IMLS grant funds Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship


The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has announced a significant grant to the School of Information Sciences and the American Library Association (ALA) to fund the creation of the Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship Program. This program will recruit and provide tuition support and stipends to 10 full-time LIS PhD students for study at one of the participating institutions. The IMLS is providing nearly $1 million to fund the program. SIS Faculty member Toni Carbo, who also holds a joint appointment in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, will serve as Director of the Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship Program. 

“I’m very proud to be a part of this groundbreaking initiative, which builds upon my life-long commitment to address inequalities in society,” explains Professor Carbo.  “In particular, this program will provide educational and research opportunities for individuals from underrepresented groups who might otherwise find it difficult to undertake doctoral studies.”  In addition to the University of Pittsburgh, nine other library and information science programs are participating in the effort: University of Arizona, University of California at Los Angeles, University of Michigan, Rutgers University, Simmons College, Syracuse University, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, University of Texas at Austin, and University of Wisconsin at Madison.

The fellowship builds on the success of the ALA Spectrum scholarship program, which began in 1997 and has since provided financial support to 415 individuals pursuing LIS master’s degrees or school media certification.  Now approaching its 10-year anniversary, the program has become one of the profession’s most significant diversity and recruitment efforts.  SIS has been very successful in attracting the Spectrum students – the School has enrolled 13 Spectrum Scholars since the inception of the program. 

The Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship is open to applicants of American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander heritage and need not have received a Spectrum master’s-level scholarship. Interested individuals may apply for the Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship beginning November 1. The due date for receipt of all materials is January 12, 2007. Applicants must also apply for admission to one or more of the 10 participating library and information science programs. Spectrum Doctoral Fellows are expected to be announced on or before May 15, 2007; they will begin their studies in Fall 2007.

Further information and application procedures for the program will be available on the ALA Office for Diversity and University of Pittsburgh’s School of Information Sciences Web sites. Please contact Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship Director, Dr. Toni Carbo at
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