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About the Fellows Program

Appy for a Spring 2023 Fellowship

The Buchanan Library Fellowship program promotes student research through hands-on learning opportunities that build desirable skills and deepen student understanding of resources and services in Vanderbilt Libraries. With a focus on undergraduate instruction, the program connects faculty and professional librarians with students to work on experiential library projects and present their work at the end of their fellowship. Fellows learn new skills, earn money and complete immersive projects that add to their expertise and resumes. Since 2010, the fellowship program has awarded nearly 100 fellowships to over 200 students. Projects may involve curating a physical or online exhibition, developing information literacy skills, contributing new research to academic databases or building technology skills. Learn more about current fellowship opportunities and how to apply.

Program Benefits

  • Build resume with completed innovative project
  • Expand research skills
  • Work with leading experts in the library field
  • Earn money while you learn


Frequently Asked Questions

  • When is the deadline for applying for a fellowship?
    Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis by mentors until the positions are filled. There is no deadline but earlier is always better, Once the fellowship is full we post a notice to the website that applications are no longer being accepted.
  • Are first-year students encouraged to apply? If so, are opportunities especially competitive for first-years?
    First year students are welcome! Each application is reviewed by the project mentors on their own standards.
  • Can students only be chosen as a Fellow one time during their entire undergraduate experience?
    Yes, in order to offer the program to as wide a group as possible, students may only be fellows once during their Vanderbilt career.

We welcome project proposals from Vanderbilt library staff, faculty, instructors, and University staff (please note that at least one mentor for each Fellowship needs to be from the Libraries). Please submit your program proposals using the Buchanan Library Fellowship Proposal Form.

For additional questions about the program, email