation Division (host laboratory for book, paper, or photograph conservation fellows), lab activities include: assessing collections; conservation documentation, treatment, and housing; collections emergency response and recovery; environmental monitoring and analysis
• In the Preservation Research and Testing Division (host laboratory for preservation science fellows), lab activities include: analyzing/characterizing material composition and degradation; refining non-invasive instrumental techniques; evaluating environmental controls
The Fellow can expect to interact with Library staff beyond the host lab, including other conservators, preservation scientists, curators, and other specialists (digitization, exhibit designers, registrars, and subject).
• U.S. citizen
• Graduate of a recognized art conservation graduate program or equivalent training in book, paper, or photograph conservation
• No more than five years of relevant work experience
• Demonstrated experience conducting research
• Clear and effective writing and spoken communication skills
The fellowship is full time, Monday-Friday, from the first Monday in October to the last Friday in September, with the possibility of a one-year extension. Fellows receive a stipend of $42,000 for the year. The fellowship is funded by the Harper-Inglis Memorial Trust Fund. The Library is unable to provide additional benefits – including health, retirement, or transit benefits – as part of the fellowship.
Only complete applications will be considered. Applications are accepted until March 20th 2021. All application materials and inquiries must be sent via email. Applicants are required to submit:
• Fellowship Application Form: https://www.loc.gov/preservation/outreach/intern/postgradapp.pdf
• Statement of interest
• Curriculum vitae
• Graduate and Undergraduate transcripts
• Offprints of publications / Transcripts of presented papers
• Two letters of recommendation
• Research proposal, relevant to the Library's collections, that will further the field of conservation
Send all requested materials in a single email addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use the subject line: "Harper-Inglis Fellowship [+ your name]." Recommendation writers may send their letters directly if preferred. Please ask them to include your name in the email subject line. For further questions, please email: