Spectrum Doctoral Fellowships


Spectrum PhD LogoThe School of Information Sciences and the American Library Association (ALA) are pleased to announce the first six recipients of the Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship, a program funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through a grant of nearly $1 million to ALA and SIS.  Of the inaugural six recipients, two are enrolled here at SIS: Janet Ceja Alcalá and Elisabeth Rodriguez.  Ms. Rodriguez, who was a 2005 recipient of the Spectrum Scholarship for MLIS Studies, has been named the Elizabeth Martinez Spectrum Doctoral Fellow in honor of the Spectrum founder and ALA executive director from 1994-97. Fellows will begin their doctoral studies in the Fall of 2007. 

The purpose of the Fellowship Program is to recruit and provide full tuition support and stipends to 10 full-time library and information science (LIS) doctoral students for all four years of study at any of the participating institutions.  In addition to SIS, 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.  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.

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

For more information on the Spectrum Doctoral Fellows visit www.ala.org/spectrumphd.