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Apply for the Berry International Jazz Collections Fellowship by Sept. 15

May 06, 2019

Apply for the Berry International Jazz Collections Fellowship by Sept. 15: The University of Idaho Library invites students from any discipline at the University of Idaho to apply for the Berry International Jazz Collections Fellowship. This program funds one student each year to work with the faculty and staff at the Library to increase the visibility and use of the International Jazz Collections (IJC) through a project of the student’s own design.

Projects may include (but are not limited to) archival work such as research and description; scholarly research that involves producing a paper for publication; and/or electronic curation of previously or newly digitized materials from the IJC. The fellowship begins in the fall semester and will conclude with an exhibition of the student’s work at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival as part of the Library’s International Jazz Collection exhibits. This award includes a $4,000 student fellowship given as a stipend and up to $500 in research funds to help cover the cost of materials and supplies, project-related travel expenses, etc.

Application Process

Students must submit:

  1. written proposal as outlined below, and
  2. letter of support from a U of I faculty member. The faculty member may assist the student in preparing the written proposal but the proposal must be the student’s own work. To submit an application, email

Proposal guidelines

  1. Abstract (200 word limit)
  2. Project Description (3 page limit)
    1. Introduction, including background and significance of the project
    2. Project Design, including objectives, methods
    3. Detailed Timeline, with goals and target completion dates
  3. Literature/references
  4. Budget and Budget Justification (1 page limit). Budgets should cover only what is absolutely needed for completion of the project and may not exceed $500.

Applications will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Proposal is clearly written and demonstrates the applicant’s understanding of the nature and purpose of the project, how it relates to other work in the field, and it includes a plan for accomplishing project goals
  • The project forwards the goals of increasing the visibility and use of the International Jazz Collections
  • Proposed project allows student to take intellectual ownership and can be reasonably completed in the allotted time period
  • Student is prepared for the project (coursework, experience, interest and ability to navigate and use primary sources etc.)
  • Mentor has submitted supportive recommendation

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