2015 Summer Dean’s Fellows (L-R): Lian Liu, Emma Banks, Interim Dean Jody Combs, Sean King and Cecily Larison

Applications are now being accepted for Spring 2016 fellowships. Deadline to apply is October 30, 2015.


Dean's Fellows

Applications are now being accepted for Spring 2016 fellowships. Application deadline is October 30, 2015.


The Dean’s Fellowship program is designed to create in-depth learning experiences for students. The program is open to undergraduate juniors and seniors and graduate students who are interested in participating in strategic projects for the Jean and Alexander Heard Library over the course of a semester or two. With professional librarians as mentors, students work on tactical library projects that will benefit library users. Selected students learn new skills and complete projects that add to their expertise and resumes. Projects may involve work with rare print and digital collections enhancing accessibility, social media, exhibits and print resources. Through the Dean's Fellowship program, our libraries promote undergraduate and graduate research.

Program Benefits

  • Opportunity to add discrete project to resume and build contacts
  • Expand research skills
  • Applied learning opportunity
  • 20 hours per week*; flexible hours
  • Work with leading experts in the library field
  • Lunch with the Dean of Libraries

* Under special circumstances, exemptions may be granted to allow for fewer hours.

Application Process

To be considered for a Dean’s Fellow position, candidates must be in good academic standing and submit the following to the project mentor:

  • Cover letter addressed to the project contact
  • Curriculum vitae including name, address, email, and telephone
  • Letter of recommendation from a faculty member
  • Maximum of 350 words on what you hope to achieve in the project

Selected applicants will interview with the Dean of Libraries. Accepted students will receive a formal letter of acceptance.

For any additional information about the current positions, contact the project mentor.

For general information about the Dean’s Fellow program, contact Celia Walker.

Vanderbilt is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. We particularly encourage applications from minorities and women.

The Dean's Fellows program is an important way in which our libraries foster student involvement and offer students opportunities to exchange ideas and learn new skills. If you would like to sponsor a Dean's Fellow, please contact Celia Walker.

2016 Spring Fellowships

Applications are now being accepted for the following Dean's Fellowships. Please note, these are one and two semester projects starting in spring 2016. To apply for a fellowship, follow the instructions under "Application Process" posted above. Deadline to apply is October 30, 2015.

Mapping Access
Spring and Summer 2016
Mentor: Professor Aimi Hamraie, Center for Medicine, Health & Society
See project description.

Linked Data from the Medieval Middle East
Spring 2016
Mentor: Professor David Michelson, Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion
See project description.

Wisdom Digitized, Wisdom Multiplied
Spring 2016
Mentor: Professor Ifeoma Nwankwo, English Department and Director, Program in American Studies, Clifford Anderson, Deborah Lilton, Suellen Stringer-Hye and Morgan Daniels
See project description.

Qualitative Analysis of Research Practices in Religion
Spring 2016
Mentors: Bill Hook, Chris Benda, Ramona Romero
See project description.

The United States of America vs. Alfred Krupp, et al.
Spring and Summer 2016
Mentors: Jason Sowards and Kathy Smith
See project description.

Manuel Zapata Olivella Collections—Ethnographic Collection
Spring 2016
Mentors: Paula Covington, Professor Lesley Gill, Anthropology Department, Kathy Smith
See project description.